Little Value on the Valor: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by appeals2me

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Little Value on the Valor

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
NEGATIVES: The food and service on this ship was extremely poor. The staff seemed burned out, as though they were just going through the motions, with no enthusiasm. They seemed annoyed to assist the people on board. For example, food in the buffet line frequently ran out but the staff wouldn't get more unless we pointed it out. And then, they seemed annoyed to do it. We frequently had to clean our own table in order to sit down and eat. The poolside drink servers were practically non-existent on this ship. Our ship was full, yet every day buffet lines and other restaurants were closed. They did not provide enough food lines/areas to accommodate the number of passengers aboard. The Camp Carnival employees were not enthusiastic when we dropped our three year old off. When we came back to get him, there was no communication to us about what he did while he was there. By the third day, he did not want to go back so we altered our original plans and took him with us to Jamaica. More The only exception to the poor service we experienced was our room steward (Moody) who went out of his way to make us comfortable. We ended up paying our entire gratuity to him, as we complained to the front desk that he was the only one who deserved it.

The food served in the buffet ranged from marginal to bad. The quality of the food was inferior. It seemed like Carnival purchased the least expensive food that they could in order to cut their costs. Breakfast was very bad, lunch and dinner a little better but, other than the carved meats, most of the side dishes were inedible and we are NOT picky eaters! One night, we actually ate in the dining room because there was nothing worth eating in the buffet. The food there was no better. Another night, we ordered room service because there was nothing in the buffet worth eating. In short, we were extremely disappointed in the food on this ship. Again, we want to emphasize that we are not picky eaters!

POSITIVES: The ports were great. We loved Key West, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The shore excursions were fun. We booked one through Carnival called the Bamboo Beach Club in Jamaica that we enjoyed a lot. The beach they took us to was beautiful. Drinks, food and entertainment was provided. We felt that it was a good value. The ship was kept very clean, with the exception of the tables in the buffet area as discussed above. We always saw staff polishing the chrome, woodwork and windows and washing the decks. We experienced limited entertainment because we went to bed early with the three year old. We were able to go to the piano bar and listen to Brad play any request you can imagine which was lots of fun. The poolside dancing was fun. We enjoyed to poolside movie screen. However, Carnival used the screen mostly for advertisement rather than showing movies. We enjoyed the adults only "serenity" deck.

All in all, we would never sail on the Carnival Valor again and while we love cruises, we will probably try a different cruise line next time. Less

Published 03/06/12

Cabin review: 4E1314 Interior

Room 1314 was adequate space wise and comfortable. The noise level was not bad. The room steward was excellent and kept the room sparkling clean. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was fine.

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We liked Grand Cayman but would probably not return there because we didn't feel that it had much character. But, Seven Mile Beach and the water are beautiful and we're glad we got to see it.

We loved Key West! It is such a charming town with all of its historic buildings. It is extremely laid back and very clean. We just walked down the streets and checked out a few bars and shops. The prices for merchandise seemed very reasonable. We can't wait to go back to Key West!
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Beach Break

We loved Jamaica and would like to go back sometime to explore that island more. The Jamaican people were extremely friendly. We enjoyed the Bamboo Beach Club very much. Our three year old went with us and while we were initially concerned about safety issues, we were quickly relieved to find that safety was not an issue at all. The beach at the Bamboo Beach Club was beautiful and our son had a blast playing in the waves. The drinks and food were included in the price, as well as entertainment. We thought it was a good value. We also visited Margaritaville which was a lot of fun. We had to walk a short distance back to the port and some locals did approach us about buying things. We simply said "no thanks" and it was not a problem.

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