Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

Post Hurricane Matthew/ Oct 8 5 day Bahamas, wouldn't let me select that sailing above

Sail Date: October 13, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We weren't even sure if we'd be able to sail following Hurricane Matthew (and felt a little guilty celebrating our good fortune with such tremendous loss). Yes we were late leaving Port Canaveral, and big itinerary changes due to ports being closed, but that wasn't going to ruin our vacation! Carnival offered us a pp credit and discount off a future cruise to make up for that. We had an absolute blast on this trip! It was my husbands first cruise, my 9th, so not a great representation due to all the changes for him, but he enjoyed regardless. 


The Valor was recently upgraded to the Fun ship2.0 so that made it even better. It does have some dated areas but our balcony cabin (7376) was super clean and what we expected. There's a lot of fun to be had on this ship so definitely explore all areas and decks. The adult Serenity area is super relaxing, quiet and the hammocks are great for a little catnap. 


I cannot say enough fantastic things about the staff on this boat! Best overall service I've ever had on a cruise!! 


I've seen some negative reviews about this particular sailing due to the itinerary change. Mother Nature happens, it's out of our control. We talked to many Bahamians who suffered a lot of loss. Their spirit in spite of tradegy is something we can all learn from! Hopefully those who were disappointed with this sailing will have better luck next time. For us, it turned out to be a fantastic getaway! 

Cabin / Stateroom
Deck 7 is a great location! Sleeping quarters only above and below.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Expected delays during Embarkation due to Port Canaveral opening late after Hurricane Matthew, sad face =disembarkation. Just terrible organization.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
only because 2 of our ports were closed post hurricane. Nassua wasn't fully operational during our 2 day dock
Onboard Activities
They did the best they could with our change in itinerary, but don't think they were prepared for 2 full days at sea.
Service and Staff
Exceptional service on this ship. G, our room steward was amazing and Ezra in the Washington dining room was awesome! Casino staff and all bartenders were a lot of fun!
Food and Dining
Nassau, Bahamas
A lot still closed due to Hurricane Matthew, but the private beach day to Balmoral island was beautiful! Check out the Poop Deck restaurant across from Paradise Island for amazing fresh seafood and conch fritters!


Try the Cucumber sunrise at the Alchemy Bar!

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