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I enjoyed the Carnival Valor for a first time experience. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth. We had faster to the fun, which I made the experience virtually hassle free. The ship was nice, well maintained. A little awkwardly structured as you can't go the length of the ship on each deck, which made for lots of lost people and constant confusion. But overall the ship had nice amenities. Our balcony cabin was on the snug side but decent for the time length and number of people. Our cabin steward was excellent. Dining was also another highlight. The main room dining was wonderful, the lido dining (with the exception of the pizza and the buffet after breakfast) also good. Most of the food was great. The Steakhouse however, was exceptional! From the food to the customer service, it was all good. We didn't partake in a lot of the entertainment or activities but we did enjoy the ones we did. The poolside theater, golf, the library playing games against other families, the sports bar, were just a few of the highlights. The shows didn't really peak our interest, nor did the bars. The service was great throughout the ship. No real complaints there. Of the two ports, we enjoyed Cozumel most. We are returning there next year so we can experience it more. We decided on Paradise Beach, which we end up not liking very much. I would love to explore the island more. We did shop a lot and ate some really good food. Progresso was sort of a let down. Our plan to go into Merida was stopped due to overpriced and overly aggressive people who changed the fare prices. We made our own fun there and did more shopping. Our daughter enjoyed herself overall and is ready to go again. That being said, yes we are going again next year, just not on the Valor but only because it is not available for the time and itinerary we need. I liked that everything was straight forward such as pricing and instructions at port, even a newbie can understand.

For a first time, it was enjoyable

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by travelling_txgal

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I enjoyed the Carnival Valor for a first time experience. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth. We had faster to the fun, which I made the experience virtually hassle free.

The ship was nice, well maintained. A little awkwardly structured as you can't go the length of the ship on each deck, which made for lots of lost people and constant confusion. But overall the ship had nice amenities.

Our balcony cabin was on the snug side but decent for the time length and number of people. Our cabin steward was excellent.

Dining was also another highlight. The main room dining was wonderful, the lido dining (with the exception of the pizza and the buffet after breakfast) also good. Most of the food was great. The Steakhouse however, was exceptional! From the food to the customer service, it was all good.

We didn't partake in a lot of the entertainment or activities but we did enjoy the ones we did. The poolside theater, golf, the library playing games against other families, the sports bar, were just a few of the highlights. The shows didn't really peak our interest, nor did the bars.

The service was great throughout the ship. No real complaints there.

Of the two ports, we enjoyed Cozumel most. We are returning there next year so we can experience it more. We decided on Paradise Beach, which we end up not liking very much. I would love to explore the island more. We did shop a lot and ate some really good food. Progresso was sort of a let down. Our plan to go into Merida was stopped due to overpriced and overly aggressive people who changed the fare prices. We made our own fun there and did more shopping.

Our daughter enjoyed herself overall and is ready to go again. That being said, yes we are going again next year, just not on the Valor but only because it is not available for the time and itinerary we need.

I liked that everything was straight forward such as pricing and instructions at port, even a newbie can understand.
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