10 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Caribbean - Western Carnival Valor Cruise Reviews

We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day ... Read More
We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day but they soon had it up and running .. I would have loved to turn around and get back on ...would go again in a heart beat. Oh and the couple spa massage was wonderful ...It was a treat for my birthday. I missed a night of the towel animal due to over doing the sun ...so my cabin steward made up for it on our last day it was a great surprise . Cabin 6-437 balcony was always clean and he had are ice bucket full . My advice is to bring a little fan if your like my husband an I we like it cooler Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I'm giving this cruise a 4 out of 5 rating based on what this cruise is supposed to be... with a very emphatic understanding that I WOULD NEVER GO ON THIS CRUISE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANY OF MY PEERS AND FRIENDS. EVER. My wife ... Read More
I'm giving this cruise a 4 out of 5 rating based on what this cruise is supposed to be... with a very emphatic understanding that I WOULD NEVER GO ON THIS CRUISE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANY OF MY PEERS AND FRIENDS. EVER. My wife and I went on this cruise to join her stepmother for her 75th birthday. She's a long time Carnival cruiser. She loves it. She... like many people on the cruise... truly believes that the "ports" Carnival brings you into are what the actual locations are. And she loves that. She also believes that buffets are amazing... and that slot machines are true gambling... I happen to disagree with her on about everything. The Carnival Valor is a fairly dated ship. It's decor is not "out-dated" nor is it modern. For what it is, it's actually pretty solid. It's a mid-priced value cruise... and if you realize that and expect that, I might even give it a 5 out of 5. I am rating this experience on this basis. While I personally hated the decor - not my style at all - I can say that it is very well maintained. Things aren't beat up. Everything worked great as it should functionally. The crew aboard deserves a 7 out of 5 in my opinion. Every single person on the cruise did their job exceptionally. Everyone. That job for many of them isn't a fun one... and they all did it all exceptionally...with no complaints... lots of courtesy... and timely. For what the food is, it's fantastic. If you like burgers, pizza, etc... Holy crap. The Guy Fieri burger place serves just about the best hamburger I've had in 15 years. Not kidding. The 24 hr pizza place has fantastic pizza. Prior to this cruise, I haven't had a burger or pizza in many months. So yet again, not my forte. If you think going to Grand Turk and instantly going to a Margarittaville contained within Carnival's "port" is an offshore excursion and the Grand Turk experience you want, by all means get on this cruise. Main complaints: 1) the shopping on the boat is awful. Horrible. That "jewelry" store is a joke. Do not spend a penny there. It's QVC crap at prices even higher than the QVC stuff. They had a Rolex section... but with only pre-owned Rolexes. Someone approached me and asked, "Are you interested in a new watch - I see you looking at some? I can save you tons over anything you could buy anywhere else!" I showed him my watch and said, "Do you have anything like this?" They're selling $250 watches for $500 and cz's and "tanzanite" which is worthless. 2) Booze is horribly overpriced. If you're like I was... you'll need lots of it. 3) The ports are awful. Run. Run away fast from them. If you're more like me and lean towards actually discovering the culture and highlights of where you're visiting, well, I can't recommend Carnival or any cruise for that matter. Kudos to all of the employees and what they do though. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
When I laid down on the extremely hard bed the first night, I had to ask the steward how we could make it any softer. Needless to say, that was the start of a horrible cruise. Once the steward did what he could (which was add a blanket ... Read More
When I laid down on the extremely hard bed the first night, I had to ask the steward how we could make it any softer. Needless to say, that was the start of a horrible cruise. Once the steward did what he could (which was add a blanket under the sheet), I laid down and realized that I was being attacked by bugs. These weren't bed bugs (thank goodness), but, they were sand fleas. Then the air conditioning died and it took a maintenance guy awhile to fix that. Lastly, we had children running up and down the halls at 3am banging on doors, screaming, flipping signs, etc. When we mentioned this to customer service, we were told that the boat was completely sold out, so they couldn't change our room and that there is over 3000 people on the ship...this This means that they can't stop the kids from doing this. Mind you, the kids did this every single night of the cruise. There was trash on the ship everywhere. I will say that the ports were amazing, but I could have flown or taken another ship. I am done with Carnival. (Btw, I have called Carnival since arriving home and was told that if I was looking for money, it wasn't going to happen, and security can't be everywhere on the ship. The advice from the representative was that I should have complained more on the ship and they would have found a way to stop the kids. I am just disappointed with Carnival and won't cruise with them ever again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Disappointing to say the least. Have been on many cruises (lost count) This was just bad.. food was average on the good days. Desserts on the buffet were terrible. Talk about seeing a lot of waste. I am sure that a lot of it was due to ... Read More
Disappointing to say the least. Have been on many cruises (lost count) This was just bad.. food was average on the good days. Desserts on the buffet were terrible. Talk about seeing a lot of waste. I am sure that a lot of it was due to inedible food. Overall the ship was reasonably clean, but not even close to other lines that we have been on. I have never had a bad room steward until the last 2 cruises we have done (both Carnival). I find it more than a coincidence that as soon as Carnival implements automatic gratuity, the rooms are no longer kept to the prior standards. Our room was not clean the day we entered, dust on the glass shelves, corners dirty. If we left a used dish on the table or counter ,it was left in room. Basically, our bed was made, a few towels animals the last few nights on the ship. Nothing was straightened, had to ask for ice. The steward was very friendly and I am not so sure that he wasn't just overwhelmed. I am not so sure that there wasn't bed bugs in our room as well as the lounges/theaters. Every night , while in bed , I could feel something biting me and could feel something crawling on my legs when in the lounges. One of the members in our group had bites on her. Inspecting the bed every night , I could see tiny little black specs on the sheets, and to my horror when returning home, same specs were on our clothes. A ziplock bag ,with wet wipes ,that was kept in the bathroom had same specs on the inside of the bag. While I never saw a bug, I also know that you usually wont see them. On a positive note the ship's medical facility was good and surprisingly reasonable in price. Ports were very nice and the ship did a decent job of disembarking at ports. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just returned today from a 7-day cruise on the Valor; my wife and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on quite a few Carnival cruises as well as Royal Caribbean cruises and I must say that this was one of the best cruises we have ever ... Read More
Just returned today from a 7-day cruise on the Valor; my wife and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on quite a few Carnival cruises as well as Royal Caribbean cruises and I must say that this was one of the best cruises we have ever been on. I rate the cruises not on where the ship goes or the weather but rather on a few other factors as follows: 1. Service/staff 2. Ship up keep and cleanliness 3. Quality of the food 4. Entertainment 5. Overall "bang of the buck" 1. The staff on this ship is 2nd to none, every waiter, bus boy, room steward, bar tender etc was not only friendly, but also extremely eager to please. We last sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship and rarely saw a drink waiter on a day to day basis, but on this ship they were everywhere. 2. Although, a bit dated, this ship is well kept up as well as neat and clean. Our room steward Phillip was the best we have ever had and our room was cleaned and made up as soon as we left for the day. 3. The quality of the food, the service and the friendliness of the staff in the Washington Dining Room was 2nd to none. The food in the buffet was well...buffet food and about what could be expected. 4. The entertainment in the Ivanhoe Theater was great as was the band who played in the Casino; that along with the comedians in the "punchliner" theater kept us wanting more. 5. This ship is rated very high on this site by past guests as well as cruise experts and it's easy to see why it won the service award in 2013. I would say to anyone considering this ship, don't fret, you'll love every minute of it!!!! Lastly, when my wife and I first started cruising we tried to find out what the differences were between Royal Caribbean and Carnival and had a very difficult time finding out what each stands for. After cruising many times over the past few years on both lines for us it's Carnival ALL THE WAY!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
First off, I have never written a review before regarding a cruise, but this one was so good, I jus had to say something. This was our fifth cruise, so here we go. The day before we departed we discovered that we booked our balcony ... Read More
First off, I have never written a review before regarding a cruise, but this one was so good, I jus had to say something. This was our fifth cruise, so here we go. The day before we departed we discovered that we booked our balcony directly under the lido deck and we were pretty concerned that it would be too loud. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was a very quite room #8445. We would book this same room again. The food was outstanding and we are pretty selective trying to eat healthy. We ate at the Lincoln dinning room 5 nights and was worth it every time. Flavors, portion sizes, variety, it was all great. Our only disappointment were the deserts. They were ok, but nothing outstanding. When we ate in the buffet there were loads of great choices as well. We visited the pizza counter, burrito bar, and the deli, all more than once. The staff was wonderful, more playful than we have seen on other cruises. Their care and service was truly sincere. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My family and I were on the Valor from 8/22-8/29/15. This was our first time on this particular ship. We were in cabins 8343 & 8347. While the cabins were nice and centrally located, if you are a light sleeper you will want to be ... Read More
My family and I were on the Valor from 8/22-8/29/15. This was our first time on this particular ship. We were in cabins 8343 & 8347. While the cabins were nice and centrally located, if you are a light sleeper you will want to be cautious of these cabins. You are right near the elevators which means that you hear the "dinging" of the elevator all night. You are just under the lido deck so there is alot of traffic in the stairwell and the elevators. You also hear all of the walking and moving of deckchairs above you, especially at night when the crew is cleaning the deck. The staff was very friendly. Our cabin steward was attentive as were our dining staff. The food was good - not 5 star by any means but definitely good. The ship is a little broken up. You had to travel up and down to get across. It made you feel like you were missing a part of the boat (not literally). My husband and I did alot of walking around just to make sure we knew where everything was and to make sure that we were not missing any shops or entertainment areas. The ports-- well, lets just say that I can mark the Western Caribbean off my future travel spots. While Cozumel was very nice - we visited Isla Pasion, We found Belize and Costa Maya to be less than desirable. We did do an excursion in Hondorus - we swam with the dolphins! That was alot of fun. I would have liked to have seen more entertainment on board. We participated in the Quest game which was alot of fun. There were only two production shows for a 7 night cruise- one we had seen on other Carnival Ships (a tribute to the 80s music) and the other was the Carnival Legends Show (karaoke singing guests). I have been on other cruise lines where there was alot more entertainment going on. My husband and I participated in the slots tournament. It was fun but Carnival should really have first, second and third place winners -- not winner takes all. Overall we had a good cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation went smoothly. Never really had a long wait to be seated for dinner. I will definitely travel Carnival again, just most likely not on the Valor or to the western caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Well, I just got off the Valor and I have to say I was quite disappointed. The ship is in desperate need of a sandblasting! Paint over paint over paint. Paint splatter on deck chairs, windows, etc. If it wasn't painted it was ... Read More
Well, I just got off the Valor and I have to say I was quite disappointed. The ship is in desperate need of a sandblasting! Paint over paint over paint. Paint splatter on deck chairs, windows, etc. If it wasn't painted it was rusty! The pool is SO small, but there is an over abundance of deck chairs. There was even stacks of deck chairs being stored on the sports deck. Check in was a breeze. Don't take ANY bottled water with you. It's not allowed. You can bring cases of canned soda though. My cabin, 2398, was excruciatingly hot every night and it's right across from "the pantry". That's where room service comes from. And they start early and work late! Doors slamming all the time. My room steward was less than attentive. Some days we had our Fun Times, and some days I had to go to Guest Services to get one. Rosie's Restaurant (The Buffet) was gross and dirty! Food on the floor and in the window sills. Dust on everything and greasy floors. I especially loved the Bacon regulations. Only 2 pieces per plate and under chef attendance. Dinner in the dining room was pretty good. Service in there was excellent, too. Caught two of the comedy shows. They were funny and only 30 minutes. Shows were just ok. Nothing spectacular. Did a dive in movie, but with all the spots on the screen, (a few cells are out?) it wasn't amazing. And the hot tubs are between the screen and the chairs so if they are filled with screaming children, you can't hear the movie. They do offer blankets and popcorn, though, that was nice. Bar service was seriously lacking. Watch your toes on the upper decks around the pool. The wood planks are coming up and they HURT when the piggies hit them. Serenity is nice. Cushions on the chairs are nice and bar service here is much better. The band in the Shogun was great each night and the trivia between sets fun. Smoking at the Shogun bar was poorly filtered. When the elevator passes the 5th floor you can definitely tell because of the smoke smell. Speaking of elevators, they didn't work half the time. The center set was broken/off most of the time. If you buy anything liquid in a port, be prepared to pour it out before you get back on the ship. We purchased a bottle of water on our way back and had to dump it to get on the ship. If you bring your own water bottle, same thing. As a Gold VIFP, I am entitled to a bottle of water in my cabin. Well, that never arrived and the bottle of water they have in your cabin is NOT the free bottle, even though it's the same size. I mentioned this to Guest Services as I thought it was my free bottle and was charged $5 for it. They said I should asked for my free bottle and too bad I have to pay for the one I opened. Overall, this was the worst ship I've ever been on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Carnival Valor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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