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If you are looking for luxury caribbean cruising Carnival Valour isnt for you. The ship is in need of a refit as it is 10 years old and it doesnt appear to have had anything done recently, it is tired and in need of an update. The cabins are adequate, we had a balcony grade 8a which was ok but again in need of a facelift. The tip policy is a total joke, everything you buy including drinks has an automatic gratuity added without any permission from us, ie automatically added to the bill, I feel this is a great shame as many of the staff do deserve tipping as they are all just so lovely. However, I would like to decide how much and who I decide to tip, not an option i'm afraid as Carnival decide on your behalf how much is taken and automatically added to your bill!! when I requested the tips be removed from our bill I was told by a UK cruise worker called Rachel that the bar and restaurant staff rely on tips as Carnival do not pay them any wages!! Beyond belief, a) How very unprofessional she should try to make me feel guilty for the appalling Carnival policy of not paying wages b) How disgraceful that Carnival choses to exploit the fantastic people who work on the ship. We decided to remove all gratuities as we actually tipped our choice of staff much more than the recommended amount added to our bill. The staff were wonderful…all except bolshy Rachel who was so unprofessional and antagonistic towards the guests, I was ashamed to acknowledge she is from the UK!! Our waiter was woinderful as was our cabin steward, we rewarded them generously. The food was amazing, we used the formal dining late sitting @ 8.15, better than any four star restaurant I have been to and I love fine dining. AVOID THE BUFFET, OH MY WORD HOW THE AMERICANS LOVE TO EAT, WITHOUT SOUNDING DISRESPECTFUL one man had 4 cheeseburgers on his plate with jelly and ice cream!! Joking apart overall an ok experience, Carnival Valor needs revamping Amazing food Amazing staff Amazing ports of call. Very very cheesy cruise director, he needs replacing his name is Felipo, he was just plain chessy and annoying. Well done staff of Carnival Valor, you are so special.

Carnival Valor is 'just ok'

Carnival Valor Cruise Review by dblack12390

Trip Details
If you are looking for luxury caribbean cruising Carnival Valour isnt for you.
The ship is in need of a refit as it is 10 years old and it doesnt appear to have had anything done recently, it is tired and in need of an update.
The cabins are adequate, we had a balcony grade 8a which was ok but again in need of a facelift.
The tip policy is a total joke, everything you buy including drinks has an automatic gratuity added without any permission from us, ie automatically added to the bill, I feel this is a great shame as many of the staff do deserve tipping as they are all just so lovely. However, I would like to decide how much and who I decide to tip, not an option i'm afraid as Carnival decide on your behalf how much is taken and automatically added to your bill!!
when I requested the tips be removed from our bill I was told by a UK cruise worker called Rachel that the bar and restaurant staff rely on tips as Carnival do not pay them any wages!!
Beyond belief,
a) How very unprofessional she should try to make me feel guilty for the appalling Carnival policy of not paying wages
b) How disgraceful that Carnival choses to exploit the fantastic people who work on the ship.
We decided to remove all gratuities as we actually tipped our choice of staff much more than the recommended amount added to our bill.
The staff were wonderful…all except bolshy Rachel who was so unprofessional and antagonistic towards the guests, I was ashamed to acknowledge she is from the UK!!
Our waiter was woinderful as was our cabin steward, we rewarded them generously.
The food was amazing, we used the formal dining late sitting @ 8.15, better than any four star restaurant I have been to and I love fine dining.
AVOID THE BUFFET, OH MY WORD HOW THE AMERICANS LOVE TO EAT, WITHOUT SOUNDING DISRESPECTFUL one man had 4 cheeseburgers on his plate with jelly and ice cream!!
Joking apart overall an ok experience, Carnival Valor needs revamping
Amazing food
Amazing staff
Amazing ports of call.
Very very cheesy cruise director, he needs replacing his name is Felipo, he was just plain chessy and annoying.
Well done staff of Carnival Valor, you are so special.
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Balcony
Cabin 8A 9210
Cabin lovely if a little tiredAmazing cabin steward
Upper Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins