Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

It was decent, but nothing spectacular

Sail Date: June 04, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

For the price we got on this cruise, it was decent. Nothing to write home about though. The nighttime activities were limited especially if you're an active adult. After the nighttime show, there was only the comedy club (repetitive shows) or the nightclub. Karaoke was pretty much the same time as the show and dinner so we kept missing it. So, most of our hanging out time was spent in the smoke-filled casino. (Would LOVE a non-smoking casino!!). We went with a large group so we made our own fun so it was still a nice vacation.  But Carnival needs to step it up with their activities, especially since they cater to a younger crowd. Food was better than in the past, but once we got back most people in our party had GI issues, so makes me wonder if there was food poisoning. Bonaire was the BEST! Absolutely wonderful diving/snorkeling! Grand Turk was a joke. Didn't see the island as Carnival had everything set up right at the dock. The cost to venture out wasn't worth so just we just hung out at the beach. Aruba was nice, but not what I had expected. I thought it was more tropical. All in all it was fine, but nothing extraordinary. Will try a different cruise line next time. A bit Carnivaled-out.

Cabin / Stateroom
It was a typical stateroom.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This part was smooth sailing.
Ship Quality
I thought it was fine. Didn't see the dirty that others have noted in their reviews.
Destinations and Excursions
Overall they were fine. Bonaire was great! Grand Turk felt like a private island since Carnival took over the dock area.
Onboard Activities
Need more variety for a younger crowd. I'm older, but like to have fun. I got bored.
Shows were fine. Same ole same old. Comedians were too repetitive.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Much better than in previous year. But a bit repetitive. Members of our party developed GI issues the last day.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
Go snorkeling or diving!! Awesome sea life!!
Grand Turk Island
If you really want to see the island and it's culture, venture off. Don't stay near the ship or it'll feel like a private island.


We did love the Serenity Deck when we wanted some peace and quiet. The hammocks were nice but needed more of them. It was a hidden gem in the middle of a loud/crowded day at sea. Skip the Seaday brunch. Food was actually better on the Lido buffet.

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