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This was the very first cruise for both my 17 year old son and I. He has moderate autism spectrum disorder and global developmental delays, so I was very anxious about our trip. We chose the 5 day cruise out of Galveston for our first one due to timing and length. We got lucky with an earlier spring break than most of Texas. Everyone on board couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating! Our stateroom was small, but that was expected and we did not plan on spending any time in it. We had arranged for a private muster drill and that accommodation was fantastic. No one on board seemed to be aware of the arrangements our booking agents had made, but when I explained my son's needs everyone was fantastic in figuring out how to make it happen. Special shout-out to Natasha in the teen club who was absolutely wonderful in accommodating my son and helping me manage getting him there (she suggested I get the phone from the kid's club that parents get and she called me when he was ready to leave). Our steward was great and always available, and our service in the main dining room was excellent. I was only disappointed with two entree items overall, but I ordered double of everything so I always had plenty of food. My extremely picky son even tried new foods every night (which has always been a giant fight in the past, so this was truly a life-changing dining experience for him). Loved the Guy Fieri burgers as well, and the water I ordered was waiting in our cabin on the first day. I did find the cabaret show to be very oddly staged but we loved the 80s review. Our excursions were well-managed (I booked through Carnival for excursions in both Progreso and Cozumel) and also accommodating of my son's needs. The pace was laid back and we had plenty of time to browse in port after the excursions returned us before we had to board the ship. We had great fun with the on board activities (my son loved the Build A Bear) and games, and overall had an excellent experience.

First Cruise, and Had a great time!

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by jensplace

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
This was the very first cruise for both my 17 year old son and I. He has moderate autism spectrum disorder and global developmental delays, so I was very anxious about our trip. We chose the 5 day cruise out of Galveston for our first one due to timing and length. We got lucky with an earlier spring break than most of Texas.

Everyone on board couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating! Our stateroom was small, but that was expected and we did not plan on spending any time in it.

We had arranged for a private muster drill and that accommodation was fantastic. No one on board seemed to be aware of the arrangements our booking agents had made, but when I explained my son's needs everyone was fantastic in figuring out how to make it happen. Special shout-out to Natasha in the teen club who was absolutely wonderful in accommodating my son and helping me manage getting him there (she suggested I get the phone from the kid's club that parents get and she called me when he was ready to leave).

Our steward was great and always available, and our service in the main dining room was excellent. I was only disappointed with two entree items overall, but I ordered double of everything so I always had plenty of food. My extremely picky son even tried new foods every night (which has always been a giant fight in the past, so this was truly a life-changing dining experience for him).

Loved the Guy Fieri burgers as well, and the water I ordered was waiting in our cabin on the first day.

I did find the cabaret show to be very oddly staged but we loved the 80s review.

Our excursions were well-managed (I booked through Carnival for excursions in both Progreso and Cozumel) and also accommodating of my son's needs. The pace was laid back and we had plenty of time to browse in port after the excursions returned us before we had to board the ship.

We had great fun with the on board activities (my son loved the Build A Bear) and games, and overall had an excellent experience.
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