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CallieFrog
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
This cruise out of Galveston was delayed slightly due to fog. Luckily, we were staying with relatives in Houston who were dropping us off. I just checked cruisin.me and the Galveston webcams until I saw that the ship was docked, then we ... Read more
zippywilliam
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
42 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise mostly because it fit into my very short Christmas break this year. I am a teacher and I have a 14 year old who is also in school. We also have never been to Belize so we pick this cruise. This is my 5th Carnival ... Read more
Betnbobcruisin
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
This ship is in need of a refurb. The crew was lackadaisical for the most part. The cruise director's announcements were difficult to understand. We took our meals on the second level of the Lido Grill Buffet. The staff was slow bussing ... Read more
cnowak1964
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation/Disembarkation both were a breeze. We arrived and since we had booked a suite, had priority. Our cabin was ready by 12;30 as promised. Predrag our Cabin attendant was spectacular. He met us as we entered our cabin, and ... Read more
Jacket1
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
I had heard all the rumors about Carnival, and they are regretfully true. If you have cruised another line, you will probably be disappointed. The good: 1. The spa was very nice and never crowded. The private access to the gym, ... Read more
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jayinstyle
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Listening to cruise director and comedy club manger was like the movie Ground Hog Day. Both repeat, repeat, repeat , etc to the point of annoyance. I also don' feel the "fun staff" who lead the activities was diverse enough ... Read more
Rebellee
Member Since 2004
1 review
327 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Our family (including our 2 children in 20's) decided on a Christmas cruise for 2016. Although the wind was terrible, the sun was glorious and the trip was amazing! This is our second cruise on the Conquest. It may be a little older ... Read more
Seafarer62
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
On embarkation our stateroom had not been cleaned from previous cruise. Didn't even see our steward on day one. Situation rectified after arguing with guest services and asking to speak with manager. Onward with a positive attitude. ... Read more
LVNV Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it sailed over Christmas. We wanted to take a Christmas vacation this year instead of spending it at home, and Carnival Inspiration filled the bill. We live in Las Vegas so a Long Beach, CA departure was as ... Read more
ellisonson
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise as it was a central departure port for our family of eleven. We had previously sailed on the Carnival Fantasy in 2006 so we expected some wear and tear on the ship. After reading port reviews of Mobile, we were very ... Read more
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NancyandTom
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Planned a family Christmas Cruise with 5 adults for a year. The ship was old, dirty, and just plain worn out. Carnival sails at capacity but I think this ship was overbooked. So crowded you could not relax. Drunk, disgusting, smelly people ... Read more
vinay2543
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Took the Christmas cruise from Mobile, AL. First time cruiser, but felt the ship has seen better days. It wasn't in the top notch shape, as paint was peeling at places in the Cabin, Rubber Insulation at windows was coming off and bathroom ... Read more
mc168
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my 2nd cruise with Carnival Imagination with prior experience on Grand Suite. This December I decided to take my family member of 4 and relatives of 3 to cruise on this ship again from Dec 22nd and back on 25th for Christmas ... Read more
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Goldheart
Member Since 2008
1 review
39 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I chose this particular cruise to enable us to join some friends for Christmas. We had 3 cabins on the Veranda deck. Because we booked late the only way we could be together / adjacent was near the rear. We were originally booked on ... Read more
MomofKipper1956
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose the ship solely based on dates, length, itinerary, departure port. This ship was our only choice, we have friends who have sailed on Carnival (as had I in 1991) so off we went. In fairness, before my comments below, fellow ... Read more
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Introvert_Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Overall I have rated it 4 stars because overall we did enjoy it and I was aware of its shortcomings and such prior to booking. My party consisted of the parents and 3 children 10-16. Bottom line upfront: This is a cruise geared ... Read more
CARNIVALCRUISE3
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
269 forum posts
I sailed on this cruise last Christmas, and decided to sail this year again. This was my 29th cruise, and 5th time on the Victory. We live 30 minutes away from The Port of Miami. Embarkation-I received an email that they wouldn't ... Read more
Pinkymama
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I really did not do my homework before going on my cruise. This was my first time ever going. We had a great time; however, there were some things that I wished that I would have known ahead of time. First, we booked an interior room with ... Read more
cherry dl
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
4th carnival cruise ,one man entertainment food was iffy didnt compaire to previous cruises the ship was nice a little smaller than others and a bit crowded the cabins were nice the same size as other ships we have been on. only dined ... Read more
CH2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
First off, I feel bad for those who had a less than enjoyable experience on the Triumph. This was our 3rd Carnival cruise and our 1st on the Triumph. Our previous Carnival cruises were great, that's why we stuck with them in booking this ... Read more
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JulieF
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
Christmas cruise for myself and 17-year-old son - paid for Faster to the Fun, a complete waste, did not get on ship until almost 1pm. Room was open and not vacuumed. Went to lunch and returned, room had been vacuumed. Later that evening ... Read more
slidin1
Member Since 2016
1 review
I'm sure it was the tension on the window you heard the tap tap all day and night as long as the ship moved. We put pillows and comforters to try and muffle the sound. The comedy club is way to small. the main theater is way to small. Not ... Read more
Tstamps5
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Overall the aervice was really poor. . The entertainment on the ship was really poor. Carnival now barely cleans your stateroom. Our room was cleaned only once each day. Roo was dorty. The music on board was horrible. Live music in ... Read more
ang12us73
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We traveled with out two teens. We've been on two others with Carnival. Once on the Celebration and the other on Magic. Both were great this time we went on the Breeze. She's a beautiful ship. When we got to the port we had no ... Read more
Irenet2
Member Since 2010
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We started with Carnival and tried others. We loved being back on Carnival because there is so much more to do, especially trivia, which some of us love. The food was excellent in the Restaurant and some of us loved the burgers and ... Read more
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