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Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 02, 2014
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8442
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

The ports of call are excellent, the staff on board is wonderful, the Carnival excursions are excellent.  So why were we unhappy?  The ship is dated and has a very strange decorating theme.  The main loby has figure heads of great Americans whcih make it look like a mosuleum.  The on board entertainment is very average, the food in the main dinning room while plentiful is also very average.  The coffee in the main dinning room is horrible, so you have to go to the Java shop and pay for decent coffee.  We enjoyed having a balcony, but the room was very worn and dated.  Our steward was oustanding and kept it as clean as possible.  The only oustanding food is at Scarlett's Steak House and we enjoyed that twice at $35 extra a person.  We compare this Carnival cruise to our last one out of New Orleans and this one was not nearly as good.  We would go back to the same places in a minute and we would take the same staff, but not the same ship or cruise company at this time.  Be prepared to pay for every drink, soft drink and any decent food.  You have to pay for Wi-Fi as well.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
very average

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
bingo and acupuncture?

Entertainment

1 out of 5
comedy club only fun thing

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
looked good

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
outstanding

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
old and tired

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
old and tired

Ship Tip

Go to the Serenity zone and sit in the hot tub after your excursions and watch the ship leave port from there with a cold drink in your hand.

3 out of 5
Arrive a day early to explore
5 out of 5
Wonderful town and island tour is outstanding.
1 out of 5
Go to the beach, there is very little to see in town
5 out of 5
Take an island tour that includes some water activity.
3 out of 5
Go to the beach, skip the city tour its dirty. The beaches are beautiful.
5 out of 5
Great shopping and eating. If you love sailing do the America's Cup excursion.
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