2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Embarkation was very smooth. Had an 11:30 arrival time and was on the ship by 11:47. The Ship was clean and even with a sold out cruise it never really felt crowded. Lines for food an entertainment were short and moved quickly. The food in ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth. Had an 11:30 arrival time and was on the ship by 11:47. The Ship was clean and even with a sold out cruise it never really felt crowded. Lines for food an entertainment were short and moved quickly. The food in the lido restaurant, the Blue Iguana and Guys Burgers were all excellent. The Chef's table was perfection on a plate. Main dinning room food left a bit to be desired, it was good just not great. Our room was an interior room on deck 7, it was clean and had everything we needed. The room did get a little warm but a fan took care of that. Our room steward was absolutely amazing. He kept the room spotless, knew our names by day one and always greeted us with a smile and a nice word no matter what time of day or night. I swear the man never slept or took a break. The entertainment was good with lots to do for everyone. The comedian was very funny and had me rolling during the one comedy show we made it to. The love and marriage show was gut busting, I swear I will always remember Tarzan and Jane. Our cruise director Frankie (Frank the Tank) was amazing, I don't have enough good things to say about him. He was always "on" and I can't imagine the amount on energy it takes to do his job. We had a few favorite bartenders while on the Valor with the top being Jevon at the Alchemy bar. He was a blast and so adorable. The only excursion we took with Carnival was Uxmal ruins with a visit to Hacienda Ochill. The excursion ran smoothly and was very interesting. I did feel a little rushed through the ruins so I do wish it was a bit longer of an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Able to drive to Galveston. Prices and perks. A new place to visit like Chixilub and Progreso, Yucatan. Service and food was excellent. Our servers Bagrain, Agung and wilori with table 372 in the Washington room were so warn and ... Read More
Able to drive to Galveston. Prices and perks. A new place to visit like Chixilub and Progreso, Yucatan. Service and food was excellent. Our servers Bagrain, Agung and wilori with table 372 in the Washington room were so warn and attentive. Having a latin band was a plus. embarkation n debarkation was excellent. The ship was old and needs a little TLC but we still had a great time. Excursions at the ports were good. we decided to hire a cab to take us to chixilub for lunch, had our meal at the Barilles, great food, service and prices. The taxi driver even gave us a tour thru Progreso and with out extra fee. the ports are very easy to maneuver out leaving the area, if you choose to go back to the ship for lunch. Progreso was a little different had to catch a shuttle to the city, but it has many taxis. it did help to know the language. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We wanted a shorter but not 3 day cruise and to different places other than long beach port. Got to go with friends for first time and it was great to have people t do things with when hubby wanted to lounge on balcony. Galveston seemed a ... Read More
We wanted a shorter but not 3 day cruise and to different places other than long beach port. Got to go with friends for first time and it was great to have people t do things with when hubby wanted to lounge on balcony. Galveston seemed a reasonable distance for us and worked out good, but will fly next time. The 17 hour drive from phoenix was killer. We stayed over night in Galveston and boarded the next day. The embarkation was smoothest and quickest I have ever had, they do a great job at that port. Debarkation was just as smooth. Kuddos to the port staff in Galveston!!!! Fauzi our steward was great, we asked for evening only and he still took care of us on port days twice. Anticipated all our needs. We did your time dining so did not have a regular waiter which I will not do again as I enjoy having the same waiter and team each night. But all was great never waited longer than 30 minutes any night. Most nights walked right in to the table. Steak house amazing as always, love the options and portions are huge. Overall, loved the Valor would love to go back during warmer weather, we boarded in 45 degrees and got off to colder. Cozumel was cold and windy so our excursion to Playa mia was short as we prepaid. They had closed down all water activities except the pools that were ice cold. Food was so so , not great but drinks were delicious and the waiters made sure you always had a full one. Progresso we did carnival excursion to Ushmal , amazing ruins and so much to see. Wish we had had much more time to see them. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose this cruise as a graduation celebration for our daughter based on length, ports, and driving distance to Galveston (from Colorado). Embarkation was extremely smooth, although parking could be better. Ship was beautiful and very ... Read More
Chose this cruise as a graduation celebration for our daughter based on length, ports, and driving distance to Galveston (from Colorado). Embarkation was extremely smooth, although parking could be better. Ship was beautiful and very clean - heroes theme. Stateroom was adequate size and clean. Tons of dining options with plenty of variety and good food. Only complaint about dining was a couple of the restaurants only seem to be open sporadically, so we didn't get to try them. The kids (teenagers) were never bored and found unlimited things to do. They seemed to be perfectly safe exploring the ship on their own. Perfect mix of relaxation time and entertainment. Really enjoyed the dining room, comedy shows, casino (even though I'm not much of a gambler), dive-in movies, and the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Did the dolphin encounter excursion in Cozumel - worth every penny for the experience. Beach was beautiful but no snorkeling that day due to rough seas. The shopping was good - about what you would expect for a tourist hotspot. We were told on the ship that Progreso was "dangerous" and had very little shopping, but found it to be quite the opposite. There are several good shopping areas. The public beach needs some TLC but was adequate. At no time did I feel like my family was not safe - it is just more authentic Mexico and not a hot tourist destination yet (cruise snobs probably won't enjoy the cultural experience of Progreso). 30 minute massage on the beach for $10 was a steal. Needs more dining and beverage options but it seems like the area is just starting to embrace being a cruise port. Biggest complaint about the entire cruise experience was the inconsistent ability to communicate with one another. The social media package we purchased included FB messenger but the entire thing was sporadic (messages wouldn't always go through and it consistently logged you out). Tried their messaging plan and it wasn't much better. For the most part, the entire crew was friendly, helpful, and left us wanting to book our next cruise. Would definitely do it again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Quick cruise before school officially started. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. This is our 4th cruise with carnival. 2nd out of Galveston. My wife and kid had a wonderful time with the shows and activities along with bingo. ... Read More
Quick cruise before school officially started. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. This is our 4th cruise with carnival. 2nd out of Galveston. My wife and kid had a wonderful time with the shows and activities along with bingo. Great get away. We usually opt for the balcony room and we did not this time. Next time we will get a balcony for 2 reasons: more room and the view. My daughter was able to take a tour of the enormous kitchen with the chef. That made the trip well worth it. Our waitress was excellent and the kitchen is spotless Wonderful trip and we are booking our next cruise as we type Same bat time Same bat place just a balcony Thank you carnival for giving my family something to cherish for a lifetime which is spending time together: Sit down Breakfast and Dinner was great each day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
2nd time on Carnival and again this cruise did not disappoint! This was our 1st mother/daughter cruise 14 and 7. Ports of call Cozumel and Progreso. Embarkation went well. The theme of this ship is American presidents and us flags. The ... Read More
2nd time on Carnival and again this cruise did not disappoint! This was our 1st mother/daughter cruise 14 and 7. Ports of call Cozumel and Progreso. Embarkation went well. The theme of this ship is American presidents and us flags. The ship is in good shape. Nicely decorated. The crew was always cleaning and bussing tables. We were in room 7214, interior. No issues there. The AC/heater worked well. Bathroom showerhead strong hot water pressure. Our steward took great care of us. MDR wait staff great. The New Year's eve balloon drop was the hi light of our cruise. They picked 5 winners for the balloon drop and my youngest daughter won! When we returned to our room we chocolate dipped strawberries , a bottle of champagne, the ship on the stick and a photo signed by our CD, Frankie, who was amazing! At midnight everyone went to the Lido deck for the countdown. Free Champagne flowed freely 1hr before midnight. great new year's eve aboard Carnival. will definitely do tit again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
So we used Faster To The Fun (FTTF) for the first time to sail on the Valor, loved it. The only issue experienced with it, is we did not get our luggage early as it states we would. We did love getting on the ship as soon as we checked ... Read More
So we used Faster To The Fun (FTTF) for the first time to sail on the Valor, loved it. The only issue experienced with it, is we did not get our luggage early as it states we would. We did love getting on the ship as soon as we checked in (11:15AM) and the short Guest Services line (really loved this), most the time I went to guest services the line was 10 to 20 people long. Either there was only one person in line or no one in line at the FTTF line. Also, going straight to your room and dropping off are carryon bags was fabulous!! There are signs at the doors to the hallways leading to the cabins saying the rooms are not ready, but we just went in and straight to our cabin, all the while trying to stay out of the way of the hard working stewards. Our Sail & Sign cards were in our mailbox when we got to the room. The ship’s exterior is really showing its age as you could see a lot of rust spots, as a matter of fact while in Cozumel her sister ship Freedom was docked next to Valor and you could see the rust spot on her as well in almost the same areas as the Valor. The Freedom’s deferred maintenance led to a funny sighting as it departed from Cozumel. As the ship was departing when it was dark out the lit up Freedom sign with the R burnt out it now said Feedom. It is interesting that both these ships built 2 years apart showing the same signs of exterior deferred maintenance; make one wonder if these ships are getting ready to be retired or maybe it time for a dry docking. The interior of the ship was in pretty good condition for her age and did not see anything that I would make note of. Our cabin was an aft wrap around, which has a huge balcony. I mean you could fit 15 people on there easily, almost seem a waste of space for just the two of us. Cabin was in good order, plenty of shelf space in the restroom. There were not enough hangers in the closet. We asked for 6 more and our steward brought us 15. He kept our room up very well and always kept our ice bucket full as we requested. Also we were having trouble with the two twin beds pushed together that made up our bed, kept separating. We requested a mattress topper and boom he had it on and did not have another issue with it. Our room steward was great his name was hey you, that is not the way it is spelled but it is how he pronounced it. We did not eat at the MDR so no report for that. Buffet was limited on the choice of food, but they did have the other stations such as the seafood shack, the Mexican food, Guys (loved guys), deli, I had a great pastrami on rye (also omelet station in the mornings) and pizza, which in my opinion was just okay. Oh yes the BBQ station which is upstairs from the buffet, had some pretty decent BBQ. Pulled pork, beef and chicken. You can have all three on the same plate if you as for it. My favorite was the pulled pork, very tender and juicy and this is coming from a guy who lives in Kansas City (we have over 100 BBQ restaurants here). BBQ beans not so great. Room service food for the one time we did it was not so good. I order a BLT and it had 3 slices of bacon, thin tomato slice with a one inch thick lettuce slice. Went to see the comedian, OMG they were good!!! Ge there early it fills up fast. We did not go to any of the other shows; we are not big show people. Alchemy Bar was excellent, great drinks and service. Tell them what you like and they will make a drink from what you tell them. My wife and I go out to a dance club every other weekend to dance (freestyle) usually with a DJ, I know not bad for being in our mid-50s . So we did frequent the disco (One Small Step), I get the name since it is set up like you are on the moon, but not really a good name for a place you dance. Best DJ ever there. I asked for a couple of songs, couple of songs later he played one, then came on to the dance floor while we were dancing to asked me again what the second song was. He then played that song right after the one we were dancing to. Never had a DJ do that before and we dance a lot. This ship had some of the best bartenders I have experience in my 9 cruises. They remember your drink and name after just getting one drink from them. One of our favorite places was the serenity deck (it has two levels) on the top level are two hot tubs with a great view, no kids at all!! Overall we had a very good cruise. This was over New Year’s Eve and we had an epic celebration. Being out on the Lido deck with most of the other ship passengers at the stroke of midnight was amazing!!! This also was our most relaxing cruise, as we did not do any excursions. We have been to Cozumel before and will be there again in a year. Progreso did not interest us and stayed on the ship, which seem to be the case with a lot of people as the ship was pretty busy for a port day. Unfortunately we only had one day of sun on our 5 day cruise and on our last sea day we headed right in to a cold front moving into the Gulf of Mexico with 35 mph North winds and 11 foot high seas, temp was about 40°, wind chill was really cold. They had the sea sick bags out at the elevator lobbies, but we did not need them. My wife and I were eating lunch on our last day and there were a few people walking out on the deck with coats on and hoods over their head. I asked my wife “Is this what an Alaskan cruise looks like?” Debarkation was very smooth, but it was a long line to get out. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We were looking for an anniversary cruise for the end of December. This 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso fit our schedules and was a welcome break from the cold. We had a balcony cabin and the only complaint was dirty carpet. Our ... Read More
We were looking for an anniversary cruise for the end of December. This 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso fit our schedules and was a welcome break from the cold. We had a balcony cabin and the only complaint was dirty carpet. Our steward Mohammed took car of that quickly. Natalia and Dino took great care of us in the dining room, including celebrating our anniversary with us. If you plan to drink wine more than once in the dining room it makes sense to buy a bottle the first night. They store it for you until you come back for dinner the next night. I really liked the Mongolian BBQ and the Omelet Station. The pizza station serves pizza with nice thin crust, but the toppings are skimpy. Guy's Burger Joint was great and the fries were very tasty. The fitness center was a welcome place to try to work off all that food. The shows in the Ivanhoe Theater and the comedians in Eagles Lounge were great. The crew was very efficient getting us off and back on at the ports. We did the excursion to Uxmal and the guide and bus service were very good. One of the areas to avoid is the alcohol sales. We can get better prices at our Total Wine store. The Fun Shops don't seem to have good prices for souvenirs when compared to the ports. If I could change one thing on the ship it would be to move the casino to the front or the back of the ship. The cigarette smoke is terrible and there were times we would have to walk through it to get to another part of the ship. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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