Sail Date: January 2019
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have ... Read More
Pros: it's a cheap cruise and left from Galveston. Fellow cruisers were full of fun. We have been on many cruise lines, would pick the cruisers on Carnival over the more expensive lines just because they laughed so much and truly have a good time. Ship was mostly clean and well run. It was nice to have a couple of days at sea to just relax. Embarkation was very smooth. Debarkation was smooth for us, but be wise if you're on the 8th deck, they aren't allowed to leave until 1030. Our cabin steward (Wiriwan) and Lincoln dining room hostess (Melina from Romania) were excellent. Cons: the food in the main dining room and buffet is pretty poor quality. Not that we didn't eat it, just you get what you pay for. Cleanliness was fine, workers washed their hands and wore gloves, food was piping hot. Breakfast venues opened later than we were used to, but coffee was open all the time. Shows were so late (some started at 1130) that this didn't bother most people. This ship doesn't have a promenade type deck that goes all around the entire outside of the ship, something we've encountered and enjoyed elsewhere. Wishful thinking: I'd like the Carnival clientele on a Cunard ship! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second ... Read More
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second day at sea. In fact it was so relaxing and enjoyable we decided to schedule another massage on our 5th day at sea! Our masseuses were so amazing! If you decide to travel on Valor and are looking to make the most out of the experience, I suggest booking a massage with Dexie Ruiz or Natamon Wiboonma. One last thing, book a night at the steakhouse as well. A 5 course meal for only $38 per person is a steal...Hope the review makes your trip a little better! In case anyone is wondering for excursions...we did Passion Island at Cozumel, the only downside was how fast the excursion went...we could have stayed there an extra 5 hours! At the Yucatan, we did the Mayan Ruins (only 30 minutes away) then to the beach. The tour guide Adam made that excursion worth the cost, highly suggest it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, ... Read More
This was my second time on the Valor. I was with a group of 20 ladies sailing off for a relaxing 4 day getaway. We had several brand new cruisers and a lot of seasoned cruisers in our group. We got a fog warning text the evening before, and were a bit nervous, but the Valor docked at 4:26am the Thursday morning of our cruise! Had the 1st boarding time of 11:30-noon. The absolute quickest boarding EVER! We were onboard at 11:39! Simply fantastic! Lunch at the lido buffet followed by my first Miami Vice was a great way to start the cruise. Our cabins were ready at 1:30 and we had a great room steward and a nice balcony room on deck 6. The food throughout the cruise was consistently good. Especially Guys Burgers! Get the piggy patty if you haven't had one before. Delicious! We had great weather for entire cruise until early Sunday morning when we hit a squall and it was pretty rough. Thankfully, it calmed down and even the sun came back out after several hours. Got to see the blood moon eclipse the last night from the pool deck. That was impressive! Dining room waiters seemed to have a rough time the first couple of days. They were super friendly, just seemed to be running in circles trying to take care of their section. Crew members are so hardworking and I will never understand how people can treat them so badly. My only complaint was an event held on the first sea day in the middle of the afternoon was completely out of hand (a couple of the judges) and the crew member that was in charge was absolutely NOT in charge and could not handle this one particular judge especially. There were a lot of kids out there and it was completely inappropriate to say the least! On this note - I feel compelled to say this....I have been on 18 cruises now, and have seen large families cruising together celebrating reunions, birthdays, anniversary's and the like. There was a large family on this cruise that was the worst! They took over several different venues on the ship and acted like animals. No regard or respect for other cruisers. It got to the point, that if we were in a particular venue and saw them coming, we got up and left. We just didn't want to deal with their behavior etc...this did not by any means ruin my cruise, I just feel compelled to speak my opinion. I and others heard all around the ship how this group's behavior was affecting people and their families. Just so sad that folks think this type of behavior is the norm these days. Anyway, besides this one family, I met some great people from all over and had a great time with our group as well! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a ... Read More
Overall, this was an as expected girl's rip on the Carnival Valor. STATEROOMS: Our staterooms were interior, and therefore small - however, for the value and as little time as we spent in them, they were perfect. If I had a complaint/caution about the stateroom, it would be that the upper beds in the 3 and 4 person rooms are extremely uncomfortable, and there is nothing that they have at this time that will fix the issue. If given the opportunity to review my experience directly with Carnival, I will definitely include this information. Dining: As usual, the dining was plentiful and delicious. I'm sure that there are luxury cruise lines that have more elegant or refined food, but there was literally not a single dish I ate that left me disappointed. This also goes for the bars and bar drinks. Embarkation: pain free, although, this was probably the first time that I would say that. Embarkation is always a little chaotic, especially when everyone just wants to get their vacation started! Entertainment: ABSOLUTELY, HANDS DOWN, THE BEST I'VE HAD SO FAR. Cruise director Kevin was borrowed from another ship, and he was absolutely Amazing. He did an activity two different nights, that on the activity schedule seemed rather innocuous and boring - 70's Motown trivia (1st sea night) and 80's/90's Music trivia (2nd sea night) - we would not have attended either, except that as we were leaving our stateroom on the 6th deck, we were arrested by the wonderful sound of hundreds of people singing to 70's motown music in the Lobby on 3. We immediately went to investigate and we were not disappointed. Needless to say, we were early to the 2nd event and LOVED it.This needs to be a thing on EVERY. SINGLE. CRUISE. I came back with no voice from singing. Debarkation: Overwhelming. I know this is the case every time, but I continue to hope that someone will invent a better wheel eventually. We spent more than 2 hours in the queue waiting to debark. Overall, we really really enjoyed ourselves. We had very few complaints. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth. Even though I got to port two hours before my check in time, I was allowed to go in the "early" line, which was very quick, and I was on board much earlier than expected. I waited for a while in the Ivanhoe theater, and then headed up to deck 11 around 12:45 to see how things were progressing. The Spa staff called me over, offered me a comfy seat, and checked on my corridor periodically so that I could just relax. My room was ready before 1. I spent way too much time obsessing over the Fun Times and scheduling myself for activities. In hindsight, I should have just gone with the flow, and not stressed over what I might be missing. I attended a slot pull in the casino (we came out ahead!), a trivia session, a shopping presentation, and watched Bohemian Rhapsody in VERY chilly, windy conditions as a dive-in movie. Be warned that watching any movie in less than ideal weather is going to be torture - I wore a hoodie and wrapped myself in a towel and a blanket, and even then I almost didn't make it to the end. I had four spa/gym sessions. The spa ladies are very friendly, but will try to push overpriced products on you - "Of these four products, which one do you feel would be most beneficial to you?" is their line. My gym training session was grueling, but I managed to go the whole hour without collapsing. The personalized workout printed list wasn't at the front desk that evening as promised, but after a couple of reminders (my cabin was steps away!) it was put under my door two days later. I spent a lot of time in the casino. One machine in particular always allowed me to make a profit, as long as I cashed out while I was ahead, and didn't play again until the next day. I only played minimum bets, and ended the cruise about $40 up. Make sure you cash out your balance at the casino desk on the last night of the cruise, as Guest Services can't access your casino funds. My cabin was great as a solo traveler. It would probably be okay with two, but three or four would be cramped. The balcony was tiny, and tweaked my fear of heights a little. To sit in a chair, I had to hold onto it, and shuffle around carefully. The sliding patio door to the balcony had a damaged latch mechanism and was held closed by a temporary hook, which didn't help my feelings of safety! I ordered breakfast in my room every day, but it was only sunny enough to eat on the balcony one day. I also ordered cake through room service a few times as an evening treat. I most ate at the Lido Buffet. I at in the MDR twice, once on my own, and once with two other families. I discovered you can order as much as you want - the fireman across the table ordered two cesar salads, and two entrees. I bought a bottle of wine the first night, which I kept in my cabin fridge (keep the cabinet door open to help with the cooling) and mixed with my breakfast orange juice. I also had the crab cake sliders from the seafood shack, which were okay, but not worth the added expense. I took shore excursions in Cozumel (snorkeling) and Progreso (all-inclusive beach resort), but I didn't book them through Carnival. Cozumel is best for shopping, but Progreso has some good stores at the port with bargains. I bought two Mexican blankets for $10. Disembarkation was great. We docked 2 hours early, and they started disembarking at 7:30 instead of 8:30. My deck was called first, and as I was carrying all my luggage off, I ended up being the 6th person off the ship. Customs was very smooth, and I was in my car and on the road at 8:15. If I cruise again, I will probably go with a line less geared to families, and more towards solo/older people. Deck 11 was very quiet, but the hot tubs, especially on the Serenity deck, were always filled with loud, 20-something partiers. I would also go later in the year, as we had rain on 5 days out of 6 in mid-January, which cut into deck time. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly ... Read More
This was chosen as our family New Years Cruise for 2018. There were 14 of us- 3 under 5 years and the rest adults. After reading some not very flattering reviews of Carnival ships, we had extremely low expectations and were pleasantly surprised! There were some weak spots but all in all the staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was okay to good most days. The cabin stewards could do a more thorough job of cleaning and replacing dirty towels and glasses. The night time entertainment was fun but not too fancy- mainly dancing and trivia. The shore excursions we chose were both lots of fun and very well executed. The two excursions we took were the Champagne Catamaran, snorkeling and diving adventure. and the Mayan Ruins, Lazy River, and Underground Cave Adventure. On the catamaran trip, the guides took us to a spot where there was lots of colorful stuff to observe at fairly shallow depths. After 45 minutes to an hour of that, you get back on the catamaran and its Happy Hour! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, ... Read More
The price was right to take my son and his family to experience their first. The embarkation was great and smooth, especially when i need two wheelchair assist. But thet disembarkation was terrible, they left us in the Ivahoe Theater, until almost all the passenger were gone waiting for the staff member to push the wheelchair. Ive been cruising for 13 years and it never happened before. The dinning was fantastic, Food, and service was great. The ship overall was fine. The cabin was very comfortable even with 4 passenger. Service was excellent thru out the ship. The only complain i have is when eating in the buffet on Deck 9, we never had a staff member ask us if we needed coffee, or water or to pick up the dirty dishes. I was very surprise. Royal Caribbean even looks for a table for you and are always very attentive. I'm going on another cruise on the carnival Dream and i hope the buffet will be handle better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all ... Read More
Embarkation was fast and efficient, debarkation was a bit tedious but after all it’s the end of your vacation. Buffet on Lido deck has 3 omelet stations for breakfast and for lunch offers Pizza, Burgers, BBQ and the buffet standards, all excellent! Below in the dining room food was very good, service was only pretty good as waiter William seemed to disappear for long periods of time. Luckily Headwaiter Reff and assistant Aditya were there to pull his butt out of the fire. As usual, room steward was Very Good. Thank you Aung! As a whole, service was excellent and extremely friendly, very attentive. Best policy is to treat these people with genuine respect and a smile, They will pay you back with excellent service x10. My only complaint with Carnival is no indoor smoking area to enjoy a cigar, smoke them only occasionally. How difficult could it be, Carnival? Will cruise Carnival again, for sure. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show ... Read More
The hubby and I decided on this cruise because we were looking for relaxation and I wanted a Christmas themed cruise. This was our second cruise and the first through Carnival. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the holiday show was entertaining. We went to a few comedy shows as well as the regular shows. TJ the cruise director was hilarious! We ate in the dining room every night but one. The food was very good. We had anytime dining, but towards the end we were requesting Barbara’s section since she was so helpful and gave fantastic recommendations. We had breakfast on the Lido deck every morning. I am a fan of the omelette station. We only ate lunch twice, once at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana, again everything was good. A must not miss if you are a foodie is the Chef’s Table. The meal includes 7 courses as well as a galley tour. The food was amazing. The weather was cold everyday but one, so we didn’t really get a chance to hang out on the deck. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was a birthday cruise for a friend. It was the 1st cruise for the majority of the people in our party. We missed our schedule appt time for embarkation, but we made it on the ship within 20 mins of arriving to the port. All of the ... Read More
This was a birthday cruise for a friend. It was the 1st cruise for the majority of the people in our party. We missed our schedule appt time for embarkation, but we made it on the ship within 20 mins of arriving to the port. All of the stewards and crew were really nice. The highlight of the cruise for me was the Deli. You have to try all of the sandwiches. My least favorite part of the cruise was the show. I try to make all shows, but was only able to catch one of the two offered on this one. The one that I caught was entertaining, but the singing was a little lacking. The other members in my party caught the 2nd show and loved that one. I hate that I missed it. We choose to do Mr. Sanchos for our excursion. It is an all inclusive beach club. I would recommend doing this if you are interested in all you can eat food, drinks, and relaxing on the beach. They do offer other activities like ATV, kayaking, snorkeling, horse back riding, etc there as well. So far this is the biggest ship I have been on with Carnival. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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