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Review: Carnival Valor sailing of September 29, 2013 (part three)

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Carnival Valor sailing of September 29, 2013

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Continued from part two.

Tuesday was the only sea day of this cruise. Jean decided to take part in the Behind the Fun tour. For approximately $95 per person, up to 16 people can go on an extensive tour of the ship. This includes many of the areas behind the scenes, hence the name of the tour. I previously did this tour on the Carnival Splendor and the Norwegian Pearl as part of travel agent training, so I did not pay the money to go on this tour as well.

Among the areas visited were the galley to see the food preparation and storage areas, the laundry, the backstage area of the main theater, and the bridge. It is fascinating to know that the ship is steered by a small computer joystick. While there is a functional ship's wheel, it is mostly for show. There are several redundant control stations on the bridge, so there is no single point of failure. The next time you are on the dock next to one of the ships, look up at the navigation bridge. On the floor of the bridge is a clear panel that allows the Captain (or Pilot) to look through the floor at the dock while maneuvering the ship close in to be tied up. Among the fun facts list provided to tour members is that on any 1 week cruise the Carnival Valor will serve its guests 2,000 pounds of prime rib, 10,000 pounds of chicken, 65,000 eggs, 50,000 slices of bacon, and much, much more.

I used the sea day to sleep in, do some reading, and make a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage. The evening dinner was called "Elegant Evening". It is no longer referred to as "Formal Night". While many people still dress in formal wear, there are plenty of others that do not. Unfortunately, there is no actual dress code and certainly not one that is enforced. This is really a shame, as it really detracts from the classy experience that cruising used to be (and still is on the Cunard line). The evening entertainment was a show by the dance team called Nightclub Express. We chose to skip that and go to the Punchliner Comedy Club to see Ronnie Bullard and Eddie Clark instead. These adult comedy shows were both very funny.

Part four will focus on the next port stop, Barbados.

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