We took back to back cruises on the Carnival Glory and the Carnival Valor in the Western Caribbean and we were pleasantly surprised by both ships . Both are very similar having been built one year apart and only the interior decoration differs . We did prefer though the thematic decoration around HEROES of the Valor to the more conservative decoration of the Glory .
The embarkation process on the Valor was much more efficient than on the Glory probably due to the automated stations available in this Miami terminal.
We found that the menus on both Carnival ships were identical . The choice of restaurants is the same and the layout of the food in the Lido Buffet does not differ significantly except for the location of the Mongolian Wok which is more practical on the Valor .
Our appreciation of the food was the same on both ships : at dinner, in the dining room , the choice and quality of the food is excellent ; at lunch it is average and for breakfast it is mediocre both in the choice and preparation of the meals .
Entertainment in the evening is amazing , the best that we have seen on the 11 cruise lines we have sailed with . The only problem is to try to fit all events in 5 hours.
The ports of call did offer a good variety : we had the time to visit the Art Deco Area of Miami Beach prior to departure , then Key West which we enjoyed a lot ,Grand Caymans where we took a tour of the 7 miles Beach and then roasted under the sun and the the luxurious island of Jamaica where we saw the forest and the falls .
The level of service provided on the Valor was very good and comparable to what we got on RCCL , Norwegian , Princess and Cunard but not up to the level of the more luxury lines .
Overall we got good value for our money and we will sail again with Carnival !