We recently sailed on the Carnival Valor...and had very high expectations since we love to snorkel and this cruise was very port intensive. The ship is showing its age....a rehab is really necessary. Not that there was anything wrong with the furnishings...everything was just a bit tired. (We had been on the Breeze this summer, so perhaps we were a bit biased). Little things...like handles for faucets in bathrooms were missing. Dents here and there.
The staff on the ship was excellent.....no problems there. We spent a lot of time in the fitness room, no broken machines. Food was excellent, we ate in the main dining room every evening.
Then, you might say, were we disappointed. It seemed that the structure of the ship was to get things started at 10PM or even 11PM. That's fine if you wish to sleep late. However, with only one sea day, we were off the ship by 8AM every morning. Kind of hard to do when you stay up late every evening. Things like the Piano Bar did not start until 10:30 PM....lots of things were like this. So, while we had a great time in the ports, many evenings there was really nothing to do until late. Except for Karaoke. This is the first time I have ever seen where no one wanted to sing...or at least not very many folks wished to sing. Very strange.
Cabin was excellent. It is billed as an interior cabin, but has a large window in it. The window opens on a public walkway at the front of the ship, but we seldom saw anyone out there. At night they wish you to keep the curtains closed, since the room is directly under the bridge. A nice location, about halfway up the ship.