Carnival Valor Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Valor has 3 pools plus a small "kiddy" pool for wading that is part of the Camp Carnival program. The pools have saltwater and there are fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but, not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The main pool is "The Argonaut" and is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 9. The main pool features two oversized whirlpool spas, and, is positioned below the 270 square foot LED TV known as Carnival's Seaside Theater. The TV runs most of the day and features sporting events, music videos, and in the evening, movies. With a 70,000 watt sound system, there have been complaints that the TV can be quite loud. At the opposite end of the Sun Pool is a stage which, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the Sun Pool hours are from 8 AM to 10 PM.
Located behind Rosie's Restaurant on the Lido Deck (Deck 9) is "The Prometheus Pool." The Prometheus Pool is enclosed under a retractable roof and features two oversized whirlpool spas. The Prometheus Pool area is designated as "adults only," but there are mixed reviews on Carnival's enforcement of the policy. It is an -- pool + two more whirlpools -- might be adults only. The Carnival Valor has an "over 21" area located on Deck 12 in front of the funnel midship. Given the adults-only policy for the Prometheus Pool, and the fact that there is no live music in the Prometheus Pool area, this is your better bet for a quieter pool area. Typically, the Prometheus Pool opens at 8 AM and closes at midnight.
On Deck 10 (Panorama Deck) is "The Dolphin Pool" which features one oversized whirlpool spa. The pool is located overlooking the Argonaut Pool and right next to the run-out for the water slide. Operating hours typically are from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Carnival's Twister water slide is 214' long and the entry to the slide is located on Deck 14 (Sun Deck). The slide is 3-stories high and empties out into its own separate pool. The water slide typically operates from 10 AM to 5 PM and there is a 42" minimum height requirement.
There is a children's wading pool in the Camp Carnival area of the Carnival Valor located on Deck 12 (Sun Deck).
Carnival Valor Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
A towel can be signed out at the pool area. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your Sail & Sign account for each towel you fail to return.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained". We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced. Check with the Camp Carnival staff if you have any questions pertaining to this policy.
Sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to stake out the lounge chairs for the day, even though Carnival does its best to discourage this.
The Port side of the Lido deck near the pool is the designated smoking area. The rest of the deck is non-smoking.