February 2016 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western
After a somewhat unpleasant Carnival cruise on another ship, we vowed never to cruise with them again. I doubt we would have had not a family member won a free 7 day cruise and asked us to tag along. We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly our opinion changed after our recent cruise on the Valor. The embarkation went smoothly and we were having our daily umbrella drink within minutes of boarding. The ship, while in dire need of refurbishment, was clean. Our cabin steward was excellent and provided great service. Food was quite good but most of the wait staff seemed harried throughout the trip. The entertainment was only so-so for us. We enjoyed the excursions and never tired of seeing the Mayan ruins in different settings. Too soon our week of fun in the sun was over and disembarkation was painless. We certainly are glad we were able to give Carnival another chance to redeem itself and will consider them again when we plan our next cruise.