Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Valor overview

Sail Date: November 14, 2010

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This is our 9th. cruise on Carnival. We have always enjoyed our time and the intertainment onboard. This cruise was on the Valor out of Miami. The new parking lots are finished but not big enough. We have a handicape parking permit and a space could not be had. Did manage to find a place close to the ship. Checkin was average.
The ship was very clean and service was average. It is obvious that there are less crew to do the work. On previous cruises we had a head waiter, assist. waiter and bus boy to wait on us in the dining room. Now there is only a head waiter and a roaming assist. It took over an hour and a half to be waited on. The meals were pleasing to look at, but Lobster was undercooked and tastless. Chicken was served to me undercooked. Some other items on the plate were either undercooked or cold when should have been hot. Service was slow but not the fault of the waiter. He was very polite and worked his "butt off" trying to serve everyone. Reducing help in the dining room had not worked. We ate mostly on the lido deck and food was much better there. The sandwich shop was very good as well as the buritto area. Overall there has been a reduction in the food service quality and amount of help.
The intertainment on the lido deck was dissapointing. Gone are the steel drum band and replaced by a keyboard player and a few assistants. I never felt the "getting in the mood" carribbean atmostphere. The big screen is a nice improvement, but the music and things shown were not for me. I don't appreciate rock and roll music at 6am, and reruns of Willy Nelson and gang over and over. Guess I'm getting old?
Overall the the cruise was ok but a far cry from previous ones I have been on with Carnival. It will be some time before I go on another Carnival ship. Oh, I forgot the most important part. There were two dress up nights in the dining rooms on this cruise. Men are to wear coat and tie and women a dress appropriate for dressup. I was very supprised to see the Maite' de allow people in with very imformal attire. Jeans and casual shirts are not resort dress. A number came in this way. The waiter staff just allowed them in. If a dress code is in place then enforce it. I was insulted by this disregard for attire. All in all a much less "Fun Cruise" than previously experienced.

Pros: Room service and staff

Cons: Dining room food and slow wait for food

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Food and Dining
Some meat items were undercooked. Hot food was somtimes cold.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ship Quality
Service and Staff
Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel has added another docking area and the shopping area is all new from my last visit. This is a tourist meca for shopping. I was supprised to see the set prices on items and many were overpriced. Ok to visit, but buyer beware and try to barter.
Belize City, Belize
Very improverished nation. Don't know why Carnival has this port on it's visit list. Nothing worth seeing that I would spend money on.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Visited the Turtle exibit and was nice. Too little to see for the time given us.
Don't Miss: n/a

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