"mixed bag"

Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 27, 2010
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

Feel like we got taken advantage of in the excursion department. Some of the staff didn't seem to know a lot about the excursions. Felt like the cruise director tried to scare people into taking them for safety reasons but found out from most people it's better to go it on your own. Charged $39 a person for a beach excursion which could be had by a $4 cab ride. Would not help us out in any way for an excursion they recommended that cost us $450 as a family that we could have done right down the road at a mini golf course. Also said it was ok to have my sixteen yr olds, who have riden atv's forever, go atv'ing with me as long as they were with me. When got off the boat was informed that they needed their drivers icenses with them. Found out from others who did it on their own it was a fraction of the price and they did it with their 15 yr old.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
food was average....sit down dinner staff was excellent


3 out of 5
Comedians, magician and juggler were good

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
excepting the excursion staff, help desk and bar staff

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
small pools, many areas strong of cigarette smoke...otherwise very clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
excellent care taken in our stateroom
3 out of 5
Loved Cozumel...heard great things about it but was sent on a bad excursion by Carnival. Loved Three Amigos Rest.
5 out of 5
went to tabyana beach.....a must see
Don't Miss: tabayana beach
1 out of 5
went to 7 mile beach....nothing spectacular

Pros: Friendly staff. Good food

Cons: Excursion staff didn't seem to know about the excursions. Way too much money for the quality of the excursion. Should have done them on our own.

Recommends Carnival Valor? No.

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