1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) Room was spacious and ship was clean. 3) Ship sailed on time and arrived on time at destinations. 4) Good excursion options. Negatives: 1) Very old ship. Stinky, stale furniture and decor. This ship is 15years old. Worn but kept clean. Absolutely nothing fancy here. 2) Zero entertainment for non-drinkers. You get to play bingo and some silly "name the xxxxx" type of games. Ship had two indoor theatres with no daytime running shows at all. The theatres are constantly used for sales pitches for various products. Very pathetic. This was like a walmart standard type of cruise. It was my familys first cruise and none of us liked it. Perhaps other ships have a lot more options and facilities. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
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
4 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Overall our experience was a positive one. The ship shows signs of wear, but it was always clean and looked after thanks to the awesome staff. The food overall was poor, and was the biggest disappointment. Buffet on the Lido deck for all 3 ... Read More
Overall our experience was a positive one. The ship shows signs of wear, but it was always clean and looked after thanks to the awesome staff. The food overall was poor, and was the biggest disappointment. Buffet on the Lido deck for all 3 meals was below average. Even dinner in the dining room was very poor. Extremely bland and just not great tasting. Our was, and other members of the waitstaff, were great though and very polite. Guys Burgers is by far the best place to grab food on the ship. Our cabin was about what you’d expect and was always clean thanks to our steward. TJ, our cruise director, was awesome and very enthusiastic. The shows were entertaining and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed just relaxing on the lido deck and looking out at the ocean. Will definitely cruise again, but will look into booking with Royal Caribbean or something a little more upscale than Carnival. 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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