1,595 Carnival Valor Cruise Reviews

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
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
Sail Date January 2019
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly ... Read More
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly surprised! There were some weak spots but all in all the staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was okay to good most days. The cabin stewards could do a more thorough job of cleaning and replacing dirty towels and glasses. The night time entertainment was fun but not too fancy- mainly dancing and trivia. The shore excursions we chose were both lots of fun and very well executed. The two excursions we took were the Champagne Catamaran, snorkeling and diving adventure. and the Mayan Ruins, Lazy River, and Underground Cave Adventure. On the catamaran trip, the guides took us to a spot where there was lots of colorful stuff to observe at fairly shallow depths. After 45 minutes to an hour of that, you get back on the catamaran and its Happy Hour! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show ... Read More
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show was entertaining. We went to a few comedy shows as well as the regular shows. TJ the cruise director was hilarious! We ate in the dining room every night but one. The food was very good. We had anytime dining, but towards the end we were requesting Barbara’s section since she was so helpful and gave fantastic recommendations. We had breakfast on the Lido deck every morning. I am a fan of the omelette station. We only ate lunch twice, once at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana, again everything was good. A must not miss if you are a foodie is the Chef’s Table. The meal includes 7 courses as well as a galley tour. The food was amazing. The weather was cold everyday but one, so we didn’t really get a chance to hang out on the deck. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all ... Read More
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all excellent! Below in the dining room food was very good, service was only pretty good as waiter William seemed to disappear for long periods of time. Luckily Headwaiter Reff and assistant Aditya were there to pull his butt out of the fire. As usual, room steward was Very Good. Thank you Aung! As a whole, service was excellent and extremely friendly, very attentive. Best policy is to treat these people with genuine respect and a smile, They will pay you back with excellent service x10. My only complaint with Carnival is no indoor smoking area to enjoy a cigar, smoke them only occasionally. How difficult could it be, Carnival? Will cruise Carnival again, for sure. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, ... Read More
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, until almost all the passenger were gone waiting for the staff member to push the wheelchair. Ive been cruising for 13 years and it never happened before. The dinning was fantastic, Food, and service was great. The ship overall was fine. The cabin was very comfortable even with 4 passenger. Service was excellent thru out the ship. The only complain i have is when eating in the buffet on Deck 9, we never had a staff member ask us if we needed coffee, or water or to pick up the dirty dishes. I was very surprise. Royal Caribbean even looks for a table for you and are always very attentive. I'm going on another cruise on the carnival Dream and i hope the buffet will be handle better. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was a birthday cruise for a friend. It was the 1st cruise for the majority of the people in our party. We missed our schedule appt time for embarkation, but we made it on the ship within 20 mins of arriving to the port. All of the ... Read More
This was a birthday cruise for a friend. It was the 1st cruise for the majority of the people in our party. We missed our schedule appt time for embarkation, but we made it on the ship within 20 mins of arriving to the port. All of the stewards and crew were really nice. The highlight of the cruise for me was the Deli. You have to try all of the sandwiches. My least favorite part of the cruise was the show. I try to make all shows, but was only able to catch one of the two offered on this one. The one that I caught was entertaining, but the singing was a little lacking. The other members in my party caught the 2nd show and loved that one. I hate that I missed it. We choose to do Mr. Sanchos for our excursion. It is an all inclusive beach club. I would recommend doing this if you are interested in all you can eat food, drinks, and relaxing on the beach. They do offer other activities like ATV, kayaking, snorkeling, horse back riding, etc there as well. So far this is the biggest ship I have been on with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Great vacation. Service was excellent. This was my daughter's 12th Birthday. They went above and beyond. They treated her like a princess. Sent her treats to the room and made the trip memorable. And of course..... Now she wants a ... Read More
Great vacation. Service was excellent. This was my daughter's 12th Birthday. They went above and beyond. They treated her like a princess. Sent her treats to the room and made the trip memorable. And of course..... Now she wants a cruise every year for her birthday. This was our first time to buy the FTTF pass and we will do it every time now. I was shocked how fast things went. From the parking garage to eating lunch on the ship was about and hour. We only went to Cozumel this time. Spent the day at Paradise Beach only about a 10 minute taxi ride.. Nice relaxing day. Beautiful pool and they have wait staff to take your order and bring you drinks. Once we were done we went shopping for a bit. Valor was a nice ship but prefer the Freedom. Carnival is the only one we've used. Not sure if we will venture out and try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
• Background information My wife and I have been cruising for almost thirty years and have been on over fifty cruises including eight on Carnival. • Ship information The Carnival Valor is a fourteen year old Conquest class ... Read More
• Background information My wife and I have been cruising for almost thirty years and have been on over fifty cruises including eight on Carnival. • Ship information The Carnival Valor is a fourteen year old Conquest class ship rated at 110,000 GT with 3,400 passengers on our sailing. • Service The service on the ship was above average especially in the main dining room. Our waiter, Iputu was most attentive. Our room steward, Melvin was also quite good. Both learned our names on day one and remembered them throughout the cruise. • Port & shore excursions We took a cab to the Money Bar and enjoyed sun and ocean during the morning then returned to a very uncrowded pool on-board during the afternoon. • Travel to embarkation port We, like most of our fellow Valor passengers, live within a short drive of the port of Galveston. The drive from Houston was very easy and we arrived a bit early for our 11:30 check-in time. • Cabin We stayed in an over-sized ocean view cabin on deck two aft. It was almost as large the suite we stayed in on the Conquest some time ago and was only a fraction of the price. • Dining The main dining room food is very good and continues to be much than Royal Caribbean. We utilized “Your Time Dining” and ate in the area of our waiter, Iputu three of the four nights. We ate in the Scarlet’s steak house one night and it was excellent. We had the “Art at the Table” dessert and it was the best dessert experience we’ve had on any ship. It was even better that the dessert in the Wonderland restaurant on Royal Caribbean. We also ate in the main dining room for the brunch on sea days. We ate the steak and eggs and it was the best breakfast we’ve had on any cruise. The steak was small but outstanding. • Entertainment The house band that performed in the Red Frog pub and also was part of the second production show was amazing! They were the best we have seen on any ship. • Embarkation/Disembarkation The embarkation process was the smoothest we’ve encountered on any cruise. We arrived a bit before our 11:30 time so we had to line up behind a few early arrivers but everybody was directed straight to a check in clerk with no wait at all. We also went straight to security with no line, then on to the embarkation area for a five minute wait until our boarding number was called. We weren’t as happy with disembarkation. We had to wait until almost 10 to walk off with our roll aboards. This is one thing Royal Caribbean does better. • Summary We paid so little that we had low expectations for this cruise yet several aspects were the best of any of the fifty plus times we’ve sailed. In addition to the items I’ve already mentioned we really liked the eight minute muster drill and the nice thick pool towels provided in the cabins. The prices for beverages are much better than other cruise lines. We also liked the later departure time in Cozumel. We were the last ship to leave and we were able to enjoy the sunset for sail away. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I took this cruise with over 20 members of a service organization that I belong to. I'm not a huge cruise fan - I would not have booked it for myself, but I knew that I would have a good time with my group. I've taken a couple of ... Read More
I took this cruise with over 20 members of a service organization that I belong to. I'm not a huge cruise fan - I would not have booked it for myself, but I knew that I would have a good time with my group. I've taken a couple of Carnival cruises before and one through NCL, and if I ever do another one, it will be with a truly premier line. But, this cruise did exceed my expectations. I've been to Galveston many times, so I did not do any sightseeing before or after the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. No complaints with either process. The ship itself was pretty nice, as was the cabin. My cabin had a balcony with 2 chairs and a side table, so it was nice to be able to see the water. The curtain was heavy enough to block out light, so that was good for sleeping. The only thing that was a bit of a pain was the lack of plugs in the room. There was one outlet with 2 plugs on the vanity (one plug is 220, but it also works as a regular plug-fyi). There is another plug in the bathroom on the light fixture, but it only works while the light is on. The only real complaint I had was due to the location of my cabin - it was on the floor directly over the major entertainment areas, and a band played directly below us most nights. It was very loud! I had ear plugs, which helped, but I will know if I ever cruise again to check this out before I pick my room. The food was overall better than what I expected. I mainly ate in the dining room, because I'm not a buffet fan. Portions in the dining room are not large, but you get 3 courses. It was always plenty of food for me, but I'm not a big eater - you can always order more if you want it. I would recommend not ordering any of the fish fillet options except the salmon - they all looked dry and overcooked. Also, in addition to the early or late seating for the dining room, you can choose open seating option. Our group chose this, which allowed us to eat when the time was convenient for us. There are a few times when the buffets are the only option. The pizza was pretty good, and the burger place was delicious! I also liked the taco bar. I never ate at the other buffet lines. There are lots of activities to keep you busy. Carnival has something going all hours of the day - trivia games, various bands, casino (very smoky), shows, etc. The cruise director, TJ, was lots of fun. The activities for the day are printed and sent to your room, but I recommend using Carnival's HUB app. It lists all of the activities, dining options, shore excursions, and a ship map. For a $5 fee, you can also use the chat feature. It is a great tool to keep up with your party if you don't have international service on your cell phone. I had really good service throughout the cruise. Almost everyone was very friendly and helpful. I booked my excursions through a separate party (Shore Trips). I did not even know this was possible, but it is! If you use these, they are usually less crowded than through the cruise line. They were great! We did a dune buggy tour in Cozumel, and I highly recommend it! Overall, I was pleased with this cruise. Carnival is good for people who are flexible, don't mind crowds, like a lot of options for activities and it's good for kids. It was a good option for our large group, because it allowed people to pick and choose what they wanted to do throughout the day. If you want something quiet and top notch, I would choose a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This cruise was celebrating our 36th Wedding Anniversary. And, we were not disappointed. We chose cabin 1103 by the Spa. Which was an excellent choice. The balcony and room were perfect for two people. And, best of all, we had an ... Read More
This cruise was celebrating our 36th Wedding Anniversary. And, we were not disappointed. We chose cabin 1103 by the Spa. Which was an excellent choice. The balcony and room were perfect for two people. And, best of all, we had an absolutely WONDERFUL steward. His name is "Made". Pronounced Ma-Dee. He is from Bali. From the moment we entered our room we felt pampered. Not only that, bu Made went the extra mile and cleaned our room twice a day. Each time he would make wonderful animals with towels that were just beautiful and enchanting. Made went the extra mile to ensure our anniversary cruise was the best it could be. He went above and beyond to ensure we had ice, fresh linens, information on happenings on the ship, Water, sodas, and our Anniversary decorations. Made took pride in his work, and it showed. My wife and I became friends with Made, and hope one day to visit him in his home country, Bali. Carnival Valor, if you read this review, you should give Made a promotion and a raise. He's earned it in my book. The food in the steak house was absolutely AWESOME. If you go, you owe it to yourself to eat there at least once. You'll be glad you did. Make reservations ahead of the cruise, because spots fill fast. The food in the regular dining was also good. Our dining room was the Washington. Our waiter/server was Ricky. Ricky was fantastic! We never wanted for anything, or had to ask for anything. It was like Ricky could read our minds, and was just THERE instantly to take care of our needs. If you get Ricky for a waiter you will have one of the best waiters there, and consider yourself privileged. He's awesome. Be careful of the art auction. They'll pass out so called bid vouchers for raffle prizes, and they allude to the bid vouchers being good toward a bid on art. Be careful. Read the fine print. We won a voucher for 100.00, and thought it was good for bidding on any of the art they were auctioning. Well, it wasn't. It was only good for specific art that was to be framed and shipped. So, when I bid on some art it cost me more than anticipated because of not being able to use the voucher. This seemed deceptive to me. And, quite frankly it pissed me off. And, it was one reason I did NOT go back to buy anymore art. I don't like being deceived. The gambling was fun. We one 225.00 on a penny slot machine. And, we one 80.00 playing bingo. So we had a fun time gambling. The shows were FANTASTIC. We watched some of the adult comedy shows, and couldn't stop laughing. Those guys are hilarious. The singers and dancers were awesome as well. The country show was great, but the most spectacular show was the American Rock and Roll show. Holy smokes! The performers were AWESOME! Our cruise director TJ was pretty great too. It seemed as though he was everywhere, all the time. And, that was a good feeling to know our cruise director took an active part in making sure we were entertained. TJ was funny, energetic, and a great entertainer. We loved him! If I had to nit pic on things there are only two things in the room that were annoying, and one thing on the ship that was annoying. For the room, the small fridge didn't work. That was ok though as Made kept us in ice the whole trip. Also, the tv didn't have many channels to chose from. So, not much to do in the room. Well, maybe a little, lol. And, on the ship, it got very annoying having the folks in the fun shops constantly trying to sell us stuff. We mostly just wanted to look, but were constantly interrupted with sales pitches. That was annoying, and did in fact run me out of some shops. I won't spend money where I'm pressured. Oh yea, speaking of pressured, the art sales crew sent us THREE invitations to the final art auction. We didn't go for two reasons. First their deceptive raffling of bid vouchers that you couldn't use, and second because of high pressure sales. Frankly, they angered me with that. And had we not been as nice as we are, they would have gotten a piece of my mind. Please advise them to stop with the high pressure sales and deceptive bid vouchers that you can't use. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
To begin with, we cruise on a budget. So value is our number one priority. Since we are able drive to Galveston, we cruise on Carnival. This was our first cruise on Valor and we loved it. We had sailed on Freedom (with cruise director ... Read More
To begin with, we cruise on a budget. So value is our number one priority. Since we are able drive to Galveston, we cruise on Carnival. This was our first cruise on Valor and we loved it. We had sailed on Freedom (with cruise director Malcolm "Woo-hoo" Burn) last year at Thanksgiving and we found that the Valor was laid out exactly the same. 3696 other passengers shared our cruise, but I think we stood in a line for a total of 12 minutes the entire cruise. Boarding was a breeze, whisking through drop-off, luggage to the stevedores, security, boarding pass check and walking onto the ship with barely a stop for that Welcome Aboard photo (we took the towel animal photo this year). On board, we found the food, entertainment, activities and all-around fun to be plentiful with friendly staff in all areas. Our request for a dining change was handled quickly and politely. Our cabin steward was a ninja. Towel animals showed up like magic as well as our requested robes and extra hangers. One thing we missed last year that we were determined to do was the steakhouse chef's cooking demonstration. They hold it in the steakhouse at noon on the first sea day. We got there about 11:20 and loitered until they started seating folks at about 11:45. It was SO GREAT! The chef was friendly and funny and gave us recipes and scrumptious samples of cappuccino mushroom soup, spinach salad, roast chicken with potatoes and mac and cheese, and tiramisu. And did I mention that there is NO additional cost for this? Just show up on time! Other free wonders we found were the games to play in the Red Frog Pub and the Iliad library, performances by great musicians all over the ship (our favorite is Alan the Australian guitarist). The last night of the cruise, they did the America Rocks ('80s music) show in the Ivanhoe Theater, which was our favorite. We also very much enjoyed shows hosted by cruise director TJ (who was just named one of Carnival's best CDs), especially his Love & Marriage and Q & Awesome shows. The dining room menu was wonderful with incredible Indian food (different each night) for our vegetarian and Baked Alaska for everyone the last night of the cruise. Another food experience not to be missed is the Chocolate Extravaganza from 12-2:30 on the Lido deck the last sea day. Our excursion at Cozumel was the Mayan Ball Game with lunch and Mexican folkloric dancing at the Kun Che Mayan Historical Park. It was really terrific for a group with diverse interests. The cooking demonstrations (tortillas, tamales and chocolate), the ball game itself, the Mayan blessing, the tequila tasting and the dancing were all fascinating and the buffet lunch was lovely. At Progreso, we went to the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltun, where we swam in a cenote and saw the museum and the ruins of Mayan pyramids and a Spanish chapel. Then we had an incredible buffet lunch at Rancho Tierra Bonita with terrific singing and dancing, a Charro demonstration with expert horsemanship and roping and complimentary beverage service. Highly recommended. Our teenager had a great time in Club O2. She will age out by the next time we cruise and she's actually disappointed! She still keeps in touch with friends she's made over the last two cruises in the teen club. We stayed away from the bars, the casino and the shops. This kept us on budget (we did spend a little on photos) and out of the way of crowds. It's not the only way to cruise, but it works for us. Carnival is an unbeatable value for our family. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I boarded the Carnival Valor for a week long cruise to Mexico. The staff are absolutely amazing! You are treated like you are the most important person on the planet. The buffet selection gets a little repetitive as the week goes on but ... Read More
I boarded the Carnival Valor for a week long cruise to Mexico. The staff are absolutely amazing! You are treated like you are the most important person on the planet. The buffet selection gets a little repetitive as the week goes on but the food is great! The formal dining room serves exquisite meals. Often things that are bold and fancy that you have never eaten in your lifetime. You will soon feel like you've known your waiter for years because they are the friendliest most personable people you will ever meet. As the days go on the staff will greet you by name even if you've never met them. The shows are impressively entertaining and the atmosphere on the entire ship is the cleanest I've ever experienced. I never once encountered a single employee that wasn't amazing! To be honest, I could probably write a short story on how pleasant my experience was. DEFINITELY recommend! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We went on this cruise to take enjoy some couple time but also have our kids close to us. I was lied to about camp ocean who did NOt want to take care of my kids. The girls that take care of ur kids are rude, don’t want to change ... Read More
We went on this cruise to take enjoy some couple time but also have our kids close to us. I was lied to about camp ocean who did NOt want to take care of my kids. The girls that take care of ur kids are rude, don’t want to change diapers, and do not want ur kids there. And policy says they group kids according to age group but they only go by policy when it’s convenient for them cuz my toddlers were with the older kids. They don’t feed ur kids. Or give them drinks. Their hours are also inconvenient to be able to enjoy being on the cruise. My 2 year old was also mistreated who I complained to the director, his words were “they are mistreating my kids because I’m not getting along w their staff.” The food was horrible, worse than prison food. My room had 2 rows of eyelashes stuck to the desk so that tells me my room was not even cleaned. They nickel and dime u to death. And they don’t care about returning happy customers, only want to make a quick buck off of you. I will never in my life take a cruise w them again! I even called wanting a refund on my 2 toddlers cruise tickets, which they refused but offered a $50 onboardint credit! No thanks! Never again! I couldn’t wait to get home, I’ve never been so happy to see ugly Galveston Island in my life! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
we wanted to visit Chichen Itza boarding was fast in the terminal at 10:30 to waiting area with coffee, juice and cookies 11:30 on ship new deal is sail and sign is waiting in your room and you use your passport and paper boarding ... Read More
we wanted to visit Chichen Itza boarding was fast in the terminal at 10:30 to waiting area with coffee, juice and cookies 11:30 on ship new deal is sail and sign is waiting in your room and you use your passport and paper boarding pass to get on the ship, the paper bp until you go to room and pid ck up sail and sign card. room steward and room service was awesome. tv in room only had CNN, no FOX or CBS so we did not watch that hardly. the food was good, some excellent like the decadent chocolate, some not so , like the hash browns that looked like they came from McDonalds. we did your time dining....awesome, never had to wait didn't eat any Fieri burgers as i am trying to lose weight, his fries looked awesome though we had good weather and spent our boarding day in the hot tub til 1 p.m. as we brought swim suits in our small back packs. we purchased water bottle package for room good idea. we purchased 2 4 pack of Michelob Ultra, good idea as they are screw cap and aluminum. we brought 2 bottles of chardonnay barefoot and a wine opener we had 12 ultra strong magnetic hooks we put in various places on the cabin walls hung a write on wipe off at the cabin mailbox for messages (magnetic) we hung a hawaiian flip flop on a hook on the door to make it easy to find coming home late. the cruise director TJ from Texas was the best we have had in 25 cruises. tour to Chichen Itza great. 2 half hr bus ride on 8 lane dividedhighway 110KPH with 2 hrs at ruins, plenty of time. lots of vendors at ruins but not pushy like in Jamaica. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
First cruise for Mom and My sister. Fairly easy to get around. Food was good. Good service for Mom in a wheelchair. No bad weather. The bed was quite comfy. Pillows were a little hard. Smokers smoking on balcony unfortunately. Never much ... Read More
First cruise for Mom and My sister. Fairly easy to get around. Food was good. Good service for Mom in a wheelchair. No bad weather. The bed was quite comfy. Pillows were a little hard. Smokers smoking on balcony unfortunately. Never much to do during the day. Shows were ok. Enjoyed the rock n roll show the best. No announcement for hairy chest contest. My son said they did it Thursday. Saw 1 hot tub broken. Pools very small. They gave us a free wheelchair for Mom, that was very nice. She fell getting onboard and they checked her out and seemed very caring and respectful. We got 3 free bottles of water. Drinks were tasty like refreshing fruit. Desserts in mdr were yummy. My sister w asnt impressed with the shows at night, but I liked the Rock show. My son 14, had a great time in pool, hot tub and slide. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Entertainment was poor like a high school musical. Food was awful and repeated at every buffet. Even dining room food was poor. I’m not picky but having to pay the up charge for good food like steak and lobster is the way Carnival screws ... Read More
Entertainment was poor like a high school musical. Food was awful and repeated at every buffet. Even dining room food was poor. I’m not picky but having to pay the up charge for good food like steak and lobster is the way Carnival screws us now. The comedy club was the best entertainment. The areas to chill on sea days were plentiful. We took advantage of the adult hot tubs and they were great. I think we will stick with Royal Caribbean next cruise. They at least offer more for the higher price. You really do get what you pay for. Carnival is cheap. Hubby did get food poisoning and we met other guests that did too. Excursion was nonrufundable even though he was sick. Don’t eat the BBQ!! The crescents at breakfast were superb! I know I’m all over the place with this review but it wants so many dang words I have to keep typing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I loved the layout of the Valor. It was easy to learn quickly. The food was very good, we ate our breakfast and dinner in the Washington Dining Room. Guy's Joint was really good and my favorite lunch spot of those tried. I tried ... Read More
I loved the layout of the Valor. It was easy to learn quickly. The food was very good, we ate our breakfast and dinner in the Washington Dining Room. Guy's Joint was really good and my favorite lunch spot of those tried. I tried the BBQ joint, it was okay but not out of this world. Rosie's had plenty of selection, I had lunch at the Italian buffet and the deli once each. My cabin was on Deck 7, Empress, Midship. I was in cabin 7379. It was very comfortable and I had no issues with feeling like I was moving. The only issue I had was that this cabin is adjacent to the crew elevators used for staff to service rooms and deliver room service. I did hear the elevators numerous times very early in the morning. Everyone was very friendly and the ship was in most areas very clean. I did have one experience where someone had gotten sick in the one of the public restrooms and it had not been cleaned up. My favorite Playlist Production was America Rocks! The story line of the Country Roads was just too cheesy for me. Our Cozumel excursion was to the Dolphinaris. It was very educational and I really enjoyed touching and playing with the dolphin. Our handler was very knowledgeable and everyone enjoyed his presentation. The photos were extremely expensive but you can negotiate, don't just pay the list price. The food included was not that great, I was disappointed. I did not take an excursion at Progreso, just went to the shops on the pier to buy a few gifts.Our head waiter at the Washington Dining Room was amazing. This cruise was a family celebration of my Mother's birthday and my daugther's 15th wedding anniversary. Omar treated my Mom like royalty and he made every meal a special event for the whole family. The only truly disappointing experience was with the Dream Studio. The photographer was wonderful as was her work. We booked an appointment on Formal Night for the whole family to document our celebrations and the fact we had four generations together on the cruise. It turned out the price was astronomical! They wanted over $3,000 for the photos and a disc and all other packages were similarly out of our price range. Sadly we left with no pictures. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The value of the cruise is why my family choice the Valor it was in our budget. The activites everyday was great there was always something to do. The free food such a awesome luxury for all. However the staff as a whole except the head ... Read More
The value of the cruise is why my family choice the Valor it was in our budget. The activites everyday was great there was always something to do. The free food such a awesome luxury for all. However the staff as a whole except the head cabin housekeeper can't remember his name. The staff was very hateful snobby they acted like we owed them something when our money is just as green as theirs when asking for help and when having questions staff treated us like children and like we should have already known the answers. Effy jewelry staff was nice the first few days but when we went back in the last day of the cruise they seemed moody and irritated which could of meant maybe they were overworked and tired. The jewelry is gorgeous but way to expensive for the middle class working adult. Upon preparing to leave the cruise the staff was hateful one staff member even addressed my father with " Did you pay attention to the announcement u should have" that was uncalled for what a jerk. There is enough mean and hateful people in this world we don't need to go on vacation and experience the same issue. I will not recommend this cruise Carnival Valor to anyone. My family will chose a different Carnival Cruise Ship next time. However the overall cruise experience was very relaxing, entertaining, all different types of people to mingle with and meet new friends and create bonds that will last a lifetime. The cruise was clean decor was amazing everything was really great just those few negatives my family will always consider carnival but just a different one next time we will not give up on having a great time with carnival cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Cons: Disastrous disembarkment Slow service at sandwich and coffee bars Buffet room personnel struggled with English Smoky casino Spa certificates expired before last day at sea Over cooked fish in dining room Dated ... Read More
Cons: Disastrous disembarkment Slow service at sandwich and coffee bars Buffet room personnel struggled with English Smoky casino Spa certificates expired before last day at sea Over cooked fish in dining room Dated cabins in need of refurbish Constant coercion to upgrade/upcharge Erroneous charges on Sail card that were not corrected Did I say disastrous disembarkment? Pros: Pizza bar Rock show Medical personnel Fresh fruit Omelet station Clean room Cabin steward Members in our party purchased the drink package and it did not start until day two of the cruise. That was one of a number of issues that seemed stingy and cut rate. Needless to say, I will not be taking another Carnival cruise. However, the cruise arranged excursion to passion island was very nice. Other than the seaweed, which is an act of nature and out of the control of the cruise line, the beach was perfect. Pick this sailing at your own risk. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My father in law was taking mother in law for her birthday and asked us to join them, he would pay. Overall, it was a fun cruise with a few issues. First, the cruise director TJ was wonderful( a perfect fit). Joey in entertainment did a ... Read More
My father in law was taking mother in law for her birthday and asked us to join them, he would pay. Overall, it was a fun cruise with a few issues. First, the cruise director TJ was wonderful( a perfect fit). Joey in entertainment did a great job as well. Anamaria in guest services was a huge savior to me. Now for the issues, the carnival hub app. I did the two things it said airplane mode and connect to carnival valor wi fi. It worked in beginning and then begin not to. I saw 3 or 4 other people before getting Anamaria who told me it was my lookout/vpn preventing this. After i got that figured out, it worked. We didn't get a room service menu in our room and not even after calling for one. The show came on in the dining room right after half the table got served. So, half had to wait for food and so the two of us with food had to wait to see to eat. The room steward was nice but not like the one we had our first cruise. This cruise room steward didnt replace beach towel. No robes until asked or new cups for bathroom. We did see a child in the adult only spa section. The food was not that great but edible. We want to take another cruise but may look into other options next time. Cost/value needs to be better. It was not great this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We decided to go on our first cruise to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed it. The ship is very nice and the crew is beyond excellent. Our stateroom steward was Komang and he was great. He is very sweet and does ... Read More
We decided to go on our first cruise to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed it. The ship is very nice and the crew is beyond excellent. Our stateroom steward was Komang and he was great. He is very sweet and does his work very well. The rest of the crew is great as well, but we really wanted to brag about Komang. We had a balcony room and we enjoyed it. The room and balcony were always very clean and we never needed anything because Komang made sure we had everything we needed. The food was good. Dinner could have been a bit better, but it was still good. We played Speak Out and Lucille (Lissy) did a great job at keeping us all entertained and laughing. This was a nice getaway that wasn't a whole week long, but long enough. We would definitely travel Carnival again. In Cozumel we went to Mr Sanchos. This beach is beautiful. It is all-inclusive and very worth it. The staff is excellent. The food is delicious! Nothing like relaxing on the beach and being catered. In Progresso we decided to pay for a tour into Merida instead. Mario was our tour guide. He is very nice and knowledgable about Merida. He took us to different spots in Merida, including a Cenote in Costco's parking lot. He recommended a restaurant in Merida, La Jarana. The food was delicious. He recommended a soup called "Sopa de Lima" and it was DELICIOUS. It is so much better than your typical Chicken Tortilla Soup. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
First of all the FTTF did us no good as far as all the waiting to board ship, debarking for excursions, etc. The food on the buffet line on Lido Deck was cold most of the time. We could not find ANY of our pictures, we found others that ... Read More
First of all the FTTF did us no good as far as all the waiting to board ship, debarking for excursions, etc. The food on the buffet line on Lido Deck was cold most of the time. We could not find ANY of our pictures, we found others that dined with us every night, but none of ours. This is the worst cruise I have had with Carnival, I've had far better on other Carnival Ships. The Show Time that the waiters do in the dining room was messed up. We sat in the upper section and did not get to see all the action because it was down in lower level and the only way to see it was hang over the railing and I wasn't about to do that; in the meantime while it was going on and we couldn't observe it they also turned our lights out so we couldn't see our food!! Not Fair - It's never been like this on the other Carnival Ships we have been on. The overall ship was good, our waiters in the Washington Dining Room were awesome, our room steward was great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
we choose this particular cruise because it was our 1st and 3 days was to short. in the future i will be staying with carnival. we were very please with everything on this cruise. TJ the cruise director was so friggin awesome, loved his ... Read More
we choose this particular cruise because it was our 1st and 3 days was to short. in the future i will be staying with carnival. we were very please with everything on this cruise. TJ the cruise director was so friggin awesome, loved his personality, his energy and his humor. Stephanie from the fun squad was so cool, sad she is leaving the Valor. she will be hard to replace. Lisa with the photo squad was the best photographer on the ship. loved her/ only went to the main dining room on formal night, loved the show, food was amazing, i paid extra to get the surf and turf, well worth it. getting on and off the ship was so easy we had FTTF again well worth it. we did a snorkeling excursion in cozumel with the mexican lunch again so worth it. we are trying to plan our next cruise for next year i can not wait i am so excited, this cruise was for my husband and myself. so romantic, we will always get a balcony room. loved the view. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Carnival Valor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.3

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