First-timers have mixed feelings

Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: December 01, 2009
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

The ship itself was nice. It was very glitzy. I think the best description we heard was "floating Vegas". If you are looking for understated elegance or classy surroundings, this may not be the ship for you.

Our interior king cabin was nice and clean and was larger than we had expected. Hand sanitizer dispensers were located around the ship and usually operable, although some were empty.

Our biggest complaint is that everything was so loud! The music, announcements, bingo callers, etc. My husband and I could not have a conversation poolside, even yelling as loud as we could. The noise was deafening.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food in the dining room was pretty good, but I may have been disappointed if I had paid for it in a nice restaurant. The salad bar was great. The buffet was just ok. We tried to avoid it was much as possible because of the huge crowds and greasy, fast-food type fare. They kill you with the price of alcohol.


3 out of 5
We enjoyed the magician and one of the comedians. They also had a show with singers and dancers but that didn't interest us too much. Bingo was insanely expensive. $20 per sheet, per game!!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had no complaints whatsoever about the staff. The housekeeping and wait staff did an especially great job.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The decor was kind of tacky, but overall the ship was in excellent shape. It was clean and new looking.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our king, interior cabin was clean, well maintained, and larger than we expected and had plenty of closet space. Housekeeping came twice daily and did an excellent job of keeping everything stocked, clean and tidy.

Pros: The ports of call. (Cayman, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel)

Cons: The huge crowds and blaring music/noise.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

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