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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

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Valor needs a makeover

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"The staff were very accommodating, especially in the dining room where I had a restricted diet." in 135 reviews.

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Valor needs a makeover

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 20, 2015

Needs bigger coffee cups and to set up coffee at the 1 spot (besides the casino) for smokers to go and relax. So cold in the shows and the restaurants. Some of the shows are so late, need to be a little earlier, not everyone stays up till 1am. Kids and young adults still need to be supervised, need a few adults only cruises

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Belize Blunder

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2015

The overall cruise experience with Carnival was for the most part very good and comparable to other cruise lines. We have sailed with Norwegian, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. Food, service, and entertainment is not that different between the four cruise lines, except that Disney is better for families with young children.

However, there was an incident with Carnival that negatively affected the cruise experience. Disembarking at all ports was the same as other cruise line. Time was announced, and passengers were allowed to disembark in the order that they arrive. In the case of Belize, the ship does not dock at a pier. Passengers are taken to Belize by shuttle boats. Each boat holds about a hundred people, so it does take longer to get to shore, especially if the water is choppy. But what Carnival did not disclose, is that they give first priority to the passengers who have booked excursions through Carnival (which are more expensive than local companies). The disembarking time was announced to be 8:00 A.M. We arrived at that time only to be told that we should go to a different part of the ship to get a shuttle boat pass since we were not going on a "Carnival Excursion". We then had to wait with others in a lounge until all Carnival Excursion passengers had left. We had scheduled excursions for our son and daughter at 9:00 A.M., and for my husband and I at 8:30. The first non-Carnival passengers allowed to board shuttle boats was announced at 11:00 A.M. I complained about our problem and they just shrugged and said that they cant change their policy. We had booked two balcony rooms for a seven day cruise and were being treated like second class citizens because we didn't book our excursions through Carnival. Very disappointing and discriminatory on their part. No future cruises with Carnival, they punish their customers for not purchasing their excursions.

 

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bad start

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2015

The room was dirty...a door fell off in the bathroom and it smelled ...there was dirty rags and tissue's under it ...I took pictures....they came and cleaned at midnight....we had are whole room cleaned the next morning.....the cooler didn't work in are room....the hair dryer blow up......the elevators didn't work all the time ....carpet in the halls was ripped and missing....glass door was broke.....we wasn't sitting with family at dinner so we was moved ....im still confused about the cakes but oh well.....the food was good the service could have been better.....dancers at dinner was fun..........over all I WILL EVER GO ON THE VALOR AGAIN IT IS AN OLD SHIP AND IT NEEDS TO BE REFURBISHED...

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Paradise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2015

The cruise was awesome I love the slides, the food, and I'm going to miss the pizza man.Big Smile There is a lot of activities for us. The Party were great, the shops sell the stuff in good prices. The music in the main lobby was awesome, because people love to dance to the music.

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Best Anniverary Cruise Ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2015

Lets point out from the moment we stepped on the Valor , the Valor Crew was Excellent always smiling, always saying Hello, can I help you.

The Food was to die for each night in the Washington Room.  The Lido Deck meals great meals , but I would like to have a donut , never a donut. Lots of chocolate lots of chocolate. Ship is very clean and shinny.  Rooms are clean and very welcoming and warm,  love the head of house keeping for our area.

Cozumel, was great, had a dock ,we walk up to village and hired a taxi service to take us to a beach. 30.00 each plus eats

Belize, tender service, the first time I went there we used a dock, I don't know why you have to use tenders now. We were in a party of 12 and some of  us stayed  ship because water was rough. The group that went on shore did not like how the crew handle the boats and getting on and off the ship.  Once on shore people were fighting for your business and it was not clean.  They said Belize was a waste our time that we could put on another island.

Mahogany Bay   Dock service  beautiful setting, great time there. wonderful beach, lots of  bars, eats,  stores  , the flowers so beautiful  The  water is blue green and feels so good.  The  people are loving and caring and very helpful and they will make sure you will have a great time.  If you could bypass Belize you could spend more time here.

Costa Maya, Dock Service.  small village shopping and bar and eatery , we booked a private resort for the day. started at 7:00 am   this included beach, food, and of course alcohol  , all you want. for 5 hours    Oh, this also included the taxi service too.   Beautiful Love

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Amazing 50th Anniversary Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 06, 2015

From the time we arrived at Port Canaveral to departure we were treated like royalty. Crew members, starting at embarkation to debarkation, were extremely helpful and courteous. Many went out of their way each day to great us with huge smiles and big hugs. Dinner was an amazing experience. Since we were a party of 11 we did not expect to be seated together. We chose open dining and only on two evenings did we have any amount of time to wait before being cheerfully seated (together) and served. We've been on several cruises and I  would have to rate the food among the best we've ever been served on a ship. The entertainment and the ports of call are what each individual makes of them. If you want to enjoy yourself...you will. My prayer is that each and every one of you reading this review will experience the amazing time we had. 

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Carnival Cruise Lines Really Knows How To Spoil You

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 06, 2015

This was my husband's first cruise and he loved it so much, he asked me where we are cruising the next time before our cruise even ended.  The islands we went to were so beautiful, with the turquoise water and white sandy beaches with palm trees.  A perfect oasis for relaxation!  What really struck me was how our waiter and room steward called us by name every time they saw us.  They anticipated your needs before you had to ask for anything.  One day when we were relaxing on the deck in the sun, we came back to our room to find a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for no reason.  It was an unexpected surprise!  We are currently planning our next Carnival cruise and deciding where we want to go next.  We had such a wonderful experience on Carnival, we wouldn't cruise with anyone else. 

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Great Value

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 06, 2015

The only problem I had is that I am a night owl and the only option was pizza that late or room service and I didn't want to bother those people just for a sandwich or something small. Otherwise, you couldn't ask for a better vacation value for the family with everything included and plenty of activities. Our head waiter Rosanna was absolutely one of the most favorite persons I have encountered in the 45 years I have been alive.

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Destinations & Excursions Were great - but The Ship Experience - NOT SO MUCH

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: May 23, 2015

Yjos was our third Carnival Cruise.  frankly, one ship is just the same as the next.  Basically it has already become no greater an experience than riding a city bus.  Same old thing...  We enjoyed our destinations very much and the excursions were loads of fun, but the time spent on board the ship were so-so, at best.  Carnival food (buffets) is clearly sub par, with every attenpt to make things look wonderful, but the quality is clearly lacking.  They call it cheesecake, I call it cake that has a cheese like flavor.  It is CLEARLY not even remotely real cheesecake, EVEN IN THE DINING ROOMS.  We went to the dining room for brunch one morning and my English muffin was brought to the table a full ten minutes before my breakfast, so it was cold as a corpse by the time my eggs arrived. The eggs were cooked through, although I asked for over easy.  We were VERY disappointed with the dinners as well.  We have been relatively happy with the evening meals on previous cruises with Carnival, but even some of the regular fall back items were poorly prepared. Honestly, the service at dinner was not entirely star studded either.   Movies on the deck were a nightmare!  Loud mouths who had no respect for the fact that the deck was loaded with people trying to watch a film would sit in the areas immediately adjacent to the screen and blab at full volume. No one from the ship staff thought it needful to address this issue, so watching the movie became a waste of time and effort.  YOU COULDN'T HEAR IT ANYWAY for all loud and obnoxious blabber mouths!  Carnival is interested in selling booze, so drunks abound, and I personally have no interest in dealing with obnoxious drunks, but plan on having to do so at least once or twice a day.  We loved our open seating dinner companions and made lasting friendships which we plan to continue, even on land,   Honestly, as far as cruising is concerned, Carnival is a ship that gets you where you are going.  Other cruise lines make the trip as enjoyable as the destinations.  Not Carnival.

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A view from the pier at Grand Turk. Beautiful beaches and gorgeous water!!! Welcome to Grand Turk. Our ship from the port at Grand Turk.

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

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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.

The Serenity Deck was nice because nobody under 21 could go on this deck. It was especially laying in the hammocks. The only negative thing was that every time we wanted to go in the hot tub, they were crowded, so we never were able to get in the hot tubs.

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