Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

A good cruise for the money, but.

Sail Date: February 26, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

If your looking for a cruise that will NOT cost you much at all, Carnival is the place to go. The personal on the ship are excellent and very personable. One thing you cannot say is that they don't work hard, and here is the problem with Carnival today. To drive their prices down, ie 7 years ago I would have spent twice as much for our balconey room, they have cut the crew to the bone. These people are extremely driven, with little time to pay that personable touch that would really make the cruise. The food has also suffered, we had a wide enough choice, but the standard steak was a flank steak. When we were offered prime rib is was an OK cut and all of a 1/2 inch thick.

The people were excellent using every little moment to try to make your cruise special. Unfortunately they had very little time.

The effects of these cost cutting efforts has been to drive the cost of cruising way down, opening it up to the common man. If your looking for an elegant cruise, you best stick to Seaborn and its higher end sisters.

Ports of call: Key West and The Caymans were great as usual, but We went to Jamacia also. If you don't go on the excursions DONOT even bother to leave the ship, I talked to alot of returning people who took taxis to town and all said they wished they would have gone on the excursion or just stayed on ship.

Pros: The Entertainment

Cons: The quality of the food.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
As usual the decor is standard Carnival garish, a bit over done.
Food and Dining
Suffering from the cost cutting efforts. But if you went to Pay restaurant every day and totaled up the cost you still would not pay what I would have 7 years ago for just the room.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ship still has CRT tvs, hopefully when they overhaul the ship they will get flat panels.
Service and Staff
Great people, but they are streached to the bone.
As usual Carnival's entertainment is in the upper level for cruise lines.

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