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5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans

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Carnival Valor

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,448 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Valor?

Pros

More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

Cons

Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

Bottom Line

Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2018
We just got back from a 4 day, 6/7 - 6/11. Embarkation was so easy and the staff was wonderful and cheerful. We were in outside cabin 1621 and 1623. My wife and I are in our mid-fifties with our grown children ages 28 & 30. ... Read More
We just got back from a 4 day, 6/7 - 6/11. Embarkation was so easy and the staff was wonderful and cheerful. We were in outside cabin 1621 and 1623. My wife and I are in our mid-fifties with our grown children ages 28 & 30. Greater by our Cabin Steward, Yuli, who was very pleasant and asked our preferences. We begged to have NO towel animals which went on deaf ears. But she did give us extra towels every day. We tried to keep the trash can out and even asked her but she kept putting it back hidden. Our first night we went to MDR, Lincoln dining room. Our head Waiter was Marius who always seemed like he was doing too much and couldn’t handle it all and didn’t rely on his helpers. However he gave great service and exceeded our expectations. Food was mediocre and barely warm at best. I can say that anything stood out, except for the chocolate melting cake, Mickey Mouse. The staff seemed very tired on the ship and most service matched the condition of the ship. The ship was not very clean, the public restrooms were on the verge of being disgusting and rust was seen everywhere. In Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos and had a wonderful time. Highly recommend reservations as they were turning people away without them. Lowlight was the Seaday Brunch. Under staffed and the waitstaff was horrific. And the food matched the service. Got fruit platter twice and neither time were they cold (who really likes warm cottage cheese). Eggs and most meat over cooked except for the bacon which was almost raw. We usually love Seaday brunch but this trip the Lido was probably better (did I say that?). Highlight was of course the Steakhouse. Our two waitresses had a major attitude and gave the staff table next us much more attention. However, the food made up for it. Not liking snails they made the escargot with shrimp and it was incredible. Don’t know which was better, the Cowboy, the lamb or filet. And thankfully they had the old menu so we ended up with the Chocolate Sampler...YUM!!!! My wife and I are Platinum and we made our way to the Lincoln dining room for debarktation with our children. Took 20 minutes to make it there from deck 1 as most passengers tried to get off before they were scheduled. Some almost unruly when they tried to clear the deck for customs inspection. The staff did their best to no avail. All in all it was a good time. This was our over 30th cruise on multiple lines and our children have over 15 and we all agreed that the ship needed a much needed cleaning and the staff needed a fun ship makeover. However, any cruise is a good cruise and we made the most of our time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Just wanted to come back and tell my experience. The room was VERY CLEAN The Food in the dining room Exquisite. We ate there for dinner every evening. The Burger joint was exceptional. The buffet was good enough. The BBQ we ... Read More
Just wanted to come back and tell my experience. The room was VERY CLEAN The Food in the dining room Exquisite. We ate there for dinner every evening. The Burger joint was exceptional. The buffet was good enough. The BBQ we didn't like at all. Maybe because we have such great BBQ in TX but we couldn't eat it. Portions of all the food was plentiful and of course you can get more. We had a team in the dining room for the first 2 days and they were great. The next two days we had a different team and they were SLOW. Dinner lasted way too long. There were things we wanted to do after dinner but missed some because it took so long to get our food. The next night we asked for our original waiters and were very happy that we could get them. My complaints are that the pool is way too small for that many people on the boat. And yes there were a couple. All too small. The other complaint is the safety meeting you have to attend. They need to improve that. I have always hated it and I think it is getting worse. It took at least 30 min to get everyone in there. We were early so we were backed up against the wall. There were four rows in front of us and they kept telling them to move back and they couldn't move back any closer. It was close to 100 degrees outside and standing there in that crowd with no circulation I am surprised no one passed out at least not in our group. With that many we could not hear the instructions which meant we went for nothing. They need to work on this. Then heard the there were a few cabin numbers called out to meet in another room I assume because they didn't show up and now they get the instructions in a much less crowded comfortable room? Not sure but not happy about that at all. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
The cabin was not the cleanest and there were hairs from the past cruisers left in the shower. The food was HORRIBLE, Service was ok. Some of the staff were just RUDE especially to my children. DO NOT take your kids to CAMP CARNIVAL ... Read More
The cabin was not the cleanest and there were hairs from the past cruisers left in the shower. The food was HORRIBLE, Service was ok. Some of the staff were just RUDE especially to my children. DO NOT take your kids to CAMP CARNIVAL because they acted like they didn’t even want my child to be there. They told me to keep a phone on me that they gave me. They didn’t ask, they told. Not great on board entertainment at all. They nickled and dimed you to death. I have taken many cruises and this was the worst. I’m not a complainer, but please don’t waste your money. The dr.seuss theme is very misleading also. Anything to do with dr.seuss you had to pay extra. They are not very accommodating for kids. The last night of the cruise the camp was closed from 3 till 7. Our entire cruise revolved around camp carnival. Read Less
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