Sail Date: August 01, 2014 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 2 years ago
Overall an okay cruise. If this had not been our fifth cruise we might have been more pleased\, but having been on other ships and cruise lines\, it was better for more inexperienced cruisers. I think that's who was on the ship\, if not\, just some of the rudest people we've ever encountered. People did not know how to wait in line\, and thought it was their right to shove in front of you. We met a lot of really nice people though\, as well. Comedians were great and varied throughout the week. I think the food and water is VERY salty\, our feet/ankles swelled like balloons and we've never had that problem on a cruise before.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
There were few food options for dinner other than the dining room. Rosie's and pizza was about it. Burgers and Mongolian Grill closed at 6\, as did the Fish place. The line for the mongolian bowls was ridiculous. My husband waited 40 minutes\, in that time I got a hot sandwich made and finished eating. The dining room was average. The menu was not very extensive. Worst Caesar salads we have ever eaten and that is saying a lot. Since that was the only salad option on the menu\, we obviously did not have that more than one evening. Portion sizes were crazy-small for many dishes\, very large for others. You never knew when you were ordering and when you asked for more than one appetizer or entree the next night to compensate\, at times we felt like the servers were judging us or giving us negative 'grunts'. Glad we ate in the dining room most evenings\, though. The Chef's Table was above our expectations\, but the quantity of food was way too much.
3 out of 5
There weren't too many options for the evening\, most activities on the deck were immediately after you were due back on the ship\, and people were getting ready for the early dinner seating. It was a ghost town up on the pool deck in the evening. Wish there were more 'parties' or something similar. A prior cruise had a 'bar tour' that was a lot of fun.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Room steward was amazing\, probably the best of the entire ship staff we encountered. She greeted us by name every time she saw us. Worst experience was in pixels twice. The first time we went\, we asked for a price sheet and the staffer pointed to the large hanging sign with three prices\, explaining nothing. Two days later we went to actually purchase pictures\, and the cashier was very irritated with us because there was a long line and she had to explain the various pricing and options to us. Had our question been properly answered and explained the first time\, we would have been ready and had a fast checkout without receiving the attitude and having to modify our purchase.
3 out of 5
Ship size was good. I liked the decor though some could say it is gaudy in some areas. My only complaint as far as the public areas were the restrooms on the lido deck. They always were the worst on the ship\, to the point where I stopped using them halfway through. The ship layout was a tad puzzling\, because you couldn't walk through on certain decks\, but overall not terrible. The pixels gallery was a madhouse each time we went\, so that could be in a bigger area. There were too few pools and they were very small for the ship size. For the age of the ship\, it was still very nice and in great condition. No complaints.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
One of the bedside lamps didn't work. It was also VERY orange in the room. But overall very nice size and storage space\, other than for empty suitcases. We had no idea where to put those so they were constantly in the way. Bathroom was great size compared to others. Beds were comfortable\, but pillows smushed down to 2 inches thick which was not great. Only 1 electrical outlet which was a pain the entire week.
Pros: Lost of ports\, room steward\, Chef's Table
Cons: Rudeness of fellow guests\, crazy-expensive bingo games
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