Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean
Sail Date: June 03, 2012
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryOverall this was a great vacation. Our steward and wait staff were pretty amazing. The ship as well as the stateroom were always kept exceptionally clean, and all the staff knew what they were doing and were extremely helpful. There was not a single person that works for Carnival that walked by us and did not greet us or give us a friendly smile.
We used "your time dining" option. It never took longer than 20 minutes to be seated, and they gave us a pager, so we were free to roam around wherever we wanted to. However, once seated sometimes it felt like the waiters were a bit overwhelmed with the amount of tables they had and the food took a while to arrive, but when it did, it was always well worth it. My wife has a gluten allergy, and never before have we seen a restaurant handle special requests so well. They asked my wife to look at the menu for the next day, and wrote down her order. Then the chef figured out how to make whatever she ordered without adding any gluten. Never had any problems.
However, I feel that the buffet lacked variety for breakfast and lunch. We normally eat fruit for breakfast, and every day the only things were available were melons, pineapple, oranges, pears, and apples. Sometimes there was fruit cocktail that included the above+watermelon. We always wished they had some berries, mangoes, or just any fruit from the ports of call, but I guess that's not how it works (you could order a fruit cocktail from the dining room which included kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, melon, watermelon, but we didn't always feel like eating in a fine dining room, so we had to live with what was available). Overall I am very impressed.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Customer Service, Food in the dining room, entertainment
Cons: Breakfast food, design of the ship