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• Background information My wife and I have been cruising for almost thirty years and have been on over fifty cruises including eight on Carnival. • Ship information The Carnival Valor is a fourteen year old Conquest class ship rated at 110,000 GT with 3,400 passengers on our sailing. • Service The service on the ship was above average especially in the main dining room. Our waiter, Iputu was most attentive. Our room steward, Melvin was also quite good. Both learned our names on day one and remembered them throughout the cruise. • Port & shore excursions We took a cab to the Money Bar and enjoyed sun and ocean during the morning then returned to a very uncrowded pool on-board during the afternoon. • Travel to embarkation port We, like most of our fellow Valor passengers, live within a short drive of the port of Galveston. The drive from Houston was very easy and we arrived a bit early for our 11:30 check-in time. • Cabin We stayed in an over-sized ocean view cabin on deck two aft. It was almost as large the suite we stayed in on the Conquest some time ago and was only a fraction of the price. • Dining The main dining room food is very good and continues to be much than Royal Caribbean. We utilized “Your Time Dining” and ate in the area of our waiter, Iputu three of the four nights. We ate in the Scarlet’s steak house one night and it was excellent. We had the “Art at the Table” dessert and it was the best dessert experience we’ve had on any ship. It was even better that the dessert in the Wonderland restaurant on Royal Caribbean. We also ate in the main dining room for the brunch on sea days. We ate the steak and eggs and it was the best breakfast we’ve had on any cruise. The steak was small but outstanding. • Entertainment The house band that performed in the Red Frog pub and also was part of the second production show was amazing! They were the best we have seen on any ship. • Embarkation/Disembarkation The embarkation process was the smoothest we’ve encountered on any cruise. We arrived a bit before our 11:30 time so we had to line up behind a few early arrivers but everybody was directed straight to a check in clerk with no wait at all. We also went straight to security with no line, then on to the embarkation area for a five minute wait until our boarding number was called. We weren’t as happy with disembarkation. We had to wait until almost 10 to walk off with our roll aboards. This is one thing Royal Caribbean does better. • Summary We paid so little that we had low expectations for this cruise yet several aspects were the best of any of the fifty plus times we’ve sailed. In addition to the items I’ve already mentioned we really liked the eight minute muster drill and the nice thick pool towels provided in the cabins. The prices for beverages are much better than other cruise lines. We also liked the later departure time in Cozumel. We were the last ship to leave and we were able to enjoy the sunset for sail away.

Pleasantly surprised

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Irwin_j

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Trip Details
• Background information

My wife and I have been cruising for almost thirty years and have been on over fifty cruises including eight on Carnival.

• Ship information

The Carnival Valor is a fourteen year old Conquest class ship rated at 110,000 GT with 3,400 passengers on our sailing.

• Service

The service on the ship was above average especially in the main dining room. Our waiter, Iputu was most attentive. Our room steward, Melvin was also quite good. Both learned our names on day one and remembered them throughout the cruise.

• Port & shore excursions

We took a cab to the Money Bar and enjoyed sun and ocean during the morning then returned to a very uncrowded pool on-board during the afternoon.

• Travel to embarkation port

We, like most of our fellow Valor passengers, live within a short drive of the port of Galveston. The drive from Houston was very easy and we arrived a bit early for our 11:30 check-in time.

• Cabin

We stayed in an over-sized ocean view cabin on deck two aft. It was almost as large the suite we stayed in on the Conquest some time ago and was only a fraction of the price.

• Dining

The main dining room food is very good and continues to be much than Royal Caribbean. We utilized “Your Time Dining” and ate in the area of our waiter, Iputu three of the four nights. We ate in the Scarlet’s steak house one night and it was excellent. We had the “Art at the Table” dessert and it was the best dessert experience we’ve had on any ship. It was even better that the dessert in the Wonderland restaurant on Royal Caribbean. We also ate in the main dining room for the brunch on sea days. We ate the steak and eggs and it was the best breakfast we’ve had on any cruise. The steak was small but outstanding.

• Entertainment

The house band that performed in the Red Frog pub and also was part of the second production show was amazing! They were the best we have seen on any ship.

• Embarkation/Disembarkation

The embarkation process was the smoothest we’ve encountered on any cruise. We arrived a bit before our 11:30 time so we had to line up behind a few early arrivers but everybody was directed straight to a check in clerk with no wait at all. We also went straight to security with no line, then on to the embarkation area for a five minute wait until our boarding number was called.

We weren’t as happy with disembarkation. We had to wait until almost 10 to walk off with our roll aboards. This is one thing Royal Caribbean does better.

• Summary

We paid so little that we had low expectations for this cruise yet several aspects were the best of any of the fifty plus times we’ve sailed. In addition to the items I’ve already mentioned we really liked the eight minute muster drill and the nice thick pool towels provided in the cabins. The prices for beverages are much better than other cruise lines. We also liked the later departure time in Cozumel. We were the last ship to leave and we were able to enjoy the sunset for sail away.
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