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Carnival Valor Coming to Galveston; Replaces Liberty

There’s little doubt you’ve heard of the mechanical issues affecting the Carnival Liberty. The ship had to cancel multiple cruises due to an issue that affected its top speed. After spending a considerable layover in the Port of Galveston, the issue appears to still be unresolved.

While everything on the ship is still operable, its top speed is still an issue. In response, Carnival is replacing the Liberty with the Carnival Valor in December.

Carnival Liberty is scheduled to enter dry dock for upgrades in early December. This dry dock was planned well in advance of the mechanical issues affecting it appeared. Once it exits dry dock, however, it will then sail to Port Canaveral (near Orlando). The Carnival Valor will then switch from Port Canaveral and sail from Galveston.

Since Galveston is relatively far from any Caribbean ports, the speed of the ship is extremely important. This switch will give Galveston a cruise ship that can make the speeds needed to sail to the Caribbean and return in a 4 or 5-day cruise.

The Valor and Liberty are sister ships, so passengers shouldn’t notice much of a change in the type of ship they will sail on.

The Valor will start sailing from Galveston on December 17th. Past that date, it will simply pickup the schedule that the Liberty originally had, with no changes. Until then, however, there are some changes in the scheduled trips.

Here are the details from Carnival:

Carnival Liberty’s modified cruises from Galveston for the balance of November are as follows:

14 CRUISE – The Nov. 14 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel (the call at Progreso has been cancelled). The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on Nov. 19 will be delayed until later in the day. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund.

19 CRUISE: The Nov. 19 seven-day cruise will include stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya (the calls in Falmouth, Jamaica and Grand Cayman have been cancelled). The ship’s departure time will be 10:00pm for this cruise. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund.

26 CRUISE – The Nov. 26 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel (the call at Progreso has been cancelled). The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on Dec. 1 will be delayed until later in the day. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund.

Have questions? Have you sailed on the Valor before? Let us know in the comments.

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