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Carnival Valor Cruise Review by hannah_cruise

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Carnival Valor
Carnival Valor
Member Name: hannah_cruise
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 7282
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Carnival Valor Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Carnival Valor Deck Plans
Valor Nice Old Ship - Passengers Only So-So!
The Valor is a smaller, older ship, good for some R&R. Don't expect the wide range of activities or bells and whistles of much newer vessels. Those looking for adventure and excitement will be disappointed. If you're looking to lounge by the pool and in the hot tub, read a good book on deck, enjoy some decent food and have fun in the ports of call, all at a really reasonable price, then this is the ship for you!

Pros:

- Nicely laid out vessel

- Interesting Americana/Heroes themed decor

- Can find some very cheap rates on this ship - we booked a junior ("Ocean") suite for the price of an inside cabin on a newer ship.

- Nice hot tubs and newer "Serenity" area for adults

- Kids club seemed well-equipped with a wide variety of toys, lego table, etc., although we were not travelling with kids this time so don't have feedback on the counsellors

- Friendly staff who were willing to help passengers with whatever they needed

- Nice small library for borrowing books

- Food was mediocre (buffet) to good (dining room) - some parts of the buffet like the Deli were better than average.

- Interesting ports, liked Key West, *loved* Grand Cayman. Ocho Rios was not great - locals are very pushy trying to sell you things or trick you into giving them money for things. Made the shore excursions, even the ones organized by Carnival uncomfortable.

Cons:

- Small ship and crew, not many scheduled activities

- Older vessel, shows some wear and tear (although we thought it was in pretty good shape)

- Not that many venues on the ship for entertainment

- Passengers tend to be mostly American with a few French Canadians and very few international passengers. Maybe because this was a less-expensive cruise it attracted some less polite folks (being nice here!) A few times we moved out of our sun loungers because of loud/obnoxious/rude behaviour of our neighbouring passengers. Also quite a few college kids, but we were travelling at Spring Break. There were also some very nice passengers, so it's not all bad. You just need to be aware that either cheap cruises or the Carnival brand in general attracts a rather mixed crowd. We didn't feel that way on RCI or Princess.

Publication Date: 03/05/12
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