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  1. Sailing Ovation to Alaska in May 2019. I haven’t heard much on this board about it at all. Is this because it hasn’t sailed in or near the US yet? Anyone know when that begins? Would love to see some menus and compasses and some reviews of shows and other entertainment! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. Going on this ship to Alaska in May 2019. Thanks for your review!! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. briehon

    Ok so let me get this right....

    Do you think if I order a cocktail and a bottle of water at the same time, they will Give it to Me? Part of the reason for me to get cheers would be for me to get unlimited bottled water because I seriously drink probably 15 a day. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Ladies what is your secret?

    It doesn’t matter how many days, I gain 5-7 pounds. And in less than a week, it’s gone. I like to eat and drink what I want when I go on a cruise. I walk everywhere and then some. I take lots and lots of stairs. I do active excursions. I never eat desserts or breakfast of any kind. But I don’t drink or eat grains at home so when i cruise, I indulge!!! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. Just off the Valor. First time I had ever carried on because of threads on this forum. LOTS of people carried on. And sure enough, second to last day received a notice in our room to look for misplaced luggage. I asked the room steward about it and he said it happens almost EVERY cruise. Never checking again. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Valor Cruise 5/24 thru 5/28 Review

    Ok, I gotta know...WHY did your carpets need to be shampooed? If this was not thru any fault of your own, did they compensate you in some way? Would be angry if I can’t have access to my room! Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Valor Cruise 5/24 thru 5/28 Review

    No, nothing like this. There was one elegant night and that’s all. Saw a lot of people dressed up for the dining room. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Valor Cruise 5/24 thru 5/28 Review

    He WAS great...after we got the times ironed out. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Valor Cruise 5/24 thru 5/28 Review

    Yes and they said it could be awhile before they get the new menu. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Valor Cruise 5/24 thru 5/28 Review

    Well, not by my personal choice. And what I mean is, my family (35 of us!) are going on a cruise for my moms 80th birthday in December. Someone else organized and of course, I want to be a part of that fun, so I’m going on the Conquest. I have been on several Royal cruises and Disney cruises that I enjoyed more. I also hear great things about Norwegian and need to try that. MAYBE if the price were really right with a perfect itinerary? Maybe. But the food was really off putting. I would need a ship with more specialty restaurants or more ports so that I could justify not going to the MDR or the Lido Buffet. Both were kinda deal breakers for me in the future. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. Cruisers - me, 50 and DH, 45. We arrived at the port at 11:50. Parked in Lot A and boarded immediately. Since we were suite guests, we had priority boarding and our stateroom was ready right away. Dropped our bags, picked up our keys and went exploring. We traveled on the Valor several years ago before the upgrades and haven’t sailed Carnival since so we had lots to see. We settled on Guys Burgers for lunch and were NOT disappointed! Delicious. The bun is so soft and delicious and the meat is very flavorful. We both loved the fixings bar...grilled onion, bacon, jalapeños and more! And the fries are the best! We then went back to our room and unpacked. We met our room steward Imade. We let him know we wanted service both at night and morning...and I tipped him $20. The next morning he never showed by 2:30pm...I ran into the floor manager and informed her of my disappointment. She had the room cleaned immediately and then Imade was GREAT after that. I got a massage and DH got a haircut...or so he thought. The massage was great but the HARD sell after, even after requesting no sales pitch, was really off putting. DH had scheduled a haircut, and upgraded with a shave at the urging of the staff member scheduling. He went in, got a shave and a facial treatment and when it was over, he said, “I was supposed to get a haircut”. Well that wasn’t indicated on the form, said the staff member said there is no time now for a haircut. Very strange and disappointing. We went to the main dining room for dinner...and that was the last time. The service was fine but the food was sad. Shrimp cocktail that was limp and rubbery, jalapeño poppers that just weren’t hot and the cheese was mealy, the hangar steak and honey pork loin were just ok...both were room temperature and that was off putting. The sweet potato side with the pork didn’t taste right...like something was wrong with it. We both enjoyed the sour dough bread. In between the food and touring around, we had drinks at Alchemy Bar, which became a nightly thing. Great staff and awesome atmosphere. I tried several of the drinks and enjoyed all of them. We also played roulette, saw the comedian, Ronnie Bullard, who was AMAZING! We saw him 3 times this cruise. The other comedian, Kelly Terranova was good too, just really enjoyed Ronnie more. We had 2 sea days and 1 port that was supposed to be Cozumel. Due to the storm, we skipped Coz and went to Progreso. We did the secret cavern excursion. It was great...snorkeling in 2 cenotes and an amazing Yucatán lunch. Other things from our experience: Cooking demo at steakhouse. So good. Get to try the mushroom cappuccino that isn’t on any menu as well as a salad, a chicken dish with Mac and cheese side and tiramisu. It’s enough for lunch! Go home with recipes. This is a great time. Hasbro the Game show! Fun, and I got to participate! Bingo. Also fun. Great staff makes it super fun. Won $500! Be aware, no electronic cards. All need a dauber. They sell them for $1 or include in some packages. Slot Tourney. $25. First after the prelims...ended up 2nd and got invited to a 100k tourney on another ship, not happening. Lots of Roulette...won and lost. Bar at casino ALWAYS packed because you can smoke there. Live music - Guitar with Vanessa, Strings Elegance we’re both awesome. Listened to them several times in different venues. Mongolian Wok - not good, frozen veggies and then over cooked. Lido buffet breakfast - standard items and nothing great. Seafood Shack - we shared the lobster roll. Great bread it was served on but the lobster salad itself not worth the extra money. Blue Iguana Cantina - had this for breakfast. It was GREAT. I wish it was opened later into the dinner time. Huevos rancheros and some type of polenta cake with several different salsas. Great addition to the line up! Steakhouse - So great! Both had the escargot en croute. Mmmmmmm. Then a spinach salad and the tomato salad. Again, perfect. Then I had the surf and turf...very small lobster tail and filet but definitely enough. I had the mixed mushroom side. DH had spice rubbed ribeye and was able to get the Mac and cheese that comes with the chicken as a side. Worth it! and worth the extra money, so good. Took a cheesecake to go. It is HUGE. Staff all around very friendly and helpful. Line at guest services never very long. Line a Java Cafe was ALWAYS too long. Bar servers were plentiful on pool deck and in main theatre and comedy lounge. Ship all around seemed dirty and not well maintained. We saw the same full drink abandoned outside and elevator where it stayed for more than 24 hours. Debarkation was quick and painless. Fun games in Red Frog Pub, like shuffleboard but don’t try the darts. Electronic dart board that requires metal tipped darts. Too bad they only have plastic tips. No where felt overly crowded. You could always get a seat for shows. Sorry I’m not the best at reviews but ask away! Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Carnival needs to make this right

    I actually saw him this morning and asked. Nothing was done and he asked several times to view the security camera. After he went to the guest services desk and asked to speak to someone higher than casino managers...and he was NEVER belligerent or even raised his voice that was witnessed by other guests, he was told that if he didn’t drop it he would be removed from the cruise. Maybe after the fact when he gets home, something will happen....NOT. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Carnival needs to make this right

    A machine malfunction after a win that could be clearly observed on a security camera? I’m just saying give this poor guy SOMETHING. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Carnival needs to make this right

    I care because it was AWFUL to witness...this poor guy went from high on life to feeling cheated and super low. How can anyone not understand why I care? Ruined his day and the rest of his cruise. And oh, I already sent an email as did at least 20 other people that were standing there when it happened. I will be doing a full trip report on the Valor starting tonite. And I will just say, this isn’t the only thing that turned me off about the line. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Carnival needs to make this right

    Those games are open even during casino closed hours. Closed games won’t even take your money like the slots. They aren’t considered casino games but games of skill. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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