Overall a very good time
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: September 18, 2011
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryOverall we had a great time and enjoyed the ship. We especially enjoyed the variety of options available. For entertainment, there were shows, comedy, karaoke (Superstar Live is a fun addition). For food there were sushi, Mongolian, pizza, fish & chips, a burger grill, a deli, burritos and a themed buffet, all in addition to the dining room. Although the variety was great, the quality was not impressive. Most of the food was good but not great.
The adults only Serenity deck was amazing with hammocks and extra large circular chairs for couples. There were three pools, but all of them seemed small, especially on sea days when the pools were popular. I would have loved to have a pool in the Serenity area. There were hot tubs, but I can't see using a hot tub in 90+ degree weather - I want to cool off. The water slide was fun, but one trip was all I needed. I never got around to the miniature golf or ping pong, though I wish I had. I was bummed that the ping pong tournaments were both scheduled on port days.
I don't think the ship's layout is ideal, but it's not bad once you get used to it. While this was not the best cruise experience possible, it was still a great vacation. And I thought it was an excellent value.
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Don't Miss: Not sure
Don't Miss: Swim with the stingrays
Don't Miss: Snorkeling
Don't Miss: Cave tubing with VIV
Pros: The Serenity area.
Cons: The ship felt very crowded.