1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Family vacation, my parents 2 girls ( 16 & 12) and my wife and I. Staff was awesome, we had 2 rooms on the. Lido deck (9th) my parents were on the 10th. Hendro took great care of our rooms and kept them very clean, very friendly, ... Read More
Family vacation, my parents 2 girls ( 16 & 12) and my wife and I. Staff was awesome, we had 2 rooms on the. Lido deck (9th) my parents were on the 10th. Hendro took great care of our rooms and kept them very clean, very friendly, knew our names by the 2nd day. My parents said the same thing about their attendant which I'm sorry for not getting her name. The highlights were the dinners, we had the same wait staff for 4 nights, Mark and Ronaldo we awesome,couldn't ask for better care, I think we were in the Lincoln each night at the same table. Food was great, and filling.Had a great 3 pc violin group in the lobby on 3... The draw backs were that the pools were always filled to capacity, there were no balls for the mini golf and sometimes the activities were a little racy, at least more so than what I want my kids exposed to...not vulgar just more inuindos than I prefer. Adult area (Serenity) was typically full of kids in the hot tubs and in the hammocks. Would consider doing it again. Learned a lot...wish I would have done a lot more research on activities, how to get to them, what they consisted of. If you have a lg group recommend walkie talkies if family is going to go separate ways...It was awesome not having any call service!!!! It forced the kids to socialize!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was the first cruise for our family of nine. Getting on the ship went very well and the customer service was excellent. We enjoyed our experience but were a little disappointed in the shows and food. Most of the desserts tasted as if ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of nine. Getting on the ship went very well and the customer service was excellent. We enjoyed our experience but were a little disappointed in the shows and food. Most of the desserts tasted as if they had been frozen. The food in the dining room was generally good. The service iwas always great. We were surprised that it didn’t really matter what you wore to the dining room in the evening. Although the literature says no ball caps, flip-flops, bathing suits, or cut off’s there were always plenty of those at every table. If you aren’t going to follow this policy why have it? We went to several of the topical seminars but all they really were was a place to sale foot inserts, or some other kind of product. With a few exceptions they rarely had the largest shows in the largest theater (Ivanhoe). You often had to be standing to watch comedy shows are the magic show because they booked the smaller room. The country show and the rock ‘n’ roll show were not the best. The special effects were good but the talent was a little week. Our room was super clean all week and again the service was exceptional wherever we were. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
My 17 year old and I had a fabulous time on the cruise.. We had cabin 1220.. Porthole. And he and I loved the room! Very clean everyday. He said why have a balcony...the whole ship has balconies?! True lol He recommends the lido deck ... Read More
My 17 year old and I had a fabulous time on the cruise.. We had cabin 1220.. Porthole. And he and I loved the room! Very clean everyday. He said why have a balcony...the whole ship has balconies?! True lol He recommends the lido deck highly.. Loved the events held ..and lived on the water slide the whole 5 days we were out. The food was so yummy and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I found myself chilling on the serenity decks reading or listening to podcasts. We had same but separate vacations. Lol Easiest check in I ever have done in my life... My check in wasn't till 12pm... We arrived at 12:05pm..and was on the ship by 12:20pm!!! I was blown away!!! Disembarkation was just as smooth. From the captain of the ship to the people behind the scenes... Ran a great ship. We booked another trip for next year 2 days after we got home!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because it had activities for children, and all the families could attend without flying. We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our children and their children. We have been on over 15 cruises, mainly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had activities for children, and all the families could attend without flying. We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our children and their children. We have been on over 15 cruises, mainly Princess and Royal Caribbean. This was our first and last Carnival as there is no comparison. We ate one breakfast in the buffet the first day as well as lunch the day of departure. We classified it as casino buffet in Louisiana. From that point on, we ate in the formal dining rooms. Our early seating in the Washington dining. They started us in the Lincoln upper dining, without windows. We requested the lower floor which has windows. Be sure to ask where you are assigned to eat if you select traditional dining. The upper dinning has windows, but they look out to the life boats, so Carnival chose to block even light from these windows. Also, the upper Lincoln is the people path to the back of the ship on forth floor, which is bypassed by using the 5th floor. Formal dining on the Carnival Valor is without table cloths and only a knife and fork. Table cloths were provided on formal night only. Even Denny's provides a spoon in the place setting. When more bread was needed, the new tray was placed into the old without removing the napkin. (Guess waitstaff never trained to remove empty) Also one small butter pat for four people. Kept requesting more, but you would think Carnival would recognize the size was insufficient. Of course the old was container was not removed when the new arrived. The food quality was poor. Normally delivered luke warm. Entertainment was soso after dinner and infrequent. The comedians in the Eagle Club were good. Dancers and singing without a band, only prerecorded, most of the time. Last show was good with a band. Rooms were OK, showing wear in the carpet and furniture. Outside around pool, trash all day. Tables not cleaned off, and drink service was very limited. You had to go the the stations and order if you really wanted anything. I guess we are spoiled with Royal Caribbean which is their closed competition. We have done Princess around 7 times which is owned by Carnival. No comparison. We are now trying Viking Ocean cruises, and more expensive, but limited to 930 people and most everything included but tips, even wine and beer at lunch and dinner, and shore excursions. Not for children though and Princess is an older group as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
5th Carnival cruise, first time on Valor. Family: mom and dad (39 and 40), daughter (9) and son 11 Driving in from Dallas, we spend the day before the cruise in Galveston. We're fans of Galveston and spent the afternoon walking the ... Read More
5th Carnival cruise, first time on Valor. Family: mom and dad (39 and 40), daughter (9) and son 11 Driving in from Dallas, we spend the day before the cruise in Galveston. We're fans of Galveston and spent the afternoon walking the strand, making sure to visit LA Kings Confectionery! We ate dinner at Fisherman's Warf (just Ok, but an excellent view of the water), and the next morning ate at Miller's Seawall Grill - this place was great and we highly recommend!!! Parking. As we normally do, I dropped the family off at the terminal then parked across the street with Galveston Park and Cruise. We parked indoors and I was surprised how much room the vehicles had. The previous cruise, we parked with the same company but parked outside where the cars were almost touching so I was very happy parking inside (also parking outside the car was filthy picking so inside we were nice cool and clean!). Embarkation was a breeze. We had FTTF and had a priority check in line, so from curb to the ship it took less than 20 minutes! Unfortunately our room was not ready until 1:30 :( but we made the best of it, walked the ship, the kids found all the ice cream spots, and we ate at Guys burgers (which was great as usual!). Our cabin was 1109, Spa Deck and the room was pretty much the same as every room except for the balcony. I was really conflicted selecting the Spa Deck becuase on Valor the serenity deck is above and the balcony is not fully covered! This, i'm happy to say, was not an issue at all. No, there is not a full cover over the balcony. Yes, standing at the balcony rail looking up you may see someone above you, but No, they really cannot see onto your balcony except if you are standing at the rail. We ended up loving this room! It's location is great, and we didn't feel any additional ship movement being so high or forward. We all agreed if we sail the Valor again, we'd choose this room. Food was ok. Food service was excellent! We ate in the main dining room every night, except once. There wasn't anything that stood out as great (but we did really enjoy the Baked Alaska on the last night) it was all acceptable. My youngest, ate off the kids menu (chicken nuggets and pizza) two times, and my 11 yo pretty much ate steak and shrimp cocktail every night. Breakfast and lunch we ate the buffet...nothing to complain about, it was decent buffet food. Ship entertainment. We spent our days playing trivia, swimming, playing games in the library (which my kids quickly renamed the weiner room due to the wall paper), mini golf, crafts, foosball and shuffleboard at the red frog pub, had balcony time, did the dive in movie, and the family comedy show (which I was really surprised that it was still really funny). It was a low tempo stress free time on the ship and it was exactly what I was wanting! Excursions. Cozumel for us is an eating and shopping day. We've always eaten at Pancho's Backyard, and taken our time shopping as we make our way back to the ship. Progresso was day 2 and we did the all inclusive beach at the reef resort. The 45 minute ride went quickly becuase our guide was great - very friendly and knowledgeable. The resort was very nice, not a lot of shaded chairs but we were the first bus that arrived so we were able to get a good shaded spot. The beach was clean and the water was perfect! The hotel pools were great, the staff was very attentive, but the food was not good. The food wasn't a show stopper, I'd still do this excursion again if we come back to progresso. My kids refused to go to the kids club, but there still was plenty to keep them entertained and they really did have a blast! Disembarkation was also a snap. Again, with FTTF, we were priority 2 to get off of the ship. We arrived back to Galveston at 8am, and once the bags were ready (8:30 maybe?) we were off the ship and loaded, headed for Dallas in about 25 minutes! Overall, this was a great experience! Despite the Valor being an older, smaller ship, we really had a great time and definitely recommend this cruise! My Flickr cruise pics: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfcAy67 Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was a much awaited and deserved vacation the staff was awesome but the dinner menu in Lincoln was awful I eat only chicken and there were very few choices of chicken in appetizers and main course was also limited to beef and seafood ... Read More
This was a much awaited and deserved vacation the staff was awesome but the dinner menu in Lincoln was awful I eat only chicken and there were very few choices of chicken in appetizers and main course was also limited to beef and seafood for 4 days dinner I ordered vegetarian option and on the last day when I ordered vegetarian food I was served shrimp and chicken and when I complained about it the response I got was not very satisfying And after paying almost $3000 for the cruise there was no room service after 10 pm if you order u pay for it in the day time there are many options to eat but it is the night time when the kids come back from place at their youth camp that they want to order some food it is better to charge us a little extra but we must have 24 hour room service Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was a birthday cruise for my niece, I usually don't cruise when kids are out of school but I made an exception for her.Sailed the day after the Fourth got to terminal around 2 pm and had to carry on my two pieces of luggage because ... Read More
This was a birthday cruise for my niece, I usually don't cruise when kids are out of school but I made an exception for her.Sailed the day after the Fourth got to terminal around 2 pm and had to carry on my two pieces of luggage because Porters had knocked off at 2 and it was around 2:30. so we rolled our luggage all the way to the Ship after they X-rayed them.Boarded and went straight to our rooms which was ok and air was working well.That night I wanted to enjoy a movie out on Lido deck so I arrived got a good seat ready to enjoy .....and then the hot tubs started to fill up with kids, jumping and splashing water so I could not enjoy the movie.Went to cabin and there was nothing on TV that interested me so went to casino lost 50.00, so looked for entertainment there was none to be found that I liked so went to sleep.Next day it was much of the same, prices of Liquor on the Ship for purchase have risen a lot even duty free the bargains are not their....cheaper than in the States but not like a few years back.My niece enjoyed herself this being her first cruise so alls well that ends well. Cozumel was wonderful got better deals there than on the ship lol The food was ok in both Dining Room and Lido deck just not enough live bands.The food was ok only ate in Dining room and Lido deck one of my party was a judge for the Hairy Chest contest.Didnt get to see any of the Comedy Shows Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Overall our experience was really outstanding! Without doubt, we would choose to sail on the Carnival Valor again. we were in room 6395 which was terrific! Positive Aspects: Service was outstanding! I want to specifically ... Read More
Overall our experience was really outstanding! Without doubt, we would choose to sail on the Carnival Valor again. we were in room 6395 which was terrific! Positive Aspects: Service was outstanding! I want to specifically recognize Mykhaylo from the Ukraine. He might be one of the hardest working people I have ever seen. He was always busy clearing tables in Rosie's Buffet. He never stopped working. All of the workers were great, but MyKhaylo was even better than the rest. Maribel is a true sweetheart. She is a very hard worker with a sparkling personality. I enjoyed our chats and her sweet smile. Koman cleaned our stateroom. He was always bright, cheery, and efficient. (I hope I spelled his name correctly!) The food was wonderful, especially Guy's Burgers! We really loved in Swim-In Theater! It was a real pleasure to watch a movie while sitting by the pool. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub and waterslide! The Serenity area for adults only was a fantastic place to relax. The comics were good, but the theater where they performed was a little small. The downside of the cruise: The Internet barely worked. It was ridiculously expensive and we could not connect a lot of the time. When we went to Guest Services for assistance, they were not helpful. The popular dining areas like Guy's Burgers, the Mongolian Wok, and the Blue Iguana need to be open longer each day. These were very popular and we did not have the opportunity to try them all because of their short hours. More shows need to be performed in the Ivanhoe Theater. Instead, it was used for less popular events like Bingo. The excursion we wanted was canceled. We were told by guest relations that it "never" goes. Why is it offered if it never goes? All in all it was a really wonderful experience. I think that overall ratings and reviews would be much higher if just a few adjustments were made. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I cruised from June 30-July 5, 2018 with a party of 12 people aged 10-80. Let me start by saying that my expectations for this cruise were low, and it turned out to be better than I thought it would be. If this is the cruise you can afford ... Read More
I cruised from June 30-July 5, 2018 with a party of 12 people aged 10-80. Let me start by saying that my expectations for this cruise were low, and it turned out to be better than I thought it would be. If this is the cruise you can afford and it is convenient for you, by all means don’t hesitate to go. We had a large group, and everyone had a pretty good time. Now I will pick apart a few things in hopes that Carnival takes some of the feedback to heart. I hope what follows doesn’t seem too negative or discouraging, but here goes. EMBARKATION was fairly smooth. I did not realize that the porters take your luggage at the curb, then they check it inside. I turned away the first couple of helpful gentlemen because I thought we could take it inside ourselves. I was confused about the luggage allotment. Carnival states in several places that you are allowed ONE suitcase per person plus a carry on. I confirmed this in two separate phone calls before the cruise. When we got there, people had many more bags than that and were not questioned or stopped at all. So I guess it’s true – their rules are just suggestions. We arrived at the cruise terminal in Galveston a few minutes early, so they put us in the “early/late” line. From there until boarding the ship took about 20 minutes. The terminal is very sterile and warehouse-like, although staff were fairly friendly and helpful for the most part. Other cruises I’ve been on have had a party going on inside for those waiting to board with drinks, music, etc. This was not like that at all, but I guess that’s ok. There was a VERY angry guest who was shouting and throwing a fit over how many sodas he could bring on. The crew was very patient with him. Once on board, we were immediately in a crowd of people in the main lobby. There were no crew welcoming guests or directing traffic, so we just followed people onto elevators, most of which were reserved for the crew to use for luggage. Getting to our room took another 20 minutes or so. OUR BALCONY CABIN (7347) was great - spacious with more storage than we needed. The bed was very comfortable and the fridge worked well if we kept the cabinet door propped open. We saw our steward only once – the first night. He kept things clean, but did not replace glasses that we took out of the room or give us the little pen/notepad that others had - small details. The only things that could have used a better cleaning were door frames and the inside of drawers which had a lot of dust and hair in them from previous guests. The hair dryer is fixed inside a drawer, and while not very strong it was fine for my hair. Toiletries provided include bar soap, body wash and shampoo (no conditioner or lotion). The water is HOT!!! We had trouble showering without getting scalded, which was really kind of dangerous as it would suddenly get even hotter while you were in there. THE SHIP was fairly clean and well maintained, but it was really terrible to get around. There is a portion of deck 3 which you can’t go through, so you have to go up/down/around, then often the other rooms that you might walk through on neighboring decks were closed for one reason or another. We spent a ton of wasted time trying to get from one place to another, which was especially infuriating as I have a walking disability. Also, I was surprised that there is no observation lounge where one might relax and enjoy the view. While there are windows all along the ship, most of the seating is arranged facing inward, so you forgot you were even on a boat. The public bathrooms are difficult to find and designed in a maddening way to create bottlenecks. I wonder if the designers of this ship have ever actually gone on a cruise. I would probably not cruise on the Valor again because of the dysfunctional design and layout. The pools and hot tubs were tiny, crowded and…murky. We did not go near them. The Serenity deck was pleasant. The most comfortable lounge chairs were up there! FOOD in the main dining room was pretty good, but nothing special. Our servers were very helpful, but clearly needed more support. They were frantically busy, and then had to stop in the middle of everything and dance which you could tell just made the situation worse. We felt bad for them, and tried to express our gratitude. I unfortunately need gluten free food, and while there were options available, everyone I spoke to had a different idea of what I could safely eat. One day the creamed spinach was GF, and the next day I was told it wasn’t. I wish they would create a list which they could have given me to explain what I could eat in the MDR and in the buffet and other restaurants, but there seemed to be no such coordinated effort (as there is on some other ships). Scarlett’s Steakhouse was exceptional – food and service were amazing, and they gave us three bottles of complimentary wine! The Burger Joint was very popular and the food was good. Again, I had mixed messages regarding gluten. The buffet seemed average. The ice cream stations were nice in theory, however the dispensers were filthy. I have a pic of a moldy, disgusting dispenser that we were hesitant to use. Meh - we ate some anyway and didn't get sick. We were all very surprised that there was almost no food available after 9:00 pm – only pizza and moldy ice cream. We pre-ordered some bottled water which was a smart choice. We did not get any drink packages, and between my husband and I having wine with dinner and an occasional cocktail, we spent about $100 for the week. We did carry on some wine and sodas to have in our cabin. My husband says the breakfast burritos are the best option for the morning, and don’t miss the mac and cheese in the MDR!! ENTERTAINMENT was…ok. The fun crew didn’t seem to be having much fun, and we only went to the stage show on the first night because it was so painful to sit through. I think the cruise director gets paid by the syllable. The piano player in the Lindy Hop bar was very talented, but seemed pretty fed up with his job. He was wearing shorts and a t-shirt with a ball cap on, and clearly was out of patience for his drunk patrons. Sorry entertainers – I know you’re trying, and this is not an easy gig. The casino was super smoky (as usual), and there was a lack of blackjack tables that were not “fun blackjack” which we weren’t interested in. Video Poker machines seemed to be very “tight” and did not pay out much of anything. I did like the fact that you could charge to your account directly from the machine. P.S. – when we got money at the tables, there was a 3% fee added, but this did not seem to be the case at a machine. EXCURSIONS were booked through independent operators. This is a bit risky, and we did have a medical evacuation which changed our cruise route, but it all worked out. In Progresso we used Lawson’s tours and saw ruins, swam in a cenote, and ate at a local family’s house. That meal was delicious, but it was cooked in a shack in her back yard. In retrospect, it was probably a bit risky, but no one got sick and we loved the experience. In Cozumel, we went to Nachi Cocom beach club and it was wonderful. They limit the number of customers, so we practically had the place to ourselves. They provided a full meal, which was good, and there were unlimited drinks all day. The drinks were pretty weak, but that was probably a good thing. The beach was clean, and the water wonderful. I took a nice nap in a hammock near the water, and never wanted to leave. Get the ceviche and the flan! DEBARKATION was smooth. We had to be out of the room at 8:30 and hung out on the Lido deck until our group was called to leave at 10:00. Once in the terminal, we retrieved our luggage and one of the porters shepherded us through customs and we were out the door in short order. IN SUMMARY – it was a pleasant enough cruise, although the party vibe on this trip is not exactly what I like anymore. I am in my mid-50s, and while I appreciate a good hairy chest contest as much as the next person, I guess my party animal days are past so I would opt for a more relaxing, elegant atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first Carnival cruise and will probably be our last....not quite our cup of tea. This was our 12th cruise in total....almost all on Princess. We were on this cruise because our son got married on the ship while still in port ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and will probably be our last....not quite our cup of tea. This was our 12th cruise in total....almost all on Princess. We were on this cruise because our son got married on the ship while still in port at Galveston. That was the best part. From there...not so great. Since we were a wedding party, we got to be the first on board. After all the wedding events, we went to our cabin which was OK. Inside, aft on 7th deck. We've had inside cabins before and this was a typical cabin. Only big difference was the shower is bigger than Princess and I think less closet space than princess...otherwise pretty much same. Our room steward didn't make his presence known until about 7:30 that night. And only to ask us if we wanted room clean in morning or evening....what? Only once a day????? On princess, they are continuously cleaning and restocking our room several times a day and at night turn down service with chocolate on the pillow....here you are lucky if you get clean towels each day. No ice in frig...nothing. We had to call "Jose" several times because tv remote was not working AT ALL. He finally replaced it after 2nd day. At Muster drill we were hustled outside deck 4 in the sauna known as galveston (95+ with 100% humidity) where we had to stand cheek to cheek for 15 minutes before they began safety drill. At least we didn't have to lug the life-vest with us. I had to take a shower before dressing for dinner. We had our luggage quickly, probably because we boarded so early. We were seated with our new family members at 3 large tables. Our waitstaff were outstanding and quite willing to bring us anything we asked for. Due to us celebrating our son's wedding, my husband and I had gone to Scarlett's Steakhouse for early dinner which was sooooo fantastic. Glad we ate there, but did go to our assigned late dining just to be with the family. From what we saw of the others food, glad we ate earlier. By the time dinner was over, we were exhausted and went straight to bed.....well, that was the plan. About midnight we were awaken with VERY loud talking in the halls. We kept thinking....they will go on their way....NOPE....this went on til 2 am, when I pulled out the old trusty ear plugs....turned TV to picture of front of ship with music. Turned the volume so I could no longer hear them, then finally went to sleep. Nest morning about 9 we were awaken with VERY loud conversation in the room next to ours (I think different people). We decided to get up and go eat breakfast. Since we were new to Carnival, we went to buffet.....MISTAKE...it was so packed, you could not find a seat, and lines were so long. No thank you. I grabbed some coffee and told my DH, lets try dinning room. They had Sea day brunch til 11 am. What a difference...quiet, not many people in there. Got a fantastic table for 2 and had a very pleasant breakfast. Food was excellent. Whey do they all cram into the buffet????? After looking at the activities, which were nil and none, we decided to explore the ship a bit. Then went to our not cleaned room. Fell asleep and awoke about 12:30 and decided to check out Guys Burgers....they are fantastic...highly recommend them. Great fries too. Took food back to our room, because yet again....no place to sit. Took another nap and walked around a bit. Went to our late dinner. It was good. Liked trying foods I'd never had before. There was a show in Ivanho "American Rock" which we enjoyed. Hardly anyone was there...not what we are use to. Again, around midnight, the ruckus began. Out came ear plugs, TV and got pretty good rest til 4 am when neighbors started up again......ugh. Next day was Cozumel. We were back on board by 1. Went to lido and got Guys burgers again. Buffet didn't look that good to us. Went back to room and crashed til dinner. Ate and went to bed with earplugs and TV on. Again, around 2 am Ruckus and neighbors....UGH! Walls must have no sound proofing. This happened last night of cruise also, at 2 am and 4 am. Don't these people sleep??? Last sea day they didn't tell us anything about disembarkation til after 10:30 am where you had to go search the ship for the small display of luggage tags and watch the TV later on in the day which gave you vague directions on what to do with luggage and tags and when we would disembark...basically, put your checked luggage out before you go to bed. Be out of cabin at 8:30 am and go anywhere BUT 3rd deck and wait to be called...huh???? Apparently most Carnival cruisers carry their own luggage off, few check theirs off. We managed to be on our way to the car by 10:30 am...surprisingly. We are looking at Royal Caribbean for our next adventure. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
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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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