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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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

First Time was a Good Time

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

My favorite part of the cruise had to be the dinners.  We became very attached to our wait staff -  Blanka, John Raymond, Petre, and Phadra.  They were so sweet and accommodating.  We looked forward to seeing them every day. Please let us know the best way to convey our appreciation to their supervisors.  The food was delicious as well.

 

We also appreciated the housekeeping staff person, Nengah.  He was very friendly and accommodating, and remembered our son's name.  He welcomed us every time he saw is in the hallway.

 

Our cruise director, Orlando, was incredible as well.  He seemed to work 24/7.  We enjoyed the welcome party, the '80's music trivia, the magic show with Bobby Borgia.

 

Also, the Decades of Music Asia was fantastic.  We are not dancers, and they got us dancing.  We enjoyed watching other people dance as well.

 

Guy Fieri's burgers were delicious, and we liked the pizza and Blue Iguana tacos as well.

 

The ship is complicated to navigate, and we were often confused as to which way to go.  Everyone was pleasant throughout, except a little attitude from one Guest Services employee on the last day.  We did have to change our flight home, and Nenad(? from Serbia) in Guest Services was very kind to find and dial the number to the airline for us, so that we could make the change.

 

We enjoyed our massages, and we are enjoying the products we got from our masseuses, Jessica and Conie(?).

 

We felt the spa classes we took were too geared to selling products - the foot/walking improvement - $220/pair for simple arch supports??  And for the herbal remedies, we decided to skip our consultation, because we could see the aim would be to sell an expensive array of remedies.

 

We did buy a painting at the auction that we are excited to get when it ships.

 

Thanks for making our first cruise a great vacation!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

my first cruise

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

My favorite part of the cruise would defintly be dinner with my family and the group that took care of us Blanca, Peter, and John Raymond they were phenomenal I didn't want to go back home because of them they were so attentive, sweet, and funny. Phdera was also extremely sweet even though she did not serve me because I am not old enough to drink she was so sweet to my parents! Nengah was also greatttt he was so friendly with my brother and I and funny too! If I ever take another cruise I wish that that they are there too. I also liked how there are activities for all age groups. The cruise director Orlando was amazing too he always kept everything so up beat and he was always happy and smiling. Happy

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Dinner was great.  We had a group of 15.  Lot's to do for everyone.  The cruise went very well.  Service was great.  Enjoyed everything.  We had first time cruisers with us as well and they had a blast.  We had picky eaters and they found plenty of things to eat during the day and at dinner.    

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome

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

The excellent customer service and being treated like a valued guest was appreciated. The ship was clean and in great shape.  No need was unfulfilled. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Had a blast sailing with my Granddaughter

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

Our favorite part of the cruise swimming with the dolphins in Cozumel,  then we loved the shows (especially the musicals that were put on by the dancers with the 2 singers).  The food and drinks were awesome also.  I would recommend this cruise to all our friends and family.  I cannot think of anything that needs to be improved upon.  I am already talking about going on a cruise soon with a friend.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Anniversary cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

this was both my husband and i's first time on a cruise. Overall we had a great time but I don't think this has made us "cruise people". I got seasick the first couple days and then after we got off the ship at home. I heard that you barely feel the waves when on the boat, but that wasn't true even after taking Dramamine. I throughly enjoyed the trivia and shows on the boat and the unlimited food options which my husband took advantage of. ;) my favorite part was Cozumel when we went snorkeling. My tip would be don't book through the ship, we got a private tour for half the price! 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Caribbean Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Overall, the cruise was good.  The food was pretty good; the staff was good (some were very good); the entertainment was very good; the Director was good; the excursions were fine, and the room was nice.

Our only concern was the 4 teenage boys in the room next door to us.  They were very loud.  They played loud music the first two days, talked (or yelled) very loud every day, came in loudly every night at 2:30-4:00 in the morning, kept their balcony light on even when they weren't in the room (so we couldn't really enjoy looking at the stars from the balcony), and stomped and banged around their room waking us up every night.  Both their neighbors on the other side and we went to Guest services who called security several times.  But, although they came to their room multiple times, the boys were never really quiet.  We paid extra to get a room with a balcony, but felt like we weren't really able to enjoy it.  Also, when we would make our way down to the Guest Services, they told us that if it happened again, we could call 7777.  However, we tried that several times (one time waiting for over 20 minutes in  a loop), but were never able to get through to anyone.  One time, we went down to Guest Services at 3:00 in the morning to complain about the boys next door having waited 20 minutes on the phone and no one was at Guest Services, so I don't know what the loop or the phone number was for.  In the end, we lost several nights sleep.  We tried on the very first day to change rooms, but were told that there were none available.

So, in the end, much of the cruise was great.  But, we felt like we had to avoid our room, which was very disappointing for us and we felt like we were short-changed part of the benefit of having a nice balcony view.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful cruise! Be back for sure!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was my first cruise and while I thought it would be nice, I had no idea how wonderful the cruise would be.   The room was wonderful, staff was so caring and friendly, food was great and the excursions were a once in a lifetime experience!   Carnival exceeded all of my expectations!   I will definitely be a repeat customer with Carnival! 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Quick Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

This was a relaxing an amazing cruise. The only thing I would change would be for the Carnival Crew to ensure that children are not running the halls an being in the hot tubs without parental supervision. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

First Time Cruisers

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I loved this cruise. We loved the Carnival Valor. The crew was very friendly, met our needs. Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. We definitely will book a cruise again.

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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!

FosterHines
Contributor Level: Purser

Stop by the casino. I won on the slots and blackjack table.

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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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