Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

March Cruise

Sail Date: March 08, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

The Carnival Valor is the largest ship in Miami according to Carnival. Big is not always better, The ship layout is horrible. The only deck that goes from front to back is Deck 5. Our cabin was on Deck 7 and our dining room was on Deck 3. Only one stairwell and elevator accesses the Washington dining room. To get from our room to the dining room required us to go to deck 5 then walk over to the correct stairway or elevator and go down. To go from front to back on Deck 5 requires zig zagging from one end to the other. I am used to every deck being open from front to back.
The pool areas are fantastic.

Pros: Itinerary, Food, Staff

Cons: Ship, Drunk Kids

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship is very clean. The decor is a little overbearing but not garish.
Service and Staff
Most crew memebers were happy and glad to help. We did notice a few that were arrogant and overbearing. Maybe being promoted isn't for everybody.
Food and Dining
Wait staff is great.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an inside room which was larger than previous cruises we have been on. I will say if you have the extra bucks go with the balcony.
We saw the worst comedian ever. He wasn't funny and he knew nobody was laughing so it became very uncomfortable. John Heard was our cruise director, he is the head cruise director fro Carnival so he was absolutely fantastic. The entertainment staff was very active and keot things moving.
Belize City, Belize
The city is wonderful. We did the cave tubing adventure which was great.
Don't Miss: Cave Tubing
George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is still recovering form 2 hurricanes but it is still one of the best islands in the Carribean
Cozumel, Mexico
The last hurricane to hit Cozumel wiped out the dock. Carnival rebuilt the dock and added new shops, bars and restaraunts. Carnival does not share with the local economy any money from the dock area. Shame on Carnival for taking advantage of a disaster to benefit their bottom line. Do the city and Mexico a favor and travel into town. You have to look very hard for the taxis but they are there.
Don't Miss: Shopping and food.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Not much to this port yet

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