Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise

Sail Date: October 31, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

We had a wonderful cruise.  Only two glitches.  The last nights dinner left a lot to be desired.  Was supposed to be "large shrimp".  They were long -3 to 4" but they were the size of a pencil and must have been fried in grease that was not sufficiently hot.  The breading fell off and it was very greasy.  Couldn't eat it.

The second item was more severe.  DON"T believe the vendors on the ship about being "Tax and Duty Free".  That is boarding on an outright LIE.  It is if the total value or $ spent is less than the US Customs allowable per person which is usually about $800 per person.  If it is over that you pay US Import Duty and the vendor will not tell you that.  We were hit with about $490 of Import Duty on jewelry purchased and the vendor said not to worry, it would be minimal, probably around $10 to $20.  Big surprise at Customs...  I'm sure the same applies on Alcohol.  

Cabin / Stateroom
The aft extended Balcony was OK but after experiencing that, I prefer the side balconies. It allows you to view where you have been and about a 170 deg view but much less private. Your balcony can be seen from the balcony on either side and some from above. When it rains you cannot use the balcony at all unless you want to sit in the rain.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Requested 'anytime' dining and did not get it. Our meal was set for 8:15 PM. Much too late for us to eat, not healthy to eat so late.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Cozumel, Mexico
Belize City, Belize
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Nothing much to do but shop. We were warned that going into town had been hazardous to some previous tourists.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Short stop. Did not allow time to shop after an excursion.


Beware of lies told by on-board ship vendors. See review above.

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