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Carnival Valor Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Great value for money

Review for Carnival Valor to the Western Caribbean
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Khyri
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019
Cabin: Balcony
Balcony of cabin 1108 - note temporary door hook latch.
Balcony of cabin 1108

Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the Ivanhoe theater, and then headed up to deck 11 around 12:45 to see how things were progressing. The Spa staff called me over, offered me a comfy seat, and checked on my corridor periodically so that I could just relax. My room was ready before 1.

I spent way too much time obsessing over the Fun Times and scheduling myself for activities. In hindsight, I should have just gone with the flow, and not stressed over what I might be missing. I attended a slot pull in the casino (we came out ahead!), a trivia session, a shopping presentation, and watched Bohemian Rhapsody in VERY chilly, windy conditions as a dive-in movie. Be warned that watching any movie in less than ideal weather is going to be torture - I wore a hoodie and wrapped myself in a towel and a blanket, and even then I almost didn't make it to the end.

I had four spa/gym sessions. The spa ladies are very friendly, but will try to push overpriced products on you - "Of these four products, which one do you feel would be most beneficial to you?" is their line. My gym training session was grueling, but I managed to go the whole hour without collapsing. The personalized workout printed list wasn't at the front desk that evening as promised, but after a couple of reminders (my cabin was steps away!) it was put under my door two days later.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin 8F

My spa deck balcony cabin was great as a solo traveler. It would probably be okay with two, but three or four would be cramped. The balcony was tiny, and tweaked my fear of heights a little. To sit in a chair, I had to hold onto it, and shuffle around carefully. The sliding patio door to the balcony had a damaged latch mechanism and was held closed by a temporary hook, which didn't help my feelings of safety! Imade greeted me on day 1, and gave me his card. I asked for morning room service only, and a complimentary robe. I had to remind him about the robe the next day, and when it finally arrived, the material was very stiff and scratchy. The bathroom was adequate, though if I was sharing with another person, it might be tight on storage space.

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