Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2 out of 5

49th Anniversary - no Valor for 50th!

Sail Date: July 29, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Cruising is something that if you do it once you will always want more, but not in this case.  We arrived on our actual anniversary and had to remind staff at the Scarlett about the occasion.  Service was great there and on the ship as a whole.  Best thing about the cruise actually.  The Valor is in need of some updating.  The Ocean View we had was in the corner on the main deck at the end of the ship. We got our exercise and were rocked to sleep each night. Thank God for motion sickness meds.  Chose this itinerary to see eastern Caribbean ports. Looked forward to dress up nights but it was basically come as you are.  Pools small and overcrowded, enjoyed Serenity Deck for adults only.  The food was O.K. not what I expected on a cruise line.  Guy's Burger Joint and the Pizza was the best thing on the Lido Deck. Ports were pretty good, but would be concerned about venturing out alone without a tour guide for safety sake. Second cruise on Carnival ready to try another cruise line or newer ship.

Cabin / Stateroom
Corner room - too small - end of ship - felt lot of motion - first two nights pretty rough - needs updating - paint peeling on ocean view window - night stands veneer coming apart.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
No problem if you can walk and are in good shape. Otherwise went smoothly.
Ship Quality
I think the Valor is ready to come home and stay docked. Was told that it had been updated even though older ship. Still needs lots more updating in all areas.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Need more activities for people who don't go to casino and smoke is overwhelming for venues close to casino.
Could improve - comedy venues overcrowded, main theatre shows were not the best. Need more variety.
Service and Staff
Best thing about cruise. Excellent service with a smile. These people work long days yet maintain our comfort with the best service. Thank you IPUTU and team in dining and LUIGI in housekeeping. Great Job!
Food and Dining
Not terrible, but could be much better. Served warm, menu needs updating. Food is highlight of cruise, this was a little disappointing in buffet and main dining.
Port Canaveral, Florida
allow 45 min or more for shuttle service from Orlando airport. We used Cortran - great service and reasonably priced ($80 rd trip for two).
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Dutch side not too great. Been on French side a little better.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Booked excursion on island. Had a great tour guide. Once away from port, very poor surroundings. Would not feel safe without a guide or group.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tour great - but would not do alone.
Grand Turk Island
Great beach, shops, pools, food at port owned by Carnival. Toured into city - nothing else going on.


Serenity Deck (adults only) nice touch. Pools small - go early - hot tubs not hot!

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