Carnival Valor Cruise Ship Review

The 952-foot long Carnival Valor is one of six Conquest-Class ships. Photo courtesy of Carnival

One of six Conquest-class sisters, the 110,000-ton 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor is bright and playful, its decor centered on a “heroism” theme that ties together everything from the Yankees-themed Bronx Bar sports bar with its white leather bar stools and banquettes designed to look like baseballs, to the One Small Step disco, a tribute to Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, featuring volcano-like craters that stand several feet tall and glow with LED lighting.

Activities On Carnival Valor

The Lido Restaurant aboard Carnival Valor serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

The glittery nine-deck-high atrium is anchored with a bar and is a great place to meet or people watch. In all, there are 22 bars and lounges and a casino that packs in almost 300 slot machines and about two dozen gaming tables. The three-level theater, called Ivanhoe and featuring mannequin knights in shining armor, is the venue for pull-out-the-stops Vegas-style song and dance productions accompanied by live orchestras.

Dining options include a pair of two-story main restaurants as well as an intimate, extra-cost steakhouse serving USDA prime aged steaks and seafood for a mostly adult clientele looking for a more upscale experience. Meals are also served in the two-story lido buffet, where you’ll find separate stations for Asian and American dishes, deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, burgers and more.

The four swimming pools include the main pool flanked by a pair of huge hot tubs, a stage for live (and really loud) music, and a giant movie screen for videos and ship events. A 3-deck-high spiral water slide takes thrill-seekers on a 214-foot-long ride.

Family Friendly Carnival Valor

Carnival Valor's Lido Deck is the perfect place to catch some sun or take a refreshing dip in the hot tubs or pools. Photo courtesy of Carnival

The 4,200 square-foot Children’s World playroom has an arts-and-crafts station, video wall, computer lab, PlayStation games, and lots of toys for younger children. Hard-to-please tweens have their own separate space and so do teens, theirs with a soda bar and dance floor flowing into a huge video game arcade with air-hockey tables, which is open to all passengers. Kid of all ages can have a zap-fest in the inflatable laser tag arena.

The oceanview gym is stocked with the latest exercise machines, while the Cloud 9 Spa measures 21,000 square feet and boasts 17 treatment rooms, plus an elaborate thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool. The adults-only Serenity deck area is a respite of padded chaise lounges, oversized umbrellas and a pair of large hot tubs sequestered from the fray.

Staterooms On Carnival Valor

As big on cabins as it is on fun, Valor offers standard outsides that measure a roomy 185 to 220 square feet. The amenities include stocked, pay-as-you-go minifridges, robes to use, and super comfy mattresses and bedding.

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    GERALD WISNIEWSKI says:

    Cruised on the Carnival Valor. Paid top dollar for a balcony cabin on the top floor. On the first night I realized that we were just below the kitchen We had NOISE And Vibrations 24 hrs. a day. On a 7 night cruise, we did not get 1 good night’s sleep. We complained after the first night and were told nothing could be done, the cruise was fully booked. We were given 329.00 in compensation(port charges). I would have left that night if we were not out @ sea! One guest relations person on the boat told us that if we had a livelier life style and partied a lot and drank a lot, the room would be OK. I told her I could not believe what I was hearing from her. She then offered me ear plugs. I told her that she had not noticed that I am wearing hearing aids and have hearing damage and the noise was still terrible when I removed the hearing aids.

    Kelley Raunec says:

    Yes it is best to research the rooms placement. A reduced room rate is not always such a good deal.

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