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Carnival Valor Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Disappointed in Carnival's dropped standard.

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Shiparoo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

As we live in Florida Port Canaveral is a good port to sail from for us. This was a five night getaway vacation to enjoy a break.

We certainly noticed the cut backs since our last Carnival cruise, mostly in two areas, the food and entertainment.

There was large amounts of food available but the quality has deteriorated both in the self service section and the dinning room. I have never seen so much wasted food before with people ordering and leaving it after tasting!

The entertainment was very poor with no proper singing and dancing productions, just small bands in different venues or comedians. One of the comedians commanded a paid ticket fee at an extra cost to each passenger who wanted to see him! We had no clue who he was! The other entertainment was provided by the passengers. The cruise director on board (Cassey) was not good, her charm, personality and enthusiasm was low! Overal entertainment was not worth mentioning as it didn't exist!

The cigarette smoke you had to inhale whilst passing through the casino to get to other parts of the ship is disgusting and hard to avoid. Nothing worse than being forced to have to endure second hand smoke and the health hazard it brings!

The service by waiters and cabin staff was good and if it wasn't for them the cruise would have been totally well below par.

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Cabin Review

Cabin 8F 8249

The cabin was as expected in layout, although signs of wear were evident. Balcony needed painting and the chairs and table were not very clean. The curtains were falling of the track. The cabin was not vacuumed in the five days we were on board. The bed was comfomfortable and linen looked clean.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Nothing much to say about the port, as ports go it is okay.

Half Moon Cay

We did not get off the ship at half moon cay, as we have been there before.


We spent the day at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel resort. A favorite with us and we always enjoy it.


We have been to Freeport before and decided to stay on board.

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