Hi funcruisers, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Congratulations on your up-coming cruise! You're going to have a wonderful time. I loved the Valor. We sailed on her in May. She's a great ship and we had a fantastic crew! If Alan is still in the dining room, he's a fantastic waiter. We had the anytime dining and he took great care of us! Not sure if you're on the same itinerary, but if you go to Belize and Roatan, the snorkeling in both ports is great!
I agree with tim c, if at all possible, please come down a day early. It makes your cruise more enjoyable when you're relaxed getting on board. It also allows time in case something goes wrong. Especially your luggage going somewhere without you.