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Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4.1 out of 5
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Carnival Valor

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 24, 2020

Ship: Carnival Valor

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1262

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

It was an enjoyable trip. The staff was very friendly. Accommodations could use upgrading. Musical groups could be better. Spend some time at the Alchemy Bar! Also, go to Scarlet's Steak House, it's SO worth it!!!

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Lines longer and slower than usual, but they kept moving.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The Our Time dining room was wonderful. Our waiter, Gurkan, was the INCREDIBLE! He took great care of us and was extremely attentive and made sure that we were taken care of. We were lucky enough to request and sit in his section every night. We dined at the Steak house on the first evening. It was EXQUISITE! The service was great, and food even better. We will certainly do this one again! Breakfast in the main dining room was delicious as was the new juices. I do miss the bloody Mary bar. The lido buffet was good for salads in the afternoon and for the cold meat and cheeses, otherwise I don't find the food on the buffet very good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Serenity Deck, 80's trivia, fitness center, tea

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Comedy shows were great, Scavenger hunt was great as usual. I think that the musicians/musical groups/soloists on this cruise were not as good as our last two cruises. The violin trio and brass horn group were a bit "stiff". I didn't enjoy the solo guitarist who sang only country. Hubby and I are professional musicians and hold these things at high standards. We stopped going to the theatre for the main shows because of no live music and the over dubbing of voices during the shows.

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Gurkan in Your Time Dining was AMAZING!!! We were lucky enough to have him every night. He took such great care of us and was very friendly and went above and beyond to make our evening dinner beautiful! I wish we could have him on every cruise! Alchemy Bar, Zuzanna, Amel and Vladimir- Best mixologist/bar tenders we've had, ANYWHERE!!! We loved them so much we hung out there every night! BRAVO!!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship layout was fine. It seems as though it's time for an upgrade in decor.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Room was a bit run down, with vineer missing here an there on the furniture, the cushions and seat of the couch were cracking and were old enough that the cushion and seat were no longer the same color.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
Love our city~

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Love visiting Cozumel. Please put Nachi Cocum on the excursions. We go to Nachi EVERY TIME in Cozumel and won't consider anywhere else.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

5 out of 5
Love Progreso. We often go into Merida, but instead went to the beach. It was a great walk, and lunch and massage. Will do the beach again in Progreso!

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
HORRIBLE!!!!! I'm not sure what was going on, but disembarkation took too long and it's my understanding that people were waiting until after 11 to get off. We happened to be on the 1st floor and people were jamming the elevator areas, the lines were at a complete stop EARLY on.
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