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Carnival Valor

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

What people said about this ship:

"However, the formal dining room left a bit to be desired, the food was luke warm and not that tasty." in 87 reviews.

"This was the worst Carnival cruise ever." in 40 reviews.

"Big Tex was a great cruise director - friendly, full of information, and without to a..." in 40 reviews.


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wrigc181
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 star
5 star
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5 star
5 star

I had a fantastic time!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Aug 24, 2014

I would highly recommend taking this cruise. At first I thought that 7 days would be too long, but all  of the fun things that you can do on the ship was simply put, Aaamazing....They have the comedy shows, movie night outside, the live shows, which by the way excellent. It is like you are watching a Broadway Show. Then you can eat, eat, eat, and eat some more!!! The crew were very pleasant and helpful with any little need that may arise. I had went on my very first cruise on the Carnival Valor and I was not disappointed in the least. I would definitely do it again on the Valor. The hospitality was just phenomenal.  My family and I had went during the last week of August and the weather was just about perfect. I have nothing bad to say about this cruise because we ALL had a great time. To Felipe, you were fantastic!!! Missing my cruise already.... Now I am looking forward to going on another one.....

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luvtotravel
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Our Frist Cruise experience with Carnival

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2014

It was my husband and I's first cruise.  I feel all the staff on board had done a great job to make our cruise a positive experience.  They are all very hard working and worked very long hour.  The ship was always clean and in good condition.  We appreciate the towel animals that greets us every night we went back to our room. We enjoy music played by two groups: Take two (variety music) and Ian (Guitar music). The food in deck 9 was not very good because they were not tasty.  The food was bland without much seasonings or spices. What a shame!  The food will be much more enjoyable only  more seasonings, herbs and spices were added.  Our favorite place to eat (dinner) was the Lincoln Hall in Deck 3.  We sat mostly near the water dinning area which was served by an exception team: Arwin, Rex, and Xin.  These three gentlemen have done an exceptional job.  As busy as they were, we felt like they were our only waiters.  They attended to our every little needs even before we asked for them.  Our orders were always correct and came speedily.  They were always very friendly, not all business but yet they did get their job done.  Unfortunately, we sat somewhere else one night and our experience was not very good.  Orders were dropped and services of our waiters were not anywhere close to Arwin, Rex, and Xin.  The Lincoln Dinning hall was great because food were tasty, have many different variety to choose from.  I had cold mango soup, cucumber soup, sushi, escargot, frog leg, lobster tails (plus many more) which we only expect them in  very high end restaurants.   We also love the entertainment provided by the dining staff in fact we look forward to their performances every night.  We love every dinner we had in Lincoln Hall except their desserts.  Their desserts were very undesirable.  Cheese cake did not taste like cheese, pumpkin pie look like custard pie.  That said it all.  All in all, our dining experience in Lincoln Hall was positive and highlights of our cruise.   Our most negative experience was from the customer service desk on deck 3.  On the day of checked out, we went to where we supposed to wait to leave the ship. We waited for 2 hours which was not the thing that bothered us.  We were the last group to call to leave the ship and that we found out our statement was sent to our room in the morning which we did not see (we were in the waiting area already).  When we asked for the statement, we were treated not friendly at all.  The staff were irritated the fact we wanted to have our statement at that time. They told us their computers were already shut down and also "reminded" us we were the last to leave the ship meaning we were holding them up.  Who wanted to be last to leave!!!  We waited for more than 2 hours without a complain but they complained us to hold them up!!!  How about let us know ahead of time when we will receive our statement, we will definitely not hold them up!!  It is so ironic we had such a good experience the whole time we were on the ship except the last moment.  The bad experience were created by the customer desk.  That was the only time we did not feel welcome at all!!What a shame!!!    Please forward our comments to the staff or directors on Valor so that improvements could be made.  Thank you!

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lasagna our favorite waiters!! The best! shrimp

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Had the best experience on the Valor

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

I've cruised with several other cruise lines and I still say Carnival is the best. The entertainment was great, The staff was great. They work exceptionally hard to make your cruise experience a great one. The ports were fabulous. The adult comedy shows were hilarious (full house every night).. The people we met were so much fun. There was so much to do, we were exhausted by the end of each night. Carnival is definitely the "Fun Ship". There was something for all ages. The food was good, a liked the variety & the fact that it was available 24hours a day. For those that wanted a more relaxed atmosphere, they had the Serenity Area (for adults only)& an adult only pool area to lay out & relax. Great music throughout the ship, fun games for all. Im already looking into my cruise for next year. Im a Gold Member. If you're looking to have a great vacation experience, upbeat & live, Carnival is the place for you.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
5 star
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5 star
5 star

Carnival Valor was all of that and more!!!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Jun 29, 2014

I had a great time on this cruise June 29-July 6, 2014. Carnival Valor gets 5 stars!!! The embarkation was quick. However the debarkation was different. That's my only qualm. This ship was super clean. Our steward was great. she freshened our room up 3 times a day. Our 2 waiters and waitress was great. The Lido deck was always a fun place to be.

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The Pitons in St. Lucia!! Beautiful Towel animal St. Thomas my home, with the Valor in the background

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

1 star
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AWFUL

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Valor | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

FOODS NASTY AND DESERTS TASTE LIKE CHINES DESERTS ALMOST NO SUGAR ON THEM. AND THE THING ABOUT HAVING 4000 PEOPLE STANDING ON THE DECK FOR OVER A HALF HOUR HAS NO ACTUAL WORD TO DESCRIBE IT. ALL  I CAN SAY THAT WAS REALLY HORRIBLE AND BEYOND REPROACH. THE SHOWS WERE NOT TOO GOOD EITHER. THE ONLY THINGS I ENJOYED IN THIS WHOLE DEBACLE WAS THE GYMN AND THE LIVE BAND ON PROMENADE DECK AND THE COMEDY SHOWS WERE PRETTY GOOD I MUST SAY THAT GUY AL ROMERO WAS HILARIOUS  . SO AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED I WILL NEVER CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL VALOR AGAIN. CARNIVAL PARADISE WAS MUCH, MUCH BETTER. MAYBE YOU GUYS SHOULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM THEM. THEY WERE BETTER ORGANIZED , MORE METICULOUS AND THE FOODS WERE MUCH BETTER.

THANK YOU

CHARLES JUDEX

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Popular Tips for Carnival Valor


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.

If you are into soft drinks get the unlimited soft drink card. Do the steakhouse, allow it cost extra $35/person its worth every penny.

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Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014
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Sail Date: Nov 02, 2014
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Sail Date: Oct 19, 2014
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