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Old 09-07-2009, 01:13 PM
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My wife both in our 50's , but young in many ways, are off to our first cruise and through what I felt is good research went and booked Valor.The only think that I had not done was to ask anyone that sailed her and so here I am.

We have aslo made reservations for 3 nights at the supper club.

Our room is located on deck 7 mid ship, port side.

The December date was selected because I felt maybe less kids because Christmas holidays only starts the week after. I think that because in Canada where we live is the week before Christmas holidays for the schools.

So if you could, what did I do wrong and what did I do right.

As virgins to cruises please be frank and let us know if Valor was a good selection.

Oh yes if anyone is booked for this cruise it would be nice to say hello.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:30 PM
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Overtone-

Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

I don't think you did anything "wrong". Deck 7 mid-ship is a great location and the Supper Club is not to be missed. I don't know if you need to go 3 nights, but that is up to individual tastes.

The Valor is a great ship (although I have not sailed on her yet, the class of ship is one of my favorites) I will be on the Valor the end of this month, so I can give you some highlights when we return.

If you have specific cruising questions feel free to ask and again "Welcome Aboard!"
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:58 PM
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overtone - Welcome Aboard!!! Cruise-Chat.Com is the best place to be visiting when there is no deck beneath your tootsies!! Come here often and all your cruises will be nothing but smooth sailings!!!

Sounds to me like everything you have done so far is great- but have a lot more faith in the Carnival Dining Room menu!! The meals are all first rate in the dining areas and in many cases are meals not to be missed! The Supper Club is 1st class and 3 nights seems a wee bit much, then too, it'll be worth every penny!!

You are off on a grand adventure, relax and enjoy - and come back here often to share your thoughts/ideas and to get answers to your questions!! And, if in the course of your adventure, you find any great places -be sure to pass them on to us!!

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Old 09-08-2009, 03:02 PM
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Thanks for the tips everyone . The only thing that spooked us in some ways about dinning on the VALOR, was several negative reviews and the last one that I saw was comparing the meals to eating at Denny's, not to say that there is anything wrong with Denny's.

So we thought just in case let's have a meal everyother night in the supper club because i had not seen any bar reviews, when it came to this.

Again and thank you for the welcome . I must say that with all that I have read on this site and several others were that those who have cruised seems to be more like family than strangers. Again thanks
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:12 PM
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Overtone. My husband and I have been on over 20 Carnival cruises and liked them all. Have been on the Valor twice. I am not one to remember which ship is which - but we have never been unhappy or disappointed in meals. Every cruiser is different and some people maybe just don't care about eating. I think I would see if you could maybe get out of one of those supper club reservations. The dining rooms are always great. Have fun and you will be hooked. We will be on the Spirit for the 6th time in a couple weeks.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:41 AM
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Hi overtone, welcome to Cruise-Chat. The one thing you will find is negative reviews are often due to the fact that something went wrong and the person writing the review has decided that the cruise line owes them something. Therefore, if they didn't receive a free cruise in the owner's suite, they're going to be negative about everything. You very rarely read positive reviews. Not sure why, but I believe it's because the many satisfied customers are too busy planning their next cruise. We've sailed Carnival 5 times and always had a great time. I've never had a complaint about their food. Their chocolate melting cake is one of my all time favorites! We usually do the buffet for breakfast and lunch, then the dining room for dinner. Once in a while we'll do a breakfast or lunch in the dining room, and have not been disappointed. We haven't tried to supper club, so can't rate it. I have heard positive reviews about it, though. What a fantastic present to your wife. Best wishes!
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:01 AM
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Denny's? Hardly... I have always enjoyed Carnival's food. I'm sure you will run into the dinning critic that will pan anything that doesn't come from a 5 star restaurant, but Carnival's food has always been great for us. Also, try the dinning room for breakfast and lunch (more so for lunch) as it beats the buffet line.

You really don't need 3 supper club meals. That's a lot of expense. You can always try the dinning room and if you enjoy it, cancel the reservation. We normally do one supper club per cruise.

Penny's comments about reviews is dead on.. You will see a 10 to 1 ratio on negative reviews versus good reviews simply because people want to complain more than compliment.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:33 AM
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Hi overtone,

You will love the Valor, she is a beautiful ship with very nice decor. We have never done the supper club. We found the meals in the dining room to be simply delicious and a good variety. you HAVE to try the chocolate melting cake, it is the best. I had it every night once I discovered it as I am not usually a big dessert eater. Have a wonderful cruise from a fellow Canadian!

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Old 09-11-2009, 03:23 PM
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Thanks everyone , you have all been very kind and helpful and melting cake sounds like something that needs to be looked at.
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Have a wonderful cruise.

We will be boarding on the 27th.

Your Cruise Director will be Gary. He is an "acting CD" (meaning that he is in training...so to speak). This is his first ship. We have sailed with him many times as an ACD...so we are looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff as a CD!!

If you enjoy karaoke, a dear friend Kim will be your karaoke host. He is a lot of fun!!!

Larry should be in the Piano Bar by the time you sail. We have never sailed with him...but have heard some good things.

Have a wonderful cruise and leave us some pizza and ice cream!!
 
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