1,622 Carnival Valor Cruise Reviews

What a piece of junk! Needs refurbished, or at least fixed. I never thought it possible for a cruise ships food to be so terrible. The biscuits resembled hardtack not actual biscuits. The crew is either complete novices, or imbeciles. ... Read More
What a piece of junk! Needs refurbished, or at least fixed. I never thought it possible for a cruise ships food to be so terrible. The biscuits resembled hardtack not actual biscuits. The crew is either complete novices, or imbeciles. Dining service was cold and had no feeling. Food was terrible. The breakfast buffet was yesterday's leftovers, and the breakfast brunch in Washington dining room was even worse if possible. Tried an egg benedict and it was a soft boiled egg still mostly in the shell on a piece of ham smothered in a yellow gravy that only resembled hollandaise. The cabin was nice. Had a deck 1 porthole. However, some exhaust fan on the crew deck had a broken blade or something that banged against the hull of the ship all night making it nearly impossible to sleep. Overall the service was not up to a typical cruise standard. Perhaps the saddest thing is that Carnival used to have a reputation of being a fun ship. Now it is a sad ship. Entertainment was non existent. Everything in the Ivanhow theater was about shopping excursions, or sales on the ship. How can you take a game such as beer pong and make it so boring that everyone leaves? Sad. Drinks are just water. Food is cold and inedible. Service is non existent. Ports of call, Cozumel is fine. Progresso is a crap town. Took over 1 1/2 hours on a bus to get to merida Centro and stll not much to see. Carnival nickels and dimes every single thing and the cruise director kevin/devin/gavin whatever his name was only cared about selling more crap onboard. Stay away from this ship if you value your money at all Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room ... Read More
Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room clean and tidy. The food overall were great. We liked the burgers, sushi and the buffet. So many varieties to choose from. Always taste good and fresh. And most of all our dinner at Washington dining was awesome, delicious food. We set at table 309. The servers were excellent. Always asked us how’s the food and if we need something. Even when we just see them in the hallway, approaching us and asked if we already had breakfast or if we need something. We felt so welcome. I felt so bad for not getting their names and tried to post pictures of them but for some reason it won’t post. Hope they get the credits that they deserved for doing an axcellent job. We had a great time and before arriving home we already planned our next cruise with carnival. Overall rating was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit ... Read More
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit apprehensive when we first boarded and made our way to the Lido and buffet, it was so busy but once we were in our cabins and got settled into sealife we had a great time. The entertainment on board was excellent - the T & T Duo and the Blues Band with Lucca and the 2 shows in the Theatre, so proffessional. Karaoke was fun, went to the Art Auction and we went to the Bingo on the 2 days at sea. Was a bit worried about Keviiiiin (!), entertainment manager, when we first heard him over the tannoy but he warmed on us and when we finally met him at the Captains Question time he was our best buddy!!! We didn't use any of the ships excursions but when we got to Cozamel we walked off the ship, went to the taxi rank where there were many small tour vans offering trips around the island. We paid $150 for a 4 hour trip for 5 of us - first we went to the Tequila factory where we sampled many tequila's which were free - then on to the Mayan ruins. You had to pay to enter and if you wanted a guide this was extra but not expensive. Then we continued on our journery to the south of the island where we visited 2 lovely beach bars, the views were stunning. Our driver took us to the Coconut Beach Bar which was very different to what we were expecting but a lot of fun. Our driver was excellent. There were about 6 cruise ships in port on the day but we would not have known. Had a great time. Next day we were in Progreso - did not know what to expect. Just walk through the duty free shops and catch the free shuttle from the port to the town. It drops you off at the bus station. The free shuttle service were selling trips and we took a 45min tour around the town in a fun open sided musical bus.$9. Friendly tour guide who was so much fun and so enthusiastic. When we got back to the bus station we followed the signs for the Beach. What an amazing beach with pelicans flying along the waters edge. We spent the rest of the afternoon at a beach bar drinking Sol! These 2 mexican ports exceeded our expectations. You dont need to book the ships expensive excursions and we felt very safe. We never went to the main restaurants but prefered the more informal buffet, When we finally arrived back in port we booked the Airport Shuttle and this was very well organised and was very easy to exit ship. Had a great time and dont be put off by any negative reviews. Just people watch, go with the flow and enjoy and you will have a lot of fun. The americans were friendly, fun and made us very welcome. Only negative we had to wait sometimes for drinks at the bar - too many people drinking cocktails and at times not enough staff. Its our second Carnival Mini Cruise and would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I had been on this ship in September and it was one of our best cruises. We booked a balcony cabin on deck 10. Some are concerned about the noise from the LIdo deck when you book in this location, but we didn't find it ... Read More
My wife and I had been on this ship in September and it was one of our best cruises. We booked a balcony cabin on deck 10. Some are concerned about the noise from the LIdo deck when you book in this location, but we didn't find it to be a problem on this cruise or the last (on the same deck). Last cruise on the Valor in September, we never made it to the main dining room, but we made a point of going this time and we were very satisfied. The food was great and the service on the spot. We did get a free steak house selection as a thank you and we opted for the surf and turf (we actually paid for this through my wife's "donations" in the casino). The buffet was standard Carnival, nothing to write home about, but good. The fried chicken was the only negative but far outweighed by the Bar-B-Que. Our overall experience was excellent the first cruise on this vessel and got even better this time.. We specifically boarded this ship hoping the musical entertainment still included the band "Deep Blue Soul", and we were not disappointed. Lucca and Kiara, along with the band, remains the best entertainment I have ever seen on a Carnival ship. Not only did the band entertain every night in the Red Frog Pub, but they provided the musical support for the show in the big theater as well. Unfortunately, they are leaving the ship at the end of February and going their separate ways. Once again, this band made our trip what it was. The ship has some age, so if you are looking for defects, you will find them, but overall, the ship is clean throughout. The staff met our expectations. Courteous and responsive to our needs. Smiles seem to be the norm and somehow they remember our names. We had several members of the crew, admittedly bar staff and band members, who remembered us from the last cruise. We hope that was a good thing. We did not participate in shore excursions past shopping on our own. The ship is the destination for us any time we cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the ... Read More
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the hidden fees. Before we even got on the ship they took a $100 deposit out of our account and then after the cruise is over you have to pay for expensive gratuities and port taxes and they WILL NOT let you off the ship until you’ve paid them. Also PLEASE don’t go unless you have money in your wallet. The first stop at Cozumel you can’t go to ANY beach without walking for hours unless you get a taxi or rent a scooter. I would HIGHLY recommend shore excursions that way you have a sure way to get where you want/need to go. The ship itself did not have much to do (aside from drink alcohol). Its definitely a good place to go if you like alcohol. They have plenty of it. I will say that room service was AMAZING as were most ALL of the crew members. They are all kind and accommodating and want you to have a good time. The actual restaurants on the ship have really good food but the buffets are not very good at all (especially dessert). We wish we would have stayed in an Airbnb or resort instead. Like I said it’s a good place if you’re older or you drink alcohol. Also I would recommend going to a less touristy part of Mexico. Even while we were on the beach, people were pressuring us and yelling at us to buy things or get massaged. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The food was terrible in both the dining room and Lido buffet/cafeteria. The menu's were virtually the same. It felt like I was eating at the Golden Corral or Hometown buffet. I couldn't wait to get off and eat airport food. We ... Read More
The food was terrible in both the dining room and Lido buffet/cafeteria. The menu's were virtually the same. It felt like I was eating at the Golden Corral or Hometown buffet. I couldn't wait to get off and eat airport food. We gave up on the dining room because no matter how many times we asked (and this happened to others) we couldn't get things we asked for like butter. I finally gave up trying entrees and just ate salad. Even the grill was bad. So if you are expecting to get great food for the money, you won't. I'd rather they charge a little more and serve better food. I may be the first person ever to go on a cruise and come back without gaining a pound. There was not much to do on the ship either, if you don't stay up late and party in the not so great bars. There was only one show, a comedian. Everything else was apparently trivia games at different locations. Although, that was never clear on the daily schedule. I didn't get that until the last day. So if you are like me, a little older and not a night owl for whatever reason and you don't like sitting out by the pool it's pretty boring if you don't bring your own entertainment. (I suggested they set up a game room. Like board games). The shopping was non existent accept for a so called jewelry store that looked like a JC Penney jewelry counter. That was disappointing too plus that deck smelled like cigarettes because that's where the casino was. I know everything is casual now but I called the cruise the Walmart cruise because everyone looked like it was Sat. and they were going to Walmart not on a cruise. So don't bother getting new clothes or thinking about packing cute things. You won't need them trust me. In fact the last 2 days I didn't even bother with all my makeup. About the 2 excursion to Mayan Ruins. They were efficient but a lot of walking if you are walking challenged and virtually no time for shopping. I had wanted to look for nice silver jewelry but came home empty handed. There was no time on those excursions and most of the jewelry was not stylish Taxco silver anyway. If I had to do a trip to the Yucatan over again I think I'd just go to a resort. I ran into some people that had just come from a Royal Caribbean cruise and they felt the same way about the food and activities on their ship too. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation/debarkation. No complaints. New Orleans has this down pat. Carnival should take what NOLA does and clone it for all their other ports. Ship. Before I go further, I must make it clear I am a fan of the older, smaller fantasy ... Read More
Embarkation/debarkation. No complaints. New Orleans has this down pat. Carnival should take what NOLA does and clone it for all their other ports. Ship. Before I go further, I must make it clear I am a fan of the older, smaller fantasy class Carnival ships, the Elation in particular.The Valor. My first time aboard her. She is a pretty ship. Decor is less 70's Vegas than the fantasy class, which is a plus. One annoying thing is the same thing as the Dream and her sisters. If you're on Deck 3 and want to go anywhere else on deck 3, you have to go up over and then back down due to the way the galley and dining rooms are placed. Deck space and pool space are excellent! It's also nice that the Dream Bar has extra seating for entertainment. ALL of the elevators worked EVERYDAY! Whoever thought of putting the Sushi Bar and Deli in the middle walkway of the buffet should be fired. Always congested there. Not happy about not having an outdoor beverage center between Guy's and The Cantina. Had to go into the buffet to get coffee or juice. Cabin. Balcony on Lido deck. Typical Carnival cabin. Comfortable and clean. Samosir, our steward was excellent. I wish Carnival would understand how hard these folks work and instead of adding cabins to take care of, cut back a bit. Food. OK, here, the Valor outshined (outshown?) every other Carnival ship I've cruised on. From the MDR to the buffet to the "fast food" places. Most everything was delicious, presented well, and served with excellence. First night out in the MDR I ordered the brisket, and it was the most tender, delicious absolutely satisfying piece of brisket I've ever had. IF I had to pick at anything, it's the length of time to get a cup of coffee in the MDR. I joked they had to go to Columbia to get the beans. My other issue... Scarlett's Steak House. I had dinner in the steak house on the Dream and the french onion soup was like dishwater. In Scarlett's, it was so overpowering, it was like biting into a beef bullion cube. But that was the ONLY issue there. The lobster and beef were perfection. And the service was beyond compare. Entertainment. If you ever get the chance to see Cazenda. Do it. Amazing group. This trip I didn't do any of the shows or comedy club acts, but I heard they were good. Service. Look, these folks work hard. From the deck cleaners to the wait staff to the stewards, they all do their best to ensure we have a memorable and pleasant vacation. They do their work with pride, and a smile. But... the Valor like the Dream suffers from too many passengers and not enough deck staff. It seems that the staffing numbers for the fantasy class ships are carried over to these bigger ships with 1000 more passengers, and it shows. It wasn't as bad as the Dream, but hunting down a cocktail isn't something someone should have to do on a ship. Watching your steward run themselves ragged trying to keep up with the cabins they have isn't either. No complaints at all about the service folks. This is all on Carnival's back... I get they have to make money, but they really need to rethink the service staff to passenger ratios on the bigger ships. Ports. Cozumel. It was Cozumel. Progresso. I didn't go ashore. Did a "port day" on board. Would I go again? Uhmmm, New Orleans and then Mexico? You bet! Laisse le bon temps rouler! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I choose this cruise for a mommy and daughter's birthday present. Embarkation was a BREEZE!! Once aboard, we immediately grabbed something to eat from Guy's burgers. Yes, it is soo good. As we walked around the ship, we found ... Read More
I choose this cruise for a mommy and daughter's birthday present. Embarkation was a BREEZE!! Once aboard, we immediately grabbed something to eat from Guy's burgers. Yes, it is soo good. As we walked around the ship, we found the layout was weird on certain floors. We could not get into our cabin until exactly 1:30 pm which was fine by me. Our cabin was nice, clean and dated, but you get what you pay for. The Munster drill was a complete joke. I could not hear nor see the lead person because we were literally staked on top of each other and it was hot. Not nice!! The buffet was OK, and the coffee sucked big time. The whole layout was odd. There's an adult pool in the middle of the lido deck right in front of the pizza pirate and folks are sitting and eating. The entertainment was decent. Kevinnnnn, the cruise director was so funny and witty. He was informative and caring. I loved Kevin!! We had bad weather one day and everyone was sick. It was not a good feeling. We accidentally found ourselves lost on deck 11 and the spa ladies pounced immediately on us. Talk about high-pressure sales tactics. $150 for a mani and Pedi, No thanks! The comedy shows were ok. I was not expecting it to be stellar but the lady comic's material was obscene!! The main dining rooms were top notch and the food was good...not great but good. The dining staff was kind and helpful. Disembarkation was a disaster!!! Carnival needs to find another way to disembark because what I witnessed this morning was complete chaos! Overall, this is a good ship for a first-timer. But after witnessing debarkation this morning, I don't think that I would sail on any Carnival cruises out of New Orleans again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The cruise ship was spotless and the people that work on that ship were all so nice. This was our first time going on a cruise and we loved it. It is like a whole small town on a ship. It was so amazing and relaxing.We had a wonderful ... Read More
The cruise ship was spotless and the people that work on that ship were all so nice. This was our first time going on a cruise and we loved it. It is like a whole small town on a ship. It was so amazing and relaxing.We had a wonderful time. Our housekeeper Alexander was wonder and kept our room clean and also Lady Bingo was great(we played bingo the whole weekend). Kevin the director was also a very nice and friendly person and answered any question that you had.The food was great(we ate at Guy’s every day) and the dining room food was wonderful. We went to the dining room Friday night at 8:15 and the waiters did a nice performance/dance that I really enjoyed. The embarkation and disembarkation ran smoothly for this to be our first time. We will pick this cruise ship every time we decide to go on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose the cruise to have a fun New Year's Eve and relax after the business of the holidays... We didn't expect a lot because we've cruised with Carnival before, but it was available and close to home. There was nothing ... Read More
We chose the cruise to have a fun New Year's Eve and relax after the business of the holidays... We didn't expect a lot because we've cruised with Carnival before, but it was available and close to home. There was nothing exceptional about the cruise. Our room only got cleaned in the morning (no night time turn down with chocolate on the pillow), no extra special touches at all. The food in the dining room was not good, one night the service was so bad that we left without dessert. We had to pay an extra $38 per person to eat at the steakhouse to get a good meal. No band at the pool, always a DJ playing techno music which is grating after awhile. At Cozumel we had booked a bike ride with another company and no one informed us of the time difference so we were late and had to take a different tour than we booked. We tried to just be grateful that we got to go on a cruise, but it was very pricey for what we got. Not recommended. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Loved the food. The punchline comedy was a blast. Kevin the cruise director was alot of help. My wife surprised me with a couples swedish massage. I was embarrassed about getting on table naked but the ladies told me not to worry that ... Read More
Loved the food. The punchline comedy was a blast. Kevin the cruise director was alot of help. My wife surprised me with a couples swedish massage. I was embarrassed about getting on table naked but the ladies told me not to worry that they made sure I stayed covered. We plan on another cruise in June. We also enjoyed the barbecue. One night we ate sushi. We even ordered room service. My room was to close to elevators. Heard beeping all night. House keeper knew my name so I did my did to refer to him by his name. Some workers could barely speak English. Casino was really tight could not win a dime. I was glad to have faster to the fun. I lot of people did not no about it and were confused to how I was able to get to my room early. When trying to eat on first day it was hard to get a table. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was one of the most immeasurable ways to end my year! It was packed with many remarkable encounters with bar-tenders, people, strangers, & lots of entertaining activities thought my 4 days there. Many of those moments were ... Read More
This cruise was one of the most immeasurable ways to end my year! It was packed with many remarkable encounters with bar-tenders, people, strangers, & lots of entertaining activities thought my 4 days there. Many of those moments were trying to follow the list of activities in the morning while talking to bar-tenders and random strangers at night. I love how they have an app that allows me to look at the weather, follow activities throughout the day, and having the option to text my family members. The buffet was also amazing with the 24-hour ice cream machine. Overall my experience with this Cruise was very enjoyable and I loved each and every moment I was there. Although...that isn't the main reason why I am typing this review. The central reason why I am typing this review was because of the astonishing bar-tenders, everything else was quite nice and average; however, the bar-tenders went above and beyond despite anything extra. This was probably because I tend to just sit down at one of the bars and just ask for water. I am too young for anything else, fortunately. After I would just talk to the bar-tenders about their day and life problems, and I was surprised about the response I got from them. I highly enjoyed talking to many bar-tenders on my cruise just because of how friendly and kind they were. A lot of the bar-tenders are such kind-hearted, relateable, & sympathetic people. There were many bars that were extraordinary and thoughtful, however, I didn't go to all the bar-tenders at my cruise just because there were so many. Here is a list of the Bars I went to and why they were so Exquisite and Friendly: The "Academy Bar" was one of my favorites as their beverages we're so fancy, even if I only ordered water, other drinks we're extremely elegant also. The people working there deserves an increase in salary. I see they're incredibly hardworking with their timely fashion drinks. Another bar that was adequate was the "Red Frog Bar". This bar had 3 people that were so friendly and nice. These nice people gave me a great amount of courage about my career and future! I loved them so much and they talked about life with me. I got to know them very well! On the last day, these 3 people would talk to me about life and how I should always be positive in life because depression is a real struggle and it hard avoiding it especially when my life lack positivity sometimes. Their life was really difficult as well due to the fact that they weren't American and has many struggles with life in their country. I also learned that many of these bar-tenders, maybe other workers at the cruise, get a break after 6-8 months, which is really long time if you think about it. The last bar, I will mention, in this review was the absolute BEST BAR I really wish their managers can read this right now and give them A PROMOTION!!! THEY WERE THE BEST PEOPLE I EVER MEET ON THE CRUISE!!! I never meet such kind-hearted, funny, and honest people in my life. They were extremely relatable and generous. This bar was the main lobby bar or the "American Lobby" Bar where I would always meet 2 people working there. These names for which I share for the purpose of requesting promotion for these two people just for their hard-working everyday duties. There was a man named "Manny" and a woman named "Li", there was also another woman named "Uni" which I didn't get to talk to until the last day I was there. I would meet them every day at midnight, after 12, just to find them working at the bar cleaning the area for the next day. I would commonly talk to them, joke around, and talk about their life and my life also. For all the four days I was there, we meet every night except once. The last night, however, was the busiest night, I came to them as usual after 12 and they said they were pretty busy at the time and might they have to stay up until 3 am; which is what happened. I promise to stay up with them, which is what I did and I had so much fun talking to them and in the end, it was definitely worth it. They cleaned the entire bar spotless and the manager was satisfied at the end. Although at the end we departed, after we took some selfies and pictures, It was a night I never forget just because of the experience I had with them and the remarkably strong relationships with them. "Manny" and "Li" definitely should deserve a PROMOTION because of their extremely positive attitude, hard-working unique humorous jokes I've never seen anywhere else. Well, I guess that concludes my adventure, Thank you so much for having me on the cruise! it was an experience I will never get anywhere else! I would talk about all the other things like dining, entertainment, and Service, but I got a term paper due in a few hours and I really just wanted to write this review to explain the incredible bar-tenders Carnival Valor has. Everything else was just... nice and average, entertainment was great, most of the activities were 21 or older or 14 or younger, anyways but later I realized most of the activities that were all ages were in the "American Lobby" (Main Lobby). Service was surpassing also, and dining was wonderful. (I see most people come here to criticize cruise, but I am here for a more accurate and positive point of view) Thank you so much again and I really enjoyed everything! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The purpose of this cruise was relaxation ,Carnival came through during our 5 days on board. We parked at NOLA cruise terminal $110 for 5 days. Embarkation: very efficient,20 minutes from parking to being on board,including bathroom ... Read More
The purpose of this cruise was relaxation ,Carnival came through during our 5 days on board. We parked at NOLA cruise terminal $110 for 5 days. Embarkation: very efficient,20 minutes from parking to being on board,including bathroom break. Gone are the days of waiting in endless line for check in,take photos obtain sign & sail card. Passport photo is now used and card awaited us at our cabin by 130 pm. Cabin :Our balcony 8254 was port side giving us great views of all the ports directly above the gangways.Saw all the pier runners from our room. The room was very clean & well kept. Sure there is a little rust on the boat but what seagoing vessel doesn't has issues? Every cruise I have been on they are constantly doing maintenance which is a good thing overall. Our room was 1 floor below Lido and 5 above MDR. We were near stairwell and could occasionally hear elevators dinging & music from Atrium. Earplugs helped muffle sound. Our steward offered morning night or both services ,I chose both and tipped him extra for our stay. Food:Embarkation we ate at BBQ above lido .It was tasty & refuge from Lido crowd. The bbq wasn't as good as the Pig & Anchor on some of the upgraded ships with pit on deck. We ate breakfast & lunches at lido. They were better than in the past. The salads & deserts seemed to improve .Deserts used to look great but didn't t deliver in taste . The Taco bar was a good choice . Our favorite was dinners at Lincoln MDR your time . We had the same waiters 4 of the 5 nights. They were very efficient & friendly.We had good conversations with them each night .I find it hard to believe that most cruisers don't try the MDR. Ports Cozumel & Progresso , We have been there many times so we just did some portside shopping. Entertainment: CD Kevin was & crew were excellent, I couldn't understand the negative reviews. He was high energy fun the whole cruise.Excellent at getting crowds involved.It was a Christmas cruise which was different from my past experiences. Karaoke was fun to watch.Musical groups were good. Marriage game always a highlight.Comedy show was not as enjoyable to us this time. Fellow cruisers: In past there was a big Louisiana representation (my state) but just about every one we met were from out of state .It was fun to meet them. With cooler December weather there was less chair hogging seen. There were fewer kids on board. Temps were in the 80s when we reached the gulf .We had smooth sailing until last evening when boat really rocked. Overall we enjoyed the trip and left relaxed & happy Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because the price was good. We got what we paid for. We were very disappointed in the lack of activities. Most of the activities cost money. Not much to do for kids unless they go to the kids club. Bathrooms ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the price was good. We got what we paid for. We were very disappointed in the lack of activities. Most of the activities cost money. Not much to do for kids unless they go to the kids club. Bathrooms smell like urine and the shower didnt drain. Overall, food in buffet and main dining rooms wasnt impressive. Guy's burgers was about the best. Many of the staff seemed annoyed to be there. I Wayan, our cabin steward was excellent! Keviiinnnnnnn....the cruise director was annoying. We did the the all inclusive beach getaway in Progreso, which I would highly recommend. The staff was excellent and buffet was delicious. All drinks were free...from beer to mixed drinks. The embarkation process was a breeze but disembarkation seemed to last forever. Overall, we won't be back on a Carival ship ever. We would never leave out of New Orleans again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Carnival Valor was the ninth ship and cruise for my wife and I (4th Carnival). We have never had a crew as friendly and helpful as the crew on the Valor. Hendrianna who took care of our cabin and was always around wanting to help and ... Read More
The Carnival Valor was the ninth ship and cruise for my wife and I (4th Carnival). We have never had a crew as friendly and helpful as the crew on the Valor. Hendrianna who took care of our cabin and was always around wanting to help and make sure everything was good. We were in an Ocean Suite on the 7th deck. Also, Eddie in the buffet. Every morning Eddie was there to help. I use a cane and Eddie insisted on carrying my plate, finding us a table, and getting our coffee for us. Always with a big smile while using our first names. The whole crew was extremely friendly but those two stood out to us. We had breakfast every morning in the buffet and the food was typical cruise fare. The omelets were good with several omelet stations. By the way, Eddie would go order our omelets, take our other food to the table then go back and get our omelets and coffee. Now that is what I call extra service. We had lunch at the BlueIguana Cantina, Guys Burgers (twice), Seafood Shack, and the Deli at the buffet. All good but Guys stood our as the best. Dinner was in the Lincoln dining room and one night for my wife's birthday in the Steakhouse. We found the food to be above average and prepared to our liking. Our main source of entertainment was listening to Deep Blue Soul in the Red Frog Pub. They play and sing a variety of music and are entertaining. I highly recommend the PAINKILLER. Would do the Valor again. A highly enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We live in New Orleans- so it was a perfect opportunity to go on a cheap cruise sailing out of our native port. Our group includes one young adult and two seniors. Embarking had a few hiccups for my family- we forgot a form of ... Read More
We live in New Orleans- so it was a perfect opportunity to go on a cheap cruise sailing out of our native port. Our group includes one young adult and two seniors. Embarking had a few hiccups for my family- we forgot a form of identification, so we were pulled aside and asked to wait in a side area while we asked one of our family members to retrieve the document for us at home. After we got the proper verification, everything went smoothly. The ship's decor is classic Americana culture- the floor tile complete with the American flag. The design is not as flashy as other ships, but it doesn't feel too boring. The atrium was elegant, the theater was large and accommodating, and the dining rooms felt both large and intimate at the same time. The layout was a tiny bit confusing, but eventually when we got to know our way around, we could find things with ease. There are maps/deck plans on pretty much every wall near the elevators and stairwells. The cabin we had was at the very back of the ship on the lower decks, so we did feel the occasional rumble of the engines when we docked at a port. The room literally shook a few times- that would be an issue for any light sleeper. As for cleanliness, it was perfectly fine- and the towel animals were a surprise each night. From day one, the staff onboard the Valor made us feel so welcome. Anyone from the staff in the lido deck (Rosie's Restaurant) to the fun squad (Claire, Abbey, and Sarah are awesome), to the incredible housekeeping staff- everyone welcomed us with smiles. The Cruise Director, Kevin, was hilarious and kept us laughing the entire trip. The meals in the dining room were excellent- up to the high standard that we are used to by now from Carnival. The offerings ranged from classic steak, chicken, and fish- to adventurous things like rabbit, cured salmon, ox tongue, and the like. Dining in the Lido was also surprisingly delicious- the food was hot and fresh, the desserts were tasty. You will never be bored on this ship- from activities like trivia and games to the high-production-value shows, to the parties and nightlife, there is something for everyone. The highlight of entertainment for my family was the live house band onboard the Valor, Deep Blue Soul. They played in the Redfrog Pub on the promenade (deck 5.) Check them out. You will not regret it. The vocalists really know how to put on a show, and the guys and gals playing the instruments were so talented. The itinerary for the week included stops at both Cozumel and Progreso- our family only booked one excursion for Cozumel- and it was a trip to Mr. Sancho's beach. It was all inclusive- the drinks and food were excellent, the water was clean, the beach was not too crowded, and the service was great. Overall, we had a fantastic time. I am already trying to convince my family to go back next month! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
we chose this cruise because of rhe value,and we had never been to new orleans. we got there three days early and toured the city.visiting on the same weekend of the bayou boogalou classic football game was a mistake.way to crowded ,and ... Read More
we chose this cruise because of rhe value,and we had never been to new orleans. we got there three days early and toured the city.visiting on the same weekend of the bayou boogalou classic football game was a mistake.way to crowded ,and there was another shooting after the game. the food was very good.there was alot of construction beginning downtown,so getting around was not easy. the cruise itself was ok. the food was not up to standard to what we usually see with carnival. steaks over cooked or under cooked. eggs benedict where the eggs were hard boiled the hollandise sauce was awful.the singers in the shows were not very good, which made the shows hard to sit through.the overall service was very good.the cruise director kevin was annoying as hell.the weather was nice which made the over all trip enjoyable.the embarkation and debarkation process went very fast and smooth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
All in all. It was a great cruise. I pre bought the wine package and the pixel package which was nice. Was able to get the more expensive pictures with the package and buy the others that were cheaper. We had fun doing just about nothing. ... Read More
All in all. It was a great cruise. I pre bought the wine package and the pixel package which was nice. Was able to get the more expensive pictures with the package and buy the others that were cheaper. We had fun doing just about nothing. Had some much needed rest and Relaxation. Out of all of our cruises. This is the first time we got on the ship that fast. Our longest wait was for paying for parking. We checked in and went strip on board. Had a great guy helping me get my wife on board since she was in a wheel chair. We ate everywhere except for the steak house and the Mongolia wok. The food was good. Not to surprise that on formal night. They didn't have the free steak or lobster. Guys burgers are always great. The staff was great. A big shout out to Ita and Radhida at the buffet. They were great in helping my wife who was in a wheel chair getting her food. They were very helpful. I don't think I can name of them. But they all made the cruise great. We didn't go to any of the shows. But performers in the lobby sounded great. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because of its 5 day duration, lower flight prices to new orleans, and vegetarian food reviews. It turned out to beat our expectations. Vegetarian food variety and quality was really good. Activities were numerous ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its 5 day duration, lower flight prices to new orleans, and vegetarian food reviews. It turned out to beat our expectations. Vegetarian food variety and quality was really good. Activities were numerous and well organized. Our balcony room was nice even though the ship is older but that didnt bother us. Service all over was excellent, with the nicest staff on board. Cozumel was nice, we did playa mia without the food option and that was well worth the $26 pp via excursioneer. Progresso was ok, we didnt do any big excursion just the Auto Progresso city tour for $9 pp. Ship excursion prices are typically 10-20% higher than buying online or on shore. What can improve? A kiddie pool would be a huge improvement and attraction. Include soda in the base price please. Disembarkation was well organized and quick. Cruise director Kevin is one of the best you can find. Kids club for 12 year old was very engaging and she wanted to go many times and wanted to stay longer. Shows were high quality, esp America Rocks. The trio playing violin every day was very talented. My 16 year old daughter made good friends. The basketball court was nice although can become crowded. View from deck above basketball court was incredible (closes at 5). Serenity bar and lounge is excellent with the huge pods to lounge in overlooking the front of ship. Would totally do the ship again. Would go for mayan excursion in progresso next time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We went on this cruise with a group, which we did not book. This was my first cruise and a five day cruise was a good way to see if I liked it. I will give the pros and cons of the ship. Pros: good food (not the buffet), fun atmosphere, ... Read More
We went on this cruise with a group, which we did not book. This was my first cruise and a five day cruise was a good way to see if I liked it. I will give the pros and cons of the ship. Pros: good food (not the buffet), fun atmosphere, entertainment is good, enough space for everyone, clean and comfortable rooms, the stateroom steward and staff were awesome, efficient in getting everyone on and off the ship. The cons: ship is badly outdated, the best food available is extra charge, you will be nicked and dimed on everything, elevators were very slow (we mostly walked all over the ship), there are much needed repairs to parts of the ship that are cracking or peeling. With that being said, this trip made my husband fall in love with cruising and we can't wait to book our next cruise!! Definitely will try another carnival ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was a first cruise for myself and my friends from college, celebrating turning 40. For the most part it met our expectations. We did have fun, which was important. The ship was nice, but the needs updating. A lot of broken items in ... Read More
This was a first cruise for myself and my friends from college, celebrating turning 40. For the most part it met our expectations. We did have fun, which was important. The ship was nice, but the needs updating. A lot of broken items in our room, including the drawers of the bed, a light fixture held up with electrical tape, and a flashing fluorescent light. Staff were very kind and helpful, especially dealing with a bunch of drunk people. The activities offered had a lot of variety for age, interests, and tastes. The music groups were great, very talented instrumentalists. The drinks were pretty good, but overpriced. But, as I understand pretty typical for cruises. The shore excursions were great, but felt rushed. I really enjoyed the Mayan cultural experience. A great look into the Yucatán life. My BIG complaint is about the song choices in the piano bar. The playlist included R Kelly’s “I believe I can fly”. Come on Carnival! Don’t support a child molester and rapist! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
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 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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