1,598 Carnival Valor Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise in over 5 years, this cruise was awesome... The theming is good, many people kinda get a bit turned off by the American nature, but this is an American cruise catering towards Americans, each restaurant has a ... Read More
This was my first cruise in over 5 years, this cruise was awesome... The theming is good, many people kinda get a bit turned off by the American nature, but this is an American cruise catering towards Americans, each restaurant has a theme, the Lido one is themed to "Rosie the Riveter", while the any time dining is themed to Abraham Lincoln and the reservation one is themed to George Washington, other American events are portrayed as well, The Apollo 11 landing is in a nightclub, and the wild west is in a casino. Anyways, the slide is outdated, i rode it 100 times and it scraped my back so hard, it needs the new slides that are on the Sister ships. The Cheese Pizza at Pizza Pirate kinda tasted disgusting, the Cruise Director Kevin was mostly good, except he wakes people up, and the Cruise Sub-Director Georgia (not the state/country) was awesome as well. The cabin i chose was an interior bunk bed, it was better than expected, the dining staff were awesome, extra props to Mr. Norman for having great service, it is one of the cheaper, but awesome. Overall, it's a 9/10 cruise, good but needs fixes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise was a whim of a moment, for myself and my friend, no kids. I had called Vacations To Go, and got a very nice price for a balcony cabin, on the 4 night cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel and back. I was also familiar with ... Read More
This cruise was a whim of a moment, for myself and my friend, no kids. I had called Vacations To Go, and got a very nice price for a balcony cabin, on the 4 night cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel and back. I was also familiar with Carnival and their port there, since my only other cruise was based there. My friend had not been on any cruise; it was my 2nd one. We both enjoyed it ~overall. She had a bit of a time first sea day, with sea sickness, but recovered soon. We had spent the night in Biloxi, then drove 1.5 hrs to the port the next morning, not taking any time to explore New Orleans, not really wanting to. Embarkation was quite a chore. We parked at the Fulton Place Garage, a few blocks and a shuttle ride away from the port. We arrived a bit after our set time, due to a large load of other people getting on the shuttle. Our checked luggage was taken by porters, and we went to join the Masses ~ However, we were processed, walking back and back and forth through the queue with the rest of the large crowd, we NOT being the most OverPacked ! It was rather tedious, and very hot, with the weather out being very warm. I determined that on next crusie I MIGHT buy the "Faster to the Fun" perk, and get through swifter. Security was not awful, pleasant personnel, and we were quickly processed, carry on items scanned, bottles shaken for alcohol content, etc. We did carry a small cooler with canned drinks and 2 bottles of wine. On board, we were quickly verified, and wandered on the 3rd deck into the assembled masses. Soon, Finding way to our room, we were pleased to find our Sail & Sign passes in our mailbox, and entered the room. Great sigh of Relief !! The cabin on deck 8, somewhat amidships, was just as seen online. The beds were properly set up, with a luggage pad on one of them. Plenty of linens & supplies were in the bath area. The temperature in our cabin was good the whole trip. Everything was good - EXCEPT the Refrigerator - it was about dead. I mentioned it to our steward, and he just shrugged, said -Sorry, most of them are no good. That was a large disappointment ! The balcony was perfect with two chairs and a table. The view was wonderful ~except for the stormy day. Our steward Suphol was unobtrusive, reliable, throrough, and very willing to get ice for us every day, replacing the "Dead Fridge". I have zero complaints for him. My friend tried the Comedy club. She said it was very entertaining and fun. I did not go, preferring to rest up in the cabin. She also tried a few drinks, finding them well made. We had late dining every night, and had very good meals. Our waiters were great, friendly, informative, and *could dance* !! LOL ! Of course I had Melting cake every night! Cruise Calories do NOT COUNT! MY Only disappointment was an extra charge for ordering a Filet Migon; Santika, our waiter let me know that if I liked Filet - to go to Seaday Brunch and they were Included ! YEA ! I did! Twice ! We LOVED the Guys Burgers restaurant ! Oh those were GREAT ! I was craving one when I got HOME ! We really kept things simple, not dining in any specialty restaurants nor going to any big shows. I was tired a lot, (Old person!) and my friend was a bit awed by all the things available. LOL We took a privately booked excursion on Cozumel to Nachi Cocum beach club. It was very nice, and easily accessed via taxi. All Inclusive meant lots of food and Drinks, and beach, which was Perfect! Be warned, though - Do your Cozumel Market Shopping BEFORE you head to whatever excursion ! The Crowds AFTER are Insane ! I cut my buying short to be sure I got BACK to the Ship before it left! There were some people that were videoed being amusing "dock runners" before we left port - but they MADE it ! The Valor was quite clean in all areas, with the floors shining brightly everywhere. It was a good size ship, not too long from bow to stern. We made the trip several times, going from one venue to another (maybe one reason I was Tired ??). We shopped the Fun Shop sales, and had fun with the sales persons. We collected a few nice FREE items too! Most of my "fun activity" was in the casino. Of course I didn't WIN a lot, but I had a pretty good time. One of our fellow cruisers organized a "group slot pull" where we pooled our money and shared win/loss proceeds. All participants enjoyed it a lot. Debarkation was a rather non-event. We had our to-be-checked luggage outside by 10 PM, the previous night, and it was swiftly collected Getting out of our room by 8:30 AM was more of an EVENT ! We then had a liesurely breakfast in the Buffet, and roamed around a bit until our lot was called. We had the usual long walk, with our carry-on items, then found our baggage easily. No back & forth maze nor scanning, as we had "nothing to declare". Non-Event, as mentioned. Our parking shuttle arrived in good time, luggage loaded by the driver and a helper. When we got to Fulton Place Parking, we were requested to take our bags across the street to load our car, since there were so many people going OUT, as well as a whole new crew of passengers coming IN. That worked out fine, when my friend brought the car around. We were swiftly OUT of New Orleans, again not dipping into the city at all. We had both been there many times. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our 26th cruise with Carnival and our most recent two cruises before this one left us considering another cruise line. We decided to try one more cruise on the Valor and I'm happy to say Carnival has redeemed itself. ... Read More
This was our 26th cruise with Carnival and our most recent two cruises before this one left us considering another cruise line. We decided to try one more cruise on the Valor and I'm happy to say Carnival has redeemed itself. Boarding was almost effortless at the New Orleans post. We were on the ship 15 minutes after parking our car. We were greeted onto the ship by smiling faces, the first of many we would see. The ship itself has some age on it, but was clean overall and in good repair. For some reason, this cruise did not seem as crowded as the last few and lines seemed to flow more smoothly. Our cabin was clean and ready when we boarded. We were greeted immediately by our cabin steward, given his card and contact information, and he asked what times we would prefer to have our cabin serviced. The food on the Lido deck was on par with other Carnival cruises, edible, enjoyable to some degree, but nothing to die for. The hamburger place is great and the deli makes some excellent sandwiches. I can't say anything about the dining room because we never made it there. Entertainment: This is where this cruise shined over the others. Patrick in the Piano bar is a must see, or should I say experience. The show "American Rocks" was okay. If you watch it, pay attention to the musicians on stage and a couple of the singers. They also make up the group "Deep Blue Soul" that played in the Red Frog Pub (I think). If you like to listen and be entertained by a high energy band, this is the place and the band for you. Small room, limited seating. I was disappointed in the comedian. Race based humor is lazy humor and gets old and this was his PG show. We didn't find him funny and didn't go back. I can't say enough about Deep Blue Soul. Also in the Red Frog Pub, you'll find the friendliest bartenders on the ship, Patrick and Alexsandra. Personnel on the ship were on the whole friendly and responsive, but these two stood out. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Carnival is always a winner when picking a cruise. Our steward Timur on the 8th floor middle seem to know what we needed each day and was always pleasant as was his helper Maricel. They were always smiling and willing to do whatever we ... Read More
Carnival is always a winner when picking a cruise. Our steward Timur on the 8th floor middle seem to know what we needed each day and was always pleasant as was his helper Maricel. They were always smiling and willing to do whatever we needed without any question. Probably the best ones we have had. The ship decor is my least favorite of the ships we have been on, it seemed dark, with all the dark wood and the hangings on the walls above the main bar. This is the first time we did not eat in the MDR but seems like they served the same thing on the Lido deck and there you do not have to dress. After all the trips we have been on I finally got my husband to go to Love and Marriage and he loved it. We did not go on any excurisions as we have been to the ports many times before. Great Trip as always. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I went on this cruise with 4 other couples. We had a great time. I would say the ship was pretty clean and well kept, although there was some sign of aging with broken closet lights, and rust on the outside, etc. Our stateroom ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise with 4 other couples. We had a great time. I would say the ship was pretty clean and well kept, although there was some sign of aging with broken closet lights, and rust on the outside, etc. Our stateroom was clean, but there were a few signs that showed that there were previous guests. I don't particularly care about random hairs, but there were a couple in the bathroom that my wife pointed out. Pros: I found the overall service to be pretty good. The food was actually very good to excellent most days. We had the drink package, and never waited very long for service. We did catch one show, and the entertainers were very talented. Comedians were good, not great. Excursions: Cozumel; Sail, snorkel, beach was very good Progresso: Beach buggy, Mayan Ruins, Beach Escape- Best excursion I have ever taken!!! Check it out! Cons: Not much bad to report, but I will say this... There was an Outstanding band in the Red Frog Pub most nights. They were really good. The problem is, no one was ever in there. We hung out around the casino area which was action-packed. In this area, they had these solo or duo acts that were AWFUL. Slow and boring! Our group would have had a better time if the bigger band was set up in that area where all the people hang out and walk by. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
the cruise sailed from NOLA, which is only a 6 hour drive to the port we dont like to fly, the airports are such a pita since 9/11 the ports were great, Belize has really expanded it's on shore shoping the bbq on the ship was ... Read More
the cruise sailed from NOLA, which is only a 6 hour drive to the port we dont like to fly, the airports are such a pita since 9/11 the ports were great, Belize has really expanded it's on shore shoping the bbq on the ship was not very good the fieri burgers were just ok, nothing to write home about the dr. seuss breakfast and dining staff went above and beyond we were in 7210 which was very quiet and close to everything. we had the plus of getting espn 1 and 2 in the cabin as we were directly below the officer quarters. they should give this to the whole ship. the sports bar is always smokey from the casino and not much fun to sit in the shows were above and beyond and the late night comics were hilarious over 1/2 the ship takes all their crap off the ship to be first off, crazy people wore hats , flops, wife beater shirts to dinner in MDR Carnival has really lost it here. Food was good. i did blue slide 10 times and fractured right elbow, better now. sex, drugs, rock and roll....great cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Great experience from beginning to end. Kevin the cruise director was awesome! The cabin steward, Oakley was most gracious in the hospitality he showed me. The dining staff was excellent too! Anthony and Trolick were amazing attending ... Read More
Great experience from beginning to end. Kevin the cruise director was awesome! The cabin steward, Oakley was most gracious in the hospitality he showed me. The dining staff was excellent too! Anthony and Trolick were amazing attending to my my every need. The spa experience was very relaxing. The entertainment was over the top as well. Cadenza and the Brass trio were stellar. Photography was amazing too! Shaun from Angola was very charming. He always knew what to say to make the perfect pose Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Cruise: Carnival Valor, 2019-09-09, from New Orleans Summary: not quite a five star cruise, let's call it four and a half. The good things were great, while the worst were merely mediocre. Us: 60+ retired folks who cruise often. ... Read More
Cruise: Carnival Valor, 2019-09-09, from New Orleans Summary: not quite a five star cruise, let's call it four and a half. The good things were great, while the worst were merely mediocre. Us: 60+ retired folks who cruise often. We like New Orleans because it's a day's drive from home. We've been to Cozumel and Progreso many times, and plan to go again. Pre-cruise: we enjoy French Quarter night life - but it was 95 degrees after dark, so a quick walk was all we did. Our hosts at the 1870 Banana Courtyard B&B (in the French Quarter) say most music is now on Frenchman Street; we didn't get there. Most unfortunate, the Banana Courtyard has sold, and may not reopen as a B&B. Embarkation: wanted to try Cafe Du Monde, but could not find parking and so went to the ship a little early. Lots of people were there even earlier. Check-in times would have been a better idea if they had actually used them. But the lines moved quickly. The Valor is beautiful, very clean and polished. Only saw one grungy strip of rubber on the ship (I don't understand the complaints from other reviews.) We had an ocean-view cabin, mid ship on deck 1, which is a wonderful location. Fellow cruisers: every age. Most parents of young children seemed to have left them with grandparents, and teenagers were in school (I guess.) This was a mid-westerner's cruise. We found a lot of people who wanted to chat. Age didn't matter, we seemed to have many things in common with almost everyone we met. Nobody even mentioned politics! Highly recommended: the adults-only Serenity area. It's a three floor hike to two large hot-tubs. CruiseCritic thinks it is strange that the children's 3-story slide starts near Serenity, but there was never a problem; I think they looked at the deck layout on the computer and didn't actually walk up to Serenity. The very few children on the ship had no desire to invade an adults-only place. Even the rowdy 20 somethings seemed to prefer the (no kids) aft pool. Be sure not to miss: the eight hour river cruise from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico. See it from a Serenity hot-tub. Foodie warning: foodies won't like this ship. In the dining room the food is usually decent, but sometimes a little less than appetizing. My waiter made good suggestions on food, which I often ignored. The barbecue place had tasteless food; Guy's burgers were mundane at best. Except the chocolate buffet and the Mongolian buffet, the rest of the buffets were pretty mediocre. I got an amazingly good rib steak at the sea-day brunch, but otherwise brunch was disappointing - no juice, no pastries, and my wife wants me to mention that there was no bran cereal. Entertainment: the singers, dancers, and the band were excellent. I really enjoyed Sal the steel drum player. Comedians were plenty funny, especially the late shows. Too many acts for a short cruise - wish I'd had time to see more. Off-ship: cooking class in Cozumel was a lot of fun - recommended. Shrimp cocktail in Progreso beach restaurant - loved it. $9.00 private tour of Progreso was better than most $50 ship tours. Shopped at the Viva Mexico shop in Cozumel. Casino: thick plumes of smoke mark the spot. The odor told me to leave before losing any money. Guess I should be happy about that. My snark - Carnival figures smokers are natural-born losers, and they want nobody else in the casino. Dive-in movies: the Valor seems to have been designed for outdoor movies. Only problem was when it started to rain - now I may never know how Bohemian Rhapsody ended. Staff: almost everyone was very friendly. A little surprised to see so few ship officers on deck; I think this indicates that the staff members are well trained. Complaint: cruise director Kevin did way too many announcements. His voice is unfortunately grating on the intercom, and he's way too excited about boring stuff. I didn't see him on any of his shows, but my wife says he is not so bad in person. Carnival Hub cell phone app: nice to have. Sometimes the Fun Times newsletter (which I rate as a waste of paper) fails to mention things, but the Hub showed them. Some people told me the texting feature doesn't work reliably. The bad about the app - I like to leave billfold and phone in the safe; my suggestion (if you are listening, Carnival) is a ship card that displays a calendar of events. Debarkation: in the car and leaving the garage by 7:30. Never expected to be home Saturday evening. One couple from Chicago was staying on the Valor for another identical cruise. Their reason - maximum cruising with minimum driving. Good idea. I might consider driving from New Orleans to Mobile or Galveston for the same reason, but with a slightly different second cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It seems Carnival sends their worst ships to New Orleans and cuts services and amenities. In talking to people who have sailed from other ports, Carnival has maintained the services and amenities on those ships. It would be different if ... Read More
It seems Carnival sends their worst ships to New Orleans and cuts services and amenities. In talking to people who have sailed from other ports, Carnival has maintained the services and amenities on those ships. It would be different if Carnival were treating other ports the same, but that is not what I am discovering. I sailed the Carnival Triumph in 2017, which was sorely in need of upgrading. Now, they completely renovated the Triumph, renamed it Sunrise, and moved it to another port! My most recent sailing, on the Carnival Valor, was much the same as on the Triumph. The Valor must be their worst ship at the moment. There was a good bit of rust outside on our balcony, some of the room furnishings were almost threadbare, and the room decor did not coordinate at all. I'm not being picky about the room colors. Most of the room was orange furnishings, including the carpet with a busy, orange pattern. The drapes had blue, white, and beige stripes. They had painted the metal at the top of the room with pink paint. Maybe they are in the beginning of a makeover. It wasn't the end of the world, but I really expect better for the New Orleans port. There were some pluses for the room. I loved the layout and that the lighting could be subdued. There was also a small refrigerator. The small bed was super comfortable! The rest of the ship had some very pretty items, but it was coordinated about as well as the bedrooms. It was just kind of weird, like they might be slowly doing a makeover. The staff was good, but there were not enough of them. I could see the strain on the faces of many, even with their best efforts to be cheerful. The only room steward always seemed to be in a hurry. We had to call room service and wait on hold for ice every day. The room steward no longer automatically cleans your room twice a day, but I don't really mind that change because I am a late sleeper. I just made my own bed every day. Some of the hot tubs didn't work, which is a big deal to me. None of the hot tubs were hot, just lukewarm. Much of the entertainment at night started at the same time as the late dinner seating, so I didn't make it to much of the entertainment. There used to be multiple free items on the room service menu and free lobster on Captains night. Now, most of the room service items are for a fee and the lobster is no longer free on Captain's night. The prices are very reasonable, but, still, it used to be free. The trip in 2017 on the Triumph was the exact same way with services and amenities. If Carnival were making these changes on all their ships, I would understand. However, they seem to be sending their worst ships to New Orleans and cutting services for those cruises. I thought when they moved the Triumph from New Orleans and brought in the Valor, it would be better. It wasn't. I think if/when they move the Valor to renovate it, they will again put their worst ship in New Orleans. I'm pretty sure that was my last Carnival cruise out of New Orleans. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Rooms were hot, couldn’t be fixed. 76.6. They said they couldn’t do anything else. Their idea of compensation was a bottle of wine. CCL personal documentations were al false. If my room had been then temperature they ... Read More
Rooms were hot, couldn’t be fixed. 76.6. They said they couldn’t do anything else. Their idea of compensation was a bottle of wine. CCL personal documentations were al false. If my room had been then temperature they documented, we wouldn’t have had any Customer service (ext 70530)was worse.... and really rude. WILL NEVER GET ON THE VALOR AGAIN, not for sure we will cruise on Carnival again after our November cruise(we can’t get out of or money back) Most everyone was complaining about warm rooms and nothing was being done to fix it. The show we gave a C- at best. The bar staff and serving staff was all really nice. Rajesh and Franklin at the Sefoid Shack were awesome..... tried so hard to make our days better. Food was really good and a very reasonable price. Our last night we had the sweetest and most helpful hostess named Jovel,take such good care of us. Seated us in the best area with a wonder wait staff. We had Lomil take great care of us and made sure our last night on the ship was a good one! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We traveled to Cozumel/ Progreso and it was fabulous. From the first time you stepped onto the ship you had a friendly welcome from the staff to the last day of the cruise. We flew into New Orleans and took the shuttle to the boat which ... Read More
We traveled to Cozumel/ Progreso and it was fabulous. From the first time you stepped onto the ship you had a friendly welcome from the staff to the last day of the cruise. We flew into New Orleans and took the shuttle to the boat which was so convenient. Highly recommend to do this way. Since we shuttled we were able to board the ship right away and did not have to stand in the line. This process made boarding the ship go very quick and easy. Since the cabins would not be ready until 1:30pm we enjoyed out lunch on the Lido deck with plenty of options. Our luggage arrived at out door within plenty of time to unpack then go and explore the ship. The ship was very clean every day and our housekeeping staff were great. This is my 3rd cruise and we decided to get a porthole and was on the second floor. It was amazing to look out the porthole and see the sea right below you and be able to watch sunsets/sunrise. The cruise director KEVIN and his assistant GEORGA was AMAZING.. Kevin was so energetic and got the party going all the time. His enthusiastic nature was outstanding and you could tell he so enjoyed his job. He always got the people involved in all activities. We went to the nightly shows that were fabulous! We were able to do early dining at 6pm which was perfect to be able to do excursions, return get showered, eat then enjoy the evening shows. Our waiters at our table REGIE, JULIUS and I GEDE EDWIN were OUTSTANDING! They learned out names and drinks by the second night- AMAZING gentlemen!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I think that cruises are something that a lot of people depend on reviews to help them in their choice. I am the same way, and I should have paid closer attention I guess. We sailed very ... Read More
I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I think that cruises are something that a lot of people depend on reviews to help them in their choice. I am the same way, and I should have paid closer attention I guess. We sailed very recently on at the end of August 2019. So to start off, Carnival Valor is an older ship built in 2004 I believe, and it does show outside and inside of the cruise liner. On the outside appearance there is quite a bit of rust showing on the hull and a lot of over painting of rust areas. The deck areas seem in decent shape, and they work hard to keep the surfaces clean. The inside stateroom, we had a balcony stateroom, there are several issues. There are light switches missing, or pushed into the receptacles, lights not working, lights blinking, receptacles not working, and very few of them, stains on carpet, and I think every glass on the outside of ship had not been cleaned in quite some time. The main attraction decks, 3,4, and 5 were actually pretty nice, but there was always elevators out of service, so wait times were sometimes up to 10 minutes, so be prepared for stair usage. The dining areas just seemed dated, almost a 1950's maybe 60's look to them, and just did not give you that wow feeling around the buffet areas, but the main dining room, Lincoln, was in nice shape, and had a comfortable feeling to it. There is a lot of 4 person booths, so do not expect to be sitting with a large group of people, and meeting over dinner. I am going to do my best and be nice about the food, cause hey, that's why we do cruises right. Well, to be honest the main dining food was just, NOT GOOD! Appetizers, yeah very, very small portions, you will need to order more than 1, like the shrimp cocktail comes with 5 very small shrimp, fried calamari you will get 3 as well.. The main courses, are always a treat, if they are tasty, but sadly not so. The taste of most items were bland, or just not worth eating, and most of the time we left over half of it on the plate, and left the dining hall before dessert. The salads were OK, but it seemed they used store bought type dressings, and sometimes they would have a smell as if they had been left out too long, my wife even felt a little sick after eating a Cesar salad one evening. We tried the buffet a few times because of our dining hall experiences, and it was worse off that the main dining. I cannot recommend eating the buffet unless it's for the breakfast which was actually good. We basically survived for 5 days by eating Guy's Burger shack ( Delicious by the way ), and the pizza shack. I know it's sad, but actually enjoyed the room service sandwiches more than the main dinning. We will move into the entertainment portion, and i only have a few words on it. The shows we watched were enjoyable, fun, and well entertaining, so I can't knock them on that. I think the entertainment is what saved the trip overall. The services by the employees were top notch as expected, and our stateroom was always taken care of by our room steward Putrauwn. He provided excellent service, and knew our names every time we met in the hall. Ports and Shore excursions. Whew, were to start.. Cozumel, beautiful water, nice people, and very enjoyable. We went on the Passion Isles excursion, but I cannot recommend this experience for the price point. There is boat ride to the isle, and that will use up 45 minutes of your time if your lucky, then a couple meetings later, a hour and a half has gone my of your time, and your finally able to go get a place on the beach. This is an all inclusive excursion, well somewhat.. The free drinks are out of coolers that are just awful, if you want any frozen drink, it's 8 bucks a pop, want some goggles for a little snorkeling in the small swimming are, 10 bucks. Oh, don't forget about the 4 photo ops you must make before you get your seats, they come round for 12 bucks a photo. Then you get the massage ladies that will what feels like hound you , us 7 times, for a 30 minute massage for 50 bucks. I cannot say to eat the buffet food, birds everywhere and flies. We saw a bird dive right into one of the buffet trays, and take food, and nothing was done. The food was also not very good for what we tried. There is a nice little shopping area the locals have setup on the isle for some souvenirs, but if you get close, they come at you like street vendors. So, we made it through a couple hours of beach time, and now we have to make the 45 minute ride back to the port area. Yes, that is deducted from your 5 hours total time for the excursion. Lets move on, to Progresso!! Progresso, very nice people, and you can get your start right off the bat. We did another excursion, The all inclusive beach, and it's all inclusive... There is a 30 minute bus ride to the location, which is deducted from total time but hey the pier is 6 miles long as well, so at least no walking. You get to the beach house, with 2 pools, 2 bars, lots of space and fantastic food. You do not need to walk to any bar, the workers take such good care of you, and oh yeah, all your frozen drinks are free as well.I forgot to mention, it's a FULL OPEN BAR, not just some lousy whiskey or no name drinks... You can go here without a single dime in your pocket, cause you don't need it, unless you want to tip or get a massage, 30 bucks 30 minutes, which we were never asked to get. I will definitely go back to this location. I really wish I could rate this higher, but due to the extra cost of everything, and the Poor, Poor food quality, and the state of the staterooms, I just can't. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
So to first begin our room was not set up like we asked for. There was no menu for room service or pen to write down breakfast room service. No complementary water in our rooms either. The staff are not nearly as talkative or friendly as ... Read More
So to first begin our room was not set up like we asked for. There was no menu for room service or pen to write down breakfast room service. No complementary water in our rooms either. The staff are not nearly as talkative or friendly as they were on the Victory! Internet did not work on my husbands phone that we paid for. The fun shops should be renamed dud shops. They had nothing no shot glasses or cool keepsakes, nor cool toys for kids. The children’s activities are done later in the evening during most kids nap times. The food was extremely bland my two year old loves pizza but hated the pizza on the ship. The cruise director Kevin was annoying he tried way to hard to be friendly and liked that it was annoying to hear him. There was no music ever on the lido deck no one was dancing. The play area for kids is completely unsafe and none of the toys were bolted down! Not the ship for me! If you go carnival stick with the ship you love! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were on this ship back in August from New Orleans. We explored the port city 3 days before getting on the ship. We stayed in Wynhdam resort and just walked to the Outlet mall and to the boat with no problem. The checkin process was ... Read More
We were on this ship back in August from New Orleans. We explored the port city 3 days before getting on the ship. We stayed in Wynhdam resort and just walked to the Outlet mall and to the boat with no problem. The checkin process was excellent. No waiting whatsoever. We were 1 hour before the checkin time and the line was moving along nicely. Food quality might not be at best but we enjoy to have good variety. The pizza and deli stations are great for late bite or when the buffet stations are closed. Our 12-year old son did not use the pool not even once since it is small and there is no waterwork/slides like other boats do. However, we do enjoy the outdoor movies nightly. Sea days are mostly for relaxation since there is not much qualify entertainment activities especially for young teens. The debarkation process was smooth for us since we were taking our time enjoying the breakfast, last view of the city and left the boat with the last group. Overall, it was a good vacation experience. We always like to cruise at least once a year. Carnival can provide good affordable vacation experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Good • Room Steward service was actually very good. He asked us up front if wanted our rooms serviced once or twice per day. That was the first time I had ever been asked that question. With three people in our smallish balcony ... Read More
The Good • Room Steward service was actually very good. He asked us up front if wanted our rooms serviced once or twice per day. That was the first time I had ever been asked that question. With three people in our smallish balcony room we requested twice a day. Both ice and towels were replenished every day. • Bar service was also very good. We got the Cheers package, and certainly didn’t break even this time. Carnival has a decent cocktail menu that is worth exploring. The crowds on the ship sometimes made getting up to the bartenders a challenge. You just have to horn in and raise your voice a little. The Lobby Bar and Casino Bar stood out for us. • Main Dining Room service and food quality were certainly decent to very good. I was a little disappointed that the traditional surf and turf on the more formal night has been completely replaced by the upcharge menu. This is a noticeable cut to us veteran cruisers. You can get a hanger steak and some sort of seafood any night on the menu, but it is not quite the same thing. Expected more from formal night menu. • Both Embarkation and Debarkation were painless. Since we didn’t have a car, and we checked our bags with the stevedore downstairs, it almost seemed like a walk on and walk off situation. Using the express option, we showed our Passport, got in a cab, and left for the airport. Limiting luggage to a roller board and a personal bag helps tremendously. • Scarlett’s Restaurant was as good as any premium dining experience I have had on Holland America or Royal Caribbean. Steaks were expertly prepared. Art for the Table desert has to be experienced to really fully grasp. Delicious and entertaining. Service was 5*. Sadly, the restaurant never seemed fully booked on the whole cruise. • For the first time in 15 cruises, I actually had to use the Ship Hospital when I developed a case of pneumonia. The very kind female physician from South Africa could not have been better. Steroids, nebulizers, and antibiotics were ordered exactly as they would have been at home by a good family physician. She made a point to call and check on me after one very rough breathless night in a hot room. The Bad • The ship was crowded. With 3,700+ passengers on board, the 800 people above typical double occupancy could be felt all over the ship. Lots of lines for just about everything including the elevators. Mid-ship pool was a mob scene that I totally avoided. Carnival just does not do as great a job as RCI at dispersing the crowds with activities of equal draw in different parts of the ship simultaneously. • The Lido Buffet for breakfast was absolutely the same every day. On Day One, I was satisfied that it was the quality of a decent cafeteria. If you are going to eat here every day mix it up with the omelet station or eggs cooked to order. They are almost hidden along the side walls as you approach the buffet. This buffet pales in comparison to any one of Holland America’s. Sometime you just long for a pastry and a bowl of Muesli - not the strange pale sausage covered in onions, reconstituted eggs, and frozen hash brown patties. No problem finding corn flakes and fruit loops if that is more your speed. • Some of our party were smokers, and this meant that we all spent a good deal of time in the smoking areas. Tucked away on an obscure portion of the starboard side of deck 10, Cocktail service was really very sparse in the largest smoking area, and a simple trip to the bathroom requires a trip to another deck. Though clean, public bathrooms seemed fairly scarce overall. Another more agreeable choice is a small area on deck 3 starboard exterior deck – at least it was convenient to the Lobby Bar. Non-smokers would have to go out of their way to be offended here. Lastly, 4-5 bar stools jammed into the casino end of the Dream Bar is the only interior choice for smokers. I guess this is good news overall for non-smokers, but don’t complain when smokers are five deep behind five bar stools in the casino. • Though I did not think the ship was in bad shape at all, the overall design was not my favorite. Decks 3 and 4 present you with the “You can’t’ get there from here” dilemma if you dine in the Washington Dining Room. Back up to deck five to cross over. You will repeat this maneuver many times. • The muster drill was a bit of a mob scene. Cruise Director, Kevin’s very acerbic voice booming over the loudspeakers did not help lower the temperament or the temperature. It certainly wasn’t a great introduction or welcome being jammed onto another obscure exterior deck on level four that I never saw again. The Ugly • Our room was way too WARM. Any sailing out of New Orleans in August will come with heat, but did not expect this in my stateroom. It was reported twice and we received four pre-printed cards that stated that our room met Carnival standards for temperature control. I witnessed one of these inspections. Indeed, the vent was 72 degrees. The only problem was that it did not blow sufficient air into the room. The two letters received from guest services stating that it was important that we call them immediately to make sure our issues with our room temperature were resolved - not helpful. These phone calls just resulted in two more pre-printed cards. It just pissed me off even more when I was told that fans were reserved for those with medical problems. Alas, out of the blue, they did provide a fan. It did help a great deal, but the room was still very hot for a person who is sitting on the side of the bed all night long with a full-blown case of pneumonia. Having never experienced this myself, I have a new respect for my patients who suffer for respiratory problems. • Others reported that their room was a bit cold. Avoid the whole block of rooms that include stateroom 7396 back toward mid-ship if you don’t want a hot room. Many of our neighbors said the same thing. Too warm, but I am sure it meets Carnival’s standards for climate control. Would I do it Again? Nope. Not this time, and that is a first time ever saying that in 15 cruise reviews from RCI’s old Song of Norway to Cunard’s QM2. This ship did not meet my personal standards for comfort. There are many varieties of “Fun”, and I am not swearing off Carnival as a whole, but I am the entire crowded Conquest class of their ships. DONE! I will also stick to longer cruises outside of summer or any other holidays, as I am more compatible with that Journey’s crowd and I am not even a senior yet. There are things that really shined about this ship, but I am afraid that the bad and the ugly outweighed the good on this trip. One last note. The Shore Excursion to Uxmal is worth every penny. This is a world class heritage site that would definitely use Carnival to tour. Progresso is a great stop if you don't go to Progresso. Too logistical to do on your own, but they do a great job for less money. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The cruise was affordable for our party of ten especially we booked at the last minute. My party and I went on a 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Valor; this is my third time cruising with Carnival cruise line and first ... Read More
The cruise was affordable for our party of ten especially we booked at the last minute. My party and I went on a 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Valor; this is my third time cruising with Carnival cruise line and first time on the Valor. Other than the Cruise Director, Kevin, my family and I didn't have a good time and I didn't like the ship. The Valor seemed small, congested and cluttered and it could use some updates especially in the sports area, which was small and dated; also, they could use some new loungers because a lot were stained and need to be replaced. My party included kids, teens and young adults, and I found that there wasn't a lot of activities for the teens and kids. The pool area was crowded the majority of the time as well as the sports area, and the sports area closed at 5 pm everyday, "which didn't make much sense to me," so my kids really didn't do much. Some of the food was okay, especially the burgers from Guy's that was a hit for those that like burgers, but the other selection of food could have been better. The cabins were a decent size and considering that there was so many people on the ship the washrooms throughout the ship were kept clean so that was a positive. My only complaint with the cabin is one wasn't ready when we arrived. There were dirty linen left in the room and they didn't have the beds set up for the four individuals staying in the room. The bars stayed busy throughout the day, and a lot of time we had to wait a long time to be served. I wasn't crazy about the entertainment: the comedian we saw our first night there was not funny so we ended up leaving, I didn't enjoy the singers they didn't make it exciting and everything else just seemed boring. We planned for this trip for two months, but everyone was disappointment on the cruise and couldn't wait to go home. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Ship itself: Very clean, some reviews I read said that it was dirty but this was definitely not the case. It can be a little confusing the first day finding your way around the ship. Our cabin was at the back of the ship but our dining ... Read More
Ship itself: Very clean, some reviews I read said that it was dirty but this was definitely not the case. It can be a little confusing the first day finding your way around the ship. Our cabin was at the back of the ship but our dining room was at the very front of the ship in the Lincoln Dining Room. My best advice to get across the boat is to go down to floor 2 where you can walk all the way down either side of the boat without any doors or barriers. Cabin: I went with my girlfriend and 2 other friends. King size bed and two bunk beds. Obviously it is a little close quarters but we didn't care because we barely spent any time in the room. Shower pressure is surprisingly strong. The water can be SCALDING hot so be careful getting in. Tv in the room with very basic channels. I liked the channels that just showed cameras on the ship. Dining: It is so awesome to order 5 appetizers just for the hell of it. There is a $10 corkage fee to bring a bottle of wine at dinner which we did each night. We were at the Lincoln dining room. Every dinner was great BESIDES the Elegant Dinner. That one was just a mess. It took 30 minutes for a server to even get our drinks. But I kinda understand because EVERYONE went to dinner that night. We had the anytime dining which I strongly recommend. I wish there was more stuff open after 9 PM. It's pretty much just Pizza or room service. Guy's burger joint is amazing. The American Deli had some good sandwiches. Room service is free until 10 PM from a select menu. Cheers Program: Highlight of the trip for sure. My friends and I were drunk the whole time. 15 drinks a day which sounds hard but I capped out each night. The rum drinks have at least 2 shots in them which is great. Each day there is a daily special drink at the bar and its a mixture of lots of alcohol and fruity drinks basically. The drink servers are awesome. Dede from Indonesia was my hero. He would find us all over the ship at shows. He was the absolute best. I already miss him. Entertainment: Loved the casino, nightclub, comedy shows, karaoke, game shows, trivia, all of that. The main performance shows every night in the Ivanhoe Theater are honestly terrible. Kevin the cruise director is great but there's a group of eight 25-30 year olds who have a dancing and singing routine each night and it is very boring and cringe worthy. Skip this if you can. We went the first night and did not go back. I want to mention the casino again. SO much fun at noon and 3 AM it doesn't matter the time. Blackjack tables are rowdy. Excursions: I've been to Cozumel before. This time our group stayed on the boat and just drank by the pool. So relaxing. Absolutely nobody is on the boat during that time so no lines for food or at the bar. Plenty of pool seats. Embarkation and Debarkation was so smooth. Debarkation advice is if you are not walking out by 7:30, you might as well stay on the boat until 10am. from 8-10 it is just a massive heard of cattle leaving the ship and it can get pretty hot from that many people close together. Stay up on the pool deck and take some last pictures and then around 10 you can leave and there will be no line. If you need guest services, just call the number from your room phone because that line can be extremely long. I think that's about it. PLEASE Don't lose your sail and sign card. There is no need to have any credit card or anything on you. Keep cash for tips and your sail and sign card and that is all you need. All things considered a super fun vacation that is considerably cheap. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a blast and enjoyed everything. Can’t want to go again! We really enjoyed the theater every night. Kevin was our cruise director and he was so good and funny. The food was awesome. I have nothing bad to say! There is always ... Read More
We had a blast and enjoyed everything. Can’t want to go again! We really enjoyed the theater every night. Kevin was our cruise director and he was so good and funny. The food was awesome. I have nothing bad to say! There is always something to do. Between the movies on deck 9 and the theater. Also there is a lot for the kids to do. Getting on the ship wasn’t a problem. We boarded at 12 and was actually on the boat at 11:30. They got us check in early. Cause we were there early. It was so peaceful. You never feel the boat move unless the wind at night is a little strong. But still it was lovely and run! I’m actually planning another one. Both my bartender at the red frog and the casino knew what i wanted to drink and i never had to remind them. They were awesome and sweet. Would call you by name and even set and talk with you for a while, when they could. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I was here for my sisters wedding. They press you to be on time and if your late they have an attitude but its okay for them to be late. Which they was late for everything. The wedding kept getting pushed back so even the bride and groom ... Read More
I was here for my sisters wedding. They press you to be on time and if your late they have an attitude but its okay for them to be late. Which they was late for everything. The wedding kept getting pushed back so even the bride and groom didn't know the time they was getting married. Then they set the time for 3:00 pm and the people didn't show up til 4. House keeping was no where to be found. The 1st night dude came by and dropped off his card and said for me to give him a call any time I needed something and he never answered the phone. I had to stand in the long line at customer service for them to call him just to get what I needed the whole cruise. Also the dinner staff was not friendly like I have experienced on other cruises. The staff is not very knowledgeable you can ask all of them the same question and they will give you different answers which is sad due to them being on the same boat for 6 months at a time! All their activities was closed most the time. My son is 13 and was looking forward to the teens club which only opened for 2 hours 1 day out of the 4 days we was on the ship. The basketball court didn't open til 12 am then of course it was adults. This was the worst ship I've ever been on. Then to top it off they charged me for a changed I didn't make! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I selected this cruise for me and my wife at the last minute for a quick vacation. Everything about it was good. Great staff, good balcony suite, good food and good fun. I did the upsell for better food in the MDR and also did the ... Read More
I selected this cruise for me and my wife at the last minute for a quick vacation. Everything about it was good. Great staff, good balcony suite, good food and good fun. I did the upsell for better food in the MDR and also did the specialty restaurant one night so my food grade is higher because I paid extra for it. The comedy club was top notch and much funnier than I've seen on other cruises, but this has everything to do with the talent and nothing to do with the ship. My dessert in the specialty restaurant was a work of art and unlike anything I've ever experienced before, plus it was good too. My only issue was that the design of the Valor resulted in crowds and lines. I've been on larger ships with more passengers that were less crowded than this. Everywhere I went there was a line for either food, drink or entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our first cruise and we were up to minute afraid it would not happen due to Barry. We found out 2 days ahead we would actually sail and drove to NOLA on Sunday and spent the night. Convention blvd is pretty torn up around the Port ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were up to minute afraid it would not happen due to Barry. We found out 2 days ahead we would actually sail and drove to NOLA on Sunday and spent the night. Convention blvd is pretty torn up around the Port so that was a bit of a nightmare but boarding on Monday was very smooth and the porters very nice in making sure our luggage and our departure was stress free. The stateroom was a balcony and pleasant, clean and more than we expected. But the lounge area we first entered upon boarding was loud, crazy and the bartenders hassled and not friendly. I would have expected Carnival to allow a larger area for everyone to gather at first. Other than that everything went well. We had a wonderful time and wonderful weather. The crew was nice and gracious. The only thing in the stateroom was a bit of slow drain in shower. Overall a wonderful first experience! Main dining charges for surf and turf lobster and steak and the lobster was over cooked and tough. Not worth the $20 extra bucks for sure. Drinks are pricey so be prepared. Was warned about the spa being a money suck, so did not partake. Love that there were 2 areas for adults only and they were enforced by stewards. Nightly shows were cheezy and not to my taste. The comedian was hilarious but be warned he is VERY adult. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to simply have a party at sea. Because of tropical storm Barry, we were bused 2 1/2 hours away to another port. We ended up leaving out of Mobile Alabama, four hours late. As soon as we hit the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to simply have a party at sea. Because of tropical storm Barry, we were bused 2 1/2 hours away to another port. We ended up leaving out of Mobile Alabama, four hours late. As soon as we hit the open ocean, the seas were so rough, they had to drain the pools. The entire first day at sea, activities were cancelled, most of the passengers were stuck in there rooms throwing up, then the smell..... The stench of sewage would overcome us, to the point that we didn't want to eat or drink anything. The smell only got worse as the days went by. We couldn't get away from it, even inside our cabin. Because they run on such a tight schedule, the captain decided to go straight through the storm, rather than around it. We still ended up late, getting to Cozumel. Our shore excursions were cut short because of the time constraint, then... back on the stinky ship and head back into rough waters. We never had a nice dinner, for a couple reasons. The first night, they cancelled. The rest of the time, we were too seasick to do anything. Through all of this, we were never compensated for anything. Knowing how rough it was, at sea, It's my opinion that Carnival should have given us the option to reschedule, or cancel, altogether. At the very least, compensate us for the inconvenience of having to take an uncomfortable bus ride for over 2 hours. Nope, nothing.... Still had to pay $88 to park for 4 days. I will never cruise with Carnival again. Worst vacation of my life. Total waste of money. I didn't even get into the condition of the ship. run down, old and dirty. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, ... Read More
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, but our stateroom steward corrected the problem by dinner. We choose anytime dining and had no problem getting in any night. We found a great server on our second night, Noel, and requested to sit in his section for the rest of the trip. The excursion we booked in Cozumel was cancelled. The bright side, money was refunded to our Sail and Sign card and we spent the day shopping in Cozumel. We were the only ship in port, and it was a Monday, so there weren’t many crowds at all. In fact, we returned to the ship to eat lunch, and then went back out in the port. We really enjoyed our excursion in Progreso. We did a tour of the Dzibilchatltun ruins, lunch at a Mayan restaurant, and a tour of Merida city. It was great and worth taking. It felt like getting two or three excursions in one. We attended two of the three productions and they were fun. The comedians were very funny, and we enjoyed the comedy shows. We attended the sea day brunches and both times the food was good, but the staff wasn’t very personable. The food on the Lido deck was what you would expect. It was always very crowded during mealtimes. We did make reservations with the Chef’s Table, and that was amazing. We were given a tour of the galley, had four amuse bouches in the kitchen, learned how to make chocolate melting cake from the pastry chef, and then enjoyed an eight-course meal with an exclusive group of 9 guests. Wine was paired with each course and we received a photo of the group and a copy of the melting cake recipe at the end of the evening. If you are a foodie, it’s definitely a lot of fun. My friend is not a foodie and I made her come with me. She enjoyed the company but did not like the food. We were the cruise that was diverted to the Port of Mobile due to Hurricane Barry. They made the announcement around dinner time and the entire mood of the ship deflated. We were told that bus transportation would be provided back to New Orleans. I think they could have done a better job explaining how that would work. Disembarkment was a mess. They started with the lower decks but didn’t monitor it and within an hour it became a free-for-all of everyone trying to get off the boat. The staff at the Port of Mobile that had to show up on their day off were very friendly and accommodating and the buses were loading quickly. The bus ride back was fine, but there was a complete lack of organization at the Port of New Orleans. The guests for the next cruise were arriving to the port way too early and we had no place to get out of the buses. There wasn’t parking for the new guests because we weren’t back yet to move our cars. We literally sat in traffic a few blocks from the port for at least 45 minutes. I think Carnival needs to come up with a better emergency plan for the future because this did not work. On a positive note, the captain did an amazing job minimizing the motion of the ship. Even when we were traveling through rough seas, he kept the motion to a minimum. My friend traveled on the Glory six months ago and raved most of the trip about how much smoother this cruise was. The staff of this ship was very friendly and we were addressed by name frequently. TJ the cruise director was very energetic and fun. This was his second to last sailing on the Valor. He mentioned he's moving to a 7 day cruise out of Galveston. I've seen many great reviews about him, and he lived up to the hype. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon boarding I did a quick ship inspection and I was very impressed. The ship is not new, but with that said I found the floors, furniture, and ships interior all to be in excellent condition. Also we had two cabins and I found both to be in very good condition. Comfortable mattresses, couch and chairs in room in good shape, clean bathroom, and very functional closet and drawer space. The one major drawback to this cruise is not just limited to the Carnival Valor, but all the Carnival ships I have sailed on in the past couple of years, that being the quality of both food and service. To me both began their decline shortly after the retirement of former CEO Bob Dickerson, or "Uncle Bob" as he was known by employees. On our five night cruise there were two nights I did not eat what I ordered. One was the Beef Lasagna which had zero texture. It was almost mush. The pasta was was overcooked and there was no flavor at all.I ordered another entree and it was fair. The other was the Southern Fried Chicken. I am from the South and I know fried chicken. I got a small breast and drumstick i think it was, but did not keep it long enough to find out. The chicken was very dry inside, and the outside was way overcooked. It is evident that they cooked it at too high a temperature. In the Buffet lines I found the quality to be about the same. The selection also left something to be desired. Also I remember the good ole days of eating all the deserts because they were all so good, but now I try all of them to find one that is good. In all my life I have never had cheese cake that was anything like the stuff on the ship. It seems that it is less cheese and more cake. The only other negative I can think of is the Endless Bubbles program. Compared to RCCL sodas the Carnival program is bad. There are no soda machines so you have to wait in line at a bar and you end up with a warm soda being poured onto ice. Also in the Buffet areas nobody comes along anymore to take drink orders, so you have to get your food, then go outside and stand in line at a bar to get a warm soda on ice (can you tell this is my pet peeve?). The warm soda melts the ice and you have a watered down soda. Carnival needs to consider investing in the self serve soda machines like they have on RCCL. One more thing to note is that in the dining room the waiters used to unroll your napkin and place it on you lap and hand you a menu already opened. Minor thing but they do not do that any more. Also on evening turn down they would always place a mint on your pillow and they no longer do that either. Some of these are small things, but it would be wise to remember that a lot of little bits creates a gob.Other than these items I was happy with the cruise and would consider cruising on the Valor again. OK.. One more thing. I find cruise directors to be so full of themselves. They remind me of the plastic game show hosts. So fake. I took a Carnival last year and had a cruise director named "Jess From The U.S. This young lady was such a delight. She did not try to be the star of the show. She was herself and came across as being real. We need more cruise directors like her. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
If you are looking for a relaxing cruise and a great price and fun port, then I would recommend the Valor. I have over 125 cruise days with Carnival on 14 of their ships. I have never had a problem on any cruise. This was our first ... Read More
If you are looking for a relaxing cruise and a great price and fun port, then I would recommend the Valor. I have over 125 cruise days with Carnival on 14 of their ships. I have never had a problem on any cruise. This was our first time on the Valor. Since we love visiting New Orleans, it seemed like the perfect time to bring my Mother-In-Law on her first cruise. Getting to the Port took a lot longer because of road construction and the Essence Festival activities. Regardless, we made it during our assigned time and walked onto the ship in about 10 minutes. While the Valor is older, it does have some of the food venus of the new ships. The big piece missing was water works which would have been nice as it would have given people more places to cool off as this was hot and humid cruise. Every place we ate was great. We never have any complaints about the food. We can always find something we like. We had anytime seating for dinner. There was never a wait the service was great as usual. While lines did form in the Lido dining area on port stops, if you took the time to walk around, you would find a line that had little to no waiting. We hit some of the triva in the Atrium bar. The fun squad did a great job even though my oldest and I bombed the country music one however we did do pretty good in the Big Bang contest. The Lido deck competions were fun as usual. Unfortunitly rain hit so they had to canecel some of them and move Cruie for St. Jude inside. They were still able to raise more than a $1000 though which is good. We ordered room service a few times and the wait was no longer than 20 minutes. We also used the Carnival Hub app for pizza delivery. I think it took 15 minutes and the pizza was nice and hot. I hit the first family friendly comedy show and my family made the second one. Both comendians were good even. The musicians around the ship were great. Usually I find one on each cruise that I prefer to listen too but all were very good so I did not stick to one particular group. I hit the gym a several times. The first sea day was busy in the morning but the rest of the time it was easy to get in for a work out and not have to wait for any of the machines The staff was great and always there to help. It is very rare that I go to guest services unless I am adding a gift card to my sail and sign account. This time we had to check out a medical cooler to store my daughters perscription. We also had a couple of reusable ice packs that we needed to keep frozen. We were able to switch them out through out the cruise. They just put our cabin number on them. We had to deal with Tropical Storm Berry on the last day which resulted in us getting diverted to Mobile. They had over a hundred buses waiting to get us back to New Orleans. We were off the ship and on our way back to NOLA by 7:00AM. We dropped pur luggage off at our planned hotel for the night around 10:00AM. Not bad all things considered. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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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