Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Six of Eight Nights Were Great!

Sail Date: March 27, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, we enjoyed the cruise in spite of the following issues.  We experienced A/C limitations and a night of "sewage odor" from the A/C vent.  The sewage smell issue was resolved; however, we did have to stay in another cabin for the night.  Did you know that Carnival has a policy that cabin temperature should be between 70 and 74 degrees (F)?  Don't expect a really cool room!  Cabin steward and dining staff were very good.  Customer Services staff very poor, so I hope you have no problems! Food was average at best.  Hope you like cheeseburgers and hot dogs!  Entertainment was above average.  The casino was nice, if you could find a seat at the tables or at a slot machine.  No question this was the most crowded casino I have ever seen on a cruise.  Lots of smoking as well.

Ship Quality
Mentioned the A/C previously. The ship needs to be really cleaned and painted in certain areas
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Our Dining staff: Orlando, Glory, Nevilson. Our cabind steward Jani.
Not great but better than just ok.
Children's Programs No Kids w/ us!
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Had a fantastic guide on an excursion in Grand Turk while taking a tour of the island
Cabin / Stateroom
Bad simply because of poor air conditioning and a horrible night w/ a sewage smell coming from the A/C vent. Room could use some renovation.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Grand Turk Island
Grand Turk has little to offer. It is very quaint but enjoyable simply due to our tour guide Tracy. If you can get Tracy take the island tour!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Port is close to Old Town so don't spend the money on a city tour. You can catch the Old Fort and Old town by walking.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Unless you are wanting to buy jewelry or fake handbags there is no need to go downtown. Take a beach tour instead!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Same as St. Thomas. Lots of jewelry stores and street vendors.


Very nice workout area w/ large window in steam and sauna to enjoy the ocean view! Be sure to really study your ship's map as some areas are difficult to access.

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