Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: First Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
7

5 out of 5

Up grade fairy offer a suite for $500

Sail Date: August 08, 2015

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

I know this is late in posting but thought I would anyway.  I am new to this site.  Port Canaveral is a fun little town.  I stay at the Comfort Suite for 2 or 3 days prior to the cruise.  There are nice good places to eat and a nice bar to hangout at on the beach with great food.

Port Canaveral has always made it easy and quick to embark.  I did accept the upgrade for $500 and it was totally worth it to me.  The suite was sweet. Plenty of room and I really felt spoiled. The room attendant was Phillip and he was friendly and attentive and always around.  I tipped him throughout the trip and he really appreciated it and I could tell by the service that he did.  Valor is a nice ship and a nice crew at the time I went.  Loved the ship and layout.  Yes the pool gets crowded at times and there are the kids to dodge but unfortunately that's on all cruises and lines.  The food in the MDR like a lot of people mention is fading fast.  Not really good at all but I did like the people I sat with.  It was a good time at dinner.  The shows I thought were good but they all seem to be the same from cruise to cruise.  The casino was fun but smoky as well and of course.  I barely broke even or even down a few dollars but I had fun anyway.

Cozumel was a nice place.  I rented a scooter.  I do ride a Harley Davidson at home so I am accustomed to traffic and how to ride.  There is a paved road that runs next to the main highway.  It goes almost around the island.  I took that and stopped at a lot of the beach areas and there was no traffic at all on the side road. I rented it for $25 dollars right outside the cruise port.  Glad I did, it was fun.  When I returned the scooter and filled it up for 2 dollars I went back to the cruise port and drank margaritas.  Good day.

Belize in my opinion was different to see but not safe.  When I tendered over I walked outside the gates and into the hell of Belize City.  Turned away at least 5 locals asking if I want any weed.. do I want a woman... you get the idea.  One guy was pushy so I say listen to me.... I'm walking down this street and if you want to tag along that's on you.  Of course he tags along pointing out crime areas, corrupt police and the half dead junkies lying in the gutter in the baking heat.  I felt bad of course but kept going.  That was my second time there and it was the same both times.  Book an excursion or stay on the ship in my opinion.

Isle of Raton was very nice.  I enjoyed my stay there.  Good little  port to walk around, go to the beach, drink margaritas and eat.  Good excursions too but be careful outside of the port.  Even a guide can get robbed I have read.

Costa Mayo?  WTF?  Cruise port and not much there but a pool and bars.  Its ok but needs to be taken off the itinerary.  Its a port for the ship to waste time before sailing back to Canaveral.

All in all I had a great time as always and will book Valor or Magic out of Canaveral most definitely again.

Cabin / Stateroom
I took the upgrade, it is a wonderful room but I would not book it out right. Not worth an extra grand over a regular balcony. I did feel spoiled.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Nice ship. You will enjoy her.
Destinations and Excursions
In my review.
Onboard Activities
Typical things to do. Had fun though.
Entertainment
Show are becoming gelled together. Repetitive.
Service and Staff
Not a problem with anyone.
Food and Dining
MDR on all ships are fading fast. I think its to push people to spend money in the pay areas for dinner.

Tip

Remember, its a cruise ship not your living room. There are always ups and downs so get over it.



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