My family and I just returned from a week on the Valor and had a wonderful time. This was my 23rd cruise (and second time on the Valor). I really have to say if anyone has anything negative to say about this trip, they are searching, and searching hard.
Our waiter, Mugnee, was fantastic! He brought us delicious food with a great attitude and a great deal of efficiency night after night. Carnival now has a "didja" item on the menu - which we thought was just great. It's an appetizer each night that many people may not have ever tried (for example, alligator and frog legs). Kudos to Carnival for adding this fun feature to the daily menu.
Entertainment was good, right on par with good entertainment we've had in the past.
The crew was excellent, very friendly and very efficient. They certainly kept the ship in wonderful condition. We never saw our cabin steward, however, he/she did a fantastic job.
We've been seeing other cruise lines make small cut backs (such as no chocolates on the pillow at night, etc.); however, if anything, Carnival has added features (such as the didja). We enjoyed the complimentary sushi most nights. I also have to add that the complimentary drinks were free flowing at both the repeat cruisers party and the farewell party. No skimping there!
We would recommend this cruise to anyone, we had a fantastic time and encountered nothing but fantastic crew, service, meals and entertainment.