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mmdteach
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I traveled with my husband and two children ages 12 and 9. We took this 3 night cruise to test the waters ( pardon the pun ..lol) We had a wonderful experience. The food was great. The service was great! The cabin was great! The ... Read more
JusBeachn
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took this cruise because of the Tim McGraw concert series. There's nothing really fancy about the ship itself. Our cabin was an inside cabin which is pretty much like any other ship in their fleet. The pool area was nicer than others ... Read more
Pinkyoshi1
Member Since 2017
1 review
25 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I always have cruised with Carnival and I have been on this ship 3 times now. I hardly write reviews but we felt like this is worth one. We sailed last year on a 5 night cruise and it was different this time. First off the music that was ... Read more
Bmit
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
I was given this cruise as a gift. I enjoyed every last second of my trip! I would definitely go again however, I traveled with 1 16 year old and would take another teen with him next time to give him some company. There wasn't much on ... Read more
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macarole
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Faster to the Fun, good value, 1 price per cabin, got on quickly, got priorities to get to shore Room was ok, I booked an indoor room, no window, plenty of room for 2 people, queen bed was made from 2 twin beds, comfortable, who stays ... Read more
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69cruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our first cruise and we chose Carnival because of the price and that it covered our birthdays. Our trip started well with the shuttle from the airport it was easy to use,( they found us) quick and our luggage was well taken care ... Read more
kycruiser307
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We selected this cruise because 2 other couples that are our friends had already booked this cruise. We wanted a balcony room ant the only one left was Cabin U224 which is a modified handicap room located on the Upper deck level 6 at the ... Read more
dropanchor
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
443 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
After leaving such a negative report on the Ovation of the Seas in Jan I thought it only fair I should leave a report on our last cruise on Carnival Spirit in March. We first cruised on this ship back in 2001 doing the Los Angles to ... Read more
Sun and Fun expert
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
The Sensation was perfect size for my friends first cruise experience. Interior was quite dated and overly purple but....clean and well kept. Cruise director Mat is the Olympic Gold Medal winner of cruise directing. Bravo!! Grand Turk and ... Read more
Brian P
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
First, we are not first time cruiser and have sailed on both Carnival and Royal Caribbean so we do understand that you get what you pay for and what you should expect on a cruise this being our 7th cruise in 5 years. We were married on ... Read more
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tidas22
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We just returned from a five night cruise on the Carnival Sensation! The ship is older, but in good condition! Most of the decor is very outdated! We had two rooms and they were pretty comparable to other ships we have been on. Our rooms ... Read more
c40plus
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I booked the Dream because I was just dying to cruise it as I'd heard many great things about it. I had purchased Faster-to-the Fun so I knew I'd get to board early and start enjoying the experience. The terminal activity was organized ... Read more
TourLady
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Overall, we had a wonderful trip! That said, here is the good and the bad... It was Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we had no problem quickly and easily getting to the port by simply planning to leave the hotel (near the airport) ... Read more
poppy1946Z
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Went cruising with six adult family members. Found everything to be just wonderful - service-food-entertainment. Hardly stood in any lines - ate at most of the restaurants - including two for fee spots. Food and service great! Cruise ... Read more
Banditswife
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
3,218 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it had 3 ports we had not visited before, the price was decent & we had never sailed on the Splendor. My 90 yr old mother & sister joined us for this cruise. Mom had only sailed a couple of times ... Read more
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Maryfrank233
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
The balcony staterooms were nice I have nothing against that. However they had only one stage show with costumes, singing, and dancing the whole cruise. The food was awful except for the dining room. The desserts were the worst. They were ... Read more
171510Cook
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our ninth cruise, and it was the best one yet. Carnival never disappoints, and their service is second to none. Everyone is always happy, friendly, and ready to have a good time. I will be loyal to Carnival for life, and the ... Read more
MrsDom
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
First off, let me start by saying, I'm a new mom again suffering postpartum depression and anxiety and this cruise was supposed to be a little getaway for me and my family to just enjoy ourselves together but to be relaxing also. This ... Read more
Myshelle78
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This cruise had a water park with slides, climbing wall, putt putt, an ice cream shop, etc. we were disappointed to know there was no climbing wall and only one slide ( which was rarely open). There was a kid area but nothing like ... Read more
SOMBRERO6
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
727 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
See cabin review below....6205, not enjoyable at all!... WORST CABIN EVER! Do not book this for the so-called Balcony....far to windy to use it! Dining, we were very happy with the food. The Pig and Anchor was good. Guys Burgers ... Read more
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tad54
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise for the opportunity to take our 7 and 8 YO granddaughters on their first cruise over Mardi Gras break (Louisiana residents). We had no issues with the Valor vs. Liberty swap, both were new to my wife and me although ... Read more
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craigachan
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We don't usually cruise Carnival maybe (8 times) but it suited us this time. I'm a long time cruiser with over 50 cruise. Don't stick to any one cruise line as I don't like playing the status designations. If they want to give me ... Read more
freezerburn
Member Since 2012
1 review
46 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Hi all, I'm writing this quick review to point out some highlights and changes that i've noticed since I last cruised. Hope it helps! Feel free to ask any questions. Day 1: Muster stations have changed a bit. You don't need to take ... Read more
KCinBAMA
Member Since 2013
1 review
97 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our 10th cruise (7th with Carnival) and our first to embark out of Port Canaveral. We stayed in Kissimmee (Orlando), the night before and had a great time. The drive to the port should have been better planned by me the next ... Read more
phrunk
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We wanted a quick get away from Mardi Gras. Chose the Paradise because their itinerary worked well with our schedule. We had a large suite and it was great, walk in closet, full bath, wonderful balcony, and nice king size bed. The room was ... Read more
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