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6,390 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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510
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chrryslsh
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
58 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise for the destinations. we were a little worried because of the size of the ship. we are used to bigger ships. we have sailed on the breeze and the glory among others. This ship we thought would feel tiny. we had ... Read more
Sfish1028
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We love to cruise. This was my 9th cruise and my husbands 7th. We have spent the majority of our cruises on carnival. This cruise we were also taking our 6 year old and my husbands parents who had not taken a vacation in many years. ... Read more
boyroy
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are a couple 68 years old and retired. We chose this cruise because we could drive to Baltimore. It was a 31/2 hour drive from Gloucester, Va. We went to Baltimore a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn ,Arundel Mills. We ... Read more
Bomax2
Member Since 2012
1 review
81 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We have been on 11 cruises, this was our 9th on Carnival. We are a family of 4, myself, my husband, both 60, grown son and daughter-in-law 28 and 25. We chose this cruise for the price and convenience. We drove to Galveston on Friday and ... Read more
policekat
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
This was my husband and I 2nd cruise but wanted to take my son and his girlfriend. Needless to say they LOVED it and we loved the time we got to spend with them! The staff was wonderful! I can't say enough good things about this cruise! I ... Read more

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pansarah1
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
13 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
97 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
30 forum posts
5 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
9 helpful votes
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
Sghoward70
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Let me starts with stating we have been on 12 cruises, so this was not our first cruise. Our previous cruise was on the Caribean Princess which was very disappointing. We sailed the Dream 2 years ago and found the ship in great shape. The ... Read more

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Tropicalvacay
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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
5 helpful votes
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
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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
4 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
lovermonkey
Member Since 2010
1 review
501 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I liked my cruise but you could tell there were some changes to staff and service. For the most part everything was ok. For one thing, I had the Faster to the fun. So our luggage was supposed to be there before we got to the room. It ... Read more

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SARGON12
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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
jenfnverner
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 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
10 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
12 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
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
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

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creyes8519
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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
JessicaC
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 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
10 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
11 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
haleysmom2003
Member Since 2012
1 review
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
My family and I always have lots of fun on carnival cruises! Excellent dining service and cabin cleaning staff..they always go out of their way to help. Their staff are a step above the rest. Winfredo, Joel and Erfen made eating a joy in ... Read more

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