We were on this cruise because my wife got a casino offer that made an 8 night cruise too good to pass up and that we really liked the itinerary.
The ship was recently in dry dock so the public spaces looked fresh and the ship was equipped with many of the amenities we have enjoyed on previous Carnival cruises.
Since our last Carnival cruises in 2014 (2 of them that year) both had the American Table/Feast menu, we were familiar with what was going to be served, more so than the waitstaff since this was the first cruise that menu was in use on Valor. What we immediately noticed was that the selection of items available had undergone some revisions to cheaper cuts of meat and elimination of several accompaniments that changed the meal from restaurant to diner quality. Escargot was only available 1 night and it lacked flavor; in fact almost all of the food lacked flavor, something we had not experienced on previous Carnival cruises. Trying to get a glass of wine with dinner was a challenge since nobody asked if we wanted a drink and even when we tried to order through our waiters, they seemed confused by the request and were unable to fulfill the drink order; we went to the bar and got them ourselves.
Another first for us on this cruise was the choice of an interior cabin. I'm not sure what we expected but the cabin was much smaller than we had imagined but we grew to like it as the week went on. I would have liked the cabin to be cooler but even with the thermostat set to the coldest position, 76 degrees was as cool as it got.
The shows were typical Carnival fare, akin to a good performing arts high school but nothing Broadway or even off Broadway quality. The live music in and around the ship was good and it was nice to have live Calypso music back on the pool deck but the primary style of entertainment around the ship was urban contemporary and I am more classic rock to the standards so it wasn't entirely to my liking but still much better than the canned music they had a couple of years ago.
In summary, when you are cruising with Carnival, you are cruising on a value priced line that strives to keep prices low rather than quality high. If you are getting away and like the ports of call this is the cruise line for you but if you are looking for the experience of 5-star treatment, you should look at other lines.
A little cramped and a little warm but it all comes down to the cabin steward regardless of cabin choice and we had a good one.