3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I’ve been a huge Carnival fan for decades. I’ve been on more cruises than I can count beginning in the late 70’s as a teenager. I have Platinum status in the VIFP program and have sailed on just about every ship Carnival has ... Read More
I’ve been a huge Carnival fan for decades. I’ve been on more cruises than I can count beginning in the late 70’s as a teenager. I have Platinum status in the VIFP program and have sailed on just about every ship Carnival has offered out of Port Canaveral on the short Bahamas cruises. I have always found Carnival to be a bargain compared to the other lines sailing out of this port, and this cruise was no exception. This cruise on the Carnival Valor was the least positive experience I have ever had sailing. Giving my long-standing affection for Carnival, this is a difficult review to write. Embarkation was an extremely lengthy process (despite being “Priority”) and was totally lacking in organization. This was explained as a computer glitch that required all disembarking passengers from the previous cruise to be manually cleared (i.e., sign and sale cards had to be checked against physical paper passenger manifests). Our cards could not be printed in the terminal and we had to be escorted aboard with a port supervisor. The cards were issued at the customer service desk aboard the ship, which took some additional time. Ultimately, boarding ran late and we departed well after we were scheduled to leave. Okay, I can attribute all of this to a computer issue and move on. Unfortunately, the issues just kept coming. While I understand, and appreciate, the importance of the mandatory boat drill, this too lacked any organization. I believed the computer system issues may have slowed the identification of some passengers. I learned at the boat drill that the barcode on my card didn’t work. Having another card issued with another visit to customer service didn’t change anything. While fine for opening the door to the cabin and making charges, the card didn’t identify me and I had to be manually cleared whenever leaving or returning to the ship for the duration. Our “upgraded” stateroom was on Deck 1. Our cabin attendant was surprised that a Platinum cruiser was on his deck. The room was clean and well attended for the duration. It was showing signs of wear, but the A/C worked and we never experienced the sewage smell experienced by other passengers accommodated below decks. Our cabin attendant, as has generally been our experience, was excellent. I tipped Floyd up front and never wanted for anything. The first night we dined in the main dining room. Despite other reviews, we found the food to be fine. While it’s clear that Carnival is cutting corners, we had no issue with the quality of food, promptness of service, or staff friendliness. This was the only night we ate in the dining room. Nassau is Nassau, and we’ve been many times, so didn’t really have any expectations. We did walk to an area known as The Fish Fry, and had the best cracked conch I have ever eaten served in massive quantities at Oh Andros. The restaurant was recommended by a gentleman at the port. It was wonderful. I ate so much that I changed my steakhouse reservation to the following night, and we nibbled at the lido, which was fine. The selections were good. I love the Mongolian BBQ. Getting back on the ship took over an hour in line at the gangway. Again, I suspect it was a computer issue as I still had to be manually cleared. I believe that the ship’s staff waited far too long to open another gangway, let passengers use crew gangways, etc. The gangway staff seemed put out and indifferent. The Carnival Valor is a 14 year old ship that appears to have had no refurbishment and is showing her age. While generally clean, things just looked worn. I’ve noticed this on other ships out of Canaveral (like the Sensation right out of Katrina FEMA service), but it seemed more prevalent on this cruise. We generally see this as older boats rotate into the short cruise market, but it has never been so obvious. I think Carnival needs to pay more attention to upkeep. Our final night we ate in the steakhouse. As always, it was wonderful and the culinary highlight of the cruise. The fee has risen to $35 per person, but I still believe that to be a bargain for what you get. I also learned that if you have the Cheer’s package, you can have drinks up to $25 a piece if or until you reach your daily limit. I was enjoying Grey Goose VX and my wife took advantage of some premium wines. Disembarkation was equally as disorganized as the boarding process. The elevator doors opened and we were pressed in to a mass of humanity. We were again held up at the gangplank as my card still didn’t work. Getting through the new terminal was equally tedious. I realize this is a newly rebuilt facility, but the lack of organization for immigration and customs was extreme. The customs agent we spoke with said that it’s the most cumbersome terminal in the port. It’s a shame as the new parking garage is wonderful. Hopefully they will eventually get things worked out. As my final word, I had fun on this cruise and struck up acquaintances with many nice passengers. There were many aboard who were low-rent and rowdy. It was a cheap cruise, and you get what you get. Nothing new there. I would definitely consider cruising with Carnival again, but absolutely not on this ship. My hope is that this was a one-off event, but based on other reviews think this is just a problematic boat. Our cruise last spring on the Carnival Magic was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this ... Read More
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this is what I would choose. We did the Beauty and Charm of Nassau. This was a great excursion for the person who wants to hit all of the highlights of Nassau. We even went into Atlantis on Paradise Island. This was something I had not previously done before and I enjoyed the views. It was nice to stop at the distillery and experience their rum and how it is made! I would say, if you like their choices you need to buy it there as it is not available anywhere else. The highlight of this cruise for me was the Chef's Table! The overall experience was incredible and there was so much food! I would definitely recommend trying this, no matter how long you are cruising. It is worth the extra cost! I will caution you though, dinner took 3 hours. I will cruise Carnival again, although my next two cruises are on Princess and Norwegian. I have always enjoyed what Carnival has to offer on their ships and their value! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. ... Read More
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. He needed a roommate, so I tagged along for the chance to see a new ship. Embarkation: We had to make a few unscheduled stops on the way to Port Canaveral, so I missed our unofficial Cruise Critic gathering (sorry again folks!). But embarking at the terminal was very easy. I have not been to the old terminal #5 at PC for a few years, and they’ve improved it quite a bit since then. It now has a parking garage and entry into the terminal is on the second floor, which helps a lot with flow. The new priority room is very nice, a far cry from the old side office once used there. We were on the ship after only a few minutes. Our Cabin: We had cabin 9232, which is an interior room on the Lido Deck. The location is very nice, as it is just a short walk out to the main pool area. The cabin itself was in good shape and everything worked properly. Our steward did a great job throughout the cruise. The Ship: It’s hard to believe that the Conquest ships are now considered medium sized by today’s standards. But considering she’s half the size of the biggest in the world, I suppose that’s accurate. The Valor still looks great, inside and out after 12 years of service. She has had several upgrades, including Guy’s Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and the Red Frog Bars. I really liked having the two new bars by the main pool, they make getting a drink much easier as it spreads the crowd out. I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Red Frog bar on the Promenade Deck. It’s a very nice bar and they have the delicious Thirsty Frog beer on tap. The nightclub is also nice on the Valor, it’s fairly large and in old Carnival style, is themed around the moon landing. Food and Service: We only ate in the main dining room once on the first evening. We had very good service from the wait staff, and the food was excellent! Our other meals were usually in the lido buffet, Guy’s Burgers or the pizzeria. I thought the food offerings on the ship were great, and there are plenty of options. Activities and Nightlife: As this was a three night cruise, they had plenty of stuff going on around the ship. There was a great live band that played on the promenade each night, and the comedians in the club were pretty funny. They also had solo artists playing in the atrium and Red Frog Bar each evening, all were very good. I was impressed by how much live talent they had onboard. The nightclub was packed each night and the DJ did a good job keeping things going with a variety of pop, dance and Latin music. They also had a live Latin band down in Winston’s Bar on Atlantic deck that I enjoyed listening to on the last evening. Complaints: Very few. Actually just one. The Cruise Director was on the PA system way too much. I don’t think an hour passed by that he wasn’t squawking about all the activities and money spending opportunities going on around the ship. Between the Fun Times daily paper and new Carnival Hub app (highly recommended BTW, I wish Royal had the same) it really isn’t hard to know what’s going on. So the constant yammering is just an annoyance. Debarkation: Debarking the ship was very easy. We were off and to the car in about twenty minutes. All in all it was a fun little cruise. Definitely a great appetizer for Oasis next weekend! A pictorial version of this review is posted on the Cruise Critic forums: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2429979 Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef ... Read More
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef Table...so didn't sign up for that. Guy's Hamburger Place was delicious. Spa was great, as usual with typical services and pricing. Sign up for the 10-20-30 deal if you use the spa alot...worth it. Love the sauna with windows to the ocean...so relaxing. If you do use the spa, sign up right when you get on board, best choice of service times. Sign up for Value Pricing times if you don't plan to get off the ship. Fun Shop for jewelry and watches had good selections at very reasonable pricing. Embarcation very easy and quick, debarcation was a little chaotic as the staff had different instructions than what the information in the cabin, but overall, still easy to carry off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The cruise was a celebration of multiple anniversaries and a graduation; there was a total of 14 in our group. We are experienced cruisers, many of us are gold level VIFP. We were quite ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The cruise was a celebration of multiple anniversaries and a graduation; there was a total of 14 in our group. We are experienced cruisers, many of us are gold level VIFP. We were quite disappointed in the steakhouse experience as well as the food in the main dining room. We usually eat in the dining room for breakfast as well as dinner; not this time. The lido food was much better. There was nothing special about the steakhouse experience and in hindsight, we should have spent the money on something else. My husband and I will be on the Carnival Dream in April 2017 with a different group of people and we hope that we have a much better experience. The upgrades were nice and we especially enjoyed the Alchemy Bar and Guys Burgers. We stayed in an extended aft cabin for the first and last time. There is not much privacy on the balcony and if it rains, there is no cover. Our bed was not at all comfortable and I have never gotten a bad bed on a Carnival ship. I was disappointed in the cleanliness of the ship as well as the frequent malfunctions of equipment. Oftentimes in the restrooms there was little to no soap for handwashing and many times the coffee dispensers, ice cream machines etc on the lido deck were not functioning. Commodes were out of service. Not at all the Carnival quality we have come to know and love. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is ... Read More
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is our destination as that it is a floating resort and the ports are a plus. We did not take this cruise for its ports but to see for ourselves what a Carnival Fun Ship is all about. We enjoyed the Carnival cruise and it had its pluses. The staff was hardworking and curtious. The cabin was always taken care of by our steward. There was always something going on for any age group. The food choices could not compare to Royal. The buffet was lacking and the dining room food was not hot. The other major complaint I have was the smoking at the bar near and around the casino. The ventilation system was horrible. People were holding their clothes over their noses when walking bye. The entertainment was good but lacking. Royal had far better main featured shows but less activities going on. There was some running around the hallways but but unbearable. The balcony was an adequate size. Would I cruise Carnival again or suggest them to a friend? For a low price vacation with not huge expectation I would. I will be cruising with Royal in the future. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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