1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Just returning from THE BEST VACATION EVER! If you have any doubts about if you should go, let me tell you-you need to be there yesterday!!! My sister's company incentivized their entire group of professionals with a generous ... Read More
Just returning from THE BEST VACATION EVER! If you have any doubts about if you should go, let me tell you-you need to be there yesterday!!! My sister's company incentivized their entire group of professionals with a generous vacation,plus one. Yay!!! I was the plus one. From now on when I need a vacation I will exclusively request THE VALOR via carnival cruise lines. The experience was exceptional in every sense of the word. I am more of a Vegas person and never really considered cruising as a possible equal experience. Truth be told it was far better! Major foodies like me will enjoy all of the different foods we tried-Guy's Burgers, Pirates Pizza, and should absolutely plan to savor the steakhouse and chef's table experience. The chef on THE VALOR has an imagination for creating dishes that is beyond words but I will try to do his skill set justice. He was so humble and so gifted and honest to God, his artistic dishes made me FEEL and filled my heart with respect and admiration for his pride in his craft of cuisine. Aboard THE VALOR, we visited Cozumel and had the good fortune of booking a private beach excursion. We laid in the sun and tanned and enjoyed the most pristine aquamarine waters I have ever seen in my life while being provided with an open bar and a menu filled with excellent traditional Mexican dishes such as chili rellenos, grilled fish and spicy pan seared chicken with rice. It was an extremely special experience for everyone. The 5 hours went by in a blink,but time flies when you are in paradise!!! Regarding the spa, we scheduled the couples 50 minute seaweed detox wrap with hot stone massage and followed that up with a full body hot stone massage a couple days later. The masseurs were professional/patient/attentive and beautiful to boot. Now to the heart of this discussion, if you are a gambler like us and are considering taking your chances on some slots and table games, THE VALOR is the place to do so. You will get great bang for your buck entertainment wise with this crew. I thoroughly enjoyed my time acquainting myself with the casino table attendants (Maria,Dejan, Cesar,Mario) and pit bosses (Marco,David) who provided non-stop charm and non-stop laughs and hey guys...NON-STOP COMPED drinks for all their enthusiastic gamblers. I cannot brag enough about how special this staff is to us and how key they were to our experience. They know how to party and have a GREAT sense of humor to boot! Us southerners like our hospitality and Carnival did not disappoint. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise. (We have used other lines.) I did not ever feel where I was to be particularly clean. The food was pretty terrible in the dining room and the buffet. Cold and undercooked. There are food ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise. (We have used other lines.) I did not ever feel where I was to be particularly clean. The food was pretty terrible in the dining room and the buffet. Cold and undercooked. There are food options that are pretty good, but you will have to stand in slow, long lines for those options. (Hamburgers, omelets, etc.) I will say the staff was very nice and always willing to answer a question or help, The cabin was so-so. As I said, not particularly clean feeling. Bed was made every morning and the cute towel art left, but didn't look like anything had been wiped down well in bathrooms. Stage shows were pretty sad. Entertainment elsewhere was very good. We went to 3 comedy shows and enjoyed all of them. We did not buy alcohol as we weren't going to pay those prices, so I can't speak to that. Truthfully, I don't think I would use Carnival again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because it was to be a Birthday celebration an was 1 week after the Superbowl. Well on the sail date Feb 9 2019 the weather was cold and windy but as a Platinum member we boarded promptly and was in our cabin around ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was to be a Birthday celebration an was 1 week after the Superbowl. Well on the sail date Feb 9 2019 the weather was cold and windy but as a Platinum member we boarded promptly and was in our cabin around 12:30.As cold as it was outside we had to stand out in the cold for the Safety drill which took about 40 minutes.I don't know if they had a sailaway or not since I went to my cabin to warm up. Well our luggage didn't arrive till around 4:00 even tho it had a priority on the luggage tag and I mentioned to the Porter when I tipped him. after we got out in to International waters I walked around the ship and didn't see any Band playing anywhere and for the whole 5 day cruise there was not a band to be found, only single persons or a trio playing horns. I was really disappointed with the entertainment.I had a balcony cabin on 6 deck and it stayed wet most of the time so that was a waste of money since I only went out there a few times when at ports. The lines were never long for food on Lido deck and it was as good as in dining room and much quicker access.the Tv in cabin was small and movies were dark and hard to watch unless the room was dark,I love movies watched one on the big screen but not a good selection in my opinion. had fun in Cozumel and Merida Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose carnival because of family recommendations. ship is old. it's decor belies it's age, but it's immaculate from bow to stern. We cruised with another company last year and their ship was not something they could be ... Read More
We chose carnival because of family recommendations. ship is old. it's decor belies it's age, but it's immaculate from bow to stern. We cruised with another company last year and their ship was not something they could be proud of. Dining room server, i putu, and his assistant were a wonderful, fun, helpful twosome. And the dining is no longer just " food". No, it's come a long way from what you might expect. It was d__n good! Our cabin stewart, ida, was amazing. My wife and i couldn't believe how fast and thorough she was.....smiling all every time and with a jovial greeting.and let us assure you, the place was always squeaky clean. Carnival has improved vastly. and we'll be back to spend another wedding anniversary with them. We starting to dream about the next anniversary. Where you see us give a four star rating for any facet of our voyage, just add another half! ! ! ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have ... Read More
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have a good time. Ship was mostly clean and well run. It was nice to have a couple of days at sea to just relax. Embarkation was very smooth. Debarkation was smooth for us, but be wise if you're on the 8th deck, they aren't allowed to leave until 1030. Our cabin steward (Wiriwan) and Lincoln dining room hostess (Melina from Romania) were excellent. Cons: the food in the main dining room and buffet is pretty poor quality. Not that we didn't eat it, just you get what you pay for. Cleanliness was fine, workers washed their hands and wore gloves, food was piping hot. Breakfast venues opened later than we were used to, but coffee was open all the time. Shows were so late (some started at 1130) that this didn't bother most people. This ship doesn't have a promenade type deck that goes all around the entire outside of the ship, something we've encountered and enjoyed elsewhere. Wishful thinking: I'd like the Carnival clientele on a Cunard ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second ... Read More
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second day at sea. In fact it was so relaxing and enjoyable we decided to schedule another massage on our 5th day at sea! Our masseuses were so amazing! If you decide to travel on Valor and are looking to make the most out of the experience, I suggest booking a massage with Dexie Ruiz or Natamon Wiboonma. One last thing, book a night at the steakhouse as well. A 5 course meal for only $38 per person is a steal...Hope the review makes your trip a little better! In case anyone is wondering for excursions...we did Passion Island at Cozumel, the only downside was how fast the excursion went...we could have stayed there an extra 5 hours! At the Yucatan, we did the Mayan Ruins (only 30 minutes away) then to the beach. The tour guide Adam made that excursion worth the cost, highly suggest it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a ... Read More
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a complaint/caution about the stateroom, it would be that the upper beds in the 3 and 4 person rooms are extremely uncomfortable, and there is nothing that they have at this time that will fix the issue. If given the opportunity to review my experience directly with Carnival, I will definitely include this information. Dining: As usual, the dining was plentiful and delicious. I'm sure that there are luxury cruise lines that have more elegant or refined food, but there was literally not a single dish I ate that left me disappointed. This also goes for the bars and bar drinks. Embarkation: pain free, although, this was probably the first time that I would say that. Embarkation is always a little chaotic, especially when everyone just wants to get their vacation started! Entertainment: ABSOLUTELY, HANDS DOWN, THE BEST I'VE HAD SO FAR. Cruise director Kevin was borrowed from another ship, and he was absolutely Amazing. He did an activity two different nights, that on the activity schedule seemed rather innocuous and boring - 70's Motown trivia (1st sea night) and 80's/90's Music trivia (2nd sea night) - we would not have attended either, except that as we were leaving our stateroom on the 6th deck, we were arrested by the wonderful sound of hundreds of people singing to 70's motown music in the Lobby on 3. We immediately went to investigate and we were not disappointed. Needless to say, we were early to the 2nd event and LOVED it.This needs to be a thing on EVERY. SINGLE. CRUISE. I came back with no voice from singing. Debarkation: Overwhelming. I know this is the case every time, but I continue to hope that someone will invent a better wheel eventually. We spent more than 2 hours in the queue waiting to debark. Overall, we really really enjoyed ourselves. We had very few complaints. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, ... Read More
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, and were a bit nervous, but the Valor docked at 4:26am the Thursday morning of our cruise! Had the 1st boarding time of 11:30-noon. The absolute quickest boarding EVER! We were onboard at 11:39! Simply fantastic! Lunch at the lido buffet followed by my first Miami Vice was a great way to start the cruise. Our cabins were ready at 1:30 and we had a great room steward and a nice balcony room on deck 6. The food throughout the cruise was consistently good. Especially Guys Burgers! Get the piggy patty if you haven't had one before. Delicious! We had great weather for entire cruise until early Sunday morning when we hit a squall and it was pretty rough. Thankfully, it calmed down and even the sun came back out after several hours. Got to see the blood moon eclipse the last night from the pool deck. That was impressive! Dining room waiters seemed to have a rough time the first couple of days. They were super friendly, just seemed to be running in circles trying to take care of their section. Crew members are so hardworking and I will never understand how people can treat them so badly. My only complaint was an event held on the first sea day in the middle of the afternoon was completely out of hand (a couple of the judges) and the crew member that was in charge was absolutely NOT in charge and could not handle this one particular judge especially. There were a lot of kids out there and it was completely inappropriate to say the least! On this note - I feel compelled to say this....I have been on 18 cruises now, and have seen large families cruising together celebrating reunions, birthdays, anniversary's and the like. There was a large family on this cruise that was the worst! They took over several different venues on the ship and acted like animals. No regard or respect for other cruisers. It got to the point, that if we were in a particular venue and saw them coming, we got up and left. We just didn't want to deal with their behavior etc...this did not by any means ruin my cruise, I just feel compelled to speak my opinion. I and others heard all around the ship how this group's behavior was affecting people and their families. Just so sad that folks think this type of behavior is the norm these days. Anyway, besides this one family, I met some great people from all over and had a great time with our group as well! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the Ivanhoe theater, and then headed up to deck 11 around 12:45 to see how things were progressing. The Spa staff called me over, offered me a comfy seat, and checked on my corridor periodically so that I could just relax. My room was ready before 1. I spent way too much time obsessing over the Fun Times and scheduling myself for activities. In hindsight, I should have just gone with the flow, and not stressed over what I might be missing. I attended a slot pull in the casino (we came out ahead!), a trivia session, a shopping presentation, and watched Bohemian Rhapsody in VERY chilly, windy conditions as a dive-in movie. Be warned that watching any movie in less than ideal weather is going to be torture - I wore a hoodie and wrapped myself in a towel and a blanket, and even then I almost didn't make it to the end. I had four spa/gym sessions. The spa ladies are very friendly, but will try to push overpriced products on you - "Of these four products, which one do you feel would be most beneficial to you?" is their line. My gym training session was grueling, but I managed to go the whole hour without collapsing. The personalized workout printed list wasn't at the front desk that evening as promised, but after a couple of reminders (my cabin was steps away!) it was put under my door two days later. I spent a lot of time in the casino. One machine in particular always allowed me to make a profit, as long as I cashed out while I was ahead, and didn't play again until the next day. I only played minimum bets, and ended the cruise about $40 up. Make sure you cash out your balance at the casino desk on the last night of the cruise, as Guest Services can't access your casino funds. My cabin was great as a solo traveler. It would probably be okay with two, but three or four would be cramped. The balcony was tiny, and tweaked my fear of heights a little. To sit in a chair, I had to hold onto it, and shuffle around carefully. The sliding patio door to the balcony had a damaged latch mechanism and was held closed by a temporary hook, which didn't help my feelings of safety! I ordered breakfast in my room every day, but it was only sunny enough to eat on the balcony one day. I also ordered cake through room service a few times as an evening treat. I most ate at the Lido Buffet. I at in the MDR twice, once on my own, and once with two other families. I discovered you can order as much as you want - the fireman across the table ordered two cesar salads, and two entrees. I bought a bottle of wine the first night, which I kept in my cabin fridge (keep the cabinet door open to help with the cooling) and mixed with my breakfast orange juice. I also had the crab cake sliders from the seafood shack, which were okay, but not worth the added expense. I took shore excursions in Cozumel (snorkeling) and Progreso (all-inclusive beach resort), but I didn't book them through Carnival. Cozumel is best for shopping, but Progreso has some good stores at the port with bargains. I bought two Mexican blankets for $10. Disembarkation was great. We docked 2 hours early, and they started disembarking at 7:30 instead of 8:30. My deck was called first, and as I was carrying all my luggage off, I ended up being the 6th person off the ship. Customs was very smooth, and I was in my car and on the road at 8:15. If I cruise again, I will probably go with a line less geared to families, and more towards solo/older people. Deck 11 was very quiet, but the hot tubs, especially on the Serenity deck, were always filled with loud, 20-something partiers. I would also go later in the year, as we had rain on 5 days out of 6 in mid-January, which cut into deck time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first cruise and we decided to go without the kids. We both had the best time! The ship was very clean and everyone on board was incredibly nice and considerate. We left out of Galveston which is not far from where we live ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we decided to go without the kids. We both had the best time! The ship was very clean and everyone on board was incredibly nice and considerate. We left out of Galveston which is not far from where we live in Houston. Parking was a breeze because we booked beforehand. We were about 30 minutes early from our actual arrival time but they let us on anyhow. Checking in was smooth and everyone was very helpful. Our room was on the Lido deck and we had a balcony. There was enough space for the 2 of us to where we weren't feeling like we were cramped. The beds were more comfortable than I had imagined them to be, considering we asked for a king bed and they really just pushed 2 twin beds together. It wasn't a both for neither I or my husband. It was so nice coming back to the room at night to a nice clean area. The dining room was excellent! The first night I was sick with a head cold, therefore I couldn't taste much of my food. I was unhappy with what I ordered but just chalked it up to me not feeling very well. However, our waiter wasn't okay with the fact that I didn't eat much of my food. He insisted on getting me something that I would actually eat, but he was very nice about it. I never felt like I was putting anyone out. We had the absolute best waiter! And the entertainment was great! Our best experience was in the bar at the casino. The bartenders were very attentive and never left us hanging. One of the bartenders even made a specialty drink that was to die for. Our port was in Cozumel but our excursion actually involved us having to take a ferry to Playa Del Carmen. We did the Xplore park which was the absolute best time I have ever had. It was full of adrenaline driven activities. The zip lining was the best part. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone who loves thrills. The ferry ride to and from was entertaining as well. I can't say enough positive things about this ship and it's crew. We enjoyed it so much that we are taking a family cruise in a few months which will have our children involved. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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