A wonderful time aboard the Valor

Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 13, 2016
Ship: Carnival Valor
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 1370
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The Valor was a nice ship and the ports of call were fabulous. The Turks and Caicos were especially beautiful.  Despite the fact that the Valor is scheduled for dry-dock and an overhaul in April, we found the ship to be in pretty good condition.  The crew was constantly cleaning and the ship did not look as run-down as we expected that it would.  Wear and tear was evident when we looked closely, but it was nothing major.  We felt that the value for our money was very good.  Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions, the ship could not get into Amber Cove.  We spent an extra day at sea.  We were disappointed to miss this port, but you can't control the weather.  We were given an extra 3 hours in St. Thomas the next day which was nice.  We loved out Cabin Steward, Floyd, who did a fabulous job keeping our room clean.  Our kids loved the nightly towel animals.  Damira and her crew provided us with a wonderful dining experience each night in the Washington dining room.  We have noticed a little decrease in the food (choices and quality, especially with the room service menu), but for the most part, the food was good and plentiful. We really enjoyed the Deli and Mongolian Wok on the Lido deck.  We very much enjoyed the Punchliner Comedy club and saw shows 5 nights.  The comedian Kim and her shows were the best.  Our children went to the Dive-In Movies several times and enjoyed that.  They do wish that the popcorn had butter and salt, but just the fact that popcorn was offered was nice.  My husband and I took the behind the fun tour on the last day at sea.  That was very interesting and informative. We did not play BINGO like we did on our last cruise because we felt that the prices were a bit higher than we were willing to pay, but people seemed to be participating and having fun.  We would have liked to try the casino, but the smoke was so bad that we did not venture in long enough to sit and really stay.  It would be nice if they could have separate casinos for smokers and non-smokers or a way to vent the room. The smoke was overpowering at times even outside the casino in other areas of deck 5 and in the stairwells near the casino. Overall, we had a fabulous vacation and would sail on the Valor or another Carnival ship again. For us, the ports of call are a priority and vacation is what you make of it.  To compare this ship with other ships that are 3x the price is like comparing apples and oranges.  To us, the value and the experience was good.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The room service menu was a bit disappointing, but food was plentiful in other areas aboard the ship and the dining room was good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Very clean. Layout a bit awkward on the 3rd and 4th floor with the Lincoln dining room in the middle of the ship making you have to go up to the 5th floor and back down to 3 or 4 in order to get around.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was very clean and not too noisy. It showed a little wear and tear, but was in good condition considering that the ship goes into dry-dock soon. We were happy with the accommodations. The bedding was comfortable.
5 out of 5
We enjoyed Captain Nautica's Ultimate Snorkel tour. A fun ride and great crew. We saw the shipwreck and a half a dozen turtles.
3 out of 5
El Moro and San Cristobal were walking distance from the ship. They were impressive. It was only $5.00 to get into both forts. We enjoyed Pina Coladas at the restaurant, Berrachina, where they were invented. Delicious!
5 out of 5
One of the most beautiful places that we have seen. The Rays, Conch, and Reef snorkel was our favorite excursion. Captain Tony and Eric were great. We took home beautiful conch shells, snorkeled a great reef, and got to interact with stingrays. Our children can't stop talking about it.
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