Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

2 out of 5

Be Prepared to pay for Everything

Sail Date: February 02, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
old and tired
Food and Dining
very average
Cabin / Stateroom
old and tired
Service and Staff
comedy club only fun thing
Children's Programs
looked good
Onboard Activities
bingo and acupuncture?
Destinations and Excursions
These were outstanding , book through Carnival they have the best excursions.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrive a day early to explore
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Wonderful town and island tour is outstanding.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Go to the beach, there is very little to see in town
Castries, St. Lucia
Take an island tour that includes some water activity.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Go to the beach, skip the city tour its dirty. The beaches are beautiful.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Great shopping and eating. If you love sailing do the America's Cup excursion.


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.

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