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6,411 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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2,825
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1,615
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1,042
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511
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Michelle1278
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first time sailing out of Baltimore and our first time on a Carnival ship. We can't wait to go back! Yes, there are a few things that were very frustrating but overall a very good cruise. Pros - 1. Excellent service ... Read more
hopegracelove
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
Chose this cruise because we had previously sailed on Elation and Paradise in the last year. This was picked because we wanted to try a bigger Carnival ship. Port was going through some parking garage construction, so we were told to drop ... Read more
Emm1129
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
For someone that has quite a few cruises under there belt, I have to say that this was the worst!!! Staff was showing there really not wanting to be there, like trying very hard to be polite with a fake smile!! Cleanliness was poor, room, ... Read more
SotonScotty
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We picked this cruise to end a recent holiday in the USA. We have done several Carnival cruises before and have enjoyed them. This cruise was so bad it may have put us off using any Carnival company again. Check in was rather chaotic with ... Read more
flatpik6
Member Since 2011
1 review
157 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Only a mini-review We returned to Florida last night, (May 25, 2016), after spending an extra day in Seattle. My wife and I both agree that the "Alaska" portion of the cruise was completely excellent. It was everything you ... Read more

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JMOM20
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Had a great time on the Carnival Breeze stopping in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozamel. Compared to our first cruise several years ago, staterooms were much roomier and ship much more stable! Staff were all friendly! Food in the ... Read more
dback400
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was actually our first Carnival cruise after taking 5 with Royal Caribbean. I chose this because the price was very reasonable for myself, my wife and my 13 year old daughter Also, leaving from Baltimore is very convenient for us as ... Read more
pullejo
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I'm giving this cruise a 4 out of 5 rating based on what this cruise is supposed to be... with a very emphatic understanding that I WOULD NEVER GO ON THIS CRUISE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANY OF MY PEERS AND FRIENDS. EVER. My wife and I ... Read more
asf246
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My family did this exact cruise seven years ago. My children, now in their late twenties, had fond memories of the Pride and the cruise, so we did it again. Traveling out of Baltimore is easy. We arrived later (1:30) than we wanted ... Read more
BrushedNickel
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Carnival was the first that popped up during a search. I called them directly and was sold within ten minutes. I wish I had done a little more research on other lines. "You get what you pay for"---I should have remembered that, ... Read more

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DSMoon1018
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First time cruising and was very disappointed, went with my family of six(5 adults and 1 child), The child is 13 years old and was very disappointed in the activities department for her. She was very boarded, and being a bland eater she ... Read more
84Cheif
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was a cruise formy parents (regular cruisers on p+o) myself and my 7 year old daughter on her first cruise. Couple of negatives to start with. Embarkation was slow and long and you queue outside Miami port which is very hot, get an ... Read more
Mnirom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my 7th cruise overall. The previous cruises were 4 with Royal Caribbean and 2 with Princess. The only reason we chose this cruise was because the original ship we booked was still uncertain renovation and dry docked. So the cruise ... Read more
Karenh31
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We were on the Spa Deck.. (11th floor balcony ) After cruising on the Dream two years ago... the Freedom seemed to be lacking in areas. It is a smaller ship, so I am sure that has something to do with it. We had anytime dining in ... Read more
tone12872
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
embarkation,was delayed a few hrs, disembarkation was very quick.The port was not crowded and easy to park and curbside drop off smooth.Ship was kept neat,but is dirty as in deep stains on seats in lido restaurant,outside windows very ... Read more

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BHMcEntire
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Very disappointed in Carnival and their lack of respect towards the customer. First off, a boarding delay which resulted in thousands of people standing in 90 plus degrees of heat without any offer of water or an explanation. It took ... Read more
David Hogg
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
24/5/2016 Just got back from the Carnival Spirit Fiji trip, Isle of Pines, Mystery island, Suva,Port Danarau, Noumea. The best holiday we have ever had. The level of crew professionalism and service is first class, the food and ... Read more
Denise1983
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Stay away! Victory is very dirty, we had an injury on half moon cay on the aquatic play park due to poor maint. Infirmary was not open during the advertised hours. Employees referred to themselves as slave labor, couldn't even find a clean ... Read more
kball86
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This cruise was amazing. There was always something to do. The employees of Carnival were absolutely amazing and friendly. They wanted to make sure we got the best care. Our wait staff in the London Dining room were the absolute BEST. ... Read more
cgorba
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I was invited to go with friends. I found this ship to be very clean, the crew was exceptional especially Isaac on deck 7. Isaac kept our cabin clean, he immediately responded to any of our special request. Isaac and his co-crew treated ... Read more

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luckymin@hutchtel.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My daughter in law chose this cruise because it coincided with her 30th birthday. I've cruised many times (at least 20) and generally find Carnival to be just fine. This was generally just fine too. Pros: good food, nice staff. Cons: ... Read more
K&JfromPDX
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
26 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Embarkation was the typical dis-organized chaos. Lots of lines, but no Carnival staff knew what any line was for - just pick a line and stand in it. When I entered the Atrium I immediately noticed how small the ship was. I was sure I ... Read more
jhoecannon
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We had a great time... the staff was all very friendly... and, the food was great! Our dinner staff headed by Danilo and his team was super. And our breakfast every day at Imagination was excellent and one of the best breakfast we ever ... Read more
L Jasik
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My sister had used carnival cruise line before. She said that we needed to go on a cruise together taking our mom for mother's day. We left Galveston Texas on May 7, 2016 to go to Cozumel then to Progresso Mexico. Once on board we were ... Read more
Ratross
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Short break. As expected, crew was friendly and efficient. Use of passenger name in conversation is a nice touch that pervades interactions. The refresher intent of the cruise was marred by unsupervised children in the Lido dining ... Read more

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