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6,839 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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2hot2cruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
Chose a short cruise close to home due to time limits on our vacation.It worked out well - weather was good, entertainment and dining staff were great. Could use some additional afternoon activities for non-pool-deck folks.The ship is ... Read more
kbursmith@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Our cabin had a balcony & we really enjoyed the view during the cruise. The beds & sheets were very comfortable & my son said the bunk was too. The ship was like the other Carnival ships we have been on, not much different ... Read more
dmdoit
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The Carnival Triumph did not disappoint! After many negative reviews, I have decided your cruise is what you make of it. We went intending to have a great time, and we did! The ship looks in great condition. Here and there it shows its ... Read more
Cruisefantastic
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Just come back from a 3 night taster cruise leaving Sydney. I was a bit worried that my daughter aged 5 would not be able to use the pools as would be too cold since its winter. I did not need to worry as the 2 main pools were heated so we ... Read more
allrural
Member Since 2010
1 review
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I have been on about 3 dozen cruises. This is my first trip to Alaska, I have been to the departure port, Seattle, before. Of course I researched Seattle and all of the ports of call before arriving. Because we live in far Northern ... Read more

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uconnbrown
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Sailed with a group of about 40 neighborhood friends and kids (ages 7-19) and had a great vacation on the Carnival Sunshine out of NYC. We are in our mid 40s and haven't cruised in 20 years (also with Carnival). Forgot how much fun you ... Read more
Floridaholidays
Member Since 2014
1 review
64 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We choose to cruise as this was one that was available departing from New York. We enjoyed the cruise to Bahamas visiting Grand Turk, half Moon Cay and Nassau. The staff work very hard and no bad experiences with them. The serenity area ... Read more
russianblue15
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose Carnival because of the kid's activities and we were not disappointed. We brought toddlers ages 2 and 4 years with us and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The activities, shows and special events were great. We all had fun ... Read more
jemamc96
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
This is my fourth cruise with Carnival and my family's second cruise. We recently cruised on the Conquest, which is a sister ship of the Liberty. The layout was the same with the decor being a bit different. I will say upfront that ... Read more
#DutchessCruiseCrazy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Our first time visiting New Orleans, we went down a day ahead of time which I strongly recommend. We also stayed the day after the cruise because it is a beautiful town. We stayed at the Hampton Inn across from the Convention Center. Free ... Read more

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Zkpr555
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Loved it! We went on this as a family cruise of 15 people and not one complaint. My kids loved our room with the balcony. So nice to sit and watch the sun rise and set over the ocean. The staff was awesome, we never had to ask twice for ... Read more
retirement dream cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My wife, 20 year old son, and I sailed on Carnival Pride on 07-14 August, 2016. We stayed in ocean suite #6185. Loved the ship (décor is outdated), the crew was great, things to do on board were plentiful, dining experience was ... Read more
VDART
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Our group of 6, 2 early 50's, 2 early 20's & 2, 16 year olds , booked late & received a nice discounted price. We had 3 lower inner cabins on the 2 deck. Embarkation went much smoother than the last carnival trip--our time was ... Read more
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Megan H
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My family of 10 .. me, my parents, 3 adult children, son in law, 2 brothers and nephew (ages 9 thru 73) choose this cruise because of the itinerary and because New Orleans is a really neat place to cruise out of. We flew in from Arizona, ... Read more
servantonice
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we haven't been on a cruise in two years and were eager to return. We have used multiple cruise lines before and we know Carnival has the reputation for being the, "Mass Market Buffet" of cruising. ... Read more

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steven3367
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
28 forum posts
6 helpful votes
arrived at port around 11am had time of 11.30 was on board in under a hour excellent when on board went to cabin on level 1 1249 basic cabin but fine headed upstairs hit guys burgers i love these did a quick look round went back to ... Read more
T Clancey
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first time cruising and we all had a FABULOUS time. My husband and I travelled with our 2 children aged 4 and 9. Our children LOVED the kids programs. We hardly seen them as they wanted to spend all of their time with the ... Read more
CRUISEWITHMYKIDS
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. We love the itinerary and we love the ports. We primarily use the ship as a place to sleep at night after having toured all day. Embarkation was fast and easy. Carnival has larger room and our ... Read more
jacxio
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
this was our first cruise so was a bit nervous about a few things: - embarkment and disembarkment chaos, amount of space in room with family of four (kids 11 and 13) with two weeks stuff, number of people on ship. Let me say then ... Read more
Livvichambo
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise because of the so called party atmosphere and youngish passengers. this is our 4th cruise having sailed with Royal Carribean, NCL and celebrity. This will be our last time on carnival! We knew the standards would be ... Read more

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dulcet
Member Since 2012
1 review
37 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as a brand new ship and was with Carnival and we had not travelled with them before. I wanted to compare them against NCL RCI and Disney. For me no one has beaten Disney but the pricing is ridiculous. We enjoyed ... Read more
suebrierley
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The ship was huge, needed a sat nav to find your way around. Sailing was a very exiting experience The cabin was awesome Dining wasn't all it should have been, not enough staff to be efficient, had many problems with the service ... Read more
markmoore101
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
just returned from 12 days on the Carnival Vista. This is our 4th cruise and our first with the Carnival. The ship is new but does lack the wow of the Royal Caribbean, it a fun ship rather than an elegant ship. The layout is a bit ... Read more
cheeks0274
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
It's probably easier to list the pro's and cons of this Carnival cruise.... Pro: -Embarkation onto the ship was absolutely fine/seamless. -Lovely staterooms, nice and spacious (had a balcony room) -Lots of things to do, ... Read more
EPhS289
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We had a great week on the Magic, travelled with a group of 22 family members for a reunion cruise. We drove to the port and parked off-site and took a free shuttle to the ship. The week began with a smooth embarkation at Port Canaveral. ... Read more

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