Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Nice ports, smelly ship

Sail Date: April 04, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We liked the ports on this cruise but wished there would have been one more stop for the price and length of the cruise.  It was a smelly ship for some reason.  Our balcony staterooms would smell like cigarette or cigar smoke intermittenly, the pool area had wafts of sewage smell and our dining room smelled like sour milk at the entry.  When the main pool started shooting brown stuff out of the jets and they had to evacuate I did not want my family back in it the rest of the cruise.  

This was our least favorite out of 5 cruises our family has taken.  We were not able to get the flexible dining time so our 8:15 dinner cut into the entertainiment time.   The food in the dining room was not as good as our last Carnival cruise and they cut out being able to order espresso with breakfast in the dining room (you have to pay extra now).

Ship Quality
Lots of smelly areas
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Palm isle excursion in Aruba was disappointing for the price, buffet shut down 15 min after we got there and staff was not very excited to have guests there, acted irritated. Did not buy any other Carnival excursions after that.
Cabin / Stateroom
Fine except for the cigarette and cigar smell that would come in through air vents.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Wish we would have done something other than the palm island excursion. Not worth the $.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
Took quick drive around Southern end, beautiful water and crazy to see the salt harvest. The "S" beach at the end was awesome but the food and bathroom facilities were not ready for the crowd
Grand Turk Island
Didn't make it past the beach right at the port. Beautiful but crowded with 2 ships. Free wifi at smoothie store in the port shops!

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