Carnival Valor is a monster of a ship. Getting all the folks on in Miami was nothing short of a disaster. We waited over 90 minutes to get onto the boat. For whatever reason there was a big backup that created a line that weaver in front of the terminal, wondered through the baggage sorting area, and then continued into the check in area. Others on the cruise said they wait over two hours. Getting off the ship was a cinch since we elected the self exiting method wherein you carry everything off by yourselves.
The food was very good, in fact, better than we experienced this summer on Carnival Miracle. We once again tried the exclusive dinner club, on Valor it is Scarlett's, on it was a five star deal. The early dining in the Lincoln Dining Room was very good and the variety of food was more than adequate. We did breakfast once in the Washington Dining Room. The hostess was rude, the service good, and food ordinary.
The center of life on Valor is the Lido deck. Was was varied and good, especially the breakfast with cook to order omelets! Evenings sucking down a Frozen Marg or beer was a nightly ritual. The aft Lido has a roof that closes when it rains. It was funny to see the roof sealing us off from the rain.
The room was very typical and the service was very good.
Overall, we had a great trip. The only real downside is learning the ship. Deck three is not really passable due to kitchens and so forth. You have to keep the ship map available until you learn where you are and want to go. We found ourselves climbing stairs to get around these obstacles.
The Cruise Director was OK but she really wasn't that dynamic. Entertainment was fine but nothing to write home about.
We recommend the Valor.