3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Girls trip, party of four. We had a check in time of 1130 and arrived at the port about 1045. We decided not to get faster to the fun when booking our cruise. We were happy we did not. Embarkation was a breeze. We walked through most of ... Read More
Girls trip, party of four. We had a check in time of 1130 and arrived at the port about 1045. We decided not to get faster to the fun when booking our cruise. We were happy we did not. Embarkation was a breeze. We walked through most of the line until we reached the top floor where we were assigned a section. We had section 4. It was not quite 1130 yet so we sat for approximately 20 minutes until our section was called. Overall, a great process boarding the ship. One thing though...one of the girls was not aware she had to carry on her bottle of wine and packed it in her check in. Big mistake as she never received the wine. Once on board, we decided on Guy's Burgers for lunch. Great choice! The food was great and the fries were liked by all!. After lunch we headed to the Red Frog Pub on the 5th deck near the casino. We heard there were half priced drinks. We ordered three pitchers of some concoction and were buzzing soon after. Way to early for me but we were on vacation. At 2pm we headed to our room to drop off our carry on luggage. Our balcony stateroom was located on the lido deck, 9273. We knew the room would be a tight fit for us but we weren't worried about that. Upon arrival, we could tell the room was not in the best shape. The front part of the drawer under the couch/seating area was broke and hanging off on one side. We didn't think it was that much of a problem and just went with it. Three of our four check in bags were at the door once we had arrived to the room. The fourth was not delivered until right before dinner time at 6pm. When it arrived there was a letter that they had confiscated her wine and she would not be getting it back. Her fault though so she sucked it up. The location of the room was a good choice. Really close to all the fun on the lido deck but we noticed it may have not the best location once we realized that everyone waiting for the elevator could see directly into our room. Being four single ladies in there, we entered and exited at different times. We had to be quite particular when opening the door to make sure everyone was dressed because there was ALWAYS someone standing waiting for the elevators or passing through. Lesson learned for sure. Our room steward was Emerson. We didn't see him much but he came while we were at dinner to replace the towels and make the beds. We appreciated him. We had early dinning in the Washington dining room. We were not sure why we were assigned to the furthest dinning room from our room but i am sure there was a reason, i don't know. Our wait staff was exceptional. Its unfortunate that I cant remember the third gentlemen's name but Symphop, Edwin and Z? were the best waiters we could have hoped for. Always pleasant and attentive. We enjoyed Symphop's personality and he always had the best advice for us ladies, not only about the ship or ports but about life itself. TJ was our Cruise Director. Besides being eye candy, he was really good and kept everyone entertained. Even stopped and took pictures with our group at the Red Frog Pub which we ended up visiting quite often in the evening. The live band in the Pub was the Overpriced Sombreros. If only I could find a band this live and upbeat back home, I would be happy. They were the best entertainment on the ship in our opinion. We didn't care for Brad at the Piano Bar. It was not what we were use to. He sang to his own beat and rhythm which made it hard for others to sing along as well. That's what the Piano Bar is for in my opinion at least. We left about 20 minutes after he started ended back at the Pub. Karaoke was interesting in the Winston Bar. We didn't stay long but i'm glad we at least stopped to get the experience. Evanston the drink waiter on the lido/panorama deck was very fun and had a great personality. Always a smile on his face. The last sea day of our cruise one of the girls had a medical emergency in the cabin (per-existing condition). We immediately called 911 on the cabin phone. I think the communication could have been better with the dispatcher as she/he just thought we needed someone to unlock the bathroom door. When we actually needed medical attention AND someone to unlock the bathroom door. It seemed like forever until help arrived and when they did it was a bit confusing. Once they got her downstairs to treat her, the providers did an excellent job at taking care of her. She was especially appreciative of the nurse, Ms. Lorato who was very attentive and compassionate. Luckily after a few hours, we were all back upstairs and she was recovering well. The morning we arrived back at Galveston seemed like total chaos for us new cruisers. We had set our check in luggage outside our cabin door the night before but were unaware there needed to be another tag besides the one we embarked with on our luggage. I think this miscommunication had to do with our room PA speaker not working. We missed many announcements on the PA for this reason. We could not hear what they were saying from inside our cabin. When we finally made it down and off the ship, there was a long line to go through customs and we still didn't have our luggage. We had to wait until the very end and locate our luggage in the lost and found. Lesson learned once more! It took us a few hours to actually get out of there. We docked about 0630 and were finally out waiting for our ride at 1000. We all loved the cruise and the ship. We have already booked our next cruise on the Vista in May 2020. First cruise of many. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I cruised on this ship on its last cruise out of Galveston in May 2019. I was very dirty and the ship was very unkept! The food was poor and the buffet lines wrapped all the way around the cafeteria. Carnival cruise line ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on this ship on its last cruise out of Galveston in May 2019. I was very dirty and the ship was very unkept! The food was poor and the buffet lines wrapped all the way around the cafeteria. Carnival cruise line desperately needs to overhaul this ship and do some cleaning. Outside of ship was even nasty. Rusted in many places. Duct tape even ran along the staircase railings. Never seen anyone cleaning except our room steward. Public restrooms even smelled bad. Very poor! Cleanest nicest part of ship was our room. Entertainment focused all around remarks toward sex or alcohol. This is definitely not a family oriented shop nor is it for one who is not there to party. Now it is one of the few ships that sails From New Orleans which I hate because the good ones have moved out to make room for them. Sad! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Martin the club 02 leader made the cruise for all of teens so memorable he is such a great leader and makes everyone feel at home! He made all of us so close in just 4 days of our crusie! It was a fun and memorable crusie because of ... Read More
Martin the club 02 leader made the cruise for all of teens so memorable he is such a great leader and makes everyone feel at home! He made all of us so close in just 4 days of our crusie! It was a fun and memorable crusie because of Martin! He made it very fun of games and great bonding time! Tj the crusie director was great! He was super fun and always saw him interacting with us everywhere! I loved the activities we had! Carnival valor will always have a my heart! For sure booking a cruise on the valor again! What’s a great experience! Room service was amazing! And so was the staff! I recommend this cruise line 10/10 y’all did such a great job! Thank you again TJ and Martin for making this such a memorable crusie that i will never forget!! Carnival Valor forever i will always remember it! Love,Texas girl! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I was really impressed with the cruise ship Valor. It was clean, food was the best I have had on a cruise in a long time, the wait staff were prompt, courteous, could communicate very well, food in mdr was always very good, steak house was ... Read More
I was really impressed with the cruise ship Valor. It was clean, food was the best I have had on a cruise in a long time, the wait staff were prompt, courteous, could communicate very well, food in mdr was always very good, steak house was excellent, my room was very clean, the porter made sure I had 2 ice buckets filled, the casino staff were exceptional always coming up to me to see if I was having a good time, Casino even paid off some, the bar staff were very prompt getting drinks out. Being handicapped, the ships staff were always making sure I was ok. This was the fifth cruise I was on this year. I have never been on the Valor before. I will definitely book more cruises on her. I did not get off the ship in any ports because of being handicapped. Carnival always takes care of me. The only type of vacation I like. I have several more cruises booked with Carnival b Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) Room was spacious and ship was clean. 3) Ship sailed on time and arrived on time at destinations. 4) Good excursion options. Negatives: 1) Very old ship. Stinky, stale furniture and decor. This ship is 15years old. Worn but kept clean. Absolutely nothing fancy here. 2) Zero entertainment for non-drinkers. You get to play bingo and some silly "name the xxxxx" type of games. Ship had two indoor theatres with no daytime running shows at all. The theatres are constantly used for sales pitches for various products. Very pathetic. This was like a walmart standard type of cruise. It was my familys first cruise and none of us liked it. Perhaps other ships have a lot more options and facilities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Our cruise was as fun and enjoyable as our first one! The Park West team with the art auctions were great! It was our first ever auction at sea and even though we weren’t planning on leaving owning artwork, we did! Matty, Sasha, Ravi, ... Read More
Our cruise was as fun and enjoyable as our first one! The Park West team with the art auctions were great! It was our first ever auction at sea and even though we weren’t planning on leaving owning artwork, we did! Matty, Sasha, Ravi, Reece, Bianca and Zoe made our introduction into art collecting memorable. We look forward to seeing them again! The Washington dining staff (Kadek, Rodrigo and Maruf) were AMAZING. Dinner and breakfast with them was a blast and always fun! Dewa and the room staff were great and very attentive. They handled all of our requests quickly and efficiently. Lionel’s shopping tips were more than we expected. Great value for wonderful pieces. Bertold at the Java on the lido deck remembered me and my drink for the whole cruise and was very good with making it, the best Chocolate Lovers I’ve had on my cruises. We look forward to enjoying many more cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise first because I found a really good deal on it and the second this is it was close enough to home we could drive. My husband and I had a lot of fun, we did have a few hiccups along the way but nothing that caused our ... Read More
I chose this cruise first because I found a really good deal on it and the second this is it was close enough to home we could drive. My husband and I had a lot of fun, we did have a few hiccups along the way but nothing that caused our vacation to be ruined. Traveling this trip was only my husband and myself, we were on Carnivals Valor. Our embarkationwas very smooth, We arrived at the pear walked right onto the ship with no waiting what ao ever. I had my first drink in hand within the first 10 minutes of being on board. The lunch buffet was ready and everything was perfect. One thing is the Valor is in need of a face lift. It is an older ship and you can tell. From what I've heard she is going to go into dry dock for renovations and a name change but that's still a little ways away. The first night we had reservations for scarlets steak house. We received a free bottle of wine for going the first night. The food was phenomenal. Sooo good. And since we were celebrating our anniversary they gave us an extra tiramisu dessert and 2 free glasses of champagne. Breakfast in the mdr on the other hand was a little disappointing for me. At my table after everyone had ordered their breakfast and when the food started being passed out everyone's orders were given to them as a complete order, but mine... my potatoes were missing from my plate and the bacon I had ordered was missing as well. By the time I received my full order half the people were nearly done eating and my eggs were cold. So needless to say we had the buffet for breakfast the rest of the trip. The ports we visited were cozumel and progreso, both were fun, but we enjoyed cozumel better, Mr Sanchos in particular. We chose not to take a taxi like everyone had said, we rented a scooter and did a little shopping and sightseeing before we went to the resort. We enjoyed the scooter a lot, we probably payed $10 more for the scooter than a taxi to Mr Sanchos and back, plus we got the extra memories too! Disembarkation was rather interesting. When we arrived back to the port to dock, the port was closed to boat traffic, due to fog. We were supposed to disembark at 8:15 but wasnt able to until around 11:15 or so it may have been a little earlier but we wasnt worried in the slightest, we drove in so we were good with whatever time we got back. Over all, we will be cruiseing again, we aren't quite "hooked" or addicted yet but maybe after another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had one of the cheapest rooms available on the 7th floor, kind of near the elevators and the room was just fine since all u do is sleep and shower there. the room was good size considering and our room attendant Pen was very nice and ... Read More
We had one of the cheapest rooms available on the 7th floor, kind of near the elevators and the room was just fine since all u do is sleep and shower there. the room was good size considering and our room attendant Pen was very nice and gave me the extras that I requested like extra pillows and towels. Over all the ship, even though it was an older ship it was still in good shape and kept very clean. there were a few things here or there that could be upgraded but overall ver nice. The food in the buffet was pretty good. we ate there for the majority of our meals. For breakfast the made to order omelettes we very good so we just ate those as the breakfast foods on the buffet were somewhat lacking in quality and someone should teach them how to cook bacon so its actually cooked so we stuck to the made to order omelettes and a few danish or French toast. The rest of the time the food was typical buffet food , some good some not so much, but by the time I eat a nice salad and find some entrees I like I was full each meal and felt fine afterward. The burger place was very good but only open till 6pm which would be nice if it were open a little later. On the "dress up" night we ate in the dining room. the food was very good, prime rib, shrimp pork etc and the service was spot on!! They even do a little entertainment which was quite enjoyable. The last night we ate in Scarlettes Steakhouse and it was excellent and well worth the extra money !!! Again, steaks and shrimp and salad and bread the side dishes every thing was Excellent. Now as far as entertainment goes, so. was good some not so much. Kevin the entertainment director is pleasant enough and does a good job but could try to get the crowd dancing during the trivia/dance parties(70's, 80's etc) instead of just singing along watching him move. it would have been more fun to dance. overall the ships singers were slightly above average and I have heard better singers ay home karaoke, but over all were entertaining. So the trivia games were fun, and we really enjoyed the Love and Marriage game and the carnival quest. I think there should be more activity on the pool deck with games and trivia and contest around the pool for added entertainment and more games like things for people t participate in. Also the ship could be better marked with sights where certain locations are. their colored light signs don't show up well and they need more signs to help guest find their way around. All in all a very fun time but could have some improvements . Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Took the 5 day cruise on the Valor with my brothers and their wives. We have been on many other ships and this was the first that was rusted, very limited live entertainment, deserts were only cake and ice cream only and steak and lobsters ... Read More
Took the 5 day cruise on the Valor with my brothers and their wives. We have been on many other ships and this was the first that was rusted, very limited live entertainment, deserts were only cake and ice cream only and steak and lobsters were $20 extra.(we have always had free lobster 1 night on other ships). The carpeting in the "suite" was very stained and I had to have them fix the balcony door so it would close properly. Shopping area was basically 2 stores and very high prices. (We were given $50 gift certificates to the store and spa and they would not pay 50% of the cheapest item which was a $125 message. There were some $10 items sold in the hallway kiosks that looked pretty nice. I was not given my promised $50/person onboard credits even though it is printed on the ticket and the free drink card I won at the casino was almost worthless as it took an average of 30 minutes for the ONE waiter to get to the table or machines and the card would not work at a bar. Slot payouts were extremely low with 5 ea 7's only paying $80 on a $1 machine. The only bright spot was the service, in that our stateroom attendant and dining room waiter (Nilson) were very good. We didn't take the excursions this time but Progresso is a new village inside a shipping port with about 20 vendors that were branches of the ones in Cozumel. We did not have children but there were a lot of them on the ship even during school days. Although we are regular cruise veterans, we would not consider the Valor. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Just returning from THE BEST VACATION EVER! If you have any doubts about if you should go, let me tell you-you need to be there yesterday!!! My sister's company incentivized their entire group of professionals with a generous ... Read More
Just returning from THE BEST VACATION EVER! If you have any doubts about if you should go, let me tell you-you need to be there yesterday!!! My sister's company incentivized their entire group of professionals with a generous vacation,plus one. Yay!!! I was the plus one. From now on when I need a vacation I will exclusively request THE VALOR via carnival cruise lines. The experience was exceptional in every sense of the word. I am more of a Vegas person and never really considered cruising as a possible equal experience. Truth be told it was far better! Major foodies like me will enjoy all of the different foods we tried-Guy's Burgers, Pirates Pizza, and should absolutely plan to savor the steakhouse and chef's table experience. The chef on THE VALOR has an imagination for creating dishes that is beyond words but I will try to do his skill set justice. He was so humble and so gifted and honest to God, his artistic dishes made me FEEL and filled my heart with respect and admiration for his pride in his craft of cuisine. Aboard THE VALOR, we visited Cozumel and had the good fortune of booking a private beach excursion. We laid in the sun and tanned and enjoyed the most pristine aquamarine waters I have ever seen in my life while being provided with an open bar and a menu filled with excellent traditional Mexican dishes such as chili rellenos, grilled fish and spicy pan seared chicken with rice. It was an extremely special experience for everyone. The 5 hours went by in a blink,but time flies when you are in paradise!!! Regarding the spa, we scheduled the couples 50 minute seaweed detox wrap with hot stone massage and followed that up with a full body hot stone massage a couple days later. The masseurs were professional/patient/attentive and beautiful to boot. Now to the heart of this discussion, if you are a gambler like us and are considering taking your chances on some slots and table games, THE VALOR is the place to do so. You will get great bang for your buck entertainment wise with this crew. I thoroughly enjoyed my time acquainting myself with the casino table attendants (Maria,Dejan, Cesar,Mario) and pit bosses (Marco,David) who provided non-stop charm and non-stop laughs and hey guys...NON-STOP COMPED drinks for all their enthusiastic gamblers. I cannot brag enough about how special this staff is to us and how key they were to our experience. They know how to party and have a GREAT sense of humor to boot! Us southerners like our hospitality and Carnival did not disappoint. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise. (We have used other lines.) I did not ever feel where I was to be particularly clean. The food was pretty terrible in the dining room and the buffet. Cold and undercooked. There are food ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise. (We have used other lines.) I did not ever feel where I was to be particularly clean. The food was pretty terrible in the dining room and the buffet. Cold and undercooked. There are food options that are pretty good, but you will have to stand in slow, long lines for those options. (Hamburgers, omelets, etc.) I will say the staff was very nice and always willing to answer a question or help, The cabin was so-so. As I said, not particularly clean feeling. Bed was made every morning and the cute towel art left, but didn't look like anything had been wiped down well in bathrooms. Stage shows were pretty sad. Entertainment elsewhere was very good. We went to 3 comedy shows and enjoyed all of them. We did not buy alcohol as we weren't going to pay those prices, so I can't speak to that. Truthfully, I don't think I would use Carnival again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because it was to be a Birthday celebration an was 1 week after the Superbowl. Well on the sail date Feb 9 2019 the weather was cold and windy but as a Platinum member we boarded promptly and was in our cabin around ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was to be a Birthday celebration an was 1 week after the Superbowl. Well on the sail date Feb 9 2019 the weather was cold and windy but as a Platinum member we boarded promptly and was in our cabin around 12:30.As cold as it was outside we had to stand out in the cold for the Safety drill which took about 40 minutes.I don't know if they had a sailaway or not since I went to my cabin to warm up. Well our luggage didn't arrive till around 4:00 even tho it had a priority on the luggage tag and I mentioned to the Porter when I tipped him. after we got out in to International waters I walked around the ship and didn't see any Band playing anywhere and for the whole 5 day cruise there was not a band to be found, only single persons or a trio playing horns. I was really disappointed with the entertainment.I had a balcony cabin on 6 deck and it stayed wet most of the time so that was a waste of money since I only went out there a few times when at ports. The lines were never long for food on Lido deck and it was as good as in dining room and much quicker access.the Tv in cabin was small and movies were dark and hard to watch unless the room was dark,I love movies watched one on the big screen but not a good selection in my opinion. had fun in Cozumel and Merida Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose carnival because of family recommendations. ship is old. it's decor belies it's age, but it's immaculate from bow to stern. We cruised with another company last year and their ship was not something they could be ... Read More
We chose carnival because of family recommendations. ship is old. it's decor belies it's age, but it's immaculate from bow to stern. We cruised with another company last year and their ship was not something they could be proud of. Dining room server, i putu, and his assistant were a wonderful, fun, helpful twosome. And the dining is no longer just " food". No, it's come a long way from what you might expect. It was d__n good! Our cabin stewart, ida, was amazing. My wife and i couldn't believe how fast and thorough she was.....smiling all every time and with a jovial greeting.and let us assure you, the place was always squeaky clean. Carnival has improved vastly. and we'll be back to spend another wedding anniversary with them. We starting to dream about the next anniversary. Where you see us give a four star rating for any facet of our voyage, just add another half! ! ! ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have ... Read More
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have a good time. Ship was mostly clean and well run. It was nice to have a couple of days at sea to just relax. Embarkation was very smooth. Debarkation was smooth for us, but be wise if you're on the 8th deck, they aren't allowed to leave until 1030. Our cabin steward (Wiriwan) and Lincoln dining room hostess (Melina from Romania) were excellent. Cons: the food in the main dining room and buffet is pretty poor quality. Not that we didn't eat it, just you get what you pay for. Cleanliness was fine, workers washed their hands and wore gloves, food was piping hot. Breakfast venues opened later than we were used to, but coffee was open all the time. Shows were so late (some started at 1130) that this didn't bother most people. This ship doesn't have a promenade type deck that goes all around the entire outside of the ship, something we've encountered and enjoyed elsewhere. Wishful thinking: I'd like the Carnival clientele on a Cunard ship! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second ... Read More
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second day at sea. In fact it was so relaxing and enjoyable we decided to schedule another massage on our 5th day at sea! Our masseuses were so amazing! If you decide to travel on Valor and are looking to make the most out of the experience, I suggest booking a massage with Dexie Ruiz or Natamon Wiboonma. One last thing, book a night at the steakhouse as well. A 5 course meal for only $38 per person is a steal...Hope the review makes your trip a little better! In case anyone is wondering for excursions...we did Passion Island at Cozumel, the only downside was how fast the excursion went...we could have stayed there an extra 5 hours! At the Yucatan, we did the Mayan Ruins (only 30 minutes away) then to the beach. The tour guide Adam made that excursion worth the cost, highly suggest it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a ... Read More
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a complaint/caution about the stateroom, it would be that the upper beds in the 3 and 4 person rooms are extremely uncomfortable, and there is nothing that they have at this time that will fix the issue. If given the opportunity to review my experience directly with Carnival, I will definitely include this information. Dining: As usual, the dining was plentiful and delicious. I'm sure that there are luxury cruise lines that have more elegant or refined food, but there was literally not a single dish I ate that left me disappointed. This also goes for the bars and bar drinks. Embarkation: pain free, although, this was probably the first time that I would say that. Embarkation is always a little chaotic, especially when everyone just wants to get their vacation started! Entertainment: ABSOLUTELY, HANDS DOWN, THE BEST I'VE HAD SO FAR. Cruise director Kevin was borrowed from another ship, and he was absolutely Amazing. He did an activity two different nights, that on the activity schedule seemed rather innocuous and boring - 70's Motown trivia (1st sea night) and 80's/90's Music trivia (2nd sea night) - we would not have attended either, except that as we were leaving our stateroom on the 6th deck, we were arrested by the wonderful sound of hundreds of people singing to 70's motown music in the Lobby on 3. We immediately went to investigate and we were not disappointed. Needless to say, we were early to the 2nd event and LOVED it.This needs to be a thing on EVERY. SINGLE. CRUISE. I came back with no voice from singing. Debarkation: Overwhelming. I know this is the case every time, but I continue to hope that someone will invent a better wheel eventually. We spent more than 2 hours in the queue waiting to debark. Overall, we really really enjoyed ourselves. We had very few complaints. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, ... Read More
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, and were a bit nervous, but the Valor docked at 4:26am the Thursday morning of our cruise! Had the 1st boarding time of 11:30-noon. The absolute quickest boarding EVER! We were onboard at 11:39! Simply fantastic! Lunch at the lido buffet followed by my first Miami Vice was a great way to start the cruise. Our cabins were ready at 1:30 and we had a great room steward and a nice balcony room on deck 6. The food throughout the cruise was consistently good. Especially Guys Burgers! Get the piggy patty if you haven't had one before. Delicious! We had great weather for entire cruise until early Sunday morning when we hit a squall and it was pretty rough. Thankfully, it calmed down and even the sun came back out after several hours. Got to see the blood moon eclipse the last night from the pool deck. That was impressive! Dining room waiters seemed to have a rough time the first couple of days. They were super friendly, just seemed to be running in circles trying to take care of their section. Crew members are so hardworking and I will never understand how people can treat them so badly. My only complaint was an event held on the first sea day in the middle of the afternoon was completely out of hand (a couple of the judges) and the crew member that was in charge was absolutely NOT in charge and could not handle this one particular judge especially. There were a lot of kids out there and it was completely inappropriate to say the least! On this note - I feel compelled to say this....I have been on 18 cruises now, and have seen large families cruising together celebrating reunions, birthdays, anniversary's and the like. There was a large family on this cruise that was the worst! They took over several different venues on the ship and acted like animals. No regard or respect for other cruisers. It got to the point, that if we were in a particular venue and saw them coming, we got up and left. We just didn't want to deal with their behavior etc...this did not by any means ruin my cruise, I just feel compelled to speak my opinion. I and others heard all around the ship how this group's behavior was affecting people and their families. Just so sad that folks think this type of behavior is the norm these days. Anyway, besides this one family, I met some great people from all over and had a great time with our group as well! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the Ivanhoe theater, and then headed up to deck 11 around 12:45 to see how things were progressing. The Spa staff called me over, offered me a comfy seat, and checked on my corridor periodically so that I could just relax. My room was ready before 1. I spent way too much time obsessing over the Fun Times and scheduling myself for activities. In hindsight, I should have just gone with the flow, and not stressed over what I might be missing. I attended a slot pull in the casino (we came out ahead!), a trivia session, a shopping presentation, and watched Bohemian Rhapsody in VERY chilly, windy conditions as a dive-in movie. Be warned that watching any movie in less than ideal weather is going to be torture - I wore a hoodie and wrapped myself in a towel and a blanket, and even then I almost didn't make it to the end. I had four spa/gym sessions. The spa ladies are very friendly, but will try to push overpriced products on you - "Of these four products, which one do you feel would be most beneficial to you?" is their line. My gym training session was grueling, but I managed to go the whole hour without collapsing. The personalized workout printed list wasn't at the front desk that evening as promised, but after a couple of reminders (my cabin was steps away!) it was put under my door two days later. I spent a lot of time in the casino. One machine in particular always allowed me to make a profit, as long as I cashed out while I was ahead, and didn't play again until the next day. I only played minimum bets, and ended the cruise about $40 up. Make sure you cash out your balance at the casino desk on the last night of the cruise, as Guest Services can't access your casino funds. My cabin was great as a solo traveler. It would probably be okay with two, but three or four would be cramped. The balcony was tiny, and tweaked my fear of heights a little. To sit in a chair, I had to hold onto it, and shuffle around carefully. The sliding patio door to the balcony had a damaged latch mechanism and was held closed by a temporary hook, which didn't help my feelings of safety! I ordered breakfast in my room every day, but it was only sunny enough to eat on the balcony one day. I also ordered cake through room service a few times as an evening treat. I most ate at the Lido Buffet. I at in the MDR twice, once on my own, and once with two other families. I discovered you can order as much as you want - the fireman across the table ordered two cesar salads, and two entrees. I bought a bottle of wine the first night, which I kept in my cabin fridge (keep the cabinet door open to help with the cooling) and mixed with my breakfast orange juice. I also had the crab cake sliders from the seafood shack, which were okay, but not worth the added expense. I took shore excursions in Cozumel (snorkeling) and Progreso (all-inclusive beach resort), but I didn't book them through Carnival. Cozumel is best for shopping, but Progreso has some good stores at the port with bargains. I bought two Mexican blankets for $10. Disembarkation was great. We docked 2 hours early, and they started disembarking at 7:30 instead of 8:30. My deck was called first, and as I was carrying all my luggage off, I ended up being the 6th person off the ship. Customs was very smooth, and I was in my car and on the road at 8:15. If I cruise again, I will probably go with a line less geared to families, and more towards solo/older people. Deck 11 was very quiet, but the hot tubs, especially on the Serenity deck, were always filled with loud, 20-something partiers. I would also go later in the year, as we had rain on 5 days out of 6 in mid-January, which cut into deck time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first cruise and we decided to go without the kids. We both had the best time! The ship was very clean and everyone on board was incredibly nice and considerate. We left out of Galveston which is not far from where we live ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we decided to go without the kids. We both had the best time! The ship was very clean and everyone on board was incredibly nice and considerate. We left out of Galveston which is not far from where we live in Houston. Parking was a breeze because we booked beforehand. We were about 30 minutes early from our actual arrival time but they let us on anyhow. Checking in was smooth and everyone was very helpful. Our room was on the Lido deck and we had a balcony. There was enough space for the 2 of us to where we weren't feeling like we were cramped. The beds were more comfortable than I had imagined them to be, considering we asked for a king bed and they really just pushed 2 twin beds together. It wasn't a both for neither I or my husband. It was so nice coming back to the room at night to a nice clean area. The dining room was excellent! The first night I was sick with a head cold, therefore I couldn't taste much of my food. I was unhappy with what I ordered but just chalked it up to me not feeling very well. However, our waiter wasn't okay with the fact that I didn't eat much of my food. He insisted on getting me something that I would actually eat, but he was very nice about it. I never felt like I was putting anyone out. We had the absolute best waiter! And the entertainment was great! Our best experience was in the bar at the casino. The bartenders were very attentive and never left us hanging. One of the bartenders even made a specialty drink that was to die for. Our port was in Cozumel but our excursion actually involved us having to take a ferry to Playa Del Carmen. We did the Xplore park which was the absolute best time I have ever had. It was full of adrenaline driven activities. The zip lining was the best part. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone who loves thrills. The ferry ride to and from was entertaining as well. I can't say enough positive things about this ship and it's crew. We enjoyed it so much that we are taking a family cruise in a few months which will have our children involved. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly ... Read More
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly surprised! There were some weak spots but all in all the staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was okay to good most days. The cabin stewards could do a more thorough job of cleaning and replacing dirty towels and glasses. The night time entertainment was fun but not too fancy- mainly dancing and trivia. The shore excursions we chose were both lots of fun and very well executed. The two excursions we took were the Champagne Catamaran, snorkeling and diving adventure. and the Mayan Ruins, Lazy River, and Underground Cave Adventure. On the catamaran trip, the guides took us to a spot where there was lots of colorful stuff to observe at fairly shallow depths. After 45 minutes to an hour of that, you get back on the catamaran and its Happy Hour! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show ... Read More
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show was entertaining. We went to a few comedy shows as well as the regular shows. TJ the cruise director was hilarious! We ate in the dining room every night but one. The food was very good. We had anytime dining, but towards the end we were requesting Barbara’s section since she was so helpful and gave fantastic recommendations. We had breakfast on the Lido deck every morning. I am a fan of the omelette station. We only ate lunch twice, once at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana, again everything was good. A must not miss if you are a foodie is the Chef’s Table. The meal includes 7 courses as well as a galley tour. The food was amazing. The weather was cold everyday but one, so we didn’t really get a chance to hang out on the deck. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all ... Read More
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all excellent! Below in the dining room food was very good, service was only pretty good as waiter William seemed to disappear for long periods of time. Luckily Headwaiter Reff and assistant Aditya were there to pull his butt out of the fire. As usual, room steward was Very Good. Thank you Aung! As a whole, service was excellent and extremely friendly, very attentive. Best policy is to treat these people with genuine respect and a smile, They will pay you back with excellent service x10. My only complaint with Carnival is no indoor smoking area to enjoy a cigar, smoke them only occasionally. How difficult could it be, Carnival? Will cruise Carnival again, for sure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, ... Read More
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, until almost all the passenger were gone waiting for the staff member to push the wheelchair. Ive been cruising for 13 years and it never happened before. The dinning was fantastic, Food, and service was great. The ship overall was fine. The cabin was very comfortable even with 4 passenger. Service was excellent thru out the ship. The only complain i have is when eating in the buffet on Deck 9, we never had a staff member ask us if we needed coffee, or water or to pick up the dirty dishes. I was very surprise. Royal Caribbean even looks for a table for you and are always very attentive. I'm going on another cruise on the carnival Dream and i hope the buffet will be handle better. Read Less
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 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.3

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