393 Carnival Valor Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

For the amount of people involved in embarkation and debarkation I thought Carnival did a good job. Lines were short and counter people were experienced and very professional. Once on board we found our upgraded cabin in the stern of ... Read More
For the amount of people involved in embarkation and debarkation I thought Carnival did a good job. Lines were short and counter people were experienced and very professional. Once on board we found our upgraded cabin in the stern of the ship smaller than advertised. We will take this up with Carnival at a latter date. Our Cabin attendant Luis was excellent. He kept our room and bath clean and orderly. We used the Washington Dining room , lower level for most of our breakfasts and dinners. The service was excellent and food very good. Rosie's for breakfast, lunch or dinner was your typical at sea buffet. Food was well arranged and plentiful. The dessert station attracted many folks with it's various assortment of cakes, pastries and cookies. The 5th deck promenade with various bars, vendors, music and casino was the heart of night life aboard ship. The casino was well attended but the cigarette and cigar smoke was over whelming. The smoke emanating from the casino made dancing to the find band outside the casino impossible for many of us. The entertainment in the Ivanhoe theater was excellent, two shows a night most nights. Communications from never to be seen ship officers was poor. When an announcements was made, the modulation was so bad it was impossible to understand. Most of us were concerned about the effect of Hurricane Mathew on the cruise, especially on the return legs. Very little was said. I do think the Captain did a fine job of staying in calm waters and giving us plenty of storm free sunny enjoyable days. I used PARK N CRUISE for parking. Their service both ways was excellent for a good price. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I just returned from a 8 day cruise with Carnival valor. I payed to visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. I only got to see three of the four I payed for, and was only reimbursed $15.00. Granted the trip turned out to ... Read More
I just returned from a 8 day cruise with Carnival valor. I payed to visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. I only got to see three of the four I payed for, and was only reimbursed $15.00. Granted the trip turned out to be during Hurricane Matthew, but it seemed as if other Carnival Cruises still saw Grand Turks. After arriving at Grand Turks, and seeing other ships at port, the captain(who speaks horrible English) announced that due to weather conditions we could not be able to port at Grand Turks and would have a sea day. Then turns out not even 30 minutes after we left the Island, Anther Carnival shipped arrived at Grand Turks and posted to Facebook. When another guest on the ship confronted the captain and questioned him why is was that we didn't dock, he gave no response. The food was horrible. Along with it having no seasoning or taste, it was the same menu everyday for breakfast and lunch. I have cruised before but with Royal Caribbean, this is the first time I broke out on my skin due to the water and even developed Dandruff. I am in my mid-twenties and it seemed as if there was nothing offered for my age group activity-wise on the ship. They offered activities for seniors and for people with children. Overall this experience has turned me off of Carnival, possibly for good. The cruise Director Cassie I thought was great, and the Fun Squad. Along with a dancer named Joshua, he was awesome. I am just very disappointed with my experience and will definitely be taking my business elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 14th cruise with Carnival and our 1st time on Valor. Although the ship is a little old itself the updates were definitely an added plus! Guy's Burgers is fantastic! the ports we visited were beautiful and we highly ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise with Carnival and our 1st time on Valor. Although the ship is a little old itself the updates were definitely an added plus! Guy's Burgers is fantastic! the ports we visited were beautiful and we highly recommend "Bernard's Tours" in St. Maarteen. Our guide was David Taylor and he did a remarkable job.So much info on the island, free drinks which included diet sodas and water. Will definitely use again and again. He also hooked us up for St. Kitts as well. Vernon Taylor was our guide there, had to ask for him by name. He is a part time tour guide and full time K-9 officer. We enjoyed our time with him even more so. we experienced star fruit and pomegranates fresh from the tree! Saw many areas where the regular tour groups don't get to see. He spent a lot of time with us and now we have a new friend, in St Kitts. Puerto Rico was our 3rd stop and since we had been before and our time was short we chose to shop local for a couple of hours. Grand Turk was next, but the wind was too strong for Captain to port, so we spent day at sea. We were sadden not to get there, but we knew the safety of ship and those on board was more important. Service was great as usual, Feland in Lincoln dinning room was best we have had yet. He was very high in demand. We had anytime dinning and on one night, his tables were an hour and a half. Acer was another good waiter and the manager in photo center was very helpful and a delight to talk with. Sorry I do not remember her name. We ate at the Scarlet Steak House, we had made reservations early in the week. My wife won dinner for two on the night we went to see what excursions were being offered. So we got an extra blessing! She had lobster and Filet Mignon, I had 14oz. Ribeye...can you say YUMMY!? Only had a couple of problems, one was room noise, we were in 1367 oceanview. we were offered another room but opted to stay since we were next door to couple we were traveling with. We turned up our sound machine a little louder in the room and drowned the noise away. A couple nights later, the noise disappeared. We think it was just shifting of weight in ship from cargo. Carnival kept checking on us to make sure we were ok. We got letter from them and phone calls trying to correct the problem. Entertainment was wonderful, great juggler/comedian, funny comedians, magicians, dancers and singers. Fluffy was part of fun team, a delight to meet. I think she will make a great cruise director! There was a hint of raw sewage in the air sometimes. Not sure exactly where it was coming from. Even smelled it while playing Putt Putt. No problems with embarkation or debarkation. We were the Hurricane Matthew group! Only 8 hours late, but Carnival kept us fed and entertained the whole time. We were just glad to see Port was still there! Can't wait to sail again. Would like to try other lines, but don't want to give up our perks from being Platinum. Definitely worth the money and the drive for us from S.C. I would like to see Carnival add more types of excursions and get a little more realistic in their pricing. Can get same thing or more for less money if you shop around a little. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 5th Carnival cruise and have never been disappointed. Carnival gives you a lot of bang for your buck. We are 2 senior ladies who travel together often and are not looking for late night parties. We had no trouble finding ... Read More
This was our 5th Carnival cruise and have never been disappointed. Carnival gives you a lot of bang for your buck. We are 2 senior ladies who travel together often and are not looking for late night parties. We had no trouble finding ways to entertain ourselves. We both enjoy the casino and going to the shows in the theater and comedy club. When we wanted quiet, we retreated to our room and aft balcony. There was an adults only section on Lido aft with a pool and 2 whirlpools. (This was in addition to Serenity.) We chose anytime dining, which seems to work best for us. Overall the food and service was good in the dining room. Our room steward Armando was outstanding. We chose this cruise without even thinking about hurricane season, but it turned out we had beautiful weather. The ports are typical island ports - nothing spectacular. San Juan was without power the day we stopped there but we'd been there last year, so we just missed a little shopping. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My Fiance and I booked this cruise about 8 months in advance for our Honeymoon in September. We got a great deal at only about $650/person for an 2F Oceanview room. Embarkation out of Port Canaveral went smoothly although traffic was a bit ... Read More
My Fiance and I booked this cruise about 8 months in advance for our Honeymoon in September. We got a great deal at only about $650/person for an 2F Oceanview room. Embarkation out of Port Canaveral went smoothly although traffic was a bit of an issue because (3) ships were leaving at the same time. Parking at a private lot outside the terminal was way cheaper than parking by the ship and that process was very simple too. The ship was pretty standard for the Carnival fleet (I've been on 3 other Carnival ships). None of the decor really wowed me but everything was well kept. The ship had the standard amenities including a theater, a few lounges, a nightclub, a waterslide on the top deck, and a theater screen over the pool at the middle of the ship. The (2) pools on the ship weren't very big, although they never really got super crowded. The ship also had the adult-only Serenity area at the front of the ship. The food options were also standard fare. Burgers, Pizza, Tacos, and other buffet style items were all available on the Lido deck for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The Main Dining Room had some pretty decent food, but unfortunately I think the quality of food here has declined over the years. While the chefs do their best to make all of the dishes look gourmet, they are tasting very processed nowadays and don't really impress. Wait times in the Dining Room were also an issue on a couple nights of the cruise, the worst of which resulted in us spending about 2 hours there from being sat until finishing our meal (we're quick eaters). There was a good variety of shows on the ship ranging from comedy, to musicals, to magic. Again, all were good but nothing amazing. One thing that was different from my previous cruises was a show called Carnival Quest. This was an adult only show that was pretty raunchy for a cruise. The ship staff describe it as an adult scavenger hunt, but that doesn't really do it justice. They do start off asking for things like a copy of the day's' itinerary and a certain color Sail & Sign card. However this quickly escalates into bras, thongs, and nude photos. It then escalates into performing certain activities such as (2) girls kissing, (2) guys kissing, acting out sex positions, and doing jumping jacks while bra-less. The show finale asks for 2 people of the opposite sex from each team to come to the stage. They then ask that each pairing exchange as many articles of clothing with the other person as possible. They do turn the lights off for most of it, but they turn them on again somewhere in the middle for laughs. Needless to say, I ended up standing next to pantless guy holding a shirt over his junk. The event is quite entertaining, but not for people who get offended easily or aren't outgoing. The staff will put you into large groups of about 8-10 people, so you will have to interact with strangers. We stopped at St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. St.Maarten is always a pleasure to see and has plenty to keep you entertained. St. Kitts was surprisingly beautiful with a bevy of picture-perfect areas. I would highly recommend the Brimstone Fortress and Timothy's Point. Both offer breathtaking views of the island and ocean. San Juan wasn't too exciting for me, but if you like to see forts, there are (2) close to the terminal. Grand Turk is a cool place to snorkel or dive but isn't nearly as picturesque as St. Maarten or St. Kitts. There is a Margaritaville conveniently located right at the end of the pier where the ship docks, which is nice of you just want to relax. Overall the cruise was a lot of fun and well worth the money. Again, there really wasn't anything that noteworthy on the ship itself, but the ports were great and there were no real negatives. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Overall this cruise was very good. We chose this cruise for our anniversary and were given a couple perks for doing so. Thanks Carnival! The embarkation was a breeze. We arrived to the port around 1130 and we were on the boat by ... Read More
Overall this cruise was very good. We chose this cruise for our anniversary and were given a couple perks for doing so. Thanks Carnival! The embarkation was a breeze. We arrived to the port around 1130 and we were on the boat by 12-12:15. Don't think it has ever went that smooth at any other port. We chose a balcony room on mid deck 7. I thought the location worked great. As for other things on the ship, there were some things we liked and some that were a bit of a disappointment.. First off, the disappointments. Since we haven't been on carnival in 4 years, we found out that you no longer get the chocolates with your towel animal at night, nor do you receive the complementary items in your bathroom. Not deal breakers, but it was little things my wife was looking forward to on the cruise. The entertainment I felt had changed as well.. Didn't seem like there were as many stage shows as in the past, or maybe we just couldn't make them, due to timing. There was a comedian/juggler on there and he was quite entertaining, well to me anyways. As for the change to the American table menu. It was fine to me. Im not one that needs my napkin laid on my lap or bread handed to me. So that part of the change was nice. We did feel that the selections were a bit more limited, especially on the desserts. They seemed to be toned down from our last cruise. Lastly my wife and I were expecting a late night Mexican buffet, and unless we missed it, it didn't happen on this cruise. So no deal breakers in there for us, but just not everything we were expecting to have on the cruise. As far as the ports, we enjoyed them all. We would probably rank them St kitts, Grand Turk, San Juan, St Maarten. In St kitts we did the 4X4 island tour with beach... This tour was one of the best that we have ever been on. We booked thru carnival, but to us it was well worth the money. Our guide, Omorrow was great. He pointed out several things that grew on the island, let us smell and try to guess what they were, and then explained what they used each item for on the island. The 4x4 was needed to get to the top of a mountain that over looked the town and cruise port. The views were beautiful from up there. The last part of the excursion took us to a beach near frigate bay. The beach was nice and had clean facilities. We would do this tour again! In Grand Turk we did another island tour, also thru carnival, which we drove around in mini Hummers... They were nice to drive and it was different being able to experience driving on the left hand side of the road. On this tour we were able to see a private beach area, the John Glenn space capsule, the salt ponds, a "downtown" market area, and where able to see and touch different sea creatures. I think the tour was fairly new and still needed some tweaking, but was well worth trying. After the tour, we still had several hours in port, so hung out on the free beach right by the ship. The water amazingly clear. In San Juan we toured the Bacardi rum factory. This excursion was also thru carnival and it included a city tour as well. The factory was nice and very informative and glad that we did it. Our guide, Margarita, was very nice and informative along the city tour. She pointed out several things that we would like to go see, if/when we go back to San Juan. We were also given some time to visits the shops in San Juan, but due to a fire, most of the shops in Old San Juan were without power. We made the best of it though and found one that was open and bought a few souvenirs. We would like to go back to San Juan and see it when everything was up and going. Our least favorite port was St Maarten. Maybe we missed on what to do there, or maybe we just had higher expectations of what we thought the island was. We ventured out on our own here and grabbed a taxi to go to the Zoo on the island. My wife loves to visit zoos and that is something we look to do on most all of our vacations. The zoo here was damaged a few years back in a hurricane and the family that now runs it, is trying to rebuild it. The zoo has several parts that you can tell were nice at one point. We were actually the only ones at the zoo that day, which was fine by us. We enjoyed our time there and would really like to see it when they have rebuilt it. After the zoo, we grabbed a cab back to the boardwalk area and ate lunch at a place called Talula Mangoes. It was ok, but was expecting more, based off what I had read on line. So I guess our problem all around in St Maareten, was that we were expecting WOW, and just ehhh. That being said I would give the island another try, as well would visit all 4 of the ports again. Lastly debarkation went smooth as well. Well other than missing our call self assist. Regardless we were off the boat, thru customs, and back to our car by 915, so I cant complain one bit there. So all in all, we had a great time. We got to relax, had fun, and now ready to start planning the next one! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
SUMMARY: This was a good cruise -- we made all our ports, weather was tolerable, excursions were memorable, food was good, and cabin was fine. This was my 10th cruise, the 7th on Carnival. I sailed with my sister, both of us in our ... Read More
SUMMARY: This was a good cruise -- we made all our ports, weather was tolerable, excursions were memorable, food was good, and cabin was fine. This was my 10th cruise, the 7th on Carnival. I sailed with my sister, both of us in our 60's. This was her 16th cruise, I believe. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the length of the cruise and the good value. We drove in from North Carolina the night before and stayed at the Best Western in Cocoa Beach, which allowed us to leave our car there free. We had purchased the "faster to the fun" option, and were able to walk right onto the ship when we arrived. Our ocean-view cabin was ready as promised so we were able to unpack before enjoying lunch on the Lido deck. CABIN: We chose Riviera 1316, a lower deck ocean-view cabin. It was ready on time and was large enough for two women. Our Room Steward, Randy, kept it in tip-top shape with amusing towel creatures each night and attention to our needs. The only issue with this cabin is that it is a little noisy. I'm not sure what the noise was, but I'm guessing it might've been stabilizer noise as the seas were a little rough most evenings. After the second night, I got used to it and was able to rest well. DINING: I could see that Carnival is cutting corners and in today's economy, I can appreciate that. It didn't bother me that there were no tablecloths in the dining room (except for the formal nights) or that the menu options were fewer. There was always something available on the menu that appealed to me. Everything was well-cooked and tasty. Even the evening I ordered rare prime rib, it came perfectly to order. The low calorie desserts were surprisingly good. Wait staff was attentive. We ate at the Fish & Chips area and enjoyed fish and also the ceviche options. Very tasty. We at at Guy's Burgers 3 times, the last two eliminating the bun. It was good without it and my waistline thanked me. My only (small) complaint is that on both on the Lido deck and in the dining room, "cheesecake" was a misnomer. It was a cheesecake-ish jello-type dish, far from real cheesecake. Others I spoke with mentioned this, too. Just call it something else and no one will be disappointed. But, at least to Americans, cheesecake means something with a large proportion of cream cheese and a minimum of gelatin. But there were only desserts that were certainly palatable. EMBARKATION was perfect. We like to roll our luggage onboard and we had a moment of panic when we were told that our bags might be too large for the port's x-ray equipment. They were standard approx. 9 x 14 x 22 carry-on bags which would've been permitted on an airplane. But it turned out they were fine. We brought a case of diet sodas onboard and there was no problem with that either. It was probably one of the quickest embarkations ever. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES I'm not really sure about the definition of this, but we attended Arts & Crafts "classes" three times. They were free. The instructor was late to the meeting place each time and acted as though s/he were in a blazing hurry. We were able to complete the first craft, a paper flower, during the class and enjoyed them on our door the rest of the week. The second craft was flip-flops decorated with balloons and glow-in-the-dark glasses, but the staff member didn't explain or help -- just handed them out and left. The third craft was a paracord bracelet. I believe my sister was the only one who completed hers in the time allotted. I brought mine back to the cabin to work on, and it's now at home, still unmade. This is a great idea, but a little more time with staff member would be good, or even bring along a couple of staff members so that everyone could be successful with this. ENTERTAINMENT seemed one of the places where costs were cut. There were only TWO production song/dance shows for the entire 8-nights. There were other shows in the large Invahoe Theatre, but they were comedians, juggler, classes, and other "acts" many of which might have been better in a smaller venue. The lobby was dominated by a single singer until the very last evening. This was disappointing as I'm accustomed to various musical groups rotating through the various venues and there were several I never got to hear. 9-11 MEMORIAL -- We did not realize when we booked the cruise that we would be at sea on 9/11. I admit I was a little jumpy that day. However, there was a lovely, patriotic "moment of silence" in the lobby on 9/11, that did much to allay my fears. I was pleasantly surprised as I know there are people from many countries, not just the US, but it was a very touching service and I appreciated it very much. CASINO. I didn't go to the casino, but just going BY it was miserable. As this was my 7th Carnival cruise, I thought I knew what to expect, but the stench and the smoke was just outrageous. I especially noticed this on the formal nights, when many photos were made along this hallway. Something needs to be done about the exhaust system. FITNESS & RECREATION: We did not use the gym or spa on this cruise. ONBOARD EXPERIENCE: this was a very nice cruise. Now I have to admit that we had to put our "cruise attitude" on fresh every morning along with our devotional. But this had everything to do with rude fellow-passengers and nothing to do with staff or the ship itself. It was terribly hot on this cruise, which I did not expect in September, and I think that may have contributed to some of the passengers' crankiness, but this was nothing Carnival could do anything about, and the heat didn't seem to affect the perfect manners of their staff. PUBLIC ROOMS were maintained impeccably. At any hour of the day or night, there was someone cleaning something. I never saw trash or grime or so much as a candy wrapper while on board. SERVICE was also perfect. I have no complaints whatsoever. Our room steward Randy (and other staff -- Floyd, Yogo, Samuel) were perfect. We chose the anytime-dining, so we had different waiters each night but Harlene and Feland come to mind as exceptional. We ate breakfast on deck each morning and several times enjoyed omelettes made by staff who were really amazingly efficient. EXCURSIONS -- we only booked one excursion through Carnival, the segway tour at Grand Turk, and it was fine with good guides (KJ and Nate) and an interesting tour. We booked through local businesses for a bus tour and parasailing which were also fine. VALUE FOR THE MONEY -- we had received a 20% off coupon from a previous cruise and that, added to the already good pricing, made this a very good value. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Nice interior cabin standard. Laelani & staff were great stewards. Balcony cabins were very nice too. Dined in the Washington Room upper our wait staff Rodney, Roderick & Ecko were great & fun. Food was awesome in the ... Read More
Nice interior cabin standard. Laelani & staff were great stewards. Balcony cabins were very nice too. Dined in the Washington Room upper our wait staff Rodney, Roderick & Ecko were great & fun. Food was awesome in the Washington Dining & at the buffet. We heard from other passengers not a good experience in the Lincoln Dining room. Very disappointed in the entertainment or lack of entertainment, for an 8 night cruise of mostly adults. There was 1 Musical show in the Theater the entire trip & it was sub-par. 1 Magic Show- cool. Comics were on board for 1st 2 nights then there was no comedy club shows until the last 2 nights. St. Kitts Beach Get Away good snorkeling St Maarten Golden Eagle Catamaran Snorkeling AWESOME San Juan Rum mixology & Salsa Worth $ Daniel, La Casita & La Cava FUN Grand Turk snorkeled at beach off ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were on this cruise because my wife got a casino offer that made an 8 night cruise too good to pass up and that we really liked the itinerary. The ship was recently in dry dock so the public spaces looked fresh and the ship was ... Read More
We were on this cruise because my wife got a casino offer that made an 8 night cruise too good to pass up and that we really liked the itinerary. The ship was recently in dry dock so the public spaces looked fresh and the ship was equipped with many of the amenities we have enjoyed on previous Carnival cruises. Since our last Carnival cruises in 2014 (2 of them that year) both had the American Table/Feast menu, we were familiar with what was going to be served, more so than the waitstaff since this was the first cruise that menu was in use on Valor. What we immediately noticed was that the selection of items available had undergone some revisions to cheaper cuts of meat and elimination of several accompaniments that changed the meal from restaurant to diner quality. Escargot was only available 1 night and it lacked flavor; in fact almost all of the food lacked flavor, something we had not experienced on previous Carnival cruises. Trying to get a glass of wine with dinner was a challenge since nobody asked if we wanted a drink and even when we tried to order through our waiters, they seemed confused by the request and were unable to fulfill the drink order; we went to the bar and got them ourselves. Another first for us on this cruise was the choice of an interior cabin. I'm not sure what we expected but the cabin was much smaller than we had imagined but we grew to like it as the week went on. I would have liked the cabin to be cooler but even with the thermostat set to the coldest position, 76 degrees was as cool as it got. The shows were typical Carnival fare, akin to a good performing arts high school but nothing Broadway or even off Broadway quality. The live music in and around the ship was good and it was nice to have live Calypso music back on the pool deck but the primary style of entertainment around the ship was urban contemporary and I am more classic rock to the standards so it wasn't entirely to my liking but still much better than the canned music they had a couple of years ago. In summary, when you are cruising with Carnival, you are cruising on a value priced line that strives to keep prices low rather than quality high. If you are getting away and like the ports of call this is the cruise line for you but if you are looking for the experience of 5-star treatment, you should look at other lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We always travel with Valor, even with the deviations to different islands because of the storms had a grand time choosing and exploring, loved the switch to Nassau really a great island to visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the ... Read More
We always travel with Valor, even with the deviations to different islands because of the storms had a grand time choosing and exploring, loved the switch to Nassau really a great island to visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the last minute booking to Atlantis what a treasure cove and a must visit ! We chose this trip to especially visit St Kitts and St Maarten, will get to St Kitts the next time. Love the food and service is extraordinary ! Dining room entertainment was great even though we were on the 2nd level and could not see the fun going on downstairs. Love the salsa dance lessons 1st time doing this and we won a trophy, how great is that ! A group met at a unofficial meet and greet because the Cruise Critic meet and greet was not publicized and found out at last minute, so we had an unofficial upon embarkation, great meeting all the people we had been chatting with online. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
we selected this cruise based on the ports she was going to make since we were never in St Maarten nor St Kitts and wanted to get there to see those Islands. Thanks to a tropical wave/depression we were not able to get to St Kitts but did ... Read More
we selected this cruise based on the ports she was going to make since we were never in St Maarten nor St Kitts and wanted to get there to see those Islands. Thanks to a tropical wave/depression we were not able to get to St Kitts but did in fact get to St Maarten, which is one of our most favorite Islands we have been to so far! As for the ship and staff its self both were awsome! We were on the Valor last year before she had her 2.0 upgrades (done in April/May this year I think) and the upgrades were perfect. Due to the storm there were three carnival ships (Valor, Glory and one other I can't remember) in port in Nassau and folks were commentating on how much nicer the Valor looked compared to the other two. We found very little problems with her during the 8 day cruise. The workers were great as always, both attentive and personal to everyone, they always have great staff on carnival ships! The dinning both formal and a-la-cart was great. The best show we seen this year was the magician (don't remember his name) his after noon 30 minute shows in the lounge were great but his main show in the Inova hall was awsome! We have been crusising with Carnival for a few years now and they have finally gotten it right as they had steel drums playing most days on the Lido deck, for the past few years it was like we were not even in the Caribbean and there would just be a DJ playing popular country top 40 hits and other such music (I like country but not on a cruise). The two gentleman they hired to play daily were AWSOME!!! Carnival not to you all...hopefully you do that on all your Caribbean cruises and keep it up as it makes the cruise!!! The only thing I would change is that on Disembarking day it needs to be a little more organized. We had to get our daughter to Orlando for an early flight and were told to go to the Lincoln room and wait, When we got there there really was no one (from the staff) saying go here or line up here) sort of confusing, Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Was group cruise. Carnival did the best they could considering we lost two ports due to weather would have rather stopped at Carnivals private island rather then Nassau. Only real problem Captain from Italy with thick accent difficult to ... Read More
Was group cruise. Carnival did the best they could considering we lost two ports due to weather would have rather stopped at Carnivals private island rather then Nassau. Only real problem Captain from Italy with thick accent difficult to understand. but followed up with repeat announcement by CD. As always steak house a plus. also MDR staff did a great job seating 22 plus for dinner every night and the food was above expatiation. Entertainment was good those kids work their tails off. Comedy show was a laugh a minute. Made our usual donation to the casino smoke is still an issue but that is the same problem on every ship with casino. Had to stop into infirmary because bride forgot some of her diabetic supply's and they had syringes she needed. Red Frog was a pleasant surprise as were the rest of the dry dock upgrades. All in all a great 8 days with ship mates aboard the Carnival Valor. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We were told that this was a great ship from family.. We had 31 people with us to celebrate our 50th wedding anniv. The only thing was I was disappointed with the number of people we booked for the cruise . We got no incentives or perks ... Read More
We were told that this was a great ship from family.. We had 31 people with us to celebrate our 50th wedding anniv. The only thing was I was disappointed with the number of people we booked for the cruise . We got no incentives or perks from Carnival. I was told they help celebrate your special ocasion. The ship is beautiful and so clean. We had a storm in at ST. Kitts so they took us to St Thomas and the storm was also in Turks Cacios so we went to Nassau for the day We loved our shore excurtions The people on the islands were so friendly and we got some good bargains . I loved the ship so much we are going back on it 12-4-16. I could nor afford a balcony cabin as before. Hoping to get an up grade on our Dec trip. The food was out of this world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Our family has been cruising with a growing group of friends for four years now. While we have been to these ports multiple times, it is the group of friends that make it great! That being said, the Valor is beautiful and clean and the ... Read More
Our family has been cruising with a growing group of friends for four years now. While we have been to these ports multiple times, it is the group of friends that make it great! That being said, the Valor is beautiful and clean and the service was excellent. I'm sure it's difficult serving a rowdy group of 24 for dinner every night! The food was great also. We were diverted from two ports due to weather. Reason for my rating was we we went to Nassau as one alternate. It is not a nice port. Rumour has it other ships made it to the ports we were scheduled for. I guess better safe than sorry. We enjoy Carnival because they are the only line that aggressively discounts 3rd and 4th passenger (kids) in the room. Entertainment on board was well....entertaining! I'm not much for the shows, but these were quite good. Biggest surprise was Mongolian Wok. It is still there after the ship upgrades! Enjoyed hanging out at the Redfrog pub. It was roomy and quiet! Get the beer sampler, it is a good deal! Loved how the ship was decorated. American presidents, space accomplishments, red white and blue. Take the time to really study this ship, it's beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We've been on 10 cruises including cruises on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian. This was our 3rd on Carnival, and it was by far, the worst in terms of service, entertainment, and food. We started off by parking at ... Read More
We've been on 10 cruises including cruises on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian. This was our 3rd on Carnival, and it was by far, the worst in terms of service, entertainment, and food. We started off by parking at Lots of Honor, which wasn't great as we had to wait over 30 minutes for them to get us a shuttle to the port. Once at the port, it took over an hour to get through all the lines and onto the ship. There was a line to get up the escalator, a line to get into the building, a line to get through security, and of course a line to check it. We had a balcony room and an inside room across from that for the kids. As soon as we stepped into the room, we noticed a very distinct turpentine smell. We called in the cabin steward, who said it was blowing through the air conditioning system and he would talk to his supervisor about it. Later that evening, the smell was still very prevalent in the room, so we asked him if anything had been done about it. He said that he reported it, and that it had been fixed. Except it hadn't. In fact, it never was. The smell was there the entire 8 days. Sometimes it was more obvious than others, but it never went away completely. I called customer service about it every day for the first 4 days, and they always said they would fix it, but never did. My children had to breath in turpentine fumes the entire cruise! Also, that room never got cool. It was apparently a know problem that applied to the entire row of inside cabins. Our room directly across the hall was fine, but we talked to the guys in the cabin next to our kids' cabin, and they had the same problems with the smell and the temperature in their room. Our room steward was completely unhelpful, and was downright unfriendly. We've never had an unfriendly room steward before! We did anytime dining, which involved long lines the first few days. The servers also were the worse we've every experienced on a cruise ship. We had to ask for more water multiple times at every meal, and it would take almost 2 hours to get through a meal. After a few days, we gave up, and went to the buffet for dinner (which we had never done in all of our previous cruises). I don't know if not having a set waiter every night and automatic gratuities gives them less incentive to provide excellent service, but we were disappointed by the waiters we had on this ship. The food variety and flavor seemed lacking compared to previous cruises, even when compared to Carnival cruises. There seemed to be very few vegetable choices, especially on the buffet, even though the salad bar was always available. The kids liked Guy's Burgers and the pizza, although I found the pizza to be too salty. Because of tropical storm Gaston, 2 of our stops were cancelled. St. Kitts was replaced by St. Thomas, and Grand Turk became a sea day with Nassau added the next day. It was good that they replaced the cancellations with other stops, but they weren't as good as the original ports. The ship rocked a lot the last few days, but fortunately, none of us got sick. There were very few shows on this cruise and the shows they did have weren't very good. The cruise director, Cassie, was good though. She had lots of activities going and was good at getting people to participate. They also gave out a lot of trophies for trivia and such, which was nice. Club Ocean was ok. The kids seemed to like it, but the people running it didn't really seem to care about the kids at all. The photographers were good, and we bought lots of pictures. One of the photographers, Svito, was able to get our 13 year old to smile for pictures by dancing and making funny sounds, and he never smiles for pictures. He was the best photographer we've ever run across. Carnival has always been good at taking photos, although it seems like such a waste to throw away all those unpurchased photos. We bought over $200 worth, but many more good photos were discarded, which seems like such a shame, but we couldn't really justify spending any more than we already did. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Cruised on Valor that was freshly refurbished, needed more work. There were tiles missing in parts of the ship. Got sick on board, not meaning sea sick. Spent 4 days with diarrhea the next day when returning home was in the ER at 2am. Was ... Read More
Cruised on Valor that was freshly refurbished, needed more work. There were tiles missing in parts of the ship. Got sick on board, not meaning sea sick. Spent 4 days with diarrhea the next day when returning home was in the ER at 2am. Was told it was most likely Norovirus. Gave customer service an opportunity to try to make it right with no success. Emailed CEO with no response. Was my 10th cruise, wife's 12th, and sons 5th. Carnival is getting "Cheap" with amenities. There seemed to also be less things to do on board. There was a lot of trivia it seemed but not a whole lot of other things. Many of the little things Carnival did in the past they no longer do. Chocolates, goodies in bathroom, or even bucket of ice in your room Looks like its another cruise line going forward since Carnival isn't even empathetic. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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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