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Carnival Valor Review

4.0 / 5.0
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A Lot to Be Desired

Review for Carnival Valor to the Southern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2014

The best part of the cruise, other than the ports, was embarkation. While most passengers had embarked in San Juan, which likely resulted in a swarm of people, we decided to board in Barbados. This was a great choice (passengers can do 7 days from Barbados to Barbados, instead of San Juan to San Juan), as we were in the boat within minutes of arriving at the port.

Food: Obviously, a major part of the cruise experience is dining. Unfortunately, the food was generally very poor. Some things to keep away from- cheesecake (most desserts were not good) was unrecognizable, fish, steak. Also, the management of the dining room is terrible. there were often very long lines to get in to talk to the hostess and then another wait to be seated. We ended up skipping some meals in the dining room, as a result, and found the buffet to be somewhat better. However, breakfast in the buffet was exactly the same thing every day. We also were a bit dismayed when we went to the buffet for lunch one day just a few minutes before it closed and the staff was already shutting down despite people still walking through the door.

Entertainment: Average at best with limited options. I've never been on a cruise where I actually found myself without something to do. Not only were the options limited, but most things closed by 11 or 12. It's not that we are complete night owls, but no live music late night? One highlight was the comedy club. Quality acts there.

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average with aging furniture and a stained lampshade

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