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7,785 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews
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710
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OrlandoFamily
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
I am a relatively new cruiser and this was my third cruise in the past 2 years. The first two were on Royal Caribbean (Freedom and Enchantment). I am a relatively conservative middle-age professional and was warned that Carnival can be a ... Read more
ajtraveler66
Member Since 2009
1 review
194 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We were looking for a 4-5 day cruise in mid February, and a friend of ours recommended this for us. My only complaint is that there are few (if any) cabins that have balconies. Other than that, everything was great! The ship is smaller ... Read more
Givargas
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
HI. Let me start by saying that this is our 5th cruise and all of them so far has been on budget ships, so i'm not expecting luxury for the prices we pay. This is a way to bring the kids on a budget and we have been doing this for the past ... Read more
wruthe4550
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Choose this cruise so that my wife and I could spend a week with her sister and brother in law. This was the time that he could take vacation. Embarkation was a mess with no one knowing what was going on. The same with getting off the ... Read more
dhutto
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
If you haven't been aboard the beautiful, Carnival Sunshine, then I suggest you book a trip soon. The ship has some extremely nice amenities, and wonderful food. The staff is very helpful, and they all go out of their way to make your ... Read more
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kindsche
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose the cruise based on price and time. I was bowled over! My expectations weren't high, but the cruise line was even better than the other two ocean cruise lines I've taken. It was as good or better as Viking, which is a premier ... Read more
WrestlingMom2324
Member Since 2008
1 review
19 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After 8 cruises this was by far the best cruise director and best entertainment. The lines wer eno longer for food or comedy shows than when we were on smaller ships. Many deck chairs unused in places away from the pool areas. The staff ... Read more
missmartin
Member Since 2009
1 review
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
About us: This was my 9th cruise. Myself, my husband, and our 2 year old. My parents and my cousin went. We celebrated my birthday and hers aboard the ship. The Good: Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly for the ... Read more
nikkers15
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We just got back from the 5 night Bahama cruise on Sunshine with our 2 children, ages 10 and 13. We have previously cruised on NCL and RC. This was our first Carnival Cruise. We chose Carnival because we wanted to leave out of Port ... Read more
Magic4four
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Drove down to Port Canaveral from New York during February break. Tenth cruise, nine on Carnival, one on Royal Caribbean. We are a family of four and were traveling with four other families. All first time Cruisers. Chose the Magic because ... Read more
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SGervais
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Freedom review: We choose to fly down 2 nights early and stayed in League city. I got a rental car for the total of 12 days we'd need it and only cost $265 which I felt good because their was four of us and shuttles were already $20 per ... Read more
Potter1234
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
61 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We take an annual February cruise since it is our son's winter break from school. This was our 5th carnival cruise and 8th overall. It was also our very worst cruise experience. This ship, was going into a two week dry dock after our ... Read more
Chewbac
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Booked in Nov.,,,,not a lot of choices during the northeast winter break. Cost $7800. including airfare. First time cruise for my kids and grandkids. They wanted to jump overboard! No entertainment except ear piercing rap music ... Read more
TammyCas
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Overall, our trip was average. Great weather, some decent ports, and had a good time mostly. Let me start with the positive - we found the platinum diningroom staff to be friendly and helpful. Our waiter learned our names on Day 1 and ... Read more
kevinsta
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Great cruise. The cruise director, Reverend Dr. E made a huge impact. The best cruise director on any cruise that I was on. He was hilarious and got people involved. Everything he did was entertaining. He even made the muster ... Read more
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Cleaknp
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because it was leaving Miami Fl on the weekend of the International Boat Show, which we also wanted to attend. This was to be a celebration of our 20th Wedding Anniversary. The embarkation process was smooth and ... Read more
Millygirl
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
142 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We cruise about once a year and many of our cruises have been with Carnival. This cruise was a truly disappointing experience. We traveled with my parents so there were four of us in a Grand Suite. The room size and location was perfect ... Read more
Luckidawg29
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed February 2017
Sail date fit my schedule.The Bottomless Bubbles needs some revamping. My 10 year old son had to go to the bar just for a soda. Really not happy about that. Not worth the $225.00 for the family of 5. I would have been better off to just ... Read more
Laurel1947
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
I chose this cruise as I was visiting my daughter in Los Angeles & a short trip was all she had time for. Price was right! We thought ship was nice, clean but old. The crew was nice and always friendly. We had an outside cabin and it ... Read more
dja85
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
We chose the Fantasy out of Mobile, AL because of the price and close proximity. If we are able to cruise on a larger ship, we definitely will. Also Carnival is our least favorite cruise line. We prefer Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. ... Read more
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Therese Youd
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Everything from the staff and crew, accommodation, food, entertainment, shore excursions, embarking and debarkation, was awesome. Our first cruise and there wasn't one thing we weren't over the moon about. Our cabin was totally beyond ... Read more
CruisenMomEdmonton
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
I would love to wright a great review because their was some really good points, however Carnivals poor customer support to the issue my son and I had was very bad so BAD REVIEW!! First if you travel you can come in contact with these ... Read more
Cruiser Rick1
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We arrived at Bush Intercontinental on 2/11 and stayed at the La Quinta Inn South. Price was right and the shuttle picked us up and took us back to the airport to catch the transfer to the pier. All worked fine. Carnival now has ... Read more
Larry6905
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
24 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We traveled on the Dream with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grand children ages 10 and 7. I have cancer and have made a effort this last 6 months to make lasting memories for my kids and grandkids. This time we had spa rooms. We liked ... Read more
TheBearAK
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Wife booked this cruise and we had 8 total in our group and 3 cabins. Upon casual glance about the ship it seemed oddly laid out and to me there seemed to be a lot of wasted space. By that, I mean areas that were rarely used by anyone ... Read more
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