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Carnival Valor Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1st cruise very pleasant

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Artisin

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise and we were up to minute afraid it would not happen due to Barry. We found out 2 days ahead we would actually sail and drove to NOLA on Sunday and spent the night. Convention blvd is pretty torn up around the Port so that was a bit of a nightmare but boarding on Monday was very smooth and the porters very nice in making sure our luggage and our departure was stress free. The stateroom was a balcony and pleasant, clean and more than we expected. But the lounge area we first entered upon boarding was loud, crazy and the bartenders hassled and not friendly. I would have expected Carnival to allow a larger area for everyone to gather at first. Other than that everything went well. We had a wonderful time and wonderful weather. The crew was nice and gracious. The only thing in the stateroom was a bit of slow drain in shower. Overall a wonderful first experience! Main dining charges for surf and turf lobster and steak and the lobster was over cooked and tough. Not worth the $20 extra bucks for sure. Drinks are pricey so be prepared. Was warned about the spa being a money suck, so did not partake. Love that there were 2 areas for adults only and they were enforced by stewards. Nightly shows were cheezy and not to my taste. The comedian was hilarious but be warned he is VERY adult.

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