Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

First-timers have mixed feelings

Sail Date: December 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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.

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

Cons: The huge crowds and blaring music/noise.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
The decor was kind of tacky, but overall the ship was in excellent shape. It was clean and new looking.
Food and Dining
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.
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
We had no complaints whatsoever about the staff. The housekeeping and wait staff did an especially great job.
Cabin / Stateroom
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.

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