3 Carnival Valor Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Overall the cruise was very good. The dining room service (Komang) and room steward (Andre) were exceptional. Embarkation was hampered by fog and the Carnival representatives at Houston Hobby did a good job of keeping order and ... Read More
Overall the cruise was very good. The dining room service (Komang) and room steward (Andre) were exceptional. Embarkation was hampered by fog and the Carnival representatives at Houston Hobby did a good job of keeping order and organizing the shuttle to Galveston. Processing at the Galveston terminal went smoothly. Although the crew had a short turnaround time, our cabin was ready when we arrived. The dining room menu offered a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Lobster was served twice and both times a second lobster tail was offered. Cruise Elegant dinners that did not require a coat and tie were appreciated. The appetizers and desserts gave us an opportunity to try foods we were not familiar with. We sat at a table for four in the Washington dining room. There was one hiccup with early dining. Ordering, being served and eating took nearly 90 minutes. As a result the 7:30 PM shows were started by the time we reached the Ivanhoe Theatre. Shows that featured the Carnival dance and song team were high energy and very enjoyable. Unfortunately we did not get to see the entire productions. The Panama Canal partial transit was an experience we looked forward to and we’re glad we booked this cruise. Limon, Costa Rica and Cozumel, Mexico provided good tours. In Limon we took the Bus, Boat and Train tour. In Cozumel we took the San Gervasio, Island Tour with lunch. Both tours had well-spoken and knowledgeable guides. Counting the canal transit as a sea day, there were six sea days. For some people that was too much time at sea without getting off the ship. If this cruise is continued it may be wise to add a stop in Panama. Valor was underway on Ash Wednesday. A last minute schedule adjustment permitted an Episcopalian Priest to distribute ashes. Over 100 people met in the Eagles Lounge to receive ashes. After the distribution we were waiting for the elevator with the priest and people lined up to receive the blessing. Carnival should be congratulated for this service. Tying to move 3,000 passengers off the ship and through customs is a challenge. It seems something could be done to reduce the stress and extended time of standing in line. Thank-you Carnival for the good service and making our 50th wedding anniversary cruise enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Taking a cruise to the Panama Canal was on our bucket list however this ship is a rust bucket that has not been updated since it's inaugural voyage and it shows ! The entertainment is done by the same six people for every night, and ... Read More
Taking a cruise to the Panama Canal was on our bucket list however this ship is a rust bucket that has not been updated since it's inaugural voyage and it shows ! The entertainment is done by the same six people for every night, and is horrible. Every show ended with fewer show goers than it started with. Since Carnival has added the "tips" to your bill -- the service has significantly diminished -- no incentive for top notch service. Like no table clothes on the dining tables, meals delivered at different times for people at the same table, service taking over two hours to complete, cabin service was minimal, etc.. Don't bother purchasing the WIFI -- it's spotty to non-existent. Departure took three hours (Disney takes about 30 min.). We have been on 12 cruises and this was the worst. Take a few minutes and look for a cruise that still provides an excellent cruise experience. I'm not sure if this cruise was representative of the overall Carnival cruise experience, or just this ship however this cruise ship is not worth the money or representative of what a good cruise experience can be Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Overall the experience was pleasurable, not great, not terrible. The plus side is I loved all the Ports and the cost of the cruse was really cheap compared to other cruise lines, but I see I got what I paid for. The service staff was ... Read More
Overall the experience was pleasurable, not great, not terrible. The plus side is I loved all the Ports and the cost of the cruse was really cheap compared to other cruise lines, but I see I got what I paid for. The service staff was great, but SLOW! We had early dinning in the Washington dinning room and dinner took every bit of 2 hours and some nights we were rushed out during dessert. We waited at least 30 minutes between each course. It was a long time for the kids to sit. The Camp Carnival/Circle C program left much to be desired. My son (11 years and 10 months and approx 5'1"; 125 pounds) and his 12 year old cousin were looking forward to the different activities Circle C offered. However, upon arrival we found out that because my son was not 12 years old yet he had to stay in Camp Carnival with his "age group" the 6 - 11 year olds. I'm sorry, but it was rather obvious (not only to myself, but other Camp Carnival staff) that my son did not belong with 6 year olds. I was rather disappointed that the Program Director could not be more flexible and use her judgment instead of fighting with me and insisting it was policy he hang out with the little kids for 2 hours before he could be moved up to Circle C. Not sure if any of you have tweenagers, but being required to "play" with the little kids didn't sit well with my son when his cousins were off and running with the 12-14 year olds in Circle C and he wouldn't do it. It was really rather disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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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