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Carnival Valor Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Carnival Valor

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 04, 2020

Ship: Carnival Valor

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great time, the Fun Squad lead by Cruise Director Kevin more than made up for few flaws.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation was quick and easy, we were on the boat before our actual scheduled checkin time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5

Lincoln Dining Room

1 out of 5

Worse main dining room menu and service I have ever had on a cruise. The menu had poor options, alot of the food tasted the same. The wait staff was slow and inattentive.

Pizzeria

5 out of 5

Great Pizza

Lindy Hop Piano Bar

5 out of 5

Dizzy was the poo. My wife and friends loved her.

Eagles Aft Lounge

5 out of 5

Home of the Punchliner it was standing room only during the adult shows. It was a blast. Shayma Tosh and Pierre were great.

Fish and Chips

5 out of 5

Great food, if it was an included dinning option I would have eaten there a lot.

Grand Buffet

3 out of 5

Great for breakfast, for everything else not so much.

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

The food was great, they lost a star because their hours are horrible. If you dont want to eat in the main dining room one night you are S.O.L. if you want Guys after 6. They need to stay open longer.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
It was too cool to really use the pool, but that isn't their fault. But something they need to work on is timing of events. Some popular events stated before other popular events ended. Some activities that children didnt need to go to started at the exact time Camp Ocean opened, making you late. Otherwise it was a good time.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Kevin the Cruise Director, and Abby, Sarah, Clair, Tre another rest of the fun staff was awesome. They made the cruise.

Ivanhoe Theater

5 out of 5

Love and Marriage, Hasbro Game Night, were awesome, they has a sick singer so the stage shows were shuffled, but still quality productions.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Camp Ocean

5 out of 5

The Camp Ocean staff was awesome, my little girl never wanted to leave.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the staff was friendly, only service issues was in the actual dining room.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship design is great I love the Conquest Class, the Carnival Valor how ever does need a little work, and our room Stewart does too. Until the last sea day we thought everything was good in our stateroom, then we dropped something that rolled under the bed and on top of finding our item, we found partially eaten oreos and cereal neither of which we had in the cabin.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We had an Aft Balcony. We loved having the bigger balcony, since it had a lounge I was able to take a nap or two outside when my little girl was taking her's. Our only issue was finding the food from a previous cruise under the bed.

Ship tip

Use the rear elevators as much as possible they seemed to have the least traffic. Get to the Comedy shows early. It's a large lounge, but fills up quick. Use the app

Ports of call

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Mr. Sancho's was great, and the port has plenty to do.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

2 out of 5
Unless you are doing an excursion, get off ho through the duty free store on the pier and get back on, because other than that Progesso ain't much to write home about.

New Orleans, Louisiana

4 out of 5
The Big Easy is an interesting place to visit, plan to go for more than one day.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
It was a mess, but that was due more to the impatience people crowding the stairs and elevator lobbies instead of just waiting on the lido deck, bars, or in the theater.
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