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7,522 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews
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slopez1501
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
Every two years our family and friends book a 4 or 5 day cruise. (80+people) We all meet around the pool for sailing. The layout had the people all smashed together, we could not get to bars easy because everyone was hanging out in both ... Read more
avewads
Member Since 2017
1 review
This was our first cruise in 25 years. A lot has changed since then. Not a bad thing, but change none-the-less. The ship: Carnival Inspiration was a nice ship. It is 20 years old from what I have read. Very clean overall. The ... Read more
charchars5245
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
My family and I decided to go on a Carnival cruise for my grandfathers' birthday since none of us had ever been on a cruise before and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy as much as the adults. And I've got to say... I am very ... Read more
blackbeauty1972
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
1. Get Better entertainment. The DJ sucks. 2. Food choices were average in the buffet almost the same thing every day 3. For such a large ship should had more pools and hot tubs. 1 pool in the front of the lido and one in the ... Read more
christopher
Member Since 2000
1 review
211 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Overall it was a great cruise, we had a great waiter Gusti in the Scarlet Lower Dining room table 525. The Maitra D was very nice also. Food was good. I miss the table clothes on casual nights, the water glasses sweat and drip all over ... Read more
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mulm64
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Ship design is just ok, not wow by any means. Atrium is smaller, rooms are def smaller. Layout is a little confusing because of the Imax I think. Sky ride was cool but wait was 90 minutes to 2 hours. They could have used a couple ... Read more
execsec
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
15 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Overall. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading recent reviews about this ship. This was our 8th cruise, 5 with RC and 3rd with Carnival. We picked this ship primarily because it was new and it went to islands we had never visited. I ... Read more
alelexxis
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
$189 Per Person Special Offer with Free Room Upgrade & $50 On Board Credit. Room E101 is PERFECT close to everything Prefer Anytime Dinning which is 1 Floor Above Stateroom E101 Cheers Program $240 Per Person, Start Drinking ... Read more
DaveOB
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
I'll start by saying that I am somewhat of a seasoned cruiser, I've cruised on ships big and small and to eastern/western Caribbean as well as Bermuda. I've been on 6 Royal Caribbean cruises and this was my second Carnival cruise. ... Read more
arollins9
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
Overall, we had a great time on this cruise. The group was 4 adults in our late 20s. For two, it was their first cruise and I thought this ship was a good introduction to cruising Cabin: We stayed in a grand suite and it was plenty of ... Read more
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Santosh_M
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I was planning to celebrate my wife's birthday at cruise, and it was beyond expectation. Its life long memories for us. Really happy with Carnival staff service, especially housekeeping and dining. Food - Food was awesome, I ... Read more
dprice1834
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Charleston is a great port to sail from. It was easy to get into and parking was fairly easy. The embarkation process was mostly painless. The entire process took about 45 minutes. The ship is one of the oldest in the fleet but I knew this ... Read more
lilprincessmarg
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We originally booked on the valor and they changed the ship on us and put on on the LIberty They separated my family by putting them on deck 1 and us on deck 6. After numerous calls they did the right thing and upgraded them to a ... Read more
wisnir
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is my second Carnival Ecstasy five day cruise out of Charleston SC. It is an easy drive from NC. EMBARKMENT: parking is somewhat unusual, as they don't open it up until 11 am and then you snake through to the check in canopy, then ... Read more
jaynorris
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. I loved leaving from Charleston, S. C. It was so convenient for us and apparently a lot of other people. The food was ok, not great, not bad. We all thought it was sort of Applebee's quality. ... Read more
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Fishtales6
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
405 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Timing with track out school break made this our only option for cruising. Stayed at our usual hotel for the cruise package, but cannot honestly recommend them due to a poorly thought out policy of placing a hold of 25% of your hotel bill ... Read more
NC1-Cruisers
Member Since 2017
1 review
Our cruise was arranged by a family member. 23 members of our family attended, each with different cruising experience and a variety of budgets. Galveston is a very difficult port to get to from the East Coast. One has to fly into ... Read more
madthumper
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
343 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
Living in Orlando and close to 4 ports we drove to New Orleans for the first time to cruise with very dear friends that work on the Dream. This was our 14th cruise on Carnival and our 3rd on the Dream. Embarkation went smoothly, ... Read more
momconch
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
We had a group of 25 family members. Ranging in age from 6 to 66. The majority being teens and young adults. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We were all very happy with that. The ship itself was in nice condition ... Read more
letsgosailin
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We took our first family cruise this year. There were 7 adults and 6 children ranging in age from 3.5 to 15. The ship was older and could use a bit of an update but the actual cruise experience was the best I have had in years. The kids ... Read more
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plannertogo
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed ... Read more
caro325
Member Since 2006
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was not my first rodeo and will definitely won't be the last (I already booked my next one), but it was absolutely my second and last with Carnival. After the first one I said I wouldn't use Carnival again..... I should have follow my ... Read more
CatInTX
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We assumed we were getting the same caliber ship and amenities on the Carnival Valor as we did on the Magic, but we didn’t. Cigarette smoke was everywhere and not just by the casino. We smelled it in the lobby, on guest decks ... Read more
Bipedalone
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Our children took us on this cruise for our 70th birthdays. We drove from St. Louis to New Orleans which was a better departure point than Florida for us. Despite the number of people boarding, the process went very smoothly and ... Read more
Cork-dork
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
65 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My family (DW, DD, father, and stepmother) booked adjoining interior cabins on the Sensation for a 5 night cruise to Half Moon Cay, Freeport, and Nassau. DD is a first-time cruiser (she's 4. We'll forgive her), while DW and I have been on ... Read more
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