Decor was strange, dated. On days at sea, pool deck was packed with longe chairs saved from very early in the morning. People would leave towels and personal items then not even spend time on the chair. Deck had very loud and dated music, making communication with kids nearly impossible. Pools extremely small, overly crowded, unsupervised. Kids slide was not open from 10am to 5pm as stated, and while open it had very long lines. Disappointed because it was the single attraction for our 6 & 4 year old aside from trying to find space in the pools. Camp Carnival was great while it was open, but it had strange hours especially on days at sea, where you have to pick up the kids by 11:45 am for lunch (long lines to pick up), then they reopened at 2 on the first day at sea, but last day at sea parents were required to attend Camp Carnival WITH the kids from 2pm on thru the afternoon!! This is after closing at 11:45am, what good is that? My kids went nuts with nothing else to do. No movie theatre, no ice skating, and their claim to have laser tag was nothing more than a blow up maze that they only offered 2 hrs out of the whole week. The food was not good, especially at Rosies buffet/cafe. Crowded, lack of free/clean tables, with a cafeteria feel. Fish and chips had a line that lasted 40mins, for inferior food. Sit down dinners at night had better food, but under-attentive wait staff, seemingly unconcerned with us as guests. Overall felt like a cattle herd, embarkation and disembarkations were a nightmare. Excursions involved very long waits in crowded corridors, staircases and lobbys.....VERY trying with small kids. We now wish we spent the extra money and went on a Disney cruise or at least Royal Carib Freedom Class ships.
Sail Date: August 01, 2009
Traveled As: Family w/young children
Pros: Our balcony stateroom on spa deck 11
Cons: crowded lack of space anywhere on pool deck during days at sea
Recommends Carnival Valor? No.