Carnival Valor Overview

By - Updated Sep. 12, 2019

Launched in 2004, The Conquest-class ship from Carnival Cruise Line was recently renovated in 2016, receiving Carnival’s new “Fun Ship 2.0” treatment. Travelers aboard the Carnival Valor will now enjoy Carnival’s newest dining venues, an enhanced nightlife and an overall improved ship full of excitement. Upgrades include the addition of venues such as Guy's Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina and many more.

Fun activities are available for kids including Suess at Sea, a 4-deck-tall spiral water slide. Camp Carnival includes supervised game and activities. And don’t worry about your teens, as they can hang out in a club that is designed just for them.

What’s in store for the adults? You can relax and grab a drink at one of the great bars and lounges available throughout the ship like the Alchemy Bar, have some laughs at the comedy club, or get your groove on at the nightclub. Need some peace and quiet? Catch some sun at the Serenity Retreat, a quiet, adult-only area

The 2019 - 2020 sailing for the Carnival Valor departs from Galveston and New Orleans with destinations to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.

Ship Highlights

  • Twister Waterslide
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Hasbro, The Game Show
  • Guy's Burger Joint
  • Serenity Retreat
  • Seafood Shack
  • BlueIguana Cantina
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • RedFrog Pub

Before You Book

Why You Should Sail on Carnival Valor: Carnival Valor tends to draw couples, families, and groups of friends. The crowd will vary slightly depending on the itinerary and time of year. For example, you'll find younger couples and families with kids on Caribbean itineraries, but the age skews slightly higher on Panama Canal voyages.

You Should Know: You won't find many outlets in the cabins, and the location of the kid's club is not ideal - you can hear the kids from below in the spa and in the Serenity deck area.

Carnival Valor Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,756
  • Total Crew: 1,150
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 3.27
  • Built: Dec 2004
  • Refurbished: Jan 2011
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,492
  • Cabin Categories: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Length: 952
  • Beam: 116


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 4.1
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 4.1
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.3


1492 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(302 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $80/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(177 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 242 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $96/night
Balcony Balcony
(398 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $121/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(47 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 349 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $179/night

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Blue Iguana Cantina Blue Iguana Cantina
(47 Reviews)
Taste Bar Taste Bar
(1 Review)
Washington Dining Room Washington Dining Room
(93 Reviews)
Guy''s Burger Joint Guy''s Burger Joint
(84 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Gymnasium/Aerobics Gymnasium/Aerobics
(3 Reviews)
Jogging Track Jogging Track
(5 Reviews)
Glory Atrium Glory Atrium
(4 Reviews)

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Miserable cruise on the Valor, will never cruise on the Valor again! Yes by shellydave

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

I would NOT recommend this ship at all. I feel like we wasted our money. We could not even enjoy the pool or hot tub without being rained on by pieces of black particles from the ship/ engine. It even ruined my husband and daughters swimsuits. We moved around to different areas on the ship and still would be covered in black pieces of some sort of particles. This vacation we looked forward to for a year and was very disappointed, I even cried. I don’t think we will cruise with Cardinal again and if we ever do it will NOT be on the Valor. Definitely an experience I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to go through.

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Never booking this ship again by michellegroves4

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

We made the best of it and have noted to never book this ship again!

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Wonderful by missieadams

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a great time. Always plenty to do and the ship is very clean. It is beautiful.

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May 29, 2013

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

Dec 29, 2015

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

Oct 14, 2017

Go see the shows! Don’t put too much food on your plate and be one of those people that leave food wasted on your table. If you like something you can always go back for more.

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