Average at best experience on the Valor
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 03, 2009
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
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Staterooms - very nice. Well organized and interior staterooms. Beds pretty comfortable and service was excellent.
Ports of call - a disaster. Cozumel replaced w/ Key West b/c of swine flu. Roatan cancelled for labor strike (after we sailed all the way down there). Having to stay on ship, improptu entertainment was awful. Movie was shown in the middle of the day (House Bunny) that was TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE for small kids. That was worst experience by far and flat-out unacceptable. Passengers should have rec'd more than $20 credit for the Roatan cancel. For me this half-ruined the week. $20 to miss a port & hang on the ship all day? Not nearly fair. Length of time at ports of call insufficient, especially when tendering. Barely any time to spend off the ship. Dock overnight??
Excursions - very expensive for what you got. If you do your own research, the alternate excursions booked independently are much much better for the money.
Lido Deck/Pools - arrangement VERYpoor (and not like website described). Main pool very very small (probably to make space for slide?) Couldn't believe how small the mail pool was! Also water very salty. Nowhere NEAR as nice as Royal Carribean pool decks. Hot tubs not hot at all - lukewarm, and elevated surrounded in glass not pleasant to sit in. Most disapopinted in pool deck.
Food - very good. Better than I remember on RC ships. Great selection for health nuts and vegetarians as well. Desserts; however, in general bland. That may have been a good thing as we didn't eat much. :)
Dining room - very nice, great service, excellent food. Entertainment funny but not spectacular. Could have done without.
Evening entertainment - very lacking. Found some bars very smoky and unpleasant. Entertainment very boring in most cases - much of it geared for seniors. If one doesn't gamble and is under 50, not much to do at all. The theater entertainment consisted of Bingo, cheesy games and cheesy comedians. Royal beats Carnival hands down here. No movie theater either?? Even the old ships had that...
Camp Carnival - can't say enough good things about the kids camp. Awesome! Great lineup, kids loved it, counselors very nice, kids wanted to go back and back. Surprise there...
Spa - nice, good service but pushing products on customers just wrong and insulting. In some cases, product pushing was downright rude. Made to feel bad about saying no. If I pay > $100 for a massage, I don't need to be badgered about buying products. This was a total surprise and next time I won't do one at all. I can get a massage at home for $50 that is equivalent or better and no one badgers me to buy body cream.
Gym/Fitness Center - very nice, enjoyed that. However, wish it was open later for evening workouts.
Lido service - great. In fact all employees we came in contact with were pleasant, friendly, positive, very nice.
Drinks - very expensive. $2 for cokes???? Please....
Overall - average cruise. Royal much better from my experience, Carnival has work to do. The smoking has to be controlled. Smelled cigarette smoke in the stateroom hallways, and other "non-smoking" areas of the ship. Offensive and dangerous to other passengers.
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Don't Miss: Caye Caulker
Pros: Food, staterooms
Cons: Entertainment, smoking all over ship