Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Carnival has really changed and cruising is not as special anymore.

Sail Date: October 10, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

I have taken many cruises most of them on Carnival ( I am now Premier) and am very disappointed in the the changes they have made and the many downgrades  that have been made. Small gifts in the bathroom, chocolates on the turned down bed, small bottles of water on the dresser,( a bottle of water now cost $3.75).  Now all gone.  We did get one small bar of soap.  At one time when people cruised  they were made to feel pampered and special for the  few days that were able to get away.  It is so bare bones and you spend much of your time trying to dodge all the waiters carrying high price drink " specials".  Non drinkers who would just like to sit in the lounge or out front  and listen to music for a while are made to feel uncomfortable when the waiter comes again and again to  ask if you would like a drink.  A

soft drink is very expensive and most people only can drink one.  We have limited our visits to the clubs for this reason and it seems so for many other people.  

Yes, I know prices have gone up for Carnival,  but so has their cruises.  For a couple more dollars per person they could restore some of the small pampering and good will.   Some people have saved and sacrificed for a long time for their trip.  Make it special again.....

Cabin / Stateroom
comfortable beds. Musty smell. Had booked 3 rooms, brought 4 adult children as I have done many times before . We have sailed on the Dream 4 times and so it makes it hard to be impartial. We sailed from Italy when the Dream was brought over to the United States. Great trip.. All missed the small special pampering you use to give. Certainly made it seem "bare bones". That is a mistake that should be restored since it is the trip of a lifetime for some people who have sacrificed and saved. It is not the value, It is to be made to feel special for a few days.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Old with odor.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Would have liked to have gone more, soft drinks too high for non drinkers. made to feel uncomfortable not ordering alcohol.
Service and Staff
Bed made every day. Room not as clean, need dusting.
Food and Dining
Port Canaveral, Florida
We have sailed from there many times. We always stay at least 1 extra night.
Nassau, Bahamas
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Grand Turk Island

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