I am gluten free and had to wait a long time for my food my Husbands food was brought out before mine was ready and we did not get to eat together. the shows were not as good as other ships I have been on
the snorkel trip was a joke waves were so high could not get off the boat and the ladder to get off and on the boat was not safe my.
I have cruised three times. My first cruise was Carnival Fantasy, it was nice maybe because it was my first cruise and I had nothing to compare it to I thought it was nice. The second cruise was Disney, it was GREAT!!!! The cleanliness of the boat, food the room which I had a room with a balcony was wonderful. Then this third time, Carnival Valor which sucked and blowed at the same time. I was Very Disappointed!!! The boat is old, no electrical plugs around the bed. I have a BiPAP machine that I sleep with. I called guest services, housekeeping no answer from either of those number. The phone picked up and played some silly music an answering message came on continuously that they would be with me shortly and to keep holding. After this had played sometime the phone just hung up. I ended up calling the medical 911 number to explain that I needed a plug so that I could sleep. I was told that there would be an extension cord sent to my room, to keep this line freed up for emergency calls only. After I waited 45 mins for the cord to arrived I started the cycle of calling housekeeping and guest services which to no avail they never picked up just an answering message and then they hung up again. I called the medical 911 number again to which they answered and said that housekeeping was on their way. Waiting another 30 minutes no one showed up so I called back again to medical 911 to which the medical person complained again to keep this line free unless this was an emergency, I told them this is an emergency I can not go to sleep without my machine no one else is picking up the phone but you and I have been waiting almost 3 hours. 20 minutes later the cord arrives. The food on the boat was okay, the cleanliness of the boat was not up to code. This is my third cruise twice with Carnival and once with Disney. I will NEVER cruise Carnival again!!!!
The best part of the cruise was spending time with friends; and the room steward Tamrin was absolutely great. Everything else was just horrible from the food (buffet and sit down dinner) the food was cold and the servers was very rude.
Nothing started on time, it was just a horrible experience and being our friends first cruise I had to convience them it was just this cruise. I have cruise with Carnival before and everything was just great on that cruise.
I don't have a fare review for I was not able to board. I was not aware that my birth certificate was required. Online said that cruises needed legal photo ID as a requirement to board ( I had my drivers lic ); this was legit when I boarded 12 yrs ago.
It's said how times have changed to travel... I loss my payment for this trip and it did not feel good when the lady behind the deck made fun of the fact that my wife should go with out me because we were able to get a photo copy of her birth certificate but mine was not located it time.
When I told my wife what she said, believe me, she was lucky my wife was not present when she said that!
We did not much like the Freeport area. Still a lot of hurricane damage. Just not a very pretty area. Old and dirty. The Hop On Hop off excursion was not good. 4 stops and we did not bother to get off on 2 of the 4. First stop was the Perfume Market and was very sketchy. Second stop was a sold as a 'wildlife' sanctuary/zoo. The driver told us there was anything except raccoons and lizards. Disappointing. The beach area and downtown markets were OK. Freeport is not an island we would visit again. Very depressed area. In Nassau we opted for the Blue Lagoon Dolphin excursion and it was awesome. Beautiful area. Well worth the trip. Downtown Nassau is OK. Just a lot of junk shops dependent on cruise dollars.
The Valor was awesome. Plenty to do on the ship and plenty to eat. We loved the different varieties of food offered at any given time. Everyone in the group was able to get what they wanted yet we were able to sit and enjoy it together. Entertainment was throughout from live shows to karaoke , comedy to piano bars, basketball to private cabanas that faced the ocean.The service was friendly and top notched.
The loud announcements over the intercom was the only bad thing. Annoying at times. Get a map and a list of activities to study before you get on the boat. A plan could save you lots of time in searching this large ship and help you to maximize your fun.
My favorite part of the cruise was debarkation, and leaving this miserable vacation. Food quality was substandard at best, crew appeared to be just going through the motions, didn't really care if they provided great service or not--pretty much take it or leave mentality. I will say this though, the overall service of the steakhouse was phenomenal. This was probably due to the fact that you had to pay for your meal. But nonetheless, the quality of food/service for the price was phenomenal--best deal on the cruise.
We got a suite, great room, double sinks were fantastic. Enough closet space for 2 weeks. Food could be better without the additional cost. Did not like the fact that staff would knock on the door, open it without waiting for us to answer it, Caught us over 3 times undressed or coming out of the shower. NEEDS DOORBELLS. Had dinner at the steakhouse, waiter forgot to serve the wine, it sat on the servers table for 10 minutes, forgot my special occasion, my 60th birthday. Did not do Freeport, Nassau was overpriced, a simple pandora bead for $175.00, at my jeweler, $55.00.
Beer and drinks were outrageous along with the cost of conch. Wouldn't do that again. We were not given a lot of info about finding our room, needs improvement.
The mattress was unbelievable, great sleeping. Zonked. Would we do it again, yes for a longer time. Need snacks available for free, sofa, nuts, cheese, crackers, sweets for that time when we didn't want a meal.
My husband and I had a Phenomenal time on the Carnival Valor. I loved the many options of eating much or eating little, eating buffet or eating fine dine style. We could do much in reference to activities that were planned on a daily basis or doing nothing by relaxing on the deck. We could journey off of the ship when we reach a particular island or stay onboard. I loved the choices, I also loved the food everything I ate was delicious and hats off to the staff we met in every area of the ship top notch. We will definitely do this again and booking through BJ's was seamless, we had to speak with the customer care specialist and they were very professional and accommodating. I hope this review helped and Happy Traveling!
I enjoyed everything from the check in process to the check out process. I liked the idea of the machine they put in so people wouldn't have to stand in the line to add more money on their card. That was different. I enjoyed the shows, the art show and of course the food! The cabin was always clean when we returned. No matter how many times I took a shower during the day, there was always fresh towels and wash clothes when I returned. I loved the different animals that were left behind on the bed.
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