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6,352 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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509
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drea815
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise was my 4th. I have sailed with carnival about 10 years ago and the last 2 times i sailed with NCL. Out of all of cruises I have been on this was the worst. My state room was on the 7th floor near the mail lobby (I really ... Read more
pansarah1
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First off, we were on the sailing prior to this as back to back cruisers. BUT - our kids were joining us so we had to disembark to get them through check in. In doing this, the Carnival check in staff literally had no idea what to do with ... Read more
1threadshort
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
93 forum posts
0 helpful votes
transfer from Miami airport to the ship was excellent. tremendous lines were met at the ship. much too long for anyone to endure. I got on and got a wheelchair with no problem. room was oceanview. clean and comfortable. could have been ... Read more
AprilBride2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our wedding cruise so boarding was awesome as we had priority boarding over everyone else. We had an Ocean Suite and the cabin was plenty spacious with lots of storage. We didn't even use half of the cabinet or drawer space ... Read more
Girlsmom
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed three 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

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Tropicalvacay
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Embarkation was a breeze, disembarkation was a breeze. Did not have FTTF, and it still was very organized, and we did not wait long at all to embark or disembark. We choose to have the cruise line take our luggage the night before, so we ... Read more
seagoers
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my daughter -in-laws first cruise and I have been on many others. The Breeze is a beautiful ship. There are two small pools and both of them were full on sea days. Usually the aft pool is for adults only but on this ship kids ... Read more
stephkd
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first cruise. We chose this ship because we live in New Orleans. We chose this particular cruise because it included a stop in Jamaica. We had a check in time of 10-10:30. We got downtown around 9:45, but by the time we ... Read more
i retired in 2015
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
SARGON12
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Summary: This was my second voyage with Carnival. My first was on DREAM in 2013, a much newer ship and with more passengers. SUNSHINE is a fine ship and is its interiors are clean and well maintained. Once again I have found that the ... Read more

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jenfnverner
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 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
9 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
5 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
Good4you
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three 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
18 helpful votes
Sailed three 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

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JessicaC
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are family of 4 with 2 kids (they are 4 and 7) and we went on Carnival Spirit during April 2016 for a 10 day trip to South Pacific Islands including Lifou Isle, Mystery Island, Mare and Noumea. This is our first time to go on a cruise ... Read more
goheels23
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 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
10 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
11 helpful votes
Sailed four 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
pepdav
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed four 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

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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
2 helpful votes
Sailed four 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
spanky44
Member Since 2012
1 review
71 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my second time on the Splendor, but this is the first time I traveled with 28 other family and friends. Seven of them were children ages 2-10 and the rest of us were between 17-77 and we all found things to do and had a blast. ... Read more
sarita11
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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
7 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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