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The cruise was chosen by another family member because of price and port. We were going for something that everyone could afford and that was out of Galveston. In Cozumel we only did the local shopping area, while others of our group rented a car online (much cheaper) and drove around the island to a beach to snorkel. In Progresso some of our group went on a private tour which included two Cenotes to swim, we did the Carnival VIP tour to Chichen Itza and a Cenote. Highly recommend the VIP tour. We drove a hour and 45 minutes out to the Mayan temples and it was worth it. Then we were driven to a Cenote to swim and have a buffet lunch. The food was good and there was a nice outside bar where you could have a drink and people watch. Our guide Ricardo was very entertaining and knowledgable. This ship is very small and for us there wasn't a lot to do other than visit the jewelry store. Our group did buy a lot of jewelry. :) The jewelry staff was excellent and the prices were better on ship than off. There are a lot of little bars which were cute and the comic was good. We are used to sailing on much larger ships. The 80's music show was awful. One of the prominent male singers was off key for every song and these kids had obviously never heard the original music because their interpretation was lacking. Born in the USA was not a good version. The Dive In Movies on deck were excellent. Every night there were two different current type movies playing and they were great choices for the adults and children. We did enjoy the movies. Our room definitely needed a better cleaning. You could see what looked like drips running down the wall. (yuck) We had a broken piece of cookie that didn't get vacuumed for a couple of days. We were waiting to see how long it would take to get cleaned. The dinning room service was good and the selection of food nice. Presentation was good and so were the portions. This is definitely a party ship but we didn't see anyone out of line. The adult side of the ship is nice. I had a facial/massage and the room was directly below the Kids Camp area. Not relaxing. I would also not recommend paying for the high speed internet as it did not function well the entire trip. Granted it is satellite but other cruises it's been better. We were provided a refund due to lack of service. The Guy Burger station was excellent. Highly recommend it. The last full day of sailing there was a chocolate bar which was fun and had some yummy deserts. The Washington Dining room had good service and food. The buffet was standard buffet food, but it was tasty and a good selection. There is only ONE SINGLE outlet in the room. This is awkward with two people needing to charge phones, iPads, etc. You will need to bring along something to give you more outlets as you can only charge one thing at a time. My husband has a CPAP machine, so they did bring us an extension cord that had an additional plug space but you had to run this across the room. This means you must be very careful if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. This cruise was worth the money we paid if you are not too demanding. We were just wanting to experience a little getaway with family/friends and it worked for us.

Cozumel Cruise

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Pbelzey

Trip Details
The cruise was chosen by another family member because of price and port. We were going for something that everyone could afford and that was out of Galveston.

In Cozumel we only did the local shopping area, while others of our group rented a car online (much cheaper) and drove around the island to a beach to snorkel.

In Progresso some of our group went on a private tour which included two Cenotes to swim, we did the Carnival VIP tour to Chichen Itza and a Cenote. Highly recommend the VIP tour. We drove a hour and 45 minutes out to the Mayan temples and it was worth it. Then we were driven to a Cenote to swim and have a buffet lunch. The food was good and there was a nice outside bar where you could have a drink and people watch. Our guide Ricardo was very entertaining and knowledgable.

This ship is very small and for us there wasn't a lot to do other than visit the jewelry store. Our group did buy a lot of jewelry. :) The jewelry staff was excellent and the prices were better on ship than off. There are a lot of little bars which were cute and the comic was good. We are used to sailing on much larger ships.

The 80's music show was awful. One of the prominent male singers was off key for every song and these kids had obviously never heard the original music because their interpretation was lacking. Born in the USA was not a good version.

The Dive In Movies on deck were excellent. Every night there were two different current type movies playing and they were great choices for the adults and children. We did enjoy the movies.

Our room definitely needed a better cleaning. You could see what looked like drips running down the wall. (yuck) We had a broken piece of cookie that didn't get vacuumed for a couple of days. We were waiting to see how long it would take to get cleaned.

The dinning room service was good and the selection of food nice. Presentation was good and so were the portions.

This is definitely a party ship but we didn't see anyone out of line. The adult side of the ship is nice.

I had a facial/massage and the room was directly below the Kids Camp area. Not relaxing. I would also not recommend paying for the high speed internet as it did not function well the entire trip. Granted it is satellite but other cruises it's been better. We were provided a refund due to lack of service.

The Guy Burger station was excellent. Highly recommend it. The last full day of sailing there was a chocolate bar which was fun and had some yummy deserts. The Washington Dining room had good service and food. The buffet was standard buffet food, but it was tasty and a good selection.

There is only ONE SINGLE outlet in the room. This is awkward with two people needing to charge phones, iPads, etc. You will need to bring along something to give you more outlets as you can only charge one thing at a time. My husband has a CPAP machine, so they did bring us an extension cord that had an additional plug space but you had to run this across the room. This means you must be very careful if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

This cruise was worth the money we paid if you are not too demanding. We were just wanting to experience a little getaway with family/friends and it worked for us.
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Cabin 8E 9272
Our cabin definitely needed a scrub down. There were "drip" marks down the wall, the lamps were dusty as was everything with any type of ledge. The dresser drawers had hair in them (more than 1). We had to have them cleaned out before we could use them. It was yucky. The bathroom looked clean. We did enjoyed the balcony. Our room had a lot of closet space and hangers which was nice. There is only ONE SINGLE type plug to use. So bring along an extension cord with multiple outlets or something to give you more options. Otherwise, you will be charging ONE thing at a time. Very awkward.
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