Sail Date: August 2019
The cruise was affordable for our party of ten especially we booked at the last minute. My party and I went on a 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Valor; this is my third time cruising with Carnival cruise line and first ... Read More
The cruise was affordable for our party of ten especially we booked at the last minute. My party and I went on a 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Valor; this is my third time cruising with Carnival cruise line and first time on the Valor. Other than the Cruise Director, Kevin, my family and I didn't have a good time and I didn't like the ship. The Valor seemed small, congested and cluttered and it could use some updates especially in the sports area, which was small and dated; also, they could use some new loungers because a lot were stained and need to be replaced. My party included kids, teens and young adults, and I found that there wasn't a lot of activities for the teens and kids. The pool area was crowded the majority of the time as well as the sports area, and the sports area closed at 5 pm everyday, "which didn't make much sense to me," so my kids really didn't do much. Some of the food was okay, especially the burgers from Guy's that was a hit for those that like burgers, but the other selection of food could have been better. The cabins were a decent size and considering that there was so many people on the ship the washrooms throughout the ship were kept clean so that was a positive. My only complaint with the cabin is one wasn't ready when we arrived. There were dirty linen left in the room and they didn't have the beds set up for the four individuals staying in the room. The bars stayed busy throughout the day, and a lot of time we had to wait a long time to be served. I wasn't crazy about the entertainment: the comedian we saw our first night there was not funny so we ended up leaving, I didn't enjoy the singers they didn't make it exciting and everything else just seemed boring. We planned for this trip for two months, but everyone was disappointment on the cruise and couldn't wait to go home. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Ship itself: Very clean, some reviews I read said that it was dirty but this was definitely not the case. It can be a little confusing the first day finding your way around the ship. Our cabin was at the back of the ship but our dining ... Read More
Ship itself: Very clean, some reviews I read said that it was dirty but this was definitely not the case. It can be a little confusing the first day finding your way around the ship. Our cabin was at the back of the ship but our dining room was at the very front of the ship in the Lincoln Dining Room. My best advice to get across the boat is to go down to floor 2 where you can walk all the way down either side of the boat without any doors or barriers. Cabin: I went with my girlfriend and 2 other friends. King size bed and two bunk beds. Obviously it is a little close quarters but we didn't care because we barely spent any time in the room. Shower pressure is surprisingly strong. The water can be SCALDING hot so be careful getting in. Tv in the room with very basic channels. I liked the channels that just showed cameras on the ship. Dining: It is so awesome to order 5 appetizers just for the hell of it. There is a $10 corkage fee to bring a bottle of wine at dinner which we did each night. We were at the Lincoln dining room. Every dinner was great BESIDES the Elegant Dinner. That one was just a mess. It took 30 minutes for a server to even get our drinks. But I kinda understand because EVERYONE went to dinner that night. We had the anytime dining which I strongly recommend. I wish there was more stuff open after 9 PM. It's pretty much just Pizza or room service. Guy's burger joint is amazing. The American Deli had some good sandwiches. Room service is free until 10 PM from a select menu. Cheers Program: Highlight of the trip for sure. My friends and I were drunk the whole time. 15 drinks a day which sounds hard but I capped out each night. The rum drinks have at least 2 shots in them which is great. Each day there is a daily special drink at the bar and its a mixture of lots of alcohol and fruity drinks basically. The drink servers are awesome. Dede from Indonesia was my hero. He would find us all over the ship at shows. He was the absolute best. I already miss him. Entertainment: Loved the casino, nightclub, comedy shows, karaoke, game shows, trivia, all of that. The main performance shows every night in the Ivanhoe Theater are honestly terrible. Kevin the cruise director is great but there's a group of eight 25-30 year olds who have a dancing and singing routine each night and it is very boring and cringe worthy. Skip this if you can. We went the first night and did not go back. I want to mention the casino again. SO much fun at noon and 3 AM it doesn't matter the time. Blackjack tables are rowdy. Excursions: I've been to Cozumel before. This time our group stayed on the boat and just drank by the pool. So relaxing. Absolutely nobody is on the boat during that time so no lines for food or at the bar. Plenty of pool seats. Embarkation and Debarkation was so smooth. Debarkation advice is if you are not walking out by 7:30, you might as well stay on the boat until 10am. from 8-10 it is just a massive heard of cattle leaving the ship and it can get pretty hot from that many people close together. Stay up on the pool deck and take some last pictures and then around 10 you can leave and there will be no line. If you need guest services, just call the number from your room phone because that line can be extremely long. I think that's about it. PLEASE Don't lose your sail and sign card. There is no need to have any credit card or anything on you. Keep cash for tips and your sail and sign card and that is all you need. All things considered a super fun vacation that is considerably cheap. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We had a blast and enjoyed everything. Can’t want to go again! We really enjoyed the theater every night. Kevin was our cruise director and he was so good and funny. The food was awesome. I have nothing bad to say! There is always ... Read More
We had a blast and enjoyed everything. Can’t want to go again! We really enjoyed the theater every night. Kevin was our cruise director and he was so good and funny. The food was awesome. I have nothing bad to say! There is always something to do. Between the movies on deck 9 and the theater. Also there is a lot for the kids to do. Getting on the ship wasn’t a problem. We boarded at 12 and was actually on the boat at 11:30. They got us check in early. Cause we were there early. It was so peaceful. You never feel the boat move unless the wind at night is a little strong. But still it was lovely and run! I’m actually planning another one. Both my bartender at the red frog and the casino knew what i wanted to drink and i never had to remind them. They were awesome and sweet. Would call you by name and even set and talk with you for a while, when they could. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I was here for my sisters wedding. They press you to be on time and if your late they have an attitude but its okay for them to be late. Which they was late for everything. The wedding kept getting pushed back so even the bride and groom ... Read More
I was here for my sisters wedding. They press you to be on time and if your late they have an attitude but its okay for them to be late. Which they was late for everything. The wedding kept getting pushed back so even the bride and groom didn't know the time they was getting married. Then they set the time for 3:00 pm and the people didn't show up til 4. House keeping was no where to be found. The 1st night dude came by and dropped off his card and said for me to give him a call any time I needed something and he never answered the phone. I had to stand in the long line at customer service for them to call him just to get what I needed the whole cruise. Also the dinner staff was not friendly like I have experienced on other cruises. The staff is not very knowledgeable you can ask all of them the same question and they will give you different answers which is sad due to them being on the same boat for 6 months at a time! All their activities was closed most the time. My son is 13 and was looking forward to the teens club which only opened for 2 hours 1 day out of the 4 days we was on the ship. The basketball court didn't open til 12 am then of course it was adults. This was the worst ship I've ever been on. Then to top it off they charged me for a changed I didn't make! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I selected this cruise for me and my wife at the last minute for a quick vacation. Everything about it was good. Great staff, good balcony suite, good food and good fun. I did the upsell for better food in the MDR and also did the ... Read More
I selected this cruise for me and my wife at the last minute for a quick vacation. Everything about it was good. Great staff, good balcony suite, good food and good fun. I did the upsell for better food in the MDR and also did the specialty restaurant one night so my food grade is higher because I paid extra for it. The comedy club was top notch and much funnier than I've seen on other cruises, but this has everything to do with the talent and nothing to do with the ship. My dessert in the specialty restaurant was a work of art and unlike anything I've ever experienced before, plus it was good too. My only issue was that the design of the Valor resulted in crowds and lines. I've been on larger ships with more passengers that were less crowded than this. Everywhere I went there was a line for either food, drink or entertainment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was our first cruise and we were up to minute afraid it would not happen due to Barry. We found out 2 days ahead we would actually sail and drove to NOLA on Sunday and spent the night. Convention blvd is pretty torn up around the Port ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were up to minute afraid it would not happen due to Barry. We found out 2 days ahead we would actually sail and drove to NOLA on Sunday and spent the night. Convention blvd is pretty torn up around the Port so that was a bit of a nightmare but boarding on Monday was very smooth and the porters very nice in making sure our luggage and our departure was stress free. The stateroom was a balcony and pleasant, clean and more than we expected. But the lounge area we first entered upon boarding was loud, crazy and the bartenders hassled and not friendly. I would have expected Carnival to allow a larger area for everyone to gather at first. Other than that everything went well. We had a wonderful time and wonderful weather. The crew was nice and gracious. The only thing in the stateroom was a bit of slow drain in shower. Overall a wonderful first experience! Main dining charges for surf and turf lobster and steak and the lobster was over cooked and tough. Not worth the $20 extra bucks for sure. Drinks are pricey so be prepared. Was warned about the spa being a money suck, so did not partake. Love that there were 2 areas for adults only and they were enforced by stewards. Nightly shows were cheezy and not to my taste. The comedian was hilarious but be warned he is VERY adult. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to simply have a party at sea. Because of tropical storm Barry, we were bused 2 1/2 hours away to another port. We ended up leaving out of Mobile Alabama, four hours late. As soon as we hit the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to simply have a party at sea. Because of tropical storm Barry, we were bused 2 1/2 hours away to another port. We ended up leaving out of Mobile Alabama, four hours late. As soon as we hit the open ocean, the seas were so rough, they had to drain the pools. The entire first day at sea, activities were cancelled, most of the passengers were stuck in there rooms throwing up, then the smell..... The stench of sewage would overcome us, to the point that we didn't want to eat or drink anything. The smell only got worse as the days went by. We couldn't get away from it, even inside our cabin. Because they run on such a tight schedule, the captain decided to go straight through the storm, rather than around it. We still ended up late, getting to Cozumel. Our shore excursions were cut short because of the time constraint, then... back on the stinky ship and head back into rough waters. We never had a nice dinner, for a couple reasons. The first night, they cancelled. The rest of the time, we were too seasick to do anything. Through all of this, we were never compensated for anything. Knowing how rough it was, at sea, It's my opinion that Carnival should have given us the option to reschedule, or cancel, altogether. At the very least, compensate us for the inconvenience of having to take an uncomfortable bus ride for over 2 hours. Nope, nothing.... Still had to pay $88 to park for 4 days. I will never cruise with Carnival again. Worst vacation of my life. Total waste of money. I didn't even get into the condition of the ship. run down, old and dirty. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, ... Read More
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, but our stateroom steward corrected the problem by dinner. We choose anytime dining and had no problem getting in any night. We found a great server on our second night, Noel, and requested to sit in his section for the rest of the trip. The excursion we booked in Cozumel was cancelled. The bright side, money was refunded to our Sail and Sign card and we spent the day shopping in Cozumel. We were the only ship in port, and it was a Monday, so there weren’t many crowds at all. In fact, we returned to the ship to eat lunch, and then went back out in the port. We really enjoyed our excursion in Progreso. We did a tour of the Dzibilchatltun ruins, lunch at a Mayan restaurant, and a tour of Merida city. It was great and worth taking. It felt like getting two or three excursions in one. We attended two of the three productions and they were fun. The comedians were very funny, and we enjoyed the comedy shows. We attended the sea day brunches and both times the food was good, but the staff wasn’t very personable. The food on the Lido deck was what you would expect. It was always very crowded during mealtimes. We did make reservations with the Chef’s Table, and that was amazing. We were given a tour of the galley, had four amuse bouches in the kitchen, learned how to make chocolate melting cake from the pastry chef, and then enjoyed an eight-course meal with an exclusive group of 9 guests. Wine was paired with each course and we received a photo of the group and a copy of the melting cake recipe at the end of the evening. If you are a foodie, it’s definitely a lot of fun. My friend is not a foodie and I made her come with me. She enjoyed the company but did not like the food. We were the cruise that was diverted to the Port of Mobile due to Hurricane Barry. They made the announcement around dinner time and the entire mood of the ship deflated. We were told that bus transportation would be provided back to New Orleans. I think they could have done a better job explaining how that would work. Disembarkment was a mess. They started with the lower decks but didn’t monitor it and within an hour it became a free-for-all of everyone trying to get off the boat. The staff at the Port of Mobile that had to show up on their day off were very friendly and accommodating and the buses were loading quickly. The bus ride back was fine, but there was a complete lack of organization at the Port of New Orleans. The guests for the next cruise were arriving to the port way too early and we had no place to get out of the buses. There wasn’t parking for the new guests because we weren’t back yet to move our cars. We literally sat in traffic a few blocks from the port for at least 45 minutes. I think Carnival needs to come up with a better emergency plan for the future because this did not work. On a positive note, the captain did an amazing job minimizing the motion of the ship. Even when we were traveling through rough seas, he kept the motion to a minimum. My friend traveled on the Glory six months ago and raved most of the trip about how much smoother this cruise was. The staff of this ship was very friendly and we were addressed by name frequently. TJ the cruise director was very energetic and fun. This was his second to last sailing on the Valor. He mentioned he's moving to a 7 day cruise out of Galveston. I've seen many great reviews about him, and he lived up to the hype. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon boarding I did a quick ship inspection and I was very impressed. The ship is not new, but with that said I found the floors, furniture, and ships interior all to be in excellent condition. Also we had two cabins and I found both to be in very good condition. Comfortable mattresses, couch and chairs in room in good shape, clean bathroom, and very functional closet and drawer space. The one major drawback to this cruise is not just limited to the Carnival Valor, but all the Carnival ships I have sailed on in the past couple of years, that being the quality of both food and service. To me both began their decline shortly after the retirement of former CEO Bob Dickerson, or "Uncle Bob" as he was known by employees. On our five night cruise there were two nights I did not eat what I ordered. One was the Beef Lasagna which had zero texture. It was almost mush. The pasta was was overcooked and there was no flavor at all.I ordered another entree and it was fair. The other was the Southern Fried Chicken. I am from the South and I know fried chicken. I got a small breast and drumstick i think it was, but did not keep it long enough to find out. The chicken was very dry inside, and the outside was way overcooked. It is evident that they cooked it at too high a temperature. In the Buffet lines I found the quality to be about the same. The selection also left something to be desired. Also I remember the good ole days of eating all the deserts because they were all so good, but now I try all of them to find one that is good. In all my life I have never had cheese cake that was anything like the stuff on the ship. It seems that it is less cheese and more cake. The only other negative I can think of is the Endless Bubbles program. Compared to RCCL sodas the Carnival program is bad. There are no soda machines so you have to wait in line at a bar and you end up with a warm soda being poured onto ice. Also in the Buffet areas nobody comes along anymore to take drink orders, so you have to get your food, then go outside and stand in line at a bar to get a warm soda on ice (can you tell this is my pet peeve?). The warm soda melts the ice and you have a watered down soda. Carnival needs to consider investing in the self serve soda machines like they have on RCCL. One more thing to note is that in the dining room the waiters used to unroll your napkin and place it on you lap and hand you a menu already opened. Minor thing but they do not do that any more. Also on evening turn down they would always place a mint on your pillow and they no longer do that either. Some of these are small things, but it would be wise to remember that a lot of little bits creates a gob.Other than these items I was happy with the cruise and would consider cruising on the Valor again. OK.. One more thing. I find cruise directors to be so full of themselves. They remind me of the plastic game show hosts. So fake. I took a Carnival last year and had a cruise director named "Jess From The U.S. This young lady was such a delight. She did not try to be the star of the show. She was herself and came across as being real. We need more cruise directors like her. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
If you are looking for a relaxing cruise and a great price and fun port, then I would recommend the Valor. I have over 125 cruise days with Carnival on 14 of their ships. I have never had a problem on any cruise. This was our first ... Read More
If you are looking for a relaxing cruise and a great price and fun port, then I would recommend the Valor. I have over 125 cruise days with Carnival on 14 of their ships. I have never had a problem on any cruise. This was our first time on the Valor. Since we love visiting New Orleans, it seemed like the perfect time to bring my Mother-In-Law on her first cruise. Getting to the Port took a lot longer because of road construction and the Essence Festival activities. Regardless, we made it during our assigned time and walked onto the ship in about 10 minutes. While the Valor is older, it does have some of the food venus of the new ships. The big piece missing was water works which would have been nice as it would have given people more places to cool off as this was hot and humid cruise. Every place we ate was great. We never have any complaints about the food. We can always find something we like. We had anytime seating for dinner. There was never a wait the service was great as usual. While lines did form in the Lido dining area on port stops, if you took the time to walk around, you would find a line that had little to no waiting. We hit some of the triva in the Atrium bar. The fun squad did a great job even though my oldest and I bombed the country music one however we did do pretty good in the Big Bang contest. The Lido deck competions were fun as usual. Unfortunitly rain hit so they had to canecel some of them and move Cruie for St. Jude inside. They were still able to raise more than a $1000 though which is good. We ordered room service a few times and the wait was no longer than 20 minutes. We also used the Carnival Hub app for pizza delivery. I think it took 15 minutes and the pizza was nice and hot. I hit the first family friendly comedy show and my family made the second one. Both comendians were good even. The musicians around the ship were great. Usually I find one on each cruise that I prefer to listen too but all were very good so I did not stick to one particular group. I hit the gym a several times. The first sea day was busy in the morning but the rest of the time it was easy to get in for a work out and not have to wait for any of the machines The staff was great and always there to help. It is very rare that I go to guest services unless I am adding a gift card to my sail and sign account. This time we had to check out a medical cooler to store my daughters perscription. We also had a couple of reusable ice packs that we needed to keep frozen. We were able to switch them out through out the cruise. They just put our cabin number on them. We had to deal with Tropical Storm Berry on the last day which resulted in us getting diverted to Mobile. They had over a hundred buses waiting to get us back to New Orleans. We were off the ship and on our way back to NOLA by 7:00AM. We dropped pur luggage off at our planned hotel for the night around 10:00AM. Not bad all things considered. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I am a cruise person having been on 8 cruises and 5 of those on Carnival Ships. The spa people were standing on the deck offering you a chance for a discount. Having never had a facial I pulled a card and received $50.00 off. I had a ... Read More
I am a cruise person having been on 8 cruises and 5 of those on Carnival Ships. The spa people were standing on the deck offering you a chance for a discount. Having never had a facial I pulled a card and received $50.00 off. I had a facial done which was 165.00 less $50.00 which is $115.00. I SIGNED a receipt for $115.00 however after I get home I see I was charged $135.75. When I contacted Carnival I was told that the Spa Service was contracted. When I call them I was told it was an automatic 20% tip. Issue 1: that is not on the receipt I Signed. Issue 2: read the contract you agree to Spa Service is not listed in automatic gratuity. Issue 3: Told nothing could be done after I get off I should have addressed it on ship, i started the first business day after I got off trying to get any information and it took me 3 days to have someone call me back. Therefore, DO NOT DO A SPA SERVICE! And CARNIVAL what have you done...this is next to the worst cruise I have been on...too may issues to address but this is number 1...this was a Anniversary cruise and I was shocked with Carnival now I am mad!!!! The dining area staff were good we prefer the sit down breakfast and dinner at 6. The room staff need some repair cleaning lessons but did appear in the room daily. Things needed where pointed out but not addressed i.e. the bed light had no knob to turn it on you had to stick your finger in the knob hole to turn it on. The shows were okay. The comedy was good, I love bingo but the caller preferred to talk to much and not just call the numbers. They have a new set up where you do everything on the ship after you get on i.e. the credit card on file so the first 2 days the customer support area was big lines! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
This was hands down the worst cruise I’ve ever been on. The food was terrible, especially in the main dining room and service was very slow. We went to the at sea brunch one day and sat there for over 30 minutes before anyone even ... Read More
This was hands down the worst cruise I’ve ever been on. The food was terrible, especially in the main dining room and service was very slow. We went to the at sea brunch one day and sat there for over 30 minutes before anyone even brought water to our table. I got food poisoning from dinner at the main dining room and was out for a whole day because of it. The only highlight in the food department is the Guys Burger Joint. The drink department was very good. The bartenders were always very nice and the drinks were made with name brand liquor. The Alchemy Bar was incredible and we would go there every night. My only complaint about the drinks is that after every order you get a $0.00 (unless your in the Mississippi River where you have to pay extra tax) receipt that you have to sign even if you have the drink package. I am a very good tipper and don’t mind tipping at all, but I felt like having to sign was basically like begging for extra tips. The entertainment on the ship was a joke. We walked out of a show because it was so bad. The casino was a huge letdown. The port of Progresso was the sketchiest port I’ve ever been to. I’m honestly surprised Carnival would take the liability of dropping off passengers there. Overall, pick literally any other cruise to go on. Going into the cruise, I knew it was Carnvial so my expectations weren’t high, but they managed to not even meet my very low expectations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
It was ok at best. Mexico felt safe. Food got old really quick and so did the entertainment. Stay away from the non paying casino. Best part of the trip was getting home. Stay on the boat when it docks and you might get a chance to use the ... Read More
It was ok at best. Mexico felt safe. Food got old really quick and so did the entertainment. Stay away from the non paying casino. Best part of the trip was getting home. Stay on the boat when it docks and you might get a chance to use the pool and hot tub. When in progresso do NOT book the Mi Casa Es Su Casa excursion or you will hate yourself. Tried to review on Carnival but they only take good reviews. Bad food,bad drinks,flies,dirty. Adam our guide was ok I guess and the buss was clean. The AC in our room 7329 worked sometimes. We lucked up and got a fan from our room attendant. The bubbles package was hot can drinks poured over ice . Each drink they had to swipe your card and print a ticket and you had to sign for it. The coffee was like tar it was so strong. Pizza had little to no meat on it. Guys burgers was about the best food on boat and it wasn’t great either. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise and our 30th cruise. We chose this cruise for a relaxing time after a week of touring in New Orleans. Also, we had one of our daughters and her family. The kiddos had a blast going up and down the ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise and our 30th cruise. We chose this cruise for a relaxing time after a week of touring in New Orleans. Also, we had one of our daughters and her family. The kiddos had a blast going up and down the waterslide, over and over and over. There was something sharp at the bottom and both kids scraped their feet and came out bleeding at one point. There was nowhere to sit in the shade on the pool deck. We went to Serenity, but children were not allowed there. ALL of the lounges were filled on the main deck. The kid's program seemed to feature too much time on computer games. The dining room staff were stellar. They paid particular attention to our little ones and made them feel so special at "Showtime". The singers and dancers onboard were very good. We enjoyed the first and last production but were totally disappointed with the Country night. The whole family had a great time at the crafting with Georgia. We played bingo and that was soooo annoying. There were only 3 games and too much chatter trying to keep it interesting. It seemed childish at times. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana had decent lunches. The dining room meals were disappointing. Not one meal was worth talking about. Since this was a shorter cruise, we think people used it as a time to get their drink on. At one point, a man was so intoxicated, we thought he would fall over the railing at one of the evening shows. The casino was tight and the machines did not entertain. It was like feeding hungry monsters. The cruise director, TJ, did his job well. Debarkation was a NIGHTMARE. Long waits with nothing to do and no food or drinks. We would probably not go on this cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail from New Orleans and we wanted to cruise during our anniversary. We know Carnival has a reputation for loud partiers, but we thought getting a balcony cabin would help us avoid some of that. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail from New Orleans and we wanted to cruise during our anniversary. We know Carnival has a reputation for loud partiers, but we thought getting a balcony cabin would help us avoid some of that. In a nutshell, we wouldn’t chose this cruise if we had the choice to make again. The Valor was old. We knew that and didn’t mind as long as the ship was clean and in working order. For the most part, that was the case. The ship decor was a bit outdated. Again, not really a deal breaker. Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the 9th deck-lido. We liked the convenience of being there and it really wasn’t too loud. Most things were in working order, although one lamp by the sofa never worked the entire duration (and we notified the steward of this the first day). We liked the size of the room. Decent for two people. The balcony was wet most of our stay because of condensation leaking/dripping from above, so that was a bummer. The steward was nice, prompt, and accommodating (I requested extra hangers). The food in the steakhouse was good. We paid $38 extra per person to be able to get decent steak. The first night you get a free bottle of wine if you go to the steakhouse; I knew this from reading reviews, but the wine steward didn’t tell us this. I had to ask, and then he acted perturbed and said yes. This was really the kind of service we received from most waiters and bartenders the entire time. Irritated, perturbed, put out that they had to serve you. There was definitely an undercurrent of dislike/disdain from most of them. We are polite people and we tip extra, so this behavior from them was unwarranted. We even had some bartenders intentionally/blatantly skip over us and ignore us, for no reason. This makes a vacation really no fun at all. Exceptions:Alchemy bar. The bartenders there are nice, knowledgeable and efficient. But, you have to like strong, expensive mixed drinks to go there. The main dining room (ours was Lincoln) was sub par. Service was VERY slow, even though they scurried around like they were very busy; they didn’t appear to be organized or efficient. I wondered if the waiters were just pretending to be busy? The last night we dined there we didn’t get our drinks until we were almost finished with the meal and we only got them because I asked a busser from a nearby section about them. She took pity on us and stepped up to serve our table. I really don’t understand why we had to be treated so rudely (ignored) on the actual day of our anniversary. I made a point to go to my room, get cash, and place it directly into Cindy Lui’s hand to thank her for giving us our drinks and taking our dessert orders, when the others wouldn’t. I vowed then that I’d NEVER go back on that ship. The main dining food was bland and really not very good. We found better options in the buffet on Lido (you have to try several entrees there to identify what is actually good, but there are some good options, and the buffet salad is very fresh and delicious). I hate to say this: The boat stank pretty often. Musty smells around the main Lido pool area (it isn’t well ventilated) and often times at various places on the boat, a strong stench of sewage would greet you. Not my idea of a fun ship. Don’t even get me started on disembarking. Just prepare yourself to wait three hours shoulder to shoulder with herds of people and their luggage (dragging down flights of stairs). Bit of advice: just go sit in the buffet area and wait until the very end and hopefully you can just walk off the boat without the crowds of 3700 people. I’m giving the cruise two stars because despite the overcrowded nature, the rude staff, the old ship, and the smell, we still managed to enjoy our time. The shows we went to were really good, the comedy acts were funny, and we liked the Serenity deck. The ports and excursions we went on were enjoyable. That said, I’ve never been happier to be off of a cruise boat in my entire life!! No more Carnival for us! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We choose this cruise as a last minute get away. It was very crowded lots of unsupervised children. My husband was in a hot tub but got taken over by children and got mug shots by parents.. he was only adult. The ships mustard station had ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a last minute get away. It was very crowded lots of unsupervised children. My husband was in a hot tub but got taken over by children and got mug shots by parents.. he was only adult. The ships mustard station had us standing outside which was hard on people with small children, and health issues. Someone passed out near us. The hot tubs in the adult area were full and frequently closed. The pool was closed but understood that someone threw up in it. Even though we heard the comic was not that good we went. Saw lots of people get up and walk out.. He really wasn't that good... sorry but we tried and stayed to the end. On another note the 80'S show was very nice and enjoyed. Because we did not think about the timing of the cruise, the lines were very long on the ship. It almost seemed like they were short on staff in many areas. The dinning room hand us completely empty books. Lol he looked very busy and it took a lil while to flag him down to get the menu. We booked a balcony for the first time it was actually the best and we were able to retreat to our room from the crowds. Room steward was great and took care of us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My daughter and some of her high school friends wanted to go on a senior trip so a cruise on Carnival Valor was chosen. I wasn’t excited about the choice but obliged. The cruise port in New Orleans is a nightmare. If you cruise with ... Read More
My daughter and some of her high school friends wanted to go on a senior trip so a cruise on Carnival Valor was chosen. I wasn’t excited about the choice but obliged. The cruise port in New Orleans is a nightmare. If you cruise with Carnival you are herded like cattle on and off the ship. We were supposed to board the ship at 12:30. We arrived at 11:30 and it took over an hour to board. Once on the ship we couldn’t access our room until 1:30. If you bought the cheers package and didn’t have a credit card attached to your account you couldn’t use your drink package the entire first day because, being on the Mississippi River, they needed to charge tax on drinks and had no way to charge so they wouldn’t serve you and were very rude about it...so essentially 51.00 lost the first day. The ship is old and very dated. The toilet in my room looked like it was never cleaned. It had a black mildew ring in the bowl my entire trip. The curtains in my room looked like they had cigarette burn holes in them. The sofa was dirty and worn. There is only one outlet in each cabin which makes it very difficult to get ready, charge your cell phone, use hairdryers or flat irons... The casino with live entertainment was located directly below my cabin. I had to call and complain about how loud it was nearly every night. I’m ready to sleep by 11:30 and when I can hear a song being played so clearly that I can sing the words it is entirely too loud. We ate in the main dining room two nights and the food was less than average. I had the lasagna one night and it was a square of ground beef with cheese on top. The second night I ordered the Mahi Mahi and it tased like starkist tuna. It was awful. And the desserts were equally as bad. The only entertainment we enjoyed were the comedians. The adult show was for ages 18 and above. My daughter and another boy on the trip were kicked out of the show by Casey from Canada because they were under 18. My daughter will be 18 in a month and I was also with her but Casey from Canada would not let her stay regardless of the fact that the entire rest of her classmates were in the Punchliner lounge. I think if a parent is with their child and they are fine with their child staying with the group then Casey from Canada should have left well enough alone. She even came back over to me during the show and told me my daughter was going to have to leave. Mind you she had already dicked my daughter out but she thought one of her classmates was my daughter and had snuck back in. She was hassling me to the point of not being able to enjoy the show. Casey from Canada was a total thumbs down. Service on this cruise was less than expected. Our room was only serviced once a day in the morning and they never came back to refresh your towels or linens. I had to catch a service cart in the hallway many nights just to get extra towels. I never once saw my cabin steward. The bar staff was rude or had no personality. So many times at the guest services desk they would only have one person working and a line a mile long waiting for help. They automatically charge gratuities to your sail and sign card and if you want them taken off you must stand in the very long line at guest services. Ports left a lot to be desired. Cozumel was fun and all the kids had a great time. We opted for the catamaran cruise beginning at 12:30 which included snorkeling and water toys. The lunch on the island was average and expensive. Progresso is a joke. I have no idea why they choose this place as a port of call. There is absolutely nothing there. Total waste of a day. I just returned from a Norwegian cruise in March and Carnival could definitely learn some pointers from them. I have also cruised on Disney and RCCL several times. Norwegian Bliss was an amazing ship and a wonderful experience. No headaches, long lines, rude staff and you felt like you mattered to them. They worked to take care of their guests and create an experience that would make them want to return. Carnival Valor was definitely the worst cruise I have ever been on and that sealed the deal for me. I will NEVER cruise Carnival again. RCCL and Norwegian will get my business. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I can't blame the cruise line for the weather conditions but the water was so rough and the ship rocked so much that when we arrived at Progreso, three of the four of us were so seasick that we spent the day in our cabin. Lost the ... Read More
I can't blame the cruise line for the weather conditions but the water was so rough and the ship rocked so much that when we arrived at Progreso, three of the four of us were so seasick that we spent the day in our cabin. Lost the money spent on our excursion. Overheard another passenger say that a staff member had told him that it was always rough sailing around Progreso. On a side note: don't waste your money on the unlimited soda package because it is NOT worth it. The only places you can get soda is at one of the bars or room service. Sodas are not covered by the package through room service so you will pay extra. You're only allowed 1 soda per room card per trip to the bar. (But one person with one room card can order a bucket of bottles of beer) seems a little lopsided. Faster to the Fun - if you don't have it, get it! We didn't purchase it and how I wish we had. You bypass the LONG lines at embarkation to get processed to get on the ship faster and disembark before everyone else. The cabins are a little tight if there are more than two people in the room but the beds are comfortable and there is PLENTY of storage space (closets, drawers and under the beds). If you are bored, it's your own fault. Every minute of the day there is something to do. Our big dilemma is trying to do everything. I highly recommend the cooking demonstration at the steakhouse. You get to taste it all and it was SOOO GOOD! We only ate in the dining room once - on formal night. The appetizers were excellent, the entree left a little to be desired and we weren't offered dessert. We weren't upset though, there is more than enough food on the ship. You will not go hungry. Embarkation was very well organized chaos. It reminded me a little of standing in line to vote in the last presidential election only faster. LOL! There are workers everywhere telling you where to go and what line to be in so getting lost really would be hard. Disembarking, however, was not as smooth. You are called by deck # if you are not a VIP or bought the faster to the fun. Unfortunately, people didn't listen or follow the instructions and were forcing their way into the lines to get off the ship even thought their deck number hadn't been called. It was a mad house of shoulder to shoulder people trying to drag their bags down 4 flights of stairs. Next time I will check our bags and choose a later disembarkation time. I don't mind the waiting, I was prepared for that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have sailed on this ship in the past out of Miami. We were looking for a 4 night cruise out of New Orleans or Mobile so chose this ship. Embarkation was easy other than navigating the New Orleans traffic. It took us more than 1 hour ... Read More
We have sailed on this ship in the past out of Miami. We were looking for a 4 night cruise out of New Orleans or Mobile so chose this ship. Embarkation was easy other than navigating the New Orleans traffic. It took us more than 1 hour to get from the entrance to the port to inside the parking garage. Our check in time was 12-12:30 and we planned to arrive at the port about 11:45. That wasn't enough time! Overall the ship is in good condition. The crew was friendly. We purchased the Cheers package, after much debate, calculating, more debate, etc. I don't plan to calculate anymore but I think it paid for itself. However, I would not order this for a longer cruise, that's just too much daily drinking for us. Food: In a nutshell it was bad. School cafeteria is the best description. The main dining room was like an assembly line. Our waiters were not personable and it did not feel like a fine dining event at all. The Lido Buffet was equally as bad. The bright spots were Guys Burgers, yummy! Blue Iguana was also good. We ate at Scarlett's 2 nights of the 4 because it was delicious. Dress Code: Forget it. Wear what you want because no one on Carnival cares. The bright spot of our trip was The Alchemy Bar. The servers, Ivana, Maureen and Amel were wonderful and the drinks were the best! We did a mixology class with Ivana that was a lot of fun and we learned how to make some of their cocktails. Try the Basil Drop, Seduction Martini or Cucumber Sunrise! I rate this as average. It had been about 5 years since we had been on Carnival and it may be 5 more. I think we will go back to the other cruise lines for the quality of the food and service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the ... Read More
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the distance to the port was close enough I didn’t have to take an extra day off work to drive there. We did purchase faster to the fun which was a complete waste of money in my opinion. First things first - port of New Orleans AWFUL!!! Our check in time was 12:30-1, I don’t remember it giving me any other option. We arrived at the port area around 11:30 and then waited in a car line for about 45 min to park in the port parking garage ($88 to park for the duration of the cruise). We finally made our way up the parking structure to the roof only to find there were NO PARKING SPACES LEFT. Luckily we ran into apparently the only parking attendant working that day who had me and the twenty other cars behind me follow him back down to deck 3 where they opened up several blocked off spots. It was nearly 1pm by the time we finally got through check in and on the ship. Seemed like most folks were already on the ship so kind of defeated the purpose of having the faster to the fun pass. Bottom line - if you can park somewhere other than the port and shuttle/taxi/Uber in - do it. The ship itself was ok, you can tell it’s kind of older and you can see the wear and tear, but the crew did a great job on keeping things clean. The ship seemed generally very crowded and cramped everywhere the whole cruise. One thing I did notice was there were kids EVERYWHERE! Not sure if this ship had a kids club but it didn’t seem like it. The ship did have an adults only pool with two hot tubs in the back and the serenity area in the front. Our cabin was ok. Would probably book midship next time. Food was pretty good. We only ended up doing sit down dinner one night. All of the other cruises I’d been on the waiters encouraged people to try what they wanted, if you wanted 4 appetizers and 2 entrees go for it. I felt the waiter we had was making people feel guilty for ordering that way. It was awkward so we just chose not to go back. We just did the buffet the other nights, which was good, had a lot of the same entrees as the dining room. Entertainment was alright. We did see two of the theater shows. My mom really enjoyed those, I thought they were kind of cheesy but appreciate the work the performers put in it. I was on a different carnival cruise last November and I’m pretty certain they were the same shows. Cruise director was alright, not my favorite but he was friendly enough. Our port was Cozumel. We booked the elite champagne catamaran sail through carnival. Honestly this was easily the highlight of our trip. The group was small, 20 or so (there were other catamaran sails boarding boats nearby packing 60 people or more on one boat). We had a crew of 6 or 7 that were all so wonderful! They took us out to an area to snorkel first for a while then we got back on the boat and they took us for a nice sail while they served drinks (open bar) and a nice lunch. We stopped in another area for some free swim time where they had a few paddle boards you could try out, use the snorkel equipment again, or just simply float with a pool noodle. I’d recommend this excursion to any adult travelers!! Overall I probably wouldn’t book this cruise again, mostly because of the port on embarkation day and the age/size of the ship and it feeling so crowded. Great crew though and really enjoyed the excursion in Cozumel. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Girls trip, party of four. We had a check in time of 1130 and arrived at the port about 1045. We decided not to get faster to the fun when booking our cruise. We were happy we did not. Embarkation was a breeze. We walked through most of ... Read More
Girls trip, party of four. We had a check in time of 1130 and arrived at the port about 1045. We decided not to get faster to the fun when booking our cruise. We were happy we did not. Embarkation was a breeze. We walked through most of the line until we reached the top floor where we were assigned a section. We had section 4. It was not quite 1130 yet so we sat for approximately 20 minutes until our section was called. Overall, a great process boarding the ship. One thing though...one of the girls was not aware she had to carry on her bottle of wine and packed it in her check in. Big mistake as she never received the wine. Once on board, we decided on Guy's Burgers for lunch. Great choice! The food was great and the fries were liked by all!. After lunch we headed to the Red Frog Pub on the 5th deck near the casino. We heard there were half priced drinks. We ordered three pitchers of some concoction and were buzzing soon after. Way to early for me but we were on vacation. At 2pm we headed to our room to drop off our carry on luggage. Our balcony stateroom was located on the lido deck, 9273. We knew the room would be a tight fit for us but we weren't worried about that. Upon arrival, we could tell the room was not in the best shape. The front part of the drawer under the couch/seating area was broke and hanging off on one side. We didn't think it was that much of a problem and just went with it. Three of our four check in bags were at the door once we had arrived to the room. The fourth was not delivered until right before dinner time at 6pm. When it arrived there was a letter that they had confiscated her wine and she would not be getting it back. Her fault though so she sucked it up. The location of the room was a good choice. Really close to all the fun on the lido deck but we noticed it may have not the best location once we realized that everyone waiting for the elevator could see directly into our room. Being four single ladies in there, we entered and exited at different times. We had to be quite particular when opening the door to make sure everyone was dressed because there was ALWAYS someone standing waiting for the elevators or passing through. Lesson learned for sure. Our room steward was Emerson. We didn't see him much but he came while we were at dinner to replace the towels and make the beds. We appreciated him. We had early dinning in the Washington dining room. We were not sure why we were assigned to the furthest dinning room from our room but i am sure there was a reason, i don't know. Our wait staff was exceptional. Its unfortunate that I cant remember the third gentlemen's name but Symphop, Edwin and Z? were the best waiters we could have hoped for. Always pleasant and attentive. We enjoyed Symphop's personality and he always had the best advice for us ladies, not only about the ship or ports but about life itself. TJ was our Cruise Director. Besides being eye candy, he was really good and kept everyone entertained. Even stopped and took pictures with our group at the Red Frog Pub which we ended up visiting quite often in the evening. The live band in the Pub was the Overpriced Sombreros. If only I could find a band this live and upbeat back home, I would be happy. They were the best entertainment on the ship in our opinion. We didn't care for Brad at the Piano Bar. It was not what we were use to. He sang to his own beat and rhythm which made it hard for others to sing along as well. That's what the Piano Bar is for in my opinion at least. We left about 20 minutes after he started ended back at the Pub. Karaoke was interesting in the Winston Bar. We didn't stay long but i'm glad we at least stopped to get the experience. Evanston the drink waiter on the lido/panorama deck was very fun and had a great personality. Always a smile on his face. The last sea day of our cruise one of the girls had a medical emergency in the cabin (per-existing condition). We immediately called 911 on the cabin phone. I think the communication could have been better with the dispatcher as she/he just thought we needed someone to unlock the bathroom door. When we actually needed medical attention AND someone to unlock the bathroom door. It seemed like forever until help arrived and when they did it was a bit confusing. Once they got her downstairs to treat her, the providers did an excellent job at taking care of her. She was especially appreciative of the nurse, Ms. Lorato who was very attentive and compassionate. Luckily after a few hours, we were all back upstairs and she was recovering well. The morning we arrived back at Galveston seemed like total chaos for us new cruisers. We had set our check in luggage outside our cabin door the night before but were unaware there needed to be another tag besides the one we embarked with on our luggage. I think this miscommunication had to do with our room PA speaker not working. We missed many announcements on the PA for this reason. We could not hear what they were saying from inside our cabin. When we finally made it down and off the ship, there was a long line to go through customs and we still didn't have our luggage. We had to wait until the very end and locate our luggage in the lost and found. Lesson learned once more! It took us a few hours to actually get out of there. We docked about 0630 and were finally out waiting for our ride at 1000. We all loved the cruise and the ship. We have already booked our next cruise on the Vista in May 2020. First cruise of many. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I cruised on this ship on its last cruise out of Galveston in May 2019. I was very dirty and the ship was very unkept! The food was poor and the buffet lines wrapped all the way around the cafeteria. Carnival cruise line ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on this ship on its last cruise out of Galveston in May 2019. I was very dirty and the ship was very unkept! The food was poor and the buffet lines wrapped all the way around the cafeteria. Carnival cruise line desperately needs to overhaul this ship and do some cleaning. Outside of ship was even nasty. Rusted in many places. Duct tape even ran along the staircase railings. Never seen anyone cleaning except our room steward. Public restrooms even smelled bad. Very poor! Cleanest nicest part of ship was our room. Entertainment focused all around remarks toward sex or alcohol. This is definitely not a family oriented shop nor is it for one who is not there to party. Now it is one of the few ships that sails From New Orleans which I hate because the good ones have moved out to make room for them. Sad! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Martin the club 02 leader made the cruise for all of teens so memorable he is such a great leader and makes everyone feel at home! He made all of us so close in just 4 days of our crusie! It was a fun and memorable crusie because of ... Read More
Martin the club 02 leader made the cruise for all of teens so memorable he is such a great leader and makes everyone feel at home! He made all of us so close in just 4 days of our crusie! It was a fun and memorable crusie because of Martin! He made it very fun of games and great bonding time! Tj the crusie director was great! He was super fun and always saw him interacting with us everywhere! I loved the activities we had! Carnival valor will always have a my heart! For sure booking a cruise on the valor again! What’s a great experience! Room service was amazing! And so was the staff! I recommend this cruise line 10/10 y’all did such a great job! Thank you again TJ and Martin for making this such a memorable crusie that i will never forget!! Carnival Valor forever i will always remember it! Love,Texas girl! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I was really impressed with the cruise ship Valor. It was clean, food was the best I have had on a cruise in a long time, the wait staff were prompt, courteous, could communicate very well, food in mdr was always very good, steak house was ... Read More
I was really impressed with the cruise ship Valor. It was clean, food was the best I have had on a cruise in a long time, the wait staff were prompt, courteous, could communicate very well, food in mdr was always very good, steak house was excellent, my room was very clean, the porter made sure I had 2 ice buckets filled, the casino staff were exceptional always coming up to me to see if I was having a good time, Casino even paid off some, the bar staff were very prompt getting drinks out. Being handicapped, the ships staff were always making sure I was ok. This was the fifth cruise I was on this year. I have never been on the Valor before. I will definitely book more cruises on her. I did not get off the ship in any ports because of being handicapped. Carnival always takes care of me. The only type of vacation I like. I have several more cruises booked with Carnival b Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) Room was spacious and ship was clean. 3) Ship sailed on time and arrived on time at destinations. 4) Good excursion options. Negatives: 1) Very old ship. Stinky, stale furniture and decor. This ship is 15years old. Worn but kept clean. Absolutely nothing fancy here. 2) Zero entertainment for non-drinkers. You get to play bingo and some silly "name the xxxxx" type of games. Ship had two indoor theatres with no daytime running shows at all. The theatres are constantly used for sales pitches for various products. Very pathetic. This was like a walmart standard type of cruise. It was my familys first cruise and none of us liked it. Perhaps other ships have a lot more options and facilities. Read Less
Carnival Valor Ratings
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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 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.3

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