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9 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Galveston

9 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Galveston

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cozumel
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Galveston

Carnival Valor

Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise was celebrating our 36th Wedding Anniversary. And, we were not disappointed. We chose cabin 1103 by the Spa. Which was an excellent choice. The balcony and room were perfect for two people. And, best of all, we had an ... Read More
This cruise was celebrating our 36th Wedding Anniversary. And, we were not disappointed. We chose cabin 1103 by the Spa. Which was an excellent choice. The balcony and room were perfect for two people. And, best of all, we had an absolutely WONDERFUL steward. His name is "Made". Pronounced Ma-Dee. He is from Bali. From the moment we entered our room we felt pampered. Not only that, bu Made went the extra mile and cleaned our room twice a day. Each time he would make wonderful animals with towels that were just beautiful and enchanting. Made went the extra mile to ensure our anniversary cruise was the best it could be. He went above and beyond to ensure we had ice, fresh linens, information on happenings on the ship, Water, sodas, and our Anniversary decorations. Made took pride in his work, and it showed. My wife and I became friends with Made, and hope one day to visit him in his home country, Bali. Carnival Valor, if you read this review, you should give Made a promotion and a raise. He's earned it in my book. The food in the steak house was absolutely AWESOME. If you go, you owe it to yourself to eat there at least once. You'll be glad you did. Make reservations ahead of the cruise, because spots fill fast. The food in the regular dining was also good. Our dining room was the Washington. Our waiter/server was Ricky. Ricky was fantastic! We never wanted for anything, or had to ask for anything. It was like Ricky could read our minds, and was just THERE instantly to take care of our needs. If you get Ricky for a waiter you will have one of the best waiters there, and consider yourself privileged. He's awesome. Be careful of the art auction. They'll pass out so called bid vouchers for raffle prizes, and they allude to the bid vouchers being good toward a bid on art. Be careful. Read the fine print. We won a voucher for 100.00, and thought it was good for bidding on any of the art they were auctioning. Well, it wasn't. It was only good for specific art that was to be framed and shipped. So, when I bid on some art it cost me more than anticipated because of not being able to use the voucher. This seemed deceptive to me. And, quite frankly it pissed me off. And, it was one reason I did NOT go back to buy anymore art. I don't like being deceived. The gambling was fun. We one 225.00 on a penny slot machine. And, we one 80.00 playing bingo. So we had a fun time gambling. The shows were FANTASTIC. We watched some of the adult comedy shows, and couldn't stop laughing. Those guys are hilarious. The singers and dancers were awesome as well. The country show was great, but the most spectacular show was the American Rock and Roll show. Holy smokes! The performers were AWESOME! Our cruise director TJ was pretty great too. It seemed as though he was everywhere, all the time. And, that was a good feeling to know our cruise director took an active part in making sure we were entertained. TJ was funny, energetic, and a great entertainer. We loved him! If I had to nit pic on things there are only two things in the room that were annoying, and one thing on the ship that was annoying. For the room, the small fridge didn't work. That was ok though as Made kept us in ice the whole trip. Also, the tv didn't have many channels to chose from. So, not much to do in the room. Well, maybe a little, lol. And, on the ship, it got very annoying having the folks in the fun shops constantly trying to sell us stuff. We mostly just wanted to look, but were constantly interrupted with sales pitches. That was annoying, and did in fact run me out of some shops. I won't spend money where I'm pressured. Oh yea, speaking of pressured, the art sales crew sent us THREE invitations to the final art auction. We didn't go for two reasons. First their deceptive raffling of bid vouchers that you couldn't use, and second because of high pressure sales. Frankly, they angered me with that. And had we not been as nice as we are, they would have gotten a piece of my mind. Please advise them to stop with the high pressure sales and deceptive bid vouchers that you can't use. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
To begin with, we cruise on a budget. So value is our number one priority. Since we are able drive to Galveston, we cruise on Carnival. This was our first cruise on Valor and we loved it. We had sailed on Freedom (with cruise director ... Read More
To begin with, we cruise on a budget. So value is our number one priority. Since we are able drive to Galveston, we cruise on Carnival. This was our first cruise on Valor and we loved it. We had sailed on Freedom (with cruise director Malcolm "Woo-hoo" Burn) last year at Thanksgiving and we found that the Valor was laid out exactly the same. 3696 other passengers shared our cruise, but I think we stood in a line for a total of 12 minutes the entire cruise. Boarding was a breeze, whisking through drop-off, luggage to the stevedores, security, boarding pass check and walking onto the ship with barely a stop for that Welcome Aboard photo (we took the towel animal photo this year). On board, we found the food, entertainment, activities and all-around fun to be plentiful with friendly staff in all areas. Our request for a dining change was handled quickly and politely. Our cabin steward was a ninja. Towel animals showed up like magic as well as our requested robes and extra hangers. One thing we missed last year that we were determined to do was the steakhouse chef's cooking demonstration. They hold it in the steakhouse at noon on the first sea day. We got there about 11:20 and loitered until they started seating folks at about 11:45. It was SO GREAT! The chef was friendly and funny and gave us recipes and scrumptious samples of cappuccino mushroom soup, spinach salad, roast chicken with potatoes and mac and cheese, and tiramisu. And did I mention that there is NO additional cost for this? Just show up on time! Other free wonders we found were the games to play in the Red Frog Pub and the Iliad library, performances by great musicians all over the ship (our favorite is Alan the Australian guitarist). The last night of the cruise, they did the America Rocks ('80s music) show in the Ivanhoe Theater, which was our favorite. We also very much enjoyed shows hosted by cruise director TJ (who was just named one of Carnival's best CDs), especially his Love & Marriage and Q & Awesome shows. The dining room menu was wonderful with incredible Indian food (different each night) for our vegetarian and Baked Alaska for everyone the last night of the cruise. Another food experience not to be missed is the Chocolate Extravaganza from 12-2:30 on the Lido deck the last sea day. Our excursion at Cozumel was the Mayan Ball Game with lunch and Mexican folkloric dancing at the Kun Che Mayan Historical Park. It was really terrific for a group with diverse interests. The cooking demonstrations (tortillas, tamales and chocolate), the ball game itself, the Mayan blessing, the tequila tasting and the dancing were all fascinating and the buffet lunch was lovely. At Progreso, we went to the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltun, where we swam in a cenote and saw the museum and the ruins of Mayan pyramids and a Spanish chapel. Then we had an incredible buffet lunch at Rancho Tierra Bonita with terrific singing and dancing, a Charro demonstration with expert horsemanship and roping and complimentary beverage service. Highly recommended. Our teenager had a great time in Club O2. She will age out by the next time we cruise and she's actually disappointed! She still keeps in touch with friends she's made over the last two cruises in the teen club. We stayed away from the bars, the casino and the shops. This kept us on budget (we did spend a little on photos) and out of the way of crowds. It's not the only way to cruise, but it works for us. Carnival is an unbeatable value for our family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We went on this cruise to take enjoy some couple time but also have our kids close to us. I was lied to about camp ocean who did NOt want to take care of my kids. The girls that take care of ur kids are rude, don’t want to change ... Read More
We went on this cruise to take enjoy some couple time but also have our kids close to us. I was lied to about camp ocean who did NOt want to take care of my kids. The girls that take care of ur kids are rude, don’t want to change diapers, and do not want ur kids there. And policy says they group kids according to age group but they only go by policy when it’s convenient for them cuz my toddlers were with the older kids. They don’t feed ur kids. Or give them drinks. Their hours are also inconvenient to be able to enjoy being on the cruise. My 2 year old was also mistreated who I complained to the director, his words were “they are mistreating my kids because I’m not getting along w their staff.” The food was horrible, worse than prison food. My room had 2 rows of eyelashes stuck to the desk so that tells me my room was not even cleaned. They nickel and dime u to death. And they don’t care about returning happy customers, only want to make a quick buck off of you. I will never in my life take a cruise w them again! I even called wanting a refund on my 2 toddlers cruise tickets, which they refused but offered a $50 onboardint credit! No thanks! Never again! I couldn’t wait to get home, I’ve never been so happy to see ugly Galveston Island in my life! Read Less
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