S: Carnival Valor Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise
BC: Carnival Valor Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise September 18 - 25, 2011
FC: Carnival Valor Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise
1: Carnival Valor Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise September 18 - 25, 2011
2: Getting There is Half the Fun!
3: Arriving at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. Holiday Inn Express on State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale. Carnival Cruise Lines Terminal, Port of Miami. | Opposite: Hartsfield airport, atlanta Flight plan down Florida's West Coast. Taking to the skies with Airtran.
4: "All Abooooard!"
5: Below: Sail & Sign cards for Mark & Greg. | Above: Luggage tags. We were able to go to our cabin at 1:30 p.m. We had our luggage at 1:45 p.m. and were completely unpacked by 2:15 p.m.
6: We had Cabin 8263, on the Verandah deck. Balcony Cabin on the Starboard side of the ship. | In addition to a balcony, our cabin also had a desk, couch, coffee table, and three closets!
7: Interior shot of the toilet and shower area in the spacious bathroom. Chairs on the balcony. Greg eating his welcome aboard canape tray. | Verandah Deck
8: Opposite: Downtown Miami Waving Goodbye to Miami Beach South Beach | Above: Biscayne Bay Causeway to Miami Beach | Greg enjoying his first Sail Away.
9: Sail Away
10: King's Boulevard Promenade Elevator Bays Rosie's Restaurant | American lobby Lido Deck Buffet at Rosie's
11: After spending the day looking around the ship, it was time to get dressed and head to our first dinner in the Washington Dining Room.
12: Fun Day at Sea! | enjoying the view from our balcony. Cooking Demonstration at Scarlette's Steakhouse. Our first game of Bingo, with Pip. | Our first "Cruise Elegant" Night. The whole table celebrated Greg's College Graduation with a "Congratulations" cake.
14: Tendering ashore, in Grand Cayman, for our shore excursion. | Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and is the location of the nation's capital, George town.
15: Grand Cayman
17: Shipwreck | Snuba | We explored a shipwreck during our Snuba excursion. We saw schools of tropical fish and tarpon as soon as we entered the water.
19: Heading back to the ship after our snuba excursion and touring Grand Cayman
20: Isla Roatan is Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), | Welcome to Honduras!
21: After two years of construction, the Mahogany Bay terminal in Roatan is welcoming ships to the coast of Honduras. The $62 million project consists of a 20-acre, two-berth cruise ship terminal including a private beach, retail stores, bars and restaurants, as well as shore excursion options.
24: After we took the char lift to the beach, we found our clam shell, went kayaking, then spent a very hot day in the water. | The beach had snow-white sand and crystal clear water. | Heading to the beach.
26: Carnival Quest Champions! | Maria, Greg and Heather. Josh, Denise and Sean. Maria and Heather. Josh and Sean. Champagne for the winners!
27: Champagne for the winning Team. Sean, Maria, Brad, Heather and Josh. | Heather and GEorgia. Denise and Josh. | Brad, Sean, Josh, Maria, Greg, Heather, Allan and Goose (the cruise director).
28: Sunrise in belize
29: We tendered into Belize City. Greg and Heather were looking for a beginning Scuba Excursion.
30: Belize City
31: greg and heather wound up snorkeling on Goff's Caye. They saw even more sea life, including a pod of dolphins.
32: The Carnival Valor and Norwegian Spirit were both tendering guests ashore, so the port was very busy.
33: Even though Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. | After looking around the port for a bit, I headed back to the ship, while Greg and Heather snorkeled.
34: Formal Night
35: Our second "Cruise elegant" night took place after our day in Belize. We took advantage of the scenic locations around the ship to find our own photo opportunities.
36: This trip to Cozumel found us docking at Puerto Maya, a new shopping/pier facility built by the carnival corporation. | C O Z U M E L
38: Amazing Race Cozumel
39: The Amazing Race Cozumel is based on the television program with the same name. The race involves solving clues and puzzles throughout the streets of san miguel. We had beautiful weather all week, but had to contend with monsoon-like rain during the event. | enjoying "real" mexican food. | Greg hits a hole in one. | at the finish line.
40: after a four-mile race around the streets of san miguel, we were ready to head back to the ship. The carnival conquest was also docked at the pier.
41: below: Georgia, denise and josh. georgia. | above: Maria and heather josh.
42: On our final day at sea, we enjoyed an informative tour of the ship's galley.
43: We spent the final evening with our new friends. Brad and allan Heather, josh, maria and greg maria, heather and josh brad and mark
44: P A T T E R N S
45: T E X T U R E S E
46: The theme of the Carnival valor is "Heroes and Legends." This was carried out in the Washington and Lincoln dining rooms; Rosie the Riveter in the Lido deck buffet; the ivanhoe theatre; One small step dance club; argonaut pool; paris hot bar (featuring josephine baker); iliad library; winston's cigar bar; betsy ross card room; john paul jones art gallery; atrium america and other themed locations based on real and legendary figures. | A chicken runs away from a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Grand Cayman; Greg wins big in the casino; The Carnival Valor and Carnival Conquest in Cozumel; Past Guest Cocktail Party invitation.
47: Carnival Valor | Congratulations Cake; View from the bow of the ship; Eagle sculpture outside Washington Dining room; "Natives" in Cozumel.