2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We have cruised on Carnival for the last 12 years and have always enjoyed them. But the entertainment on the ship was just awful, if it wasn't for the Karaoke there wouldn't be no entertainment at all. It appears Carnival is cutting back ... Read More
We have cruised on Carnival for the last 12 years and have always enjoyed them. But the entertainment on the ship was just awful, if it wasn't for the Karaoke there wouldn't be no entertainment at all. It appears Carnival is cutting back expenses which fine but most people I think want good entertainment. The employees on the ship were great and the ship was clean and all the public restrooms worked. We will continue to cruise on carnival, but please spend an extra dollar more for good entertainment. Guys burgers is always good, if you're going to charge for seafood that's fine, but waiting for 30 minutes for a basket of shrimp is little long. Carnival has definitely improved on embarkation also. The Christmas decorations was a plus for my wife, that's usually why we cruise on the holidays. Just please try to improve the entertainment. Our next cruise will be on the Freedom cause Malcolm "WOO HOO" Burn is the best entertainment Carnival has right now. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was affordable, the home port was within an hour of our house and we were celebrating a special event. The decor was pretty tacky but in good repair and everywhere we went on the ship was clean and well ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was affordable, the home port was within an hour of our house and we were celebrating a special event. The decor was pretty tacky but in good repair and everywhere we went on the ship was clean and well cared for. Our favorite part of the cruise was the serenity deck. Being early risers I was able to get a clamshell every morning and we could relax and read in solitude. The people who worked on the ship were all very nice and it was interesting to meet people from so many different places. The food in the main dining room was good overall but the appetizers were by far the best things on the menu. We only ate in the MDR in the evening, had Huevos Rancheros in the Blue Iguana most mornings and sandwiches from room service in the afternoon. Our 8;15 dinner time made seeing shows a little difficult but it was worth it to limit the crowds and children of early dining. Embarkation and debarkation ran very smoothly and it helped that we had purchased FTTF, it also helped that we were in a suite. Ronino, our cabin steward was really outstanding and we very much enjoyed the music group that played in the Red Frog Pub most evenings. The group, Texas Legacy was fantastic! They did amazing covers of hits from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. We also enjoyed the music group 2Country4Nashville, they were outstanding. Looking back I realize that it was overall very well done so I'm left not really sure why I have such a "meh" reaction to the cruise. I think we are really just not cruisers. I loved our port of calls, A bad experience in Cozumel had nothing to do with Cozumel itself, more to do with unpleasant American tourists, overeating and overdrinking and our private excursion in Progreso was fantastic. Having to be back on the boat by a certain time was limiting which is why I think I would prefer to just visit those places without cruising. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We booked our first cruise on this ship on a whim because the balcony price was too good to pass up. We had an absolute great time and now we're cruisers for life! We ran on time and staff and food was great. There were plenty of ... Read More
We booked our first cruise on this ship on a whim because the balcony price was too good to pass up. We had an absolute great time and now we're cruisers for life! We ran on time and staff and food was great. There were plenty of activities (sometimes didn't run exactly on time but pretty close), plenty to do. The boarding and unloading was efficient and fast. The shows were great and the energy of the staff was great. The restrooms and areas were clean and well maintained and every staff member I passed said hello and smiled. The dining was great, plenty of options and the MDR was delicious every time. Getting on and off at ports ran smoothly and they ran shows to tell us about ports, debarkation, etc. The Wifi didn't work too well but that's to be expected (we had to have it because we have kids at home). I would sail on Valor again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We were a multi-generational group-4 OS cabins on 7th Empress decks on the Valor. The only cruise experience anyone had was I went one a 3 day Carnival Ecstasy out of Miami in 1992. Here are some details: • We had 6 PM seating in ... Read More
We were a multi-generational group-4 OS cabins on 7th Empress decks on the Valor. The only cruise experience anyone had was I went one a 3 day Carnival Ecstasy out of Miami in 1992. Here are some details: • We had 6 PM seating in Washington dining room. The food was better than I expected. There was a lot of variety and the portion sizes were good too, not huge plates of wasted food. The servers were excellent. I am embarrassed for them when they are forced to dance and entertain. • None of us bought the alcohol package or the Endless Bubbles either. All adults brought their bottle of wine and we bought a la carte. I can see that the alcohol package would be a reasonable deal if you are either 1) going to drink all day and 2) loved trying different drinks. I ordered glasses of chardonnay and gin martinis once in a while, usually nice pours and well made drinks (except the gross sangria on the Serenity Deck). Room service sent up a cork screw. We brought pre-opened bottles of wine to dinner so there was no corkage fee. • Day 2 was Fun Day at sea, brunch was really good and I loved being able to sit and see the sea while eating. The sea was rough! I had no idea how much I would feel the boat moving. This was my least favorite day of the cruise because we were pretty disoriented about the floors and how to get around. My MIL is in a wheelchair so it was hard for our group to find places where we could sit and hang out and visit that was wheelchair accessible AND had a bathroom on that floor. We eventually found places but we had to hunt them out. Not because there wasn’t space, it was just confusing. I need to not be looking at a phone when on vacation so I didn’t want to be glued to a map on a phone. Eventually we just asked staff on the ship to help us find places. • Day 3 – Cozumel. Some of us did the snorkeling catamaran excursion and they loved it. My 9 year old daughter and I hopped in a cab ($15 each way) and went to Paradise Beach club ($18 pp for water park and $2 pp for chair rental). Good beach, great pool, quiet, not really a party scene. Had some drinks and lunch. • Day 4 – Progreso. Watching the ship maneuver around the dock was fascinating. It was super hot. We took the free shuttles (after you have a really long hot walk to that stand) into town and went to Eladios Restaurant on the beach. We had a great time there – the food is excellent (shrimp, ceviche, etc.) and a very good swimming beach. Tons of vendors walking around which flusters some people but we felt safe. We spent about 4 hours off the boat. It was great to have a good beach option without an excursion. • Day 5 – At Sea. The water was extremely rough and the ship moving a lot. They emptied the pool on the Lido deck. The weather was sort of blah so some of us were in the casino. I went to the stupid Build a Bear Workshop with my daughter. That evening was the ROCK in the USA show in the theater and we went to one of the preview shows. This was pretty lame but funny after a few drinks. In general, there could be some more diversity in the performers and the programming. • Tons of families on the ship, which we expected, tons of kids. People from all walks of life. I think I am the last person n the US without a tattoo. Lots of people from Houston area so everyone was very friendly. • Things I loved – (besides being with my family, not working, being offline mostly, not planning meals etc) – brunch, Serenity deck, tons of places to sit and read a book, lots of options to be busy or not, sitting on the balcony and watching the run rise with coffee, every single staff person is so professional and friendly. • Things I didn’t love – soundtrack in Lido deck between 730-9 AM – why play multiple Aerosmith songs at 8 AM in the morning, corkage fee in Scarletts steakhouse (even if pre-opened), length of required muster – if you are on time you end up spending close to 45 mins standing there, hard for wheelchair access sometimes, and making the servers dance during dinner service is embarrassing. We will for sure go again on a cruise out of Galveston, now we know what to do and how to do it, it will be even better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was a 5 day, Thanksgiving cruise on the Valor for my daughter, son-in-law and their 2 boys (ages 3 & 6). It was a first cruise for them (except my daughter had been on one cruise years ago). I've been on many, many cruises with ... Read More
This was a 5 day, Thanksgiving cruise on the Valor for my daughter, son-in-law and their 2 boys (ages 3 & 6). It was a first cruise for them (except my daughter had been on one cruise years ago). I've been on many, many cruises with various cruise lines but had not been on Carnival in years. We had a great time. The ship had events related to the Cat in the Hat, including a brunch with Green Eggs and Ham and a parade with story time and characters in costume. The kids loved the kid's camp and the ice cream! We left from Galveston and only had 2 ports of call, Cozumel and Progreso. The kids found a beach at both locations and spent the days in the sand and sea. (I had a spa day!) I would recommend this cruise to families with young children. I heard that the Valor was an older ship, but it has obviously been upgraded in the last few years. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Loved this cruise! All of the staff were awesome - very helpful and friendly! Ate 3 nights in the MDR. Food was very good and the staff was awesome. We went to the 2 main shows, which were good. Singing could use some work, but ... Read More
Loved this cruise! All of the staff were awesome - very helpful and friendly! Ate 3 nights in the MDR. Food was very good and the staff was awesome. We went to the 2 main shows, which were good. Singing could use some work, but the music and energy were great. Frankie the cruise director was great. Enjoyed the food at the steakhouse, although the staff was not all that friendly. Nothing like the folks in the MDR, which was a surprise. Lido deck food - buffet, Guy's, Blue Iguana, etc were solid if not great. As expected - no complaints. We enjoyed our time in several of the bars. Never too crowded and great staff. The Galveston port was terrific. Easy and fast, on and off. Very pleasantly surprised by this. The folks working there were awesome! Sign up for the Behind the Fun tour. EXCELLENT, although expensive. Visit the bridge, engine control room, galley, theater back stage, steakhouse and more. We would certainly travel on the Valor again. Had a great time!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We had previously taken a Carnival cruise and were really happy with the experience. This cruise was failure after failure. The food has gone down hill considerably since our last cruise. The best part was probably the camp carnival, ... Read More
We had previously taken a Carnival cruise and were really happy with the experience. This cruise was failure after failure. The food has gone down hill considerably since our last cruise. The best part was probably the camp carnival, our daughter loved it. I'm not sure what the worst was, my wife found a pubic looking hair in her frog legs. They lost our alcohol purchase temporarily (it was nice when they brought it to your room unlike now). There were multiple areas of the ship closed off for repairs. The staff overall didn't seem very happy to be on this ship which was completely understandable. The destinations were Cozumel which you will go to on every Western Caribbean cruise. We always find a way to have some fun there. The next stop was Progresso, which is a dump. There was just an overall feel of cutbacks on this cruise. We will use a different cruise line for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I sailed the Valor back in March 2017 with a friend and it was awesome. We had the best time. This cruise was with my husband. We sail Carnival because we have a wonderful time and we LOVE!!!! LOVE!!! the Alchemy Bar & Steakhouse. We ... Read More
I sailed the Valor back in March 2017 with a friend and it was awesome. We had the best time. This cruise was with my husband. We sail Carnival because we have a wonderful time and we LOVE!!!! LOVE!!! the Alchemy Bar & Steakhouse. We have always sailed out of Galveston and the 5 day sailing work the best for us. We had a wonderful and relaxing time on Lady Valor. Enjoyed all the food and drinks. We did not discover until the last sea day that the Serenity Deck had it own new menu (was not there in March) OH!!! and the Sangria Swirl was so so yummy!!!!! and this cruise was the very first in a long long time that we had a wonderful cabin steward deck 11 thanks "G" for taking such good care of us :) we saw him everyday at least twice and he always called us by name :) we can't wait for our April 2018 cruise on Lady Valor it is our make up cruise due to "Harvey". Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Well, we just got back from our 5 day cruise on the Carnival Valor. A nice ship, and the exact same layout as the Conquest, with one exception.....a very odd decor. On the subject of Carnival drink packages, one thing they do not ... Read More
Well, we just got back from our 5 day cruise on the Carnival Valor. A nice ship, and the exact same layout as the Conquest, with one exception.....a very odd decor. On the subject of Carnival drink packages, one thing they do not tell you is that the package **doesn't start until day 2**. So your pina coladas will cost you on day 1. The drink package limits you to 15 drinks a day. For me, that was more than enough. However, if you start out your day by the pool and have a few tequilla shots and a few beers, you will hit your limit most likely by the end of the day. Also, if you want a shot and a beer, they make you wait 5 minutes for the combo...seems odd. The dining options were pretty good. Here's another thing they no longer do on shorter cruises (5 days or less)..LOBSTER NIGHT! Apparently, they started this policy in 2015. So, if you want a lobster for dinner, it is an extra 20 dollars...you want two lobsters? 40 bucks. Same thing for a nice steak. But they do have a flat-iron steak on the main menu, and it is pretty darn good, but it is no fillet mignon. We went to the steakhouse one night, so we could have a nice fine-dining experience. I would say that was a 3.5 out of 5 star experience. I got the surf and turf, and the filet was approximately 4 ounces with a small lobster on the side. The steak was overcooked as well. I do have to say, though, that they really wanted to make our experience good and fix the steak, but I already ate it by that point. But if i wanted another lobster tail, it would be another 20 dollars. Heck, I am from the gulf coast of Texas and I get bigger shrimp than that lobster, so wasn't super impressed with that. Late night menu for room service is OK. But, for an additional 5 to 6 dollars, you can get wings, philly cheese steak sandwich, and others....but again, it is an up-charge. We bought the chicken tenders one late night, and they were paper-thin pieces of chicken fried to a crisp....not super great for 5 bucks, so I didn't feel like trying any of the other late night menu options because of the quality of those chicken tenders. I usually ended up getting the ruben sandwich, which was pretty good. French fries were plentiful for an extra $1.50 The pizza shop is open 24 hours, and i do have to say that the pizzas are pretty darn good....no side notes here....just good thin crust pizza! Guy's burger joint...nothing to complain about....a great burger and they serve them fast. Lots of topping options too! The Blue Iguana Cantina makes a good taco and burrito. Breakfast tacos and burritos are also available. Tasty! I had the pork tacos at least 3 times, it was so good. All-in-all, a nice cruise, but everything is an up-sale. The staff is nice and do want to make your cruise a nice one. The boat is clean, and we had a lot of fun, but this will probably be our last vacation on Carnival. Read Less
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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