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We chose this cruise because of its 5 day duration, lower flight prices to new orleans, and vegetarian food reviews. It turned out to beat our expectations. Vegetarian food variety and quality was really good. Activities were numerous and well organized. Our balcony room was nice even though the ship is older but that didnt bother us. Service all over was excellent, with the nicest staff on board. Cozumel was nice, we did playa mia without the food option and that was well worth the $26 pp via excursioneer. Progresso was ok, we didnt do any big excursion just the Auto Progresso city tour for $9 pp. Ship excursion prices are typically 10-20% higher than buying online or on shore. What can improve? A kiddie pool would be a huge improvement and attraction. Include soda in the base price please. Disembarkation was well organized and quick. Cruise director Kevin is one of the best you can find. Kids club for 12 year old was very engaging and she wanted to go many times and wanted to stay longer. Shows were high quality, esp America Rocks. The trio playing violin every day was very talented. My 16 year old daughter made good friends. The basketball court was nice although can become crowded. View from deck above basketball court was incredible (closes at 5). Serenity bar and lounge is excellent with the huge pods to lounge in overlooking the front of ship. Would totally do the ship again. Would go for mayan excursion in progresso next time.

Excellent food, service, cleanliness, activities

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by rkaushik

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We chose this cruise because of its 5 day duration, lower flight prices to new orleans, and vegetarian food reviews.

It turned out to beat our expectations. Vegetarian food variety and quality was really good. Activities were numerous and well organized. Our balcony room was nice even though the ship is older but that didnt bother us. Service all over was excellent, with the nicest staff on board. Cozumel was nice, we did playa mia without the food option and that was well worth the $26 pp via excursioneer. Progresso was ok, we didnt do any big excursion just the Auto Progresso city tour for $9 pp. Ship excursion prices are typically 10-20% higher than buying online or on shore.

What can improve? A kiddie pool would be a huge improvement and attraction. Include soda in the base price please.

Disembarkation was well organized and quick. Cruise director Kevin is one of the best you can find. Kids club for 12 year old was very engaging and she wanted to go many times and wanted to stay longer. Shows were high quality, esp America Rocks. The trio playing violin every day was very talented. My 16 year old daughter made good friends. The basketball court was nice although can become crowded. View from deck above basketball court was incredible (closes at 5). Serenity bar and lounge is excellent with the huge pods to lounge in overlooking the front of ship.

Would totally do the ship again. Would go for mayan excursion in progresso next time.
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Balcony cabin was as expected with king bed and pull down bunk bed. Balcony was well sized with 2 chairs. View feom balcony was good. Didnt feel boxed in because of the huge glass window. Clean. Small shower but thats expected.
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