Carnival Valor Cruise Review by appeals2me
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
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.
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Beach BreakWe 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.View All 45 Beach Break Reviews