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Shore Excursions

Age: 25

Occupation:Admin Assistant

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Valor

Sailing Date: 2009-06-21

Itinerary: Western Carribean

Overall this cruise was ok with some ups and some downs. The itinerary was great and we really enjoyed our shore excursions.

The food was mildly disappointing. We expected more seafood but it seemed as if the little seafood that was served was frozen. The buffet was always extremely crowded and picked over. The pizza and burger bars were ok but still nothing special.

Our stateroom was horrible! It was dirty and there were half used bottles of liquor in the cabinets from previous cruisers. There were also splatter marks on the walls from where someone before us had sprayed them with something and it'd never been wiped off. Also, some of the cabinet doors would fall off halfway when you opened them. Our sheets and towels did seem to be fresh and clean daily but the room it self never seemed to be deep cleaned.

We really enjoyed our shore excursions... they were rather expensive but they were worth it. We did snorkeling in the Cayman Island and that was kind of disappointing because it was a small beach right next to the road. But in Cozumel we went zip lining and that was an amazing adventure and the staff was helpful and so nice. In Honduras we went clear bottom kayaking and snorkeling. The water was so clear and once again, the staff was exceptional. Overall the shore excursions were our favorite part of the cruise.

Overall, as first time cruisers we would go again but not on Carnival. There didn't seem to be the high level of dining we were expecting and there were a lot of children, it was hard to enjoy the pool areas. The on-board staff were very nice and helpful, we just wish our state room could have been cleaned from top to bottom. It was hard to relax in a room that felt like we were living in strangers dirt.
In the end, we're going on another cruise in June but this time we're trying Princess to see if we can get the 5-star service we want.

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