Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Not up to Par

Sail Date: January 06, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was our fourth cruise with Carniva - Dream, Inspiration, Legend, and Valor. I would rate it fourth. Issues included:
1. Food was not up to previous standards.
2. Dining room was noisy.
3. Tables of 10 do not facilitate easy conversation. (Should be tables of 8 or less.)
4. Music was awful - in all venues -- and very loud.
5. Shows in large auditorium were lousy.
6. Ship was difficult to navigate, though finally figured out by last day.
7. Cruise director was wound pretty tight - he needs to get ...
8. "Free drinks" given to VIFP members were almost impossible to take advantage of.
9. Never saw the Captain of the ship.
10. Too much Karaoke.
11. Some events (gathering of veterans in one of the bars) was not publicized very well.
12. Chairs in Rosie's cafeteria were not made to slide on carpet; they were difficult to move.
12. The little things that could make a small difference were not there.
I've been told that Carnival hired a new VP from Disney with no cruise experience. Either he or the bean counters in accounting are calling too many of the shots.
Ship Quality
Well maintained; difficult to navigate around
Food and Dining
The accountants must be designing the menus
Cabin / Stateroom
Small but workable
Service and Staff
Worker bees; not supervisory staff
Except for the commedians, pretty awful
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Better than previous trip to San Juan
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau never changes
Miami, Florida
Port very congested
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Good shore excursions
Grand Turk Island Great tour guide


Don't have expectations that are too high.

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