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6,844 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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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 four 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 four 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
richmal123
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Embarkation went smoothly - short wait in the hall due to the queue. Ship was brilliant, obviously still quite new, staff very friendly and everywhere cleaning all the time. We had an inside cabin for 3 which was fine. More than enough ... Read more
Hungry Traveler
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
This was a family cruise of sixteen people. Our cabin was roomy, clean, cool and big enough for eight grandchildren to use as a focal point. The food was acceptable but below our previous experienced cruise. Our first carnival cruise was ... Read more

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Mummo
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,243 forum post
We took our daughter, son-in-law and two little grandchildren. It was the kiddo's first cruise and they seemed to LOVE it. Camp Carnival was a hit with the 5 year old, but not as much with the 3 year old. They both enjoyed the live shows ... Read more
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StanDahl
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We took this cruise to Ensenada with our extended family, 18 in all, from ages 8-93. We're apparently not cruise snobs, and overall we had a very good time. Having read many reviews here, I didn't have high expectations for the food, but ... Read more
nwphelps
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We have cruised most frequently on other cruise lines, and, frankly, perhaps unfairly looked down on Carnival. Therefore, our expectations were low, but we decided to give it a try because Galveston is much closer and less expensive than ... Read more
Neals6
Member Since 2006
1 review
163 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
There was a party of 11 of us.I choose this cruise because it would be a quick one for my grands before school started back. My grands are ages 15 - 8. Our first day I never met the room steward. I had to call for ice to use for my ... Read more
JerseyMomlovestoTravel
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
10 helpful votes
This is a very long review but you could skip down to the sections you care about, and DO READ THE “***BIGGEST COMPLAINT” paragraph. First let me start with the good features: 1. The crew was very nice, worked hard and ... Read more

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CruisinCoco26
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Cruising aboard the Carnival Sunshine was truly AMAZING!! Of course no experience is perfect . Dining at the Sunset was a bit frustrating at times because the food would be cold, sometimes the meat would be over cooked as well. When we ... Read more
iz774
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
The Carnival Sunshine was a complete disappointment. My family and I are very friendly, fun, and easy going people but we unanimously agree that this was the worst cruise we have ever been on. There were 12 of us, ages ranging from 2-55, ... Read more
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Siljac
Member Since 2002
5 reviews
547 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was a family cruise with 17 family members on board. Being honest, we live in North Jersey just about a 30 minute drive to the terminal. So the idea of not flying is great. Since I am writing this I must say that my wife and I are ... Read more
TheCuzaco
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
The embarkation was full of carnival employees that seemed bothered by their job. No smiles and all seemed irritated to be working there. This seemed to be the mood of most on the ship as well. The food was sub par to the royal Caribbean ... Read more
Pookiefish
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for our grandson's 6th birthday; we got a really good price and have sailed Carnival 4 times before. We were interested to explore the larger Carnival Dream. It really is a large ship but the layout makes it seem ... Read more

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aamster1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose Carnival because it was close by. Lets review: 1. We notified the department for special needs we had a special needs son, we were only offered someone to wheelchair him to our cabin. not handicap friendly at all. 2. The ... Read more
Carol Merrett
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2016
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't know what to expect. We booked the cruise because we thought it was good value. We were on the Carnival Spirit that left Sydney to the South Pacific for 12 nights. We had a balcony on ... Read more
Tecnobob
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our first Carnival cruise, and happily surprised, as we expected more issues based on the reviews. Embarkation was incredibly fast without the package as we got there early, and were leaving to explore Old San Juan with Keycard in hand by ... Read more
jsow81
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Having planned this cruise for over a year, my family was far from disappointed. Though it was a little rough at times (due to weather) the cruise, overall, was fantastic. Our cruise director, Mike, was great! The rest of the staff did a ... Read more
MCB82
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a family vacation. The first 2 nights in the dining were not good at all. Service was terrible and our tables were completely set up incorrectly. They split us up into 1 table for the 9 young adults and than the parents were ... Read more
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Full Ahead 08
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The cruise was over all good. Best points - David's steakhouse, a must do..costs 35 bucks extra Guy's Burgers are yummy by the pool Taco bar by the pool is awesome The Pride has many balcony options Cruise ... Read more
Tuckaroos
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We have cruised on other lines and chose carnival as a last-minute decision to get away quickly close to home (one hour drive to galveston from sugarland, texas). we travel with our daughter (who has cruised since birth!), who is now 6. ... Read more
trickg
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After having a few summers where we didn't get much of a vacation, we decided to embark upon the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore again. This was our 4th cruise, but our 3rd cruise on the Carnival Pride. The main reason for this is sheer ... Read more
nabetsi
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. I loved going to Grand Turk, Aruba and Curacao. The days also worked really well for our schedule. Embarkation was very smooth and quick, other than an uninformed employee, we were able to embark ... Read more
mc02
Member Since 2011
1 review
6 helpful votes
The "Freedom" was an amazing ship. This was my 4th cruise and we have the best time so far. We stayed in room 2473 which is a back corner room with two windows. The extra floor space in the room was awesome. There was some ... Read more
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