A nice tour of the western Carribean
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: July 10, 2011
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThe ship itself was very nice. There were plenty of activities and everything was well laid out. We had no trouble navigating the boat after the first day.
On-ship prices (in particular, alcohol) were criminally high, and were a true detraction from an otherwise fine experience.
Along those lines, the primary negative of the cruise was the long list of obvious cost-cutting measures. The closed grill next to the adults pool. The same sets of musicians playing the same songs every single night (and they were not bands in their own right; they wore Carnival shirts and worked as crew members during the day).
Otherwise, the ports of call were all wonderful, with an excellent variety of options and excursions. Nights were filled with many choices of entertainment, and the evenings were always well-scheduled so that we never were forced to choose between multiple activities.
Food and Dining
As mentioned above, the closure of the grill at the adults only pool was a nuisance. Alcohol prices were high. And by "high", I mean unaffordably exorbitant. I can find no reasonable excuse (beyond price gouging) for charging $5.75 for a 16oz lite beer. Bar drinks were no different.
Service and Staff
It was wonderful that the smaller of the two pools was "Adults Only" so there were no squealing, splashing children around when you were trying to cool off and relax. However, all the entertainment (stage with bands/music, etc) was located at the other pool. Understandable, but disappointing nonetheless. Similarly, the grill (burgers, fries, etc) was not open at the adult pool (cost cutting measure?) so it was a long walk to the other pool if you wanted those items. But the retractable cover was fantastic during the two afternoon thunderstorms!
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Margaritaville, located in the downtown area. They even have a private swim area.
Don't Miss: Beach
Don't Miss: Goff Caye snorkel and beach!! (offered through Orbitz; Carnival did not offer it)
Don't Miss: Beach
Pros: Days at sea, the beaches, night activities
Cons: VERY expensive drinks; felt rushed at times; cost-cutting measures