The ship's staff were very attentive, especially the stateroom and dining room staff. Food was OK, I've had better aboard other ships. Ports were OK, but Western Caribbean is probably better. Entertainment was marginal.
My cruise overall was good because we made it that way. If you can't enjoy a cruise something is wrong. I was disappointed in Carnival many times though. I have been with Carnival many times before and it was fine. I'll give some examples of the shortcomings. My security was in question a few times on this cruise and it NEVER had been before. We had 2 Medical Emergencies which is fine but there was something suspicious about that too. Buffet food was never hot.....Warm? Not really. Up charges in the dining rooms. Not much food available if you didn't eat in the dining rooms in the evenings. Lousy cruise directors. Now some positives..... Good ports of call. Good breakfasts. Good stateroom and service. Guys Burgers is wonderful. Good embarkation and debarkation. I guess the biggest concern for me was our safety
This was our first time cruising. It was a nice cruise, nice time, but a lot of people. Our room was unfortunately right over the band so we didn't get to sleep until late. Our cabin was good, had a balcony which was fun for morning coffee. Weather was awesome. Food was good, nothing stood out as bad. I would probably do another cruise with Carnival.
Carnival Valor 5 night Bahama cruise was absolutely wonderful. There was such a great variety of of restaurants and foods to choose from, lots of fun activities and shows on board. The entire crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Excursions were well planned out and reasonably priced. The stop at Half Moon Cay was tops - blue, clear water that looked like a giant swimming pool - and a fabulous cook out. The cruise was so relaxing and one of those that you simply didn't want to come to an end. We'd definitely take another cruise on Carnival.
Overall, the trip was fun. My family enjoyed themselves during the sea days and ports of call. We had first time cruisers in our party and they enjoyed the many things to do during the trip. My immediate family has cruised before and if I had anything to comment on negatively, it would be the lack of announcements onboard. Previous cruises the cruise staff did not leave you questioning or in doubt about anything. This announcer didn't even let you know that we had arrived at our destinations, things going on within the ship and just overall general information that we had become accustomed to on the ship.
This was a great cruise. We especially enjoyed our serving team, Juan, Paolo, and Joel. They waited on us every evening in the Lincoln Dining Room (anytime seating) and we never even lacked for anything. Food was good overall. The entire crew were extremely friendly and trivia nights hosted by Chris were hilarious. Impressed by the concern the crew showed when we had to make a medical emergency stop. The trade winds were crazy in Aruba and Curaçao but the ports were nice. Even got to disembark early with self-assist. Would sail on Valor again without hesitation.
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