Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Valor
Sailing Date: April 23rd, 2006
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Valor Cruise Review
I don't normally post reviews however, after our cruise and reading all of the previous posts I feel I owe it to Carnival. Let me start with embarkation.
1. Pulling into the port it looked like organized chaos. Once the bus stopped we were on the boat eating and drinking in about 30-40 minutes. I was very impressed, with 3 ships in port it was fast. Get an early flight and be the first to get on the boat.
2. The ship is huge! It takes a day or two to learn how to get around and find the quickest way to your favorite spots. Go get a drink or two, walk around and get lost. You have plenty of time.
The ship was IMMACULATE. VERY CLEAN. All the dining areas were clean and tidy. Even when guests got up from their tables they staff was quick to bus the table (in the Rosies Diner area) where we ate most of our food. This is where the buffet, deli, pizza, and asian food is.
3. Which brings us to the food. It all was or looked good. Most of what I put on my plate I ate!!!! Some things that I didn't were prepared well I just didn't care for it (Indian food). Anyway, the burgers were on time and the fries were ALWAYS hot and crispy. Sometimes you had to wait in line but they move fast. There was never a line at the ice cream machine!!!
4. Our stateroom was perfect. Always cleaned and plenty of room (outside w/ window) The stewards did their job well and were very courteous in the morning.
5. The staff was very polite and accommodating. The staff that had constant contact with passengers were ALWAYS good. The others, well they don't get out of the bowels of the ship much so.....they don't speak good English anyway.
The waitstaff at dinner was TOP NOTCH! Overall, GOOD MARKS FOR THE CREW!
6. Carnival has to make money and the pictures are one way they do it. Yes you have to buy the 8x10 before you buy the small stuff, so bite the bullet, pay for them and take them home and scan them. Don't buy any until the last day and pick your favorites. Drinks aren't that much more than any other place. The spa is pretty much on target with the price of treatments and massages. Babysitting prices are about right. We all pay $4 at Starbucks and their little Coffee Shop is no different. Don't be mistaken, you have to bring money if you want to party, have spa treatments and get pictures.
If you want to play you have to pay.
7. OVERALL---The cruise was fantastic! There is always something to do, pace yourself and have fun. We are in the process of booking our next one on the Carnival Glory out of Canaveral.
One last tip....try Red Bull with Grey Goose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!