Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

A wonderful time aboard the Valor

Sail Date: February 13, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Collecting luggage at baggage claim was a bit chaotic. Our bags were not in the area that they were supposed to be in (per the bag tags that we were supplied) and people had a hard time finding their bags. I would do self check out with your bags if possible. Some other passengers luggage was lost when boarding and the ship sent around a memo asking people to look for it. I do not believe that it was ever located. The baggage people were very hard on the luggage. From the Lido deck we watched them throwing suitcases and a cart running over one of the bags.
Ship Quality
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.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Food and Dining
The room service menu was a bit disappointing, but food was plentiful in other areas aboard the ship and the dining room was good.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We enjoyed Captain Nautica's Ultimate Snorkel tour. A fun ride and great crew. We saw the shipwreck and a half a dozen turtles.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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!
Grand Turk Island
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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