Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

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1 cruise (first)

Review
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4 out of 5

The newbies will be coming back

Sail Date: July 18, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My fiance and I both enjoyed the cruise a great deal. To this day, we still tell our coworkers and family and friends that it is a great experience and one we'd like to do again in the future. The ship is very well maintained, the staff, both at the desks and at dinner and in the room-keeping are first-rate - they made our stay so much better. The rooms are very accomodating and have plenty of space and the balcony rooms are worth the price! The dinner service was excellent and very, very tasty, even to a foodie like myself. The drink prices weren't "cheap", but they weren't terribly expensive for people like us that have a max of one-two drinks a day (beer, wine, mixed drinks). The ports of call were fantastic. There is sufficient enough freedom that you can make your own "shore excursions" by just talking to the taxi drivers when you arrive at the ports. We did a lot of activities that were both educational and relaxing and we didn't pay a dime extra because it wasn't a "Carnival Shore Excursion". I do have to say that the Cruise Director (Big Tex) was a little pushy with his "over the air" announcements how we "NEEDED to go to the steakhouse" or that we "NEEDED to get our photos to take home". It didn't work on us, but I can imagine that if you are an impulse buyer, you will be pushed into buying a lot of things that you may regret later. The one negative thing I would say were the fellow cruisers. Never have I seen so many greedy, pushy, inconsiderate people. When the buffets were open, people were greedy with food and pushy about cutting or holding their place so they could wait in another line for food. It made us both want to eat at the Dining rooms where it is table-service without all the riff-raff. We noticed a lot of "hoarding" by people and just a general sense that a majority of these patrons were self-serving.

Pros: flexibility, freedom, affordable, ports of call

Cons: crowdedness, lack of quality of fellow cruisers (loud, pushy, greedy)

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Bed was a bit uncomfortable, but patio was roomy, as was room and storage.
Entertainment
Comedy show was awesome, piano bar was fun and had a lot of talent; the karaoke was fun, though there were too many un-talented kids (and drunk people) to really appreciate any good singing.
Ship Quality
decor was really amazing.. to the nines.
Food and Dining
Dining service at the Washington was excellent - food was amazing and service was prompt, friendly, and 5 star.
Service and Staff
LOVED the staff - steward was a kind, genuine person; all dining staff (for dinner only) were 5-start (for breakfast and lunch, they were hurried and never checked back on you). The Director was a bit annoying with all his "over the air" talks, telling you to guy buy this or that.
George Town, Grand Cayman
The ride to the beach was easy and only $5 on a shuttle bus. The beach was gorgeous and clean. I would give it excellent, but the port was very dingy, dirty, and just looked really depressing.
Don't Miss: the beach is about the only thing we saw
Cozumel, Mexico
The city tour (self-guided) was good, though, since it was our last port, we were already exhausted. Next time, I would do the Atlantis submarine.
Don't Miss: the city is about the only thing we saw
Belize City, Belize
We did a taxi tour around town, picked up some street vendor snacks (fried bananas, avocados, bananas, etc) and learned a great deal about the city, country, culture and its history. Did the Traveller's Distillery tour and it was really nice to taste Belize's rum - rum tasting and great prices, too.
Don't Miss: try the fried banana chips from the street vendors - GOLDEN!!
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Humid as standing in the pouring rain, but outside the port area, people are really kind; beautiful beach, great fried fish at Mahogany Bay; good kayaking there, too.
Don't Miss: kayaking at Mahogany Bay - you can go quite far and it's nice and quiet and gorgeous views.


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