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Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Carnival Valor

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 10, 2020

Ship: Carnival Valor

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1285

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Very enjoyable. I only wish Carnival would allow individuals to purchase the Drink package rather than requiring ALL in the cabin to do so. My wife & Mother don't really drink so in all i bought 5 mixed drinks individually. Rather than them making $260, i only spent $35 on Alcohol.


1 out of 5
New Orleans Terminal very Disorganized for Platinum Members

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Although the Amenities on board have diminished over the years with the advent of Specialty Dining, the waitstaff was Excellent . Sinawon, Inyoman & Iwayne made this a Fantastic Cruise dining experience.

Washington Dining Room

5 out of 5

The Great Rating was Only due to our Great Waitstaff Sinawan, Inyoman & Iwayne upstairs table 558. Platinum Member Review

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Enjoyed all a smaller ship has to offer.


4 out of 5
Enjoyed the live performances and even had the added bonus of a new performers changeover so we had 2 performer groups for the price of 1.

Children's Programs

Brought no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As a Platinum Cruiser & cruising since 1985, hands down our Room Steward ACHMAD provided probably the Best Service we have had on any cruise. Personal & Friendly, his daily Smiles & greetings were infectious and made us feel loke family. He kept our room spotless & took excellent care of my mother who was traveling with us and had special needs. He went Over and Above his Duties and Deserves Special Recognition.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Great layout and well maintained although some of the common areas could use a little more attention. But overall favorable.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable size & design, Super clean due to our excellent Room Stuart "Achmad"

Ship tip

Sit back & Enjoy.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

3 out of 5
Terminal could use improvement

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
DO NOT use Target Car Rental. Their vehicles are poor quality & in Disrepair. ALAMO definitely has the best Vehicles to rent BUT Do Not use the Suggested Pemex Gas Station across the street from the Terminal. They waive all Tourist to 2 particular pumps which are recalibrated to inaccurate Rates. Best to just pay $15 to avoid fuel costs or refuel elsewhere. As always, we always visit the "Blue Angel" dive club for excellent Nachos, Atmosphere, Scuba & Snorkeling for experienced divers. For inexperienced snorkelers who as re looking for a sandy Entrance with few rocks, "Playa Corona" south of the pier along the beach road is remote & perfect.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

4 out of 5
Not great for clear water but the beach is nice to sit & have a beer, snacks & roaming vendors. DON'T fall for the "You have to pay $50 to sit here routine" Tell them you'll purchase food & drinks to stay. Great for Shopping & bargaining. On the Main road to the beach from the bus dropoff, be sure to Visit the Leather Shop owned / operated by Richard ( former Floridian who moved to Progresso years ago ) Great handmade quality Leather Bags, Purses, belts ect: at great prices.


4 out of 5
Disembarking Sucked ! Hated to leave the Ship :)

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