Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5


Sail Date: July 16, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My mistake for booking a trip in July. To busy with children on board. Kids running loose in hallways until early AM with out parent supervision. Even when we finally seen the parents there was still no control. A lot has changed since our last cruise. They used to carved fruits and vegetables and made the food look appealing. There wasn't this time and food looked bland and unappealing. No juices out all day. They cut juices off before 9AM and that wasn't even all the way through breakfast. All you had all day was lemonade and tea. Before you could get anything at anytime except for sodas and alcohol which needed to be purchased. Very limited.

Cabin / Stateroom
Seem tight but we got a balcony this time and that made everything great. Loved it, they cleaned our room constantly and our steward was a great guy. Love the animals.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation we were running late and they took care of us quickly and were very professional. Debarkation we had to wait in hot corridor but it wasn't to long. Lines move quick through customs and we were very happy for that.
Ship Quality
Got the impression that this was an older ship. Nice décor and maintained.
Destinations and Excursions
Outstanding, the excursions where the best and was what made the cruise a success. Pelican excursions in Aruba were top notch. We went on sail and snorkel. Wife had a misstep and torn her toe nail off. The crew, especially Jonathan, were great. straight to work on wife's toe. cleaned bandaged and took her info. Best guys ever. Excursion was still a great success.

Curacao was great. friendly and perfect beach and swimming, beautiful waters.

Grand Turk snuba was fun. First time for both of us. John was a great guide and teacher. very patient and friendly. What had not received out snuba pictures yet but we hope to some, hopefully there wasn't a problem with the email.
didn't get a chance to see much this time but was very happy with what we did.
Service and Staff
Andreja, Randy, Murni. We had the pleasure of being seated in their area several times. They were outstanding. Best service, best personalities, best staff. We would reckon mend them every time. Open seating. We loved being in their care. Professional.
Food and Dining
Buffet food was mundane. Was not visually appealing. What happened to fruit carving and all the fun stuff being showcased. One night in open seating our wait staff was subpar. order a soda and took 45 minutes to come back and say they didn't have any. order different soda and took 20 minutes to get is. Ice had melted in glass and they pour soda over the melted ice water. They served me before my wife even finished her appetizer. Found hair in my food and wait staff was stacking food dishes on same tray as dirty dishes. worse service ever
Port Canaveral, Florida
Oranjestad, Aruba
Great. Thanks Pelican excursions. Sail and Snorkel, great crew. Thanks to Jonathan for quickly attending to my wife's mishap
Willemstad, Curacao
Great information on bus ride to beach. Excellent beach and swimming area.
Grand Turk Island
Our guide John was great for our snuba trip. Haven't seen our pictures yet that were suppose to be sent by email.


If you sail and are an older couple, July would not be a good time to go. Parents were not controlling their children and they were running our halls at 2 AM. They did not listen to others asking them to stop running and making noise. Younger kids 5-8. Crew even asked them but no parents around.

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