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Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 06, 2013
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The accountants must be designing the menus

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Except for the commedians, pretty awful

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Worker bees; not supervisory staff

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well maintained; difficult to navigate around

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Small but workable

Ship Tip

Don't have expectations that are too high.

3 out of 5
Nassau never changes
5 out of 5
Better than previous trip to San Juan
3 out of 5
Port very congested
5 out of 5
Good shore excursions
Great tour guide
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