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6,341 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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Excellent
2,807
Very Good
1,592
Average
1,024
Poor
508
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Girlsmom
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
We (parents, 3 children ages 6, 9, and 11) have done several all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean in the past (and Disney World once a year too --just so you have our background experience), but I couldn't find an all inclusive that ... Read more
i retired in 2015
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my 4th Carnival cruise, first time on this ship. I read lots of negative reviews but my daughter and I loved it. This was her first time cruising so I choose Carnival and the Western Caribbean as I was familiar with the ports. ... Read more
jenfnverner
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Ahhhh, cruising I love it, but this ship? Mehhhhh. That said, We did have a very enjoyable trip. Pros: Staff onboard was top notch! This was my 9th cruise with Carnival and I received the best service to date. Our room was ... Read more
wmhagan02
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my wife and I's 3rd cruise and the first on Carnival. We heard a lot of bad things about Carnival compared to Royal Caribbean and people told us the service, food entertainment etc would be a huge letdown. We wanted to go to the ... Read more
Bstand7435@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
One of the most disturbing and stressful trips ever on a carnival cruise. Invited a friend that cruises on another line. It took me 3-4 years to get her to travel on Carnival with me. I have been going with her on another. We both have ... Read more

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Good4you
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
I chose this cruise because of the entertainment for kids and what I have experienced before on carnival. The service was awful! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless you don't mind waiting for awhile for a drink, food, or attention ... Read more
creyes8519
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
Really... I do not know where to begin. I really don't. Let me preface by saying that when I booked this cruise with the Carnival Sensation, I knew going in that this was a 30+ year-old ship. I've seen photos of the ship in detail and ... Read more
goheels23
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This ship is great for first time cruisers! It is a small ship but it is easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. We did the 5 day Bahamas cruise out of Charleston which sailed to Nassau and Freeport. We did the dolphin swim in ... Read more
Terry&Yvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We decided to try Carnival Spirit as the sailing fell into our annual leave time frame, WELL! What a huge mistake! We have sailed before many times on RCI and Princess, so we are comparing Carnival to these lines. Before even ... Read more
mcmary4308
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my first cruise but I went with family members who had been on cruises before with other cruise lines. We selected this particular cruise because we wanted specifically to go to Jamaica, Grand Cayman being an additional bonus. I ... Read more

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pepdav
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was only our second cruise, our first one being on Disney Cruise Line. I choose this cruise because it fit into our families time frame, we wanted to try a non Disney ship and also the price. The ship is looking a little tired and ... Read more
mawilson47
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This interior room was definitely outdated, unpleasant décor. Steward was above average. Food was mediocre, buffet was understaffed and inadequate for the number of passengers trying to access it. Dining room staff was very good ... Read more
blue3ninja
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my second time on the Paradise and 11th cruise overall. The service was excellent from dining to the casino. Please see the quick pro and con list below: Pros: 1. Dining Staff was excellent: First time doing anytime ... Read more
sarita11
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sarita, Vinnie & Family April 10th-14th, 2016 This was our first cruise and we wanted to know what it felt like being on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad that my husband and I decided to go along with our son, his ... Read more
djcynt
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I felt the need to leave a review about this cruise because there are quite a few things that seems to have changed with Carnival cruise lines and I figured someone needed to say something. My hubby and I decided to take this particular ... Read more

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Hienzy
Member Since 2013
1 review
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was the last time the Magic would be sailing from Galveston. It was a great cruise. The food was good, the entertainment was good and the service was great. We chose a balcony room on the 6th floor and had ... Read more
Boysmomtami
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We sailed Magic April 10th - 17th ...... What an AMAZING Vacation! Embarkation: We had FTTF, we got to the terminal at 9:30am (We had 10:00 check-in also), they were not letting anyone in the building if they had a later check-in time ... Read more
athomas1128
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First off let me start off with that I LOVE Carnival, and I will sail with them again. My family and I recently sailed on the Ecstasy. My third trip on her, and my 7 cruise on CCL. My family consisted of my husband(48), 4 of our ... Read more
house_elf
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Just returned from a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Dream, sailed out of New Orleans. Our party included myself and my husband (both 28), our 2-year-old daughter, and my parents (my mom just retired and this was our ... Read more
kadams45
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
went on a 7 day cruise to celebrate my 60 birthday, our 30 wedding ann, and a family vacation, here is a list of my problems 1. problems getting my room key to work right took us over 3x going to guest services to get the problems fix ... Read more

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environ0103
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a really great cruise for my husband and I, as well as my parents. It was my dad’s birthday and I wanted to take both him and my mom on their first cruise. So, where do I begin? First, this has to be the cleanest Carnival ... Read more
wagtail_syd
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
79 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our second cruise on Carnival Legend and it didn't disappoint. We sailed for 8 nights to Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. This time we sailed in school holidays and I was a little concerned that the ship might be jam-packed with ... Read more
Gray2
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Our cabin steward was awesome we were in u181 with Pierre. He was amazing. The ship is small and older ready to be re done. We had earlier seating assign table. The assistant waiter Whi was the best. With this said if you love to eat hot ... Read more
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Peace Love and Travel
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I went on this cruise with my husband (we are both 35 years old) and two children (ages 7 and 4). I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary, price and ship. We have only been on one cruise before aboard the Carnival Conquest, about ... Read more
gatorpwr
Member Since 2008
1 review
58 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I and my wife have been on numerous cruises. My Brother in law and Sister in law came with us on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Glory on April 9th to the 16 2016. I picked the Glory because it said it had been refurbished and had ... Read more

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