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Carnival Valor (Conquest Class) entered service in 2004. Carnival Valor is 952 feet in length, has 13 decks and a grand atrium that greets passengers boarding the ship. With a capacity just shy of 3000, Carnival Valor is a large ship with roughly 2.5 passengers per crew member. The ship is bright and has a new feel throughout.

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Carnival Cruise Lines has been operating since 1972 and currently has 24 ships in service worldwide. When doing your homework on Carnival, take note that the fleet is divided into 7 classes of ships based on size, capacity and when the ship entered service. Carnival offers an affordable price point and has the reputation of being a family friendly cruise line. In an effort to keep pace with competition, Carnival has added new outdoor amenities on several ships. Recent travelers are impressed with the WaterWorks spray park for kids, the Serenity Adult Only Retreat and Carnival's Seaside Theatre that shows movies and sporting events on a large screen video board.

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Carnival Valor offers 7-Night cruises to the Southern Caribbean from her home port in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carnival Valor stops in exciting ports, including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

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Carnival Cruise Lines offers passengers a diverse menu of shore excursions based on approximately 20 different activity types (easy, moderate and considerable). You can search for excursions by Destination and Port on Carnival's website. Reservations can be made once you have paid a cruise deposit. Tip: reserve shore excursions early, as they tend to fill up rapidly.

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Carnival Valor has 1,187 cabins onboard. While most cabins have ocean views, almost 37% feature balconies. When selecting a cabin, make sure you know which public areas are near, above and below your cabin. Everyone's tastes are different, but it's best not to be surprised when you get onboard.

  • Suites: 245 - 345 sq. ft. with balcony
  • Balcony: 185 sq. ft. with balcony
  • Ocean View: 220 sq. ft. with a picture window or porthole
  • Inside: 185 sq. ft.

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Carnival Valor's beds are mostly two twin-size configured into a king-size. The cruise line features its Carnival Comfort Collection consisting of: high thread count linens and duvets along with thick towels and bathrobes.

In addition, Carnival Valor's bathrooms are equipped with a basket of assorted products, including bath soap, shampoo and body wash.

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Carnival Valor Internet AccessCarnival Valor has a 24-hour Internet Cafe and Carnival's "Bow2stern" WiFi network that can be used virtually anywhere onboard. This great feature is currently available on select ships. You can rent laptops, but travelers suggest bringing your own if you need to be online. Here's what it will cost you for Internet Access:

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  • Internet Cafe: one time charge of $3.95 & $0.75/minute. They do offer plans that can get your cost down to $0.55 or $0.40/ minute depending on how many minutes you buy
  • Laptop: wireless network card rental is $10/day; laptop rental is $10/day
  • WiFi per minute charges are the same as the Internet Cafe

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Carnival Cruise Lines allows each guest over 21 to bring onboard one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne at the beginning of the cruise. A corkage fee of $10/bottle will be applied in the main dining room and $14/bottle in the Supper Club.

Guests are not permitted to bring any other alcoholic beverages onboard Carnival Valor. Alcohol purchased in the ship's duty free or in port will be held until the end of your cruise. A reminder, the legal drinking age onboard the ship is 21 years of age.

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Carnival Valor offers a wide variety of dining options that can accommodate any taste. Whether it's casual or formal, you will find what you are looking for. Carnival Freedom also features the Supper Club specialty restaurant. Whatever your preference, there is a lot to choose from on the menu.

Carnival Valor Restaurants:

  • Java Cafe: specialty coffees and pastries. Please note, these items cost extra.
  • Rosie's: casual buffet
  • Lincoln and Washington Restaurants: main dining rooms
  • Supper Club: fine dining. There is a $30 charge per person and children are not permitted
  • Pizza, sushi and a 24-hour room service menu are also available

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Carnival Valor features more than a dozen bars & lounges. Whether you are looking for a quiet drink or a place to meet up with friends for the evening, the choices are extensive. Here are some of the most popular spots onboard:

  • Paris Jazz Club
  • The Bronx Sport Bar
  • Winston's Cigar Bar
  • One Small Step Dance Bar

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Carnival Valor has a wide variety of nightly entertainment onboard. In the bars, lounges and on deck, you will find individual musicians, performers and singers to fit anyone's tastes.

The focal point for large scale productions is the multi-story Ivanhoe Show lounge. Typically, there is a Las Vegas-style production as well as a late night comedian.

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Carnival Valor's Shogun Club Casino is located on the Promenade Deck and is open while the ship is "At Sea." You will find popular games, including Black Jack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mega Cash, Roulette, Slot Machines, Texas Hold'em Poker and Three Card Poker.

Typically, there will be Slot & Texas Hold'em tournaments while you are onboard. Unlike Las Vegas casinos, Texas Hold'em onboard is an automated video game designed to speed-up play. Like most cruise lines, Carnival offers a casino loyalty program. Just a reminder, you must be 18 years of age to enter the casino.

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Carnival Valor has several pools and whirlpools. For little kids, there is a wading pool on the Sun Deck. For bigger kids, there is Carnival's Twister Waterslide that ends up on the Panorama Deck. On the Lido Deck, you will find the Argonaut and Prometheus pools. Carnival Valor has Carnival's Serenity Adult Only Retreat, a quiet place to relax and unwind in comfortable lounge chairs. Carnival Valor does not yet have the signature WaterWorks park for kids. On the Lido Deck make sure you check out Carnival's Seaside Theatre where you can enjoy movies, sports and news on a giant LED video screen.

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Carnival Valor offers lots of activities onboard. Because there are so many families and young people, Carnival pays special attention to keeping passengers entertained. Here are some of the best not mentioned in other sections:

  • Camp Carnival for ages 2-11
  • Circle "C" activities for ages 12-14
  • Club 02 activities for ages 15-17
  • Card room & library
  • Mini golf & basketball
  • Shopping in duty-free and specialty boutiques

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Carnival Valor has a large gym at the forward end of the Spa Deck. You can exercise on elliptical trainers, treadmills and stationary bikes. There are also weight training machines and free-weights available. They offer a number of classes, including aerobics, pilates and spinning.

There is a certified trainer on duty if you need help or want a personalized fitness program. You will find men's & women's sauna and steam rooms where you can relax after your workout.

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Carnival Valor's Spa is located adjacent to the gym and offers passengers a wide menu of treatments. Spa services include: manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps and massage. There is also a hair salon available for both men & women, though it gets busy when there is a formal night in the dining room.

Past travelers point out that specials are usually offered on "At Sea" days.

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