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6,986 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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md1jw
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
135 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
First of all, the good points. The ship was spotless, wait staff Shiju and Mariela, and cabin steward Imade were excellent. Emma Nixon was extremely efficient and seemed to be everywhere. Cabin on deck 2 was one of the largest oceanview ... Read more
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Sthrncrusr
Member Since 2012
1 review
129 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second time on the Ecstasy. Our first time two years ago left a little to be desired. This time however, was as good as our cruise last summer on the Dream! I'll highlight below: -chose this as a bday celebration for our ... Read more
TomBrem
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The Vista was a new ship. Good foo and the staff was OK since they were all new. The last night in a two day port stay in Athens was not very good. The Ship had let half the staff go ashore the night before and were under staff the last ... Read more
lori_leanne2000@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I had an 8C balcony Cabin (7396) alone for this cruise, but I was not on the ship alone. I was traveling with my sister and her family. First, I'd like to comment on Embarkation. We flew into Miami on the morning of the cruise. We ... Read more
IceManTX
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Overall: We had a very enjoyable time but were a bit disappointed in the days at sea and certain aspects of the cruise in general compared to past cruises. I don't wish to be negative as our experience was mostly on the positive side and ... Read more

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lakelandmom
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because of the price and proximity of the port. We live about an hour away and have 3 kids (10, 8 and 2) so we didn't want to drive to Miami. Boarding was easy, I almost bought the early to the fun, but we haven't ... Read more
Aliciat35
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This ship SUCKS. Levels one and two smelled like poop. The air wasn't cold in our room and my family caught a cold the whole week we were on board. Only a few elevators were working at times it was faster just to take the stairs. There ... Read more
rezalute@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were with a group of 15 friends and family: some in our group have cruised many times, some only a couple and it was my first cruise. All of us agreed this cruise was one of our all-time favorite vacations. We traveled to Cocoa ... Read more
pard76
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
cruised out of NYC, my cousins had a %comp due to 25th cruise with Carnival, and the canada/new england ports interested us as a change, and to avoid the zika scare.. Found it odd that were no refrigerators on deck 8/balconies, but our ... Read more
DarrenLeeSisco
Member Since 2016
1 review
Well this is the third and last cruise I'll take with Carnival. My first cruise was on the Carnival Sensation. This was a decent cruise for a first timer. This set the bar for following cruises. The next cruise I took was on the ... Read more

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MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
638 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Sailed with my daughter and her family again (grandsons are 2 and 5 and this was their second cruise...lucky ducks!). Shorter cruises, usually with pre and post cruise stays work better with little ones; we'd never sailed from Tampa; ... Read more
ZCruiser1
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
20 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I have been cruising Carnival since 1994. We chose magic because we had never been on it, and it was going to Amber Cove where we had never been, nice, beautiful but pretty much like Gran Turk, San Juan not much to do if you been there ... Read more
rollingflintstone
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
The food on this ship was absolutely horrendous! I actually lost weight. I do not understand how every single meal that was prepared and served to us in the dining room could be so bad. I ended up having to eat at Guys Burger Bar or the ... Read more
ANILOPITA
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
We were very excited to go on our family cruise (4 generations) and booked with carnival victory out of port canaveral, our experience at the port of embarkation was poor, because their computer system was down and this situation delayed ... Read more
Ltcsquad
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
224 forum posts
Sailed August 2016
I chose this cruise for the excursions mainly whale watching. It was great . The food quality was better than past carnival cruises, the cabin was a great extended Balcony. They had 2 comedians for the first halve of the cruise that was ... Read more

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Terryterry54
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
I had the best time on the cruise ship. The cruise was really good. The shows were nice, the people were nice, the staff was great. Also I really liked the dj. My first cruise and I will remember this for a lifetime. My daughter went and ... Read more
kicker
Member Since 2005
15 reviews
4,485 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our cruising history includes an old Carnival cruise 30 years ago, and, since getting back into cruising about ten years ago, 12 Royal Caribbean cruises, one Celebrity, one Princess cruise. This Carnival cruise was chosen for the ... Read more
Seasoned firefighter
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
819 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We went on this cruise to have a short cruise for our grand-daughters' first cruise. They had a great time....It took a long time once we entered the parking area to actually get parked. Don't know why we waited so long to get sorted ... Read more
Shawkes16
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Our first family cruise was roughly 10 years ago on the Fantasy. We had a great time on that trip. The kids were younger as was the ship. Fast forward 10 years with young adults, the ship is older, no upgrades, clean, but nothing new. The ... Read more
DanusLight
Member Since 2006
1 review
625 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This was a last minute booking. We booked a suite guarantee and we were assigned U103, a grand suite. Parking and getting to the ship is just short of chaos. The line of cars to drop off luggage, pay for parking and then be directed to a ... Read more

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Chesapeakesailaway
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Living in Maryland, we have counted our blessings to have the Pride in our home port, and have always loved this ship and the friendly crew. We even appreciate the decor. Most of all, we enjoy the convenience of sailing from our home ... Read more
gailp59
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
As 1st time cruisers we just picked a date hoping that the ship wouldn't be bombarded with kids. Well embarkment was horrible! they tell you to pick a time to board the ship but when we got there ...the parking lot was packed with ... Read more
Lina2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
This was our 2nd Family Vacation with Carnival cruise. We love it!!! We drove from Toronto to Buffalo and stayed at Super 8 for a night and off the next morning to Fort Lauderdale. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We ... Read more
saphirez44
Member Since 2011
1 review
20 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise because we had not been to the Keys yet. We have cruise many times in the past but typically to the Caribbean. The course was altered due to weather. I understand that, but they knew prior to departure, and should ... Read more
ladyjoy
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 helpful votes
We typically sail on other cruiselines but thought we'd give Carnival a try based on recommendations from co-workers and friends. We were looking for a short family get-away before our kids (17,13, 6) returned to school. NEVER did we ... Read more

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