Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Our Carnival Valor Cruise 6/28-7/5/09

Sail Date: June 28, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This is a large ship. Saying that, Carnival handles ship entry very poorly. We waited 45 minutes after arriving at the terminal in Miami to be waited on. Then about another 20 minutes wait to board the ship. In Cozamel the lines to board the ship, close to the time to leave, were approx. 300 persons long. We were supposed to leave an hour before I saw these lines. I'm not sure if a tour was late returning but.........

The Waiter in the Dining room was adaquate, but tended to concentrate on the larger tables at the expense of the smaller ones. The busboy seemed to be in a coma; I had to ask for coffee and refills several times. On his day off a substitute bus person provided excellent service so there are some good people there.

The room steward was absolutely excellent, providing good service and receiving an extra tip for this.

The Cruise Director "Tex" was extremely full of himself. He continually wore a cowboy hat to all functions and shows. His Daddy never told him it's impolite to wear a hat indoors.

The average age seemed to be 20-40. The people under the age of 18 amounted to 1800. This is not a ship for people older than 40. The activities are geared to this age group.

The service over all was fine. The ports and tours were good.

Pros: The Room Steward - Excellent Service!

Cons: The long lines. Carnival does not know how to handle embarkation & ship entry well.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

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