Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Carnival redeemed!

Sail Date: February 20, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

After a somewhat unpleasant Carnival cruise on another ship, we vowed never to cruise with them again.  I doubt we would have had not a family member won a free 7 day cruise and asked us to tag along.  We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly our opinion changed after our recent cruise on the Valor. The embarkation went smoothly and we were having our daily umbrella drink within minutes of boarding.  The ship, while in dire need of refurbishment, was clean.  Our cabin steward was excellent  and provided great service.  Food was quite good but most of the wait staff seemed harried throughout the trip.  The entertainment was only so-so for us.  We enjoyed the excursions and never tired of seeing the Mayan ruins in different settings.  Too soon our week of fun in the sun was over and disembarkation was painless.  We certainly are glad we were able to give Carnival another chance to redeem itself and will consider them again when we plan our next cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom
We will always look for a balcony cabin aft. It was so roomy that we were able to have Jonathan get us an extra chair so four of us could sit out there comfortably.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Very clean but a little ragged--needs to be refurbished.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Not as plentiful as in other cruise lines unless gambling is your thing.
Children's Programs
No children with us.
We didn't attend one show. The music was loud!
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward, Jonathan, was the best! Our room was super clean and he made sure our requests were completed quickly.
Food and Dining
Food was good. We were anytime dining but tried to be seated at Beny's table because she was so friendly and good. Other staff seemed harried even at slower times.

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