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Santosh_M
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
6 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
344 forum posts
Sailed four 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
1 helpful vote
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
Schnauzer25
Member Since 2012
1 review
53 forum posts
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first ... Read more
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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
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
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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
Cruisinw5
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We love cruising out of Galveston since we live closer to the west coast and it is easier to get there than having to fly all of the way to Florida. We cruised Jan 1-8 2017 and I personally loved how they still had the Christmas trees and ... Read more
KMTankersley
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We had 19 people in our group. All but 1 stateroom was on Deck 1. There was a horrible sewage odor in the hallway and 2 of the staterooms had air-conditioning issues. Both requested fans and only one of the two received a fan. ... Read more
JoCus007
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose the Carnival Sunshine because it was a reasonably priced ship sailing on the days we wanted. We left New Year's Eve out of Port Canaveral and had the best New Year's Eve ever!!! We took our 3 kids and went went two other families ... Read more
ggoldsm590
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
69 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
We sailed on the Sunshine New Year's Eve, Cabin 11019 Serenity. Had the most awesome time. Cabin was very clean and comfortable. Deck 11 & 12 only have 2 elevators to them compared to the 6 elevator 1 deck down. Some people complained ... Read more
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ForestF
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We had never expected to take a cruise, but when a family friend invited us to join them on the cruise, and to be witness to their daughter's Bat Mitzvah on St. Thomas, we agreed to go. So 4 of us (2 adults in our 40s and 2 teens) went. We ... Read more
bellacruiser3352
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Let me start by saying we are very experienced cruisers, we are Platinum with Carnival and have sailed on Disney and Royal Caribbean as well . We have never been on the Magic and can never agree on anything for New years so this was the ... Read more
daredneck
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
29 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Carnival Sunshine December 31, 2016-December 8, 2017 Room 8330, Aft Balcony Stateroom Steward, Gordoue Started our travels on December 20th Traveling for 11 days takes a toll on a person. Spent sail away on our balcony. Sushi ... Read more
Dollster
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
If you like noise, chaos and lines this is the cruise for you. Very disappointed in this huge over crowded ship. Noisy everyehere. Lines for everything. Two singers every night in atruim that were so loud it was difficult to communicate ... Read more
middlesoundmom
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
We have been on many Carnival Cruises and love their boats and service. That being said this is the worst cruise we had ever been on. It was like they cut down on everything to save money. The AC on the boat hardly worked especially in our ... Read more
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