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Carnival Valor

December 15-17, 2004
Inaugural Cruise - Part 2

Public Areas

She's bright, she's big, and she throbs with excitement! Most of all, Carnival Valor is a destination herself. Surprisingly, though, the intimate nature of some public rooms belie her size.

American atrium

American atrium is the center of activity as guests sip cocktails at lobby bar, take care of business at the Reception Desk, or discuss tour options with the Shore Excursion staff. A second, smaller Glory atrium outside the Washington Restaurant is crowned by a soaring multi-colored glass eagle sculpture (see below).

Public rooms are primarily located along Decks 3, 4, and 5. Ivanhoe Lounge, the main show lounge, anchors all three decks forward. Reminiscent of "days of old, when knights were bold," the walls of the three-level theater feature Medieval style tapestries and figures in shining armor. Tiered seating provides good seats on all three levels and views of the stage are obstructed by few columns.

The main promenade on Deck 4 anchors the entries to a variety of lounges and public rooms, each with a distinctive style reflected in the decor:

  • The Bronx Bar, a sports bar celebrating baseball's New York Yankees

  • Shogun Club Casino, in the Japanese style of a Kyoto palace is complete with samurai statues (great places for photo ops)

  • The Dream Bar, serves the casino and surrounding seating areas where guests listen to the pianist or people-watch along the promenade

  • One Small Step Dance Club, a sizzling disco honors Neil Armstrong's moon walk

  • Jeanne's Wine Bar, recalling the exploits of Joan of Arc (Jeanne in French), appeals to wine connoisseurs

  • The Lindy Hop Bar, features a revolving piano in its central bar and commemorates Charles Lindberg's historic trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris

  • Paris Hot Jazz Club, pays homage to Josephine Baker amid distinctive decor recalling her famous banana costume and pearls

  • Eagles Show Lounge, is a sophisticated cabaret lounge highlighting the American eagle

  • The Caboose, the expansive Teen Dance Club and gaming center

Deck 3 is where you'll find:

  • The Photo Gallery, where the ship's photographers display guest photos

  • Capital Room for meetings and weddings 

  • Iliad Library with a modest selection of books and board games

  • Hero's Club, an intimate room with faux fireplace

  • Cyberspace to surf the Internet

  • Winston's Club, a grand lounge with vast seating spaces for after-dinner cigars and brandy accompanied by a jazz trio.

Original art plays a large part in the colorful decor of Carnival Valor. The ship's aft stair landings contain nine murals depicting heroes, which are the work of Andrea Tana. Forward stair landings contain ten murals by Calman Shemi that depict celebrated figures in their famous surroundings. In central stair landings are nine murals of U.S. locations created by Devita Writer. Don't miss the exquisite statue of Joan of Arc on horseback behind Jeanne's Bar.

For Your Active Lifestyle

Sauna with a sea view

Staffed by Steiner Leisure, the Spa on Deck 11 boasts a full menu of salon treatments and spa indulgences. For those who consider the day incomplete if it doesn't include a workout, the Gym sports state-of-the art equipment and a wide range of exercise classes. For sheer serenity, the spa's therapy-style Jacuzzi is a haven in a tropical setting complete with waterfalls and tropical plants. The entire gym has incredible sea views, but if your workout includes nothing more strenuous than time in the sauna or steam room, you won't be shortchanged—they each have glass walls and endless vistas.

Joggers and walkers can complete laps on the uninterrupted jogging track's cushioned surface aft on Deck 11 (nine times around equals a mile). If sunning is your thing, the Argonaut Pool has ample deck chairs on terraced landings and there are more surrounding the Prometheus Pool aft, as well as one deck up overlooking the action. Nearby bars serve soft drinks, beer, and cocktails in both pool locations.

For a quick thrill, try the 214 foot long waterslide!

Camp Carnival

Camp Carnival
With record numbers of families setting sail on cruise vacations, Carnival Valor's Camp Carnival counselors are prepared. The 4,200-square foot play area is dedicated to delighting youngsters with structured activities tailored for specific age groups. Toys, games, computers, a children's pool... and, most importantly, the trained counselors—Camp Carnival provides an entertaining, educational, and safe environment for kid-fun.

Teenagers can opt to participate in a wide range of sports, dance parties, and entertainment options or simply hang out with new-found pals in The Caboose, their own 1,800-square foot high-tech game room/dance club.

The Carnival Valor Experience...
Should satisfy the tastes of even the pickiest passenger—there's a little something to appeal to everyone. When you're not ashore exploring the ports of call, if nothing appeals to you, there's always your private balcony, a quiet corner to read, or a deck chair from which to contemplate the sea. 

What You WILL Find:

  • Activities to suit a wide range of interests for all ages

  • Tasty meals, creatively presented

  • Service by a friendly staff

  • Numerous triple and quad staterooms suitable for families

  • Attention to accessibility for the physically challenged

  • Well stocked duty free shops

  • A meeting room for corporate functions, weddings, and religious celebrations

  • A computer center and WiFi connectivity for laptop users

  • Huge, well-equipped areas for children and teenagers

  • Some of the most professional entertainment afloat, presented by the Carnival Glory production team and guest performers

  • Self-service passenger laundry rooms with ironing facilities

  • Stroller rentals and group babysitting services

  • Fountain Fun Cards for children and adults, which provide unlimited soft drinks throughout the cruise for a one-time, flat fee

  • Gratuities are automatically added to all accounts, but can be adjusted as deemed appropriate

  • Fun, fun, fun!

What You WON'T Find:

  • Boredom

Fast Stats

  • 110,000 tons

  • 952 feet long

  • 116 feet wide

  • Speed 22.5 knots

  • 2,974 guests, double occupancy

  • 3,700 total guest capacity (including uppers)

The Spirit of FUN Permeates Carnival Valor
Carnival Valor
sails weekly alternating Eastern & Exotic Western Caribbean cruises from Miami. 

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