Carnival Valor Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars 4.0
  • Expert Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.7
    • Couples: 3.7
    • Families w/ young children: 3.7
    • Families w/ older children: 3.8
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.6
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Refurbished: 2011
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,492
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 4

How it Ranks: Carnival Valor ranks #8 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor features a mélange of activities and amenities geared toward a variety of traveler styles and age groups. The ship was introduced in 2004 and last refurbished 2011 to include additions like the massive pool deck movie screen on the Lido Deck and the Serenity Adult Retreat. Other noteworthy amenities include a mini-golf course, a video arcade, the Punchliner Comedy Club and a piano bar. What's more, Carnival Valor houses a nightclub, a sports bar and SuperStar Live Karaoke. While the ship can hardly be considered small, Carnival Valor boasts an approximate 1-to-3 staff-to-guest ratio and past cruisers compliment the quality service they received. Reviewers particularly praise the ship's attentive room stewards, entertainers and restaurant servers. As far as meals are concerned, this ship offers four options, including a specialty dining venue (for a $35 per person fee). When it comes to lodging, cruisers have plenty of category types and configurations to choose from, including Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite staterooms. While Interior, Ocean View and Balcony cabins offer 185 to 245 square feet, Suite options range from 340 to 650 square feet. Select a higher category stateroom for more space and amenities (suites grant VIP check-in and are equipped with balconies and Jacuzzi tubs).

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Carnival Valor Cabins

Carnival Valor offers a wide range of accommodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Carnival Valor Deck Plans

Carnival Valor contains 13 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Valor deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.