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6,661 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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2,893
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1,688
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1,090
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553
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aburr
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had an amazing time being pampered on the Carnival Ecstasy! Loved the Faster to the Fun option that allowed us to bypass the longer check-in lines and exit lines. Worth the $49 dollar per room charge to have access to this level of ... Read more
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moonfairybaby
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The Room This was our first cruise, we traveled with our 4 year old daughter. I was somewhat nervous because although I have read a ton of reviews this was a new experience for us. We had an amazing week on the Carnival Pride! Our room ... Read more
Bayonex
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
After reading many bad and some good reviews of this ship (Elation), I was determined to be open minded going into this cruise. I chose this cruise/ship because it was a fairly close port for us to drive to and the dates fit our Summer ... Read more
Judges
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
My first cruise. The ship was clean,but the food in the main restaurant was terrible. The food in the food court was better. The main pool was way below my expectations. I have seen back yard pool larger. To accommodate 2000 people you ... Read more
cruisinterps
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
First things first. You don't take a three night Carnival cruise to Nassau because you're looking for the ultimate in luxury, demand gourmet food, and are irritated by children on cruises. As long as what you're after is a quick getaway ... Read more

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mst235
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a last minute cruise. We wanted to go out of orlando but it was booked. Glad we drove a little longer because this went to jamaica and grand cayman.We are from Ga. The crew was always on thier toes doing things for you. The food ... Read more
rewster cogburn
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
To be honest I was looking for a larger ship since our previous 3 cruises had been on different Fantasy-class ships and we wanted to try something new. Our vacation window however only fit with a cruise out of Jacksonville on the ... Read more
steelcruizer
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Friends and family were going and ask us to go. Overall, we were somewhat disappointed with various aspects of the cruise. In comparison with other cruises that we have gone on, we felt that the food selection in the main dining room was ... Read more
rirish1
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
chose Carnival for a July 2016 cruise to celebrate daughter's graduation from high school. I prefer HAL or Celebrity but wasn't able to find a cruise that met my requirements. Had a balcony cabin with my wife, daughter and one of her ... Read more
jkelynch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Carnival Fantasy- 4 night to Key West and Cozumel This ship is OLD and LACKS many of the amenities most of the new ships offer. We were a family of 4 with two kids ages 11 and 17. Activities: There was not enough to do for older ... Read more

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jocko4279
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
324 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What can I say? I left this cruise feeling very satisfied with very little complaint. We are a family of four with 2 kids under 10. We cruised out of Baltimore to the E. Caribbean on The Carnival Pride. The ports were Grand Turk, Half ... Read more
bobjps
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We planned a family cruise for our 5 adult children, their two spouses and a girlfriend, so their were 10 of us. My wife wanted to make sure our kids had a chance to experience the Southern Caribbean. We booked in November. Frankly, ... Read more
carl.becks@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
In general a funny cruise with good entertainment.Cabin spacious and service in general good. Food abundant of fair quality. Better food quality in the evening. Kind serving staff. Some business processes should be improved ... Read more
Jakeshunny
Member Since 2007
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Carnival Breeze is a lovely ship with a terrific staff. Jaime, the Cruise Director was outstanding. She was energetic, funny, talented, and a joy to watch every time she participated which was often. I asked and she told me that she ... Read more
Dl1435@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my first cruise. I was very pleased with how everyone treated me, and the other guests. I was called by my first name a lot. I had a balcony room, and it was so exciting. The food was good, and if I had one complaint , it was ... Read more

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hokkaido
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I read tons of reviews before leaving for the first-time cruise, but many reviews from Pinterest didn't help. Yes, I was supposed to read more reviews at this site. We purchased Faster to the Fun, so we could get on board early and our ... Read more
Kermarkim
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This is my 8th cruise and we love Carnival. It truly lives up to its motto of being the Funship. For all the naysayers that the Victory is outdated and dirty and staff unfriendly and miserable, I'm not sure we were on the same ship. We ... Read more
dws1968@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is our fifth cruise and third on Carnival - all in all, it was a 6 on a scale of 1-10 and here is why: The food was mediocre at best. Very much like a hospital cafeteria. You can get GREAT food but you have to pay for it at the ... Read more
Fontanman2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
The new Carnival Vista is really not much different than other ships despite the hype and the'new design". Many spaces not functional and a waste of space or alternatively overcrowded. No central atrium but rather two smaller ones. ... Read more
lordbaron
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We haven't been on Carnival in over 10 years, we used to cruise a lot before we had kids so we waited until they were old enough to enjoy themselves. Our oldest is 11 and the youngest is 6 and this was his first cruise. I will start off ... Read more

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ccpdblue
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We had taken this cruise several years ago and had such a good time we had to do it again. The itinerary is one of our favorites. Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk are perfect for getting off the ship and going swimming. Puerto Rico and St. ... Read more
TBandKcruisin
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Let me start by saying my wife and I love to cruise. Best adventure in the world.... Breaking down the good and the bad for this cruise. Location: Port of Charleston - 3 hour drive vs 8 hours was thought to be beneficial. ... Read more
repodude
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my 10th cruise. My in-laws are platinum members and this was for their 50th Anniv. This was my 2nd cruise with Carnival and the longest I have been on. The ship Valor was a good sized boat and in decent shape and clean for the ... Read more
coloradomouse
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised on most cruise lines. We have avoided Carnival previously just based upon our observations at other ports. We chose this cruise because only Carnival and Holland go to Grand Turk and we wanted to ... Read more
ShinyV
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Went with grandchildren...but the service was terrible Our room steward and dining waiters were very good...but the food was only so so! Nothing exceptional! The lido self serve cafeteria was awful! Like cattle! The Guy Fieri ... Read more

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