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  1. Will be going on the Valor in a few weeks. My friends talked me into Cheers again. 2/3ish of my drinks will likely be bourbon. It seems that Woodford and Buffalo are the choices, which works for me. I was wondering if I might find anything anywhere else. Thanks.
  2. Prequel - 4 days in New Orleans Shortly after our trip on the Triumph (See the link in my signature below for the trip report), we started planning our next cruise. We had decided that we pretty much wanted a ‘do-over’ due to some of the difficulties experienced, as well as the fact that it was still a lot of fun. We ended up booking the Carnival Valor, receiving $50 onboard credit and we selected a fully handicap accessible balcony room this time. We flew into New Orleans four days in advance so we could spend a good amount of time in my wife’s adopted hometown, allowing her to go on yet another swamp tour and for us to see the zoo and aquarium, sights we had yet to experience. We originally only planned two days, and the best hotel rate we could find was at the Doubletree on Canal, but when we expanded it to four days we were able to get the first two at the Hilton Riverside. We were unable to change it to all four days because of a Baptist convention there. Paw! Cat's in the henhouse again!
  3. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed my 7th Carnival cruise (8th total). We did aft wrap 7440 and our friends did the room next to us, so we had the balcony divider opened which was an incredible amount of space!!! We had 8 total people with the other two mid ship in suites.
  4. Sailed August 31-Sept 5 5 nights. Out of NOLA. Sea Day, Cozumel, Progresso, Seaday. 4th cruise, first time on conquest class. first sea day and night were really rough, 3 in our group got a little sick due to motion. Decoration and Cleanliness: I can definitely see where people say decorations on this ship are "gaudy". I generally don't pay attention to such things but after reading other reviews, I get where they are coming from. For me, decoration is never something to base a cruise on so i just look and move on. As for Cleanliness, I have no complaints. I constantly noticed staff wiping down railings, cleaning tables, doors, windows, floors, etc. Layout: I have to say that I liked the layout of the smaller ship. It just felt cozy to me. It didn't feel like I was walking forever to get somewhere. Lines were average during peak times. Other times there were little to no lines anywhere. Our rooms were on Deck 9 Lido. The rear pool is adults only which was nice. We spent a lot of time in this area. Drink service was good here. Never had an issue getting chairs. The area of the main mid ship pool was nice with the "terraced seating" but I must say, I missed the shaded middle deck of the Dream class and Vista class. Food: We ate at the Wok, Guys, Blue Iguana, Deli/Sandwich station, buffet, Pizza Shack, and Your Time Dining. Wok was ok at best. Guys never fails to please, Blue Iguana is good (wife loves there breakfast), Buffet was typical fair although we mostly used it for breakfast. Pizza Shack was excellent but they seemed to never have enough prepared. Your time dinning is the only way to go. This is our second cruise using it and will never do another scheduled seating. Now, let me add that we were in line at 5:45 each evening and managed to get the same table and same service team. Our group of 8 were always seated promptly and every evening we were done in just over an hour. Maybe 1 hour 20 minutes at the very longest. Food was good. I did have a veal parmesan that was excellent by cruise standards. Staff: Nothing bad to say here, always friendly and courteous. Both the stewards and the wait staff called us by name and provided anything we needed. Room: Typical interior room. It was a bit warmer than rooms on other ships. Interior rooms on vista and dream were definitely cooler. I did not like having to swipe card to access safe. Only my card would work, wife's would not. Somewhat inconvenient at times. Entertainment: The main theater is so much better than Vista its not even close. We saw the country show and the Studio VIP show. Both were good. Killer Beaz in the comedy club was good. Gave the piano bar a try and didn't go back. The guy did more crowd interaction and joking than he did doing "sing along" stuff. We were in there for about 30 minutes and I think he did 3 songs during that time. Casino was fun, staff was friendly. VERY SMOKEY, come on carnival, lets move forward and make it no smoking. Wife came home sick because of it. We like to spend time and money in casino but will think twice next time. Cruise director was not very impressive. So much so I don't even remember his name. Stuck my head in Red Frog Pub for a few minutes and heard a group in there that sounded pretty good but didn't stay long enough to catch their names. Overall probably the most relaxing cruise I have been on. I have now sailed on Dream, Valor, and Vista and would have to rate them in that order. Questions?
  5. Hi Carnival board! I've been reading reviews and using the search feature and have had a lot of my questions answered. I've only done a handful of cruises (DCL, Princess, NCL). We have had to cancel three cruises in the last year as we had always booked way in advance for great deals, but then had things come up. This time we've booked just six months out. While I have done two Princess cruises, the kids and DH have only been on NCL and DCL. We get that Valor has a little less to do (one slide, no ropes course, etc.), and I think we all have a good attitude about what the ship DOES offer. Questions: I heard in one vlog that neither the Lincoln or Washington dining room is open for lunch; is this true on embarkation day? If so, are the only options for lunch quick service/counter? If you don't have FTTF, when can you expect your stateroom to be available? If I book an excursion through Carnival (usually do own excursions, but for distance reasons think we will do CCL for one day) do you usually have to meet up in a dining area, or theater, etc, before disembarking? Might we be told just to meet on the pier? We are on deck two and I'm wondering if we'd have to go up to be herded down. Is it random? We have set dining. I am assuming (oops) that we will have the same table and servers each night? [We prefer this.] We plan to purchase Bubbles package (soda and juice). Does that come with a tumbler? If we have tumblers, will they use them at the bars? I know I had other questions, but I suddenly can not remember them. TIA for your help!
  6. Anyone know how much a ladies bang trim would cost?
  7. I made reservations on the 1st night of my cruise and am wondering if there will be seating that will allow for a view of the sunset.
  8. We have early dining. Question is can we be a little late 5 minutes what is the grace time. We we’re on the Vista last year with anytime. Looking forward to this ship!! we have been on the Glory and Dream too and actually liked them both better than the Vista!
  9. Hello fellow CC'ers, here comes another prose review with Lottie. I'm going to stick to my usual format of going day by day, then ranking areas/overall experience. I'm taking off for the Pride tomorrow morning (at the ass crack of dawn as my husband would put it) so I'll try to finish this tonight or in the car tomorrow. If you have questions and there's a delay for a couple days, blame the ship's wifi. We booked this cruise about 4 months before we set sail. It was a good deal but we messed up on the dates and had to rebook our flight home so it took away some of the value. Stupid me for not checking the dates. In addition, we were very busy before we left and had to buy a ton of stuff before we departed. It did help prevent overpacking but paying $15 for a small can of bug spray was highway robbery! We flew into New Orleans two days before and stayed at the Old 77 Hotel and Chanderly in the Warehouse District. It was amazing and the highlight of the New Orleans portion of the trip! They checked us in early, the rooms were clean and interestingly decorated. The hotel had a funky artsy vibe and plenty of bars around that weren't the typical touristy Bourbon Street vibe. The first day we walked around the city, paid for overpriced cocktails, and sweated our butts off until it was time for our tour. The tour was "Taste of New Orleans" and was booked through Groupon. We skipped lunch thinking there would be more food to taste but what we did have was really good. Our guide was very good though and he made the tour worth the $40 we paid. The tour lasted a couple hours then we went back to the hotel and showered before going to a fancy Creole restaurant. This was my third or fourth time in New Orleans and I've finally come to the conclusion that most of the food that is on the higher priced end of the spectrum is overrated. This meal was fine but should have been closer to $25 per person than $75 (not including drinks). In general, if we get po boys or some type of stew, we are never let down so my New Orleans suggestion is to stick to something like that, especially in the touristy areas. I think the places on our tour would have all been better than this restaurant which was so underwhelming, none of us can remember its name! After dinner we went to Frenchman Street to listen to Jazz on the advice of some locals. The music was really good but a lot of the bars were cash only so we didn't get to experience as much debauchery as some in our group wanted. Oh well. There were some amazing musicians. Unfortunately, there were some really aggressive bums and homeless people in the area. They kept spraying stuff on our shoes and harassing us. My son actually had to get physical with one after he sprayed his Yeezy shoes and the bum almost got hit by a car running away. Very annoying and not a good look for the city.
  10. We're leaving tomorrow on the Valor and I'm printing out luggage tags. I noticed on the screen the tag green but when I print it, it's blue. I know they don't need to be in color, but wondering if anyone knows if it truly makes a difference if printed in color, i.e., if luggage makes it to the cabin quicker? Does anyone know what color Deck 7 is for luggage on the Valor? Thanks for the replies.
  11. Is one of the dining rooms or room service available on embarkation day? I also wanted to asked if one of the ships WiFi plans offers text messaging to family back home? thanks
  12. We were on the Dream a couple of years ago and the Alchemy Bar was by an open area where they had live music nightly. Will this be the case on the Valor? We're sailing next month and really like to listen to live music and dance.
  13. I'm looking at booking a cruise on the Valor next year out of NOLA, mostly because I have friends that are there who I can take with me, and I can spend part of the beginning of that weekend touring the French Quarter. However, I look at the ship and to me it's hideously ugly, with what looks to be extremely dated rooms. It looks like the last drydock was 2016, and they didn't focus on the rooms at all. I've read through some reviews here and they run the spectrum of, "it's fine and doesn't look dated" to "holy crap this is oldy mc'old" Can anybody who has sailed on the Valor allay my concerns? Did you enjoy the trip and the rooms? Was the decor not as noticeable or better yet did you enjoy it? How was the staff and the food when you went, and was it comparable or better than other ships in the fleet? Thanks for your advice.
  14. Does anyone know what they are showing on Valor this month?
  15. We are going on the Valor in September and I am wondering where the muster location for a cabin located lido deck front ship? We were last on the Dream in about the same location and our location was in a theater and I am hoping for the same on the Valor. Thanks!
  16. Does the current cruise director have a Mardi Gras party on the last night of the cruise? Thanks
  17. Looking for copies of the Funtimes for Valor on her 5 Day Itineary out of New Orleans.
  18. I’m on a Valor cruise at the end of August. I’ve booked the chefs table, as I’ve had the experience on the Conquest a few years ago. Can anyone tell me what the menu is now? If it’s the same as 2017, I may want to cancel.
  19. We are sailing on the Carnival Valor on September 23. It has been six years since our last cruise on Carnival. I understand the muster drill on the Valor is outside. I would appreciate it if someone can share whether life jackets are required at this drill. I think wearing the life jacket outside for 20 minutes will be too much for my wife and we may have to go to the alternative area. Thanks for the feedback.
  20. We're looking at a quick 5 night cruise this fall and I'm torn between 2. Would you choose the Dream or Valor? They have the same itinerary and pricing basically, and we can drive to either Galveston or New Orleans in about the same amount of time, soooo which would you choose? I think I read something about both of them having adult only pools (which we love!) but one of them is indoors? Does that sound right?
  21. I originally booked this cruise for my wife and two grandsons, Ages 9 and 10. We booked a OV cabin for four. Later their parents decided to go also. I was able to get the ajoining cabin for them. Their cabin is fitted for two passengers ours is for four. My question is: Will Carnival let us trade cabins so the boys can sleep in the cabin with their parents?
  22. Looking at a 4 day for my niece 26, mom 80, and myself 48. Mom and I have sailed a lot. Niece has never cruised. Mom is slower to get around now. Ports are not a big concern. Overall Ship condition is important. Looking at a balcony or possibly suite for extra room. I was on Liberty in January 2019. I have been on Valor, but its been awhile. Let me know your thoughts on: Liberty Victory Paradise (Does it have a Lido screen?) Valor Thanks!
  23. So this is the first time I've booked a cruise late in the game, our other vacation plans fell through and now I'm stressed planning this so last minute. Q1: Does anyone know how long the comedy shows last? I honestly never timed it before and if I get stuck with late dining, I don't want to miss the one family friendly show they have since my son likes the comedy show. Q2: Do they check id at the door of the adult comedy show? My son is 17 1/2...and the late shows are not much different that R rated movies so just wondering if that's an option if we miss the family show. Q3: has anyone ever been wait listed for the Your Time Dining? They tell me you will be assigned a time if a spot isn't available when you check in...so anyone had experience with that...one time were you assigned? were you able to switch to late dining? etc...I don't want to miss all the entertainment but don't want to be stuck eating the buffet either!
  24. Hello - There are not very many Valor reviews and this one will sink to page 20 in a hurry but I will put it out here for anyone that does a search in the future. I am not a fan of the shorter cruises because I have to consider airfare or a very long drive to get on any ship. I like to make it worth the time/money spent just getting to & from the port. This was a family cruise that was originally scheduled for March 2018 on the Magic. About 2 months before the cruise, one of my brothers was diagnosed with cancer. Still given the go ahead by the doctors - until he couldn't breath as the chemo had damaged his lungs severely. He ended up on a ventilator and due to massive amounts of steroids and prayers, his lungs healed and he is on the road to recovery. He had surgery to remove the cancer and followed up with radiation and is now able to walk again with the use of walker or cane but still has a long way to go to get back to "normal". So, after cancelling our cruise on the Magic we decided to to a "Thanksgiving Cruise" as our family has a lot to be thankful for and the Valor fit our schedule. No longer a week long cruise or out of a tropical port but we were going to make the best of it. We flew into Houston. I had arranged transportation to & from Galveston with Island Breeze. They were fantastic. They provided everything including 2 car seats for my grandchildren. They emailed the day before we arrived and made phone contact once we landed at the airport. Our driver Marty navigated thru rush hour holiday traffic and even made a stop at Buc Ees (sorry if misspelled) so we could get snacks, pop and wine. He even got a luggage rack and helped us with our luggage once we arrived at The Harbor House in Galveston. Dee at the Harbor House had called a day before we left to arrange our shuttle to the ship times. She was working at the front desk when we arrived and is a very warm and hospitable person. The Harbor House is within walking distance to the ship but with my brother's mobility issues we took advantage of the free shuttle service. We ate at the Olymlpia Grill which was both tasty and very convenient. A continental breakfast with substantial offerings is provided in the morning. I apologize to any other guest who may have been awoken to by the squeals my grandkids made when they were able to see the ship arriving. The views were fantastic. A private shuttle bus arrived while we were outside waiting for the motel shuttle. The weather was overcast, windy and a little cool. The driver in the private shuttle offered to let us sit in her heated shuttle. That was so nice of her but we explained that we were from the midwest so we were more than comfortable. Our motel shuttle was also smooth. The driver let us hand the luggage to him to load and drove us a couple blocks over where....a porter had just unloaded a luggage cart from passengers that were on the previous cruise. The driver and porter pretty much handled all the luggage from there. I have never, ever had anything work out so smoothly. This was the first time I had ever cruised out of Galveston. I am used to Miami, New Orleans and Port Canaveral. The Galveston port just had a different vibe, not bad - just different. The others seemed to put you in a more tropical mood but maybe that is just me. The whole process was smooth and painless and the every staff person we met was super friendly - and they were working on Thanksgiving Day!! I did not encounter one grumpy person at all. This was the first cruise for 7 out of our group of 12 and I really, really wanted them to love cruising as much as I do. THANK YOU GALVESTON AND CARNIVAL VALOR!! We all had Faster to the Fun and boarded early and painlessly. We had 4 cabins next door to each other on the Lido and one cabin on the Spa deck as there weren't any cabins for 4 available on the Lido when we booked. We went to grab lunch first. While everyone was visiting, I checked our cabins to see if they were ready. I figured those of us on the Lido may have the same room steward and didn't want to overwhelm him with us all arriving early and at the same time. Our cards were all in the mail boxes so I am probably on camera being seen grabbing all of them. Our luggage all showed up pretty quickly. I have bright green luggage and one of my brothers was always able to spot it getting loaded onto the airplane and also when we were walking the "gangway" onto the ship. The teens in our group took off to explore after the unpacking. I had to wait around as the deadbolt in my cabin door wasn't working and the previous passengers had left the safe door locked open. Even with it being busy with all the people boarding, both items were taken care of while I was unpacking. Muster was as usual. I do wish they would talk louder or broadcast all of the instructions. My past experience with muster is that there is always one or two passengers that have had too much to drink already and a comedian or two in the group. I did NOT encounter that on this trip. I wonder if most of the passengers were also family groups even though this was a 4 day cruise. Our group would scatter during the day. We all had the chat app and I can't say enough about how much that was appreciated. We had two people in our group that did not always receive the texts but other than that, it worked fantastic. We had anytime dining and ate 3 out of the 4 nights in the Lincoln Dining Room. Again, I cannot emphasize how great our experience was. Because of our group size and the fact that we had a 3 & 6 year old, we did show up at 5 45 and were able to be seated together. They would push several tables together to make one long table. The wait staff were all very attentive and very good to my grand kids. One night, they brought chocolate covered strawberries to my granddaughter was was done eating but trying to steal fruit off of everyone's plates. Another night, the waiter made a pirate hat and gun out of napkins for my grandson and bird out of napkins for my granddaughter. Several of our group were apprehensive about using the dining room before the cruise and were all won over. An advantage to eating early, was that there was still time later in the evening for the teens and some of the adults to make room for pizza!! Also, not sure if it was because we were always seated early, but we did not encounter the photographers that always show up when you have just put a fork full of food in your mouth!! Our only port of call was Cozumel. We had wonderful weather. We had planned to go to Chanknaab but ended up taking a large taxi to Buccano's and then shopped before getting back on the ship. The weather turned out great. The kids were able to snorkel. The place was nice and clean and my Mom was happy with her choice so it was all good. Other passengers!! This was also a first for me. I had warned our first timers that they may have trouble finding empty deck chairs due to chair hogging. Not sure if we were just lucky or what - not only did we find plenty of deck chairs on our final sea day (first one was overcast & rainy), but there were even empty chairs in the Serenity Area. We did notice that whenever we were at a show or somewhere where they would ask "where are you from?" the answer was often some town in Texas. Perhaps it was a family cruise or just southern hospitality, but our fellow cruisers were all very pleasant. The one and only complaint I have about the Valor was the internet service. I had purchased the value plan. I gave up trying to connect on my tablet the first night after spending about 45 minutes. Tried my phone and could connect but then it would drop. We had a blizzard at home and I was trying to keep up on emails and track the storm as well as any flight notifications. I finally spent an extra 20 dollars to upgrade the service and it did not make any difference. I even tried using the Fun Hub computers on the last night of the cruise and the morning we disembarked. I was finally able to confirm our flights using the app on my phone. Extra's that never happen to me: My brother with the medical issues had casino cash waiting for him and ended up money ahead, he bought bingo tickets for the group one night and my other brother won $150. He also bought pull tickets (not sure what you call them) and my nephew won $500 with one of them as well as a few smaller winning tickets. My niece is a Harry Potter fanatic and was excited to see that there was a Harry Potter Trivia that she won! Most of us went to the Dive In movie one night. We did bring seasoned salt with us (learned my lesson on the Splendor last year). The comedy club was a hit with our family. We attended a couple of the production numbers (some one night, others another night), the Hasbro show, etc. One of my brothers and nephew attended a Q&A session about crew life on the ship and thought it was very informative. The teens in our group had the time of their lives and thought they were on first name basis with cruise director TJ. TJ was very upbeat but not overbearing. My favorite class of ships is the Dream class so I was grateful that our family was going to finally be able to go on a cruise. I was just disappointed that it was a shorter cruise on a smaller ship. The Valor and her crew more than made up for any doubts that I had. The ship was clean, not too hard to navigate for my brother and the crew was fantastic. Anyone thinking of sailing on her has an experience half as good as we did - you will be happy. Island Breeze was waiting for us when it was time to disembark. Our driver this day was Jim. He sent a text and asked that I call when able to do so. We had two fellow passengers that were also going to the airport. Jim gave us some interesting information about Galveston (he lives there). The drive to the airport was smooth and painless. We arrived back in Iowa two over a foot of snow. Fortunately, the roads had already been cleared and we missed having to drive in blizzard conditions that had existed earlier. If you are on the fence about going on the Valor - DO IT!
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