We live in New Orleans- so it was a perfect opportunity to go on a cheap cruise sailing out of our native port. Our group includes one young adult and two seniors.
Embarking had a few hiccups for my family- we forgot a form of identification, so we were pulled aside and asked to wait in a side area while we asked one of our family members to retrieve the document for us at home. After we got the proper verification, everything went smoothly.
The ship's decor is classic Americana culture- the floor tile complete with the American flag. The design is not as flashy as other ships, but it doesn't feel too boring. The atrium was elegant, the theater was large and accommodating, and the dining rooms felt both large and intimate at the same time. The layout was a tiny bit confusing, but eventually when we got to know our way around, we could find things with ease. There are maps/deck plans on pretty much every wall near the elevators and stairwells.
The cabin we had was at the very back of the ship on the lower decks, so we did feel the occasional rumble of the engines when we docked at a port. The room literally shook a few times- that would be an issue for any light sleeper. As for cleanliness, it was perfectly fine- and the towel animals were a surprise each night.
From day one, the staff onboard the Valor made us feel so welcome. Anyone from the staff in the lido deck (Rosie's Restaurant) to the fun squad (Claire, Abbey, and Sarah are awesome), to the incredible housekeeping staff- everyone welcomed us with smiles. The Cruise Director, Kevin, was hilarious and kept us laughing the entire trip.
The meals in the dining room were excellent- up to the high standard that we are used to by now from Carnival. The offerings ranged from classic steak, chicken, and fish- to adventurous things like rabbit, cured salmon, ox tongue, and the like. Dining in the Lido was also surprisingly delicious- the food was hot and fresh, the desserts were tasty.
You will never be bored on this ship- from activities like trivia and games to the high-production-value shows, to the parties and nightlife, there is something for everyone.
The highlight of entertainment for my family was the live house band onboard the Valor, Deep Blue Soul. They played in the Redfrog Pub on the promenade (deck 5.) Check them out. You will not regret it. The vocalists really know how to put on a show, and the guys and gals playing the instruments were so talented.
The itinerary for the week included stops at both Cozumel and Progreso- our family only booked one excursion for Cozumel- and it was a trip to Mr. Sancho's beach. It was all inclusive- the drinks and food were excellent, the water was clean, the beach was not too crowded, and the service was great.
Overall, we had a fantastic time. I am already trying to convince my family to go back next month!
The cabin was small and felt a bit tight with three people, but we managed. There was surpisingly plenty of storage space, including drawers, closets, and shelves. The picture of George Washington in the bathroom gave us a good chuckle as well.
Progreso is a small port with long walks- they do have a variety of shops near the dock but we found most items to be pricey. We did not go into town.
Mr Sancho's was awesome! Our waiter, Gabby, was incredible and very friendly. The resort is maintained very well- from the pool and the swim up bar, to the clean beach. The food was also top notch.View All 222 Private Resort Day Pass Reviews