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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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"Food on Lido was just as good as the dining room." in 92 reviews.

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YGL
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

We had a blast on our cruise last week.  Lots of Ports of Call, lots of great food and the most wonderful balcony suite anyone could ever ask for!!  It's a huge ship and when you are in the back of the boat, that corridor is really, REALLY long.  But it was extra steps so we could eat that much more, right???

Each Port and Island had their own flavor.  We booked excursions at each location and I'm glad we did.  We got to see much of each island and learn a bit about the history and meet some very friendly islanders.  

There was plenty to do onboard if you wanted, and we spent more of our time in our suite because we had a balcony and could see some wonderful things.  I am sure we'll never go back to a plain oceanview ever!!  Bingo was fun as was spending a bit of time in the casino.  We aren't big shoppers so I can review the shops.  And the food was FABULOUS!!

 

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

Unfortunately, I spent the first 24-48 hours on the Carnival Valor ill secondary to food poisoning, however I was well taken care of overnight by the physician and nurse on duty in the infirmary.  They were caring and compassionate. I also was impressed with the physician's decision to seek a second opinion so as to provide the best possible care for me.

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Good value, unfriendly service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

We upgraded to a Grand Suite because we prefer to pay more for more room and a nice balcony.  The room was plenty big enough, the size of a standard hotel room.  There was TONS of storage space for clothes and everything else, we didn't even come close to filling it all.  There is a dorm-size fridge that comes stocked with mini-bar items (NOT included - you would still get charged if you used it) but it isn't one of those that automatically charges you if you touch it, so the stuff  can all be removed and put in a closet if you want to use the fridge for your own things.  There are two sinks in the bathroom and another in the dressing area.  Our steward was very accommodating, filling our ice bucket twice daily and getting us more any time we asked within moments.  All-in-all, we found the room to be great.

Unfortunately, most of the rest of the staff was very unfriendly.  The "customer service" desk was always terribly backed up and the staff was rude and never smiled.  The bartenders and people who worked the buffets and other food kiosks behaved as though it was a chore to serve you.  The wait staff in the dining rooms were much more friendly, but don't bother trying to order from the "steakhouse menu" at the regular dining room unless you are willing to wait 30 minutes longer than the rest of your table to get your food.

We did go to the spa on sea-day and the staff was very professional and we both enjoyed our treatments.  Unfortunately, as is customary at these types of spas, they practically ruined the treatment by giving us each a high-pressure sales pitch to book more treatments and buy the EXTREMELY over-priced products they used during the treatments.

I do highly recommend buying bottles of liquor to be delivered to your room prior to the cruise.  They are VERY pricey compared to buying them in a regular liquor store, but it is still far cheaper than buying your drinks one-at-a-time.  You can always bring home what you don't drink.

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bberrett
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Good value for the money

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

I've cruised before but this was my first one in the Caribbean and my first one on Carnival. I found it to be what I expected which was very good. The staff were professional and friendly. The food was good. The entertainment was fun. I thought they did a great job and I would sail with them again.

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something for everyone

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014

Lots of ports with informative tours on each island.  I left each with a good idea of what the island is all about and each island truly has its own identity.  The island shopping is OK for the abundance of choices.  We purchased 2 Philip Stein items from Diamond International at what they assured us was a "bargain".  When I got home to the states, looked on line at the Philip Stein web site I see that Philip Stein regular price is a better price than Diamond International discounted price.  We also purchased diamond earrings (not from Diamond International)  I'm taking them to the jewelers today to check authenticity.

The food on the ship was EXCELLENT!  The service was great.  The employees seemed a little drained on this cruise.  I wonder if they get enough time off?...Their morale seemed a little low.

I highly recommend this cruise.

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Excellent Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014

Nothing to complaint about. The staff was wonderful, the cruise it self had everything that we needed. 24 hours food available. This was our first time and we are definitely planning on coming back next year to celebrate my daughter's 15th birthday. We also would like to mention how Joner (cabin steward)  did an excellent job keeping up with our room and also always smiling/willing to help.

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Kasey0312
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Beautiful ports of Call

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014

Our Southern Caribbean Cruise was delightful.  It had a few cons but mostly Pros..  Embarkation was quick and the agents were friendly and professional.  The embarkation photo backdrop could have been a little more interesting ~ there fore we do not have a photo of our starting point.  Our outside cabin was pleasant and to my surprise in an ideal location  ~ 2 239 (forward).  It put us within a short walk or elevator ride to most of the places we wanted to go on the ship.  Our cabin steward (sorry I don't remember his name) was friendly and accommodating.  Unfortunately not all the officers were as cordial.  The food was a little boring ~ probably because we have done three Carnival Cruises in the past 18 months. The Chocolate Warm Melting cake was still divine. The VIFP party was awesome.  We really felt appreciated with their serving of cocktails and appetizers.  I was a little disappointed in the Christmas decorations.  We took a cruise during this time of year a number of years ago and the ship was beautiful ~ guess the decorations fell to budget cuts. All in all I would still recommend this cruise.  The ports were enjoyable and fun.

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arelyea
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Not What Was Expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

This cruise was booked because of the itinerary of the ship after it leaves St.Juan. It only has one sea day, all the others being in different island ports. While it sounds great, our experience was very different. The Valor is in significant need of overhaul and updating. Moreover, the overwhelming attitude of the crew was one of "Good enough". Even the service in the upcharge steakhouse was below par and the manager could not have cared less. My wife and I are Platinum level frequent cruisers of Carnival, and we've never encountered this before.

Part of our cruise enjoyment also comes from meeting and interacting with fellow guests. When a large percentage (the Purser estimated 70-80%) are speaking in Spanish, this too reduced our enjoyment.

The shows are old and need to be updated as well (although, thankfully they still use live musicians rather than DJs and recorded music).

I do not believe that our experience was an uncommon one for this cruise as several of the staff members we spoke to recognized the issues all too clearly.

I will not take this cruise again, and strongly suggest that travelers who are considering it look carefully at the issues I've identified.

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aepelman
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Very good for money

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Everything was OK . Less Shows than on others previous cruises with different 

companies . Friendly staff,, Excellent food.  Problem with design: There was a problem navigating   on the third and fourth floors. You have to go 5th floor than go downHappy

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fcolon
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Carnival Valor cruise experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Hi,

We really enjoyed the cruise experience. Since the very beginning we felt like we made the right decision. The cruise employees were very respectful at all times and we love their smile.

Overall cleanliness is awesome but a little bit of improvement can be done in the public restrooms.

The food was decent although we hope they can increase the variety served at the Lido deck.

We found the excursions expensive so we decided not to take them.

The amenities were ok but we strongly recommend they add more Latin speaking performers since a large guest amount are Hispanics.

The photos section can be improved. As a suggestion, using the sign and sale card the guest should be able to see pictures taken by the cruise photographer in their stateroom TV. In this way the guest can select which pictures he wants in hard or digital fashion by means of the interactive TV remote control. Once pictures are selected the guest can get them from the photo desk.

Again, we loved this vacation and definitely looking forward to be on board soon.

Best regards,

FC, Puerto Rico

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The Serenity Decks for adults--great R & R. Our favorite part of the ship!

Livetocruise
Third Mate

You may wish to try anytime dining. I like to watch the sunset, and it would allow me to do that. Also take the time to explore the ship and all it has to offer.

YGL
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Get there early and learn the ship early. Not all elevators go to all floors!!

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