Carnival Valor

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    

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Carnival Valor is a large ship, carrying 3756 passengers and 1150 crew, and sails from Galveston, Texas.

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Great time with an extra day!

The trip was great. I enjoyed the ship and the staff was amazing. Martin was very attentive... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great time with an extra day!

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The trip was great. I enjoyed the ship and the staff was amazing. Martin was very attentive to our needs in our stateroom. I would definitely do it again but would not port at Progresso. I didn't enjoy it at all.

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1 out of 5

Only good for a 1st time cruiser

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Do not use this cruise line if you have taken any cruises with any other half decent cruise line. You will be disappointed. Service is mediocre. Food is uneatable on ANY of their venues. Entertaiment aboard the ship is lame to non existing (unless you like bingo). The ship is old and it shows it (rust stains everywhere). Only good thing I found was the staff/program at Camp Ocean

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Wedding Anniversary Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The new dinner menu was great.  Of course service is always great.  Port excursions were exciting as always.  

 

Our Platinum benefits are great.

 

Once again, we had a great time!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very Very Nice Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Roatan, Honduras was the best stop. This port was beautiful.

Lee was a cracker-jack Cruise Director.

Dining Room food was a bit dissapointing overall. However exceptional pockets of food did exist (for example the burgers on the Lido deck).

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Carnival is UNTRUSTWORTHY

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

#Favorite: Good and Hard working waiters, chefs and room service persons

#VeryBad: Excursion management is very bad, they will reschedule to illogical times which cancel 9 out of 10 of times, then make to wait for excursion and cancel it at last minute. 2. Almost same menu repeats all days. No good options for vegetarians. 

#Improvements: Communicate about probability of cancellation. Provide alternate and better options preferably for free.

#Recommendations: Do not take customer for granted. Improve on Menu and entertainment. Be Honest.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Amazing Service

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Despite weather delays (obviously not something Carnival can control), they were amazing at communicating what was going on, they changed up the schedule to still fit everything in despite the weather delays, and the service everywhere on the ship was amazing! Loved it! We'll definately cruise with them again! Happy

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Cleanest Ship EVER!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Our family booked the NYE cruise and it was fabulous.  I am a Platinum cruiser so I have cruised many, many times.  This ship was the cleanest cruise ship I have ever been on.  It was my husband, myself and our two kids (10 and 15) for this trip. We booked two interior rooms and we were on the 8th deck.  The kids enjoyed being able to run around the boat, play games, be a part of Bingo, Trivia games and enjoyed night time movies on the pool deck.  We enjoyed being able to spend time with our kids, the great meals, entertainment, etc.  Our waiter in the main dining room was Neal and he was FABULOUS!  Every night he had our drinks waiting for us on the table and was always smiling and willing to show our youngest a trick or two.  We ate at the Valor Steakhouse on the last night of the boat and it was TO. DIE. FOR!  Don't miss this opportunity if you get the chance to eat there on your trip.  The few minor downsides I had while on the cruise was that some of the bars were not staffed adequately.  I felt that we had to wait an unusually long time for a drink quite a few times on this ship - which if you are a frequent cruiser is surprising since alcohol is a huge revenue for them.  We went to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico.  In Cozumel we swam with the Dolphins in Dolphinaris and that was awesome!  In Progresso we did the Dune Buggy ride and that was so much fun - not to mention the weather was beautiful so it was so worth it!!!  All in all I would give this boat and this trip 2 thumbs up!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great Fun!

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Well, we didn't get out on time because of fog, but that's not their fault. After the initial conflicts with the schedule etc. all went well. They worked very hard at getting the excursions squared away because of the schedule. Again, it's not their fault, but they went out of their way to have a good cruise.

- New Year's Party - I'm booking the same dates next year. The New Year's experience was awesome!

- One thing people need to do is to get to know your servers, waiters, and house keeping staff. They have great stories and are more willing to help you when you appreciate them. They work hard to make your cruise special. 

- I have no complaints. I got what I paid for. We had a small room for 4 of us, but that's what we paid for, no complaints. The food was good, the staff was attentive and helpful. I only gave the cruise a 4 because of the schedule, but that's not on them.Big Smile

- The only negative I had was the Safety Drill. It was long could have been done better. We were late getting out, so the drill was late in the evening. I was tired and cranky anyway. I know it has to be done, I hope they can find a way to make it better.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not the worst but not the best,

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The food was ok. The shows were ok. The cruise was delayed which caused a major inconvenience for many but for me the delay was not a huge deal. There were many nice staff members that I enjoyed (Oana (wait staff) and Aysa (Java coffee) to be specific. However, Ryan (he seemed to be an events coordinator) was rude to guests in my presence more than once. I can not imagine all of the times that I did not witness his rude behavior. One night in he dining room we were not seated until 50 min after arrival and another night we waited for 20 min before wait staff came to take our order. We had to stop another staff member to get someone to take our order. At each port we were let off of the boat late which shortened our time off of the ship. It was just not a smooth cruise by any means. Carnival will not be my first choice for cruises in the future.

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1 out of 5

Inclimate Weather Delay

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I understand that there was heavy fog and that the ship could not safely port; however there was no compensation for the time lost. The cruise director was thee worst ever. We were on vacation I was with a group totaling 8 people of which it was the first time for a few of my party. Lee the cruise director could have done much better to make people feel better about not leaving port until practically the next morning. I know we could not party much while in port; however the next morning should have be an at sea party since the set sail party never happened. We were supposed to meet people in Cozumel, but because the itinerary was changed we missed the people we were supposed to meet. There was way to much miscommunication coming from members of the crew. The staff was not on the same page we received different answers for the same question. AngrySurprised We plan for this trip for half a year and never have I been so disappointed.

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Csprunger
Contributor Level: Purser

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

dstcyr77729
Contributor Level: Purser

For quiet time visit winstons bar in the afternoons. We played cards there before dinner many days!

livetocruise
Contributor Level: 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.

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Price

L

Size

Dec 2004

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

3756

Total Passengers

3.27

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1492

Total Cabins

34

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