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Overview

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor features a mix of activities and amenities geared toward a variety of traveler types and age groups. Introduced in 2004 and most recently renovated in 2016, the ship offers all the “Fun Ship 2.0” features, including the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the Cherry on Top candy shop. Plus, the ship houses a nightclub, a comedy club, the Alchemy Bar and more.

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 service they received. As far as meals are concerned, the ship offers two main dining rooms, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Rosie's Restaurant, a steakhouse and more.

In terms of lodging, cruisers can choose from Interior, Ocean View and Balcony cabins, as well as Suites. Higher category staterooms offer more space and amenities, such as VIP check-in and balconies with Jacuzzi tubs. Recent cruisers report the rooms were generally clean. 

In 2018-19, Carnival Valor departs from Galveston and New Orleans for sailings in the Caribbean and along the Panama Canal. 

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The 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor features a mix of activities and amenities geared toward a variety of traveler types and age groups. Introduced in 2004 and most recently renovated in 2016, the ship offers all the “Fun Ship 2.0” features, including the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the Cherry on Top candy shop. Plus, the ship houses a nightclub, a comedy club, the Alchemy Bar and more.

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 service they received. As far as meals are concerned, the ship offers two main dining rooms, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Rosie's Restaurant, a steakhouse and more.

In terms of lodging, cruisers can choose from Interior, Ocean View and Balcony cabins, as well as Suites. Higher category staterooms offer more space and amenities, such as VIP check-in and balconies with Jacuzzi tubs. Recent cruisers report the rooms were generally clean. 

In 2018-19, Carnival Valor departs from Galveston and New Orleans for sailings in the Caribbean and along the Panama Canal. 

Ship Size
L
Price
$$$$
Year Built
2004

Pros & Cons

  • Ship includes all "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities

  • Mixed reviews on food quality

3.90Scorecard
  • 3.5Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

Rankings

Carnival Valor ranks #6 out of 25 Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

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

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Deck Plans

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

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 3295 guests have reviewed Carnival Valor, giving it a rating of 3.9 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.9 out of 5(3295 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples43.2%
Families w/older children16.5%
Singles/Friends12.3%
Families w/young children9.9%
Groups7.6%
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Ship Photos

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