Great Week on the Valor
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: July 24, 2011
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
My son and I (age 12) had a great week on our western carribean cruise on the Valor July 24 -31. First, I want to say I think the ship was in great condition. This was our first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can tell you there were no signs of needed maintenance. The only item that I think dated the ship a little was the color pink that was still prevalent in many areas. In our room for instance they have update the carpets, curtains and pictures to introduce other more modern colors, but there was a metal trim all around that could not be easily replaced that was still pink, I noticed this again in the dining room chandeliers and other areas. Now they were in great shape but just dated it a little. The food in the dining room was good to great, which is a feat when you are trying to feed 3500 people. Rosie's, the cafeteria / buffet, was good but they would have made a few improvements. People have already mentioned sauces at the Mongolian Wok (stir fry line). Why not add sesame giner or teriyaki as a choice? Limited choices were dated. Pizza was not the best I've ever had but was good. Should add fries and chicken fingers to buffet as they made the grill line long at all times. Could also add some options to the burrito bar - think Chipotle! Excursions were also good to great including snorkeling, sailing and Great Race in Cozumel. Just wish there was time to enjoy a dinner off the ship but we never had a full day/night at any stop.
My biggest complaint was no matter what we were doing they were always trying to sell or upsell us. It got old after the first day!
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Don't Miss: Snorkeling
Pros: Itinerary provided 4 stops
Cons: Needed more time at each location