A very nice ship
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: August 27, 2006
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 11 years ago
This was my first cruise, and I was very impressed with the size of the ship. Our stateroom (basic with a window) was very large--same size as most hotel rooms I've been in. There were plenty of seats all over the place if you just wanted a place to hang out, however, most of the evening hangouts allowed smoking, which I didn't like. The pools were tiny (smaller than most hotel pools) and always packed with children. Because they were tiny, they were really only good for cooling off. But because of the kids splashing around, you couldn't really read by the pool. They did have two adult-only whirlpool tubs that were generally available, but the others (that allowed kids) were always packed. My biggest criticism would be Winston's cigar bar, which is huge (seats ~150), but usually had maybe 5 people in it. Because of the cigar smell, the room is unusable for anything else, even though it's one of the nicest rooms on the ship. It runs the full width of the ship, though, so you have to walk through it to get to the other end of the floor. The sports bar, on the other hand, is tiny, and the other big rooms were mostly taken for private parties (apparently there was a large group named Kings and Queens that was on the boat with us and tied up most of the side rooms).
Overall I was impressed, but would have liked to see some non-smoking hangouts, as well as an adults-only pool. Also, because of the size of this ship, there are people *everywhere*. Lunchtime is like eating at a very busy buffet restaurant. Don't expect much peace and quiet outside of your room.
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Pros: The room was very large; Ship very nice
Cons: Most gathering places allow smoking; Winston's cigar bar is huge