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Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 27, 2011
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

Overall, the ship was great - lots of activities planned, and great things to do onboard, like mini golf, swimming, comedians, etc. This was the third cruise we've been on (all from Carnival) and they all were great. The only thing we noticed about this particular ship was the fact that it seemed much more crowded than the other ships we've been on. I believe that the additional size they advertise (i.e. our last ship was 90,000 tons, and this was 110,000 tons) is all in staterooms, so actual non-stateroom parts of the ship are the same size, but with more people.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food is ALWAYS amazing; I think I gained 10 pounds.


5 out of 5
Great shows; two broadway style revues, and 4 different comedians (all with both Family Friendly and Adults Only shows) who were great!

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Kids were kept busy - most of the time. There were only a few times where there wasn't an activity planned.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very friendly and helpful - only one person (the guy who ran the late night pizza stand) seemed annoyed that we wanted to get food...

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was very clean and well maintained, and it's huge, but again, if it weren't for how crowded it seemed, i'd have given a perfect rating.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We had 4 in our stateroom, and there literally wasn't room for all four of us to be standing at the same time; two of us would have to move on to the bed for the others to pass. If we had to to it over, we'd get a bigger room (we had the smallest room, I think).
3 out of 5
We did the Cave Tubing. They aren't really clear that the ride to the place to do the cave tubing was an HOUR AND 20 MINUTES each way. At least the bus was air conditioned. It was neat, but not really that spectacular. I heard (from the guide) that the really interesting caves would require another 6 mile hike to get to. We heard from other guests that the Mayan Ruins here would have been better to go to.
Don't Miss: Mayan Ruins (we didn't go to this though - we just heard)
5 out of 5
Did the stingray greet and dolphin swim - was really great - got to play with both stingrays and dolphins. Was probably the most fun of all the ports.
Don't Miss: Dolphin Swim
5 out of 5

Don't Miss: (Canopy) Zip line and Gumbalimba Park
5 out of 5
The beach was great - everthing (including alcohol) was included in the cost - they had paddle boats, canoes, a water trampoline and a climbing iceberg in the water. Plus activities throughout the day on the beach (like a water baloon toss, etc). Was great fun and the beach was nice.
Don't Miss: Playa Mia Beach Deluxe

Pros: The Food

Cons: How crowded the ship was

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

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