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6,977 Carnival Family Cruise Reviews

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593
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Billynda
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We have been on Carnival several times and always enjoyed it and recommended it to others. The Imagination did not live up to our expectations. I realize we sailed at the end of summer so I expected to see some children, but not ... Read more
marcic72
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
My husband and I have not taken a cruise in 16 years (mediocre trip on RCL). We usually do an all inclusive family vacation every year in the Caribbean and decided to give a cruise another try. We took our two kids, ages 10 and 8. I ... Read more
jengaggie92
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We had been looking to do a European cruise for a couple years to celebrate milestone birthdays and when the new Vista was announced, we jumped on it for several reasons.. (1) The new ship looked to be amazing with a brand-new ... Read more
Shanesmanor
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our 30th anniversary cruise we travelled in a party of 12. Embarkation was a nightmare compared to other cruises with RCI . We had balcony cabin on deck 8 which we found comfortable and a good size. Food was very good but the ... Read more
Shaz cruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise as it was to be a family holiday for my birthday with my wife,daughter,2 grandsons and my daughters friend, having originally booked and being told it was. direct flight we were later informed that Carnival had altered ... Read more

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Doclorenzo
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was an absolutely fabulous cruise! The ship is spectacularly laid out, and even though there are 4,000 guests on board I was always able to find a quiet spot to relax. The activities are fun and endless. The bedding and rooms ... Read more
les37b
Member Since 2016
1 review
1,029 forum post
7 helpful votes
I chose Vista as it was a new ship and liked the promotional video. I didnt know much about Carnival at the time. The more I learned, the less likely it was that I was going to enjoy it. However, it was not bad at all. A few niggles, but ... Read more
Cheddar19
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We have cruised with Carnival 5 times before in Caribbean and wanted to head to spain so we thought we would cruise on the Vista! Everything was amazing..... we opted to check in between 12:30 and 1:00 we arrived at 11:45 and there were ... Read more
SKScruisin
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I don't normally write reviews but wanted to share. First the bad,....Embarkation was a disaster in comparison to other cruises. Took over an hour and we had a crying two year old, didn't seem to matter to the check in personnel as they ... Read more
Pompeyfoz
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Excuse the misleading title – this shouldn’t be a negative review because if you measure the success of a cruise by how disappointed your Children are to leave then this was a great cruise. The waterpark, skyride, skyropes, ... Read more

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pete19808
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any ... Read more
Gerardette
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
28 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Looking a cruise and seen this in May and so the price was good we upgraded to a spa room which was well worth it if going to use the spa a lot which we did before dinner.Food was not warm first night but got better as the week went on ,it ... Read more
mc12573
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Worst cruise experience ever! We booked this cruise on the Sunshine because we had a great cruise on the Conquest last November. I can't believe the difference between the two ships. 1. Food was terrible. Chicken can be compared to ... Read more
esmjh1
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose Carnival for this trip as it fit the time frames for the other 8 people (relatives and friends) that we were traveling with. Our 50th Anniversary was during this trip and we have always talked about going on an Alaskan Cruise. ... Read more
Bellasma2591
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
72 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had always wanted to visit Alaska and found a group deal for this cruise which included the airfare from Newark NJ to Seattle and back and all transfers to and from the port. As usual Carnival's shows are the same old same old ... Read more

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africaool
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We just returned from a Carnival cruise on the Carnival Legend and were extremely displeased. This was our 9th Carnival Cruise and our 14th cruise overall. We are Gold members of the Carnival VIFP program and took our first ... Read more
coopco
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
52 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We recently came back from a great 4-day cruise. Faster to the Fun (FTTF) is worth every cent -will never, ever go on a Carnival cruise again without it. Arrived at the terminal just before 11 and took about 5 minutes to check in. ... Read more
hennpaul
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I went on this cruise because one of my cousin's daughters was getting married. We had about 15 in our group, and it was, overall a fun first cruise for me. The ship was large enough to "avoid" (I hate to use that word) family ... Read more
andyandmarilyn@wowway.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this one because it was a good price, plus seemed family friendly and we were taking our 12 year old granddaughter. We were extremely well pleased with the whole experience, however, we would suggest that you go to the city of ... Read more
Cruising with kiddos
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise primarily due to timing as we only had two weeks to choose from. We booked a Cove Balcony for the first time and loved it. The staff on the ship was outstanding as usual. I will try to post a longer review under ... Read more

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texas59
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I wanted my first experience cruising with my amazing Sister & Brother in law to be on this beautiful ship,also to visit the ports of Cozumel,Belize and Roatan Honduras.Mike our cruise director is an awesome guy,our cabin steward Iputa ... Read more
neveragainpride
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Appeared to be a good deal...but never again on this ship. The service was sloppy in the dining room and the quality of the food was often poor. Several nights we ordered food we didn't get; we would order coffee with dessert but it ... Read more
ambitiousgirl
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
My Family and I decided to have a family cruise this year for our annual family vacation. Would I ever participate in a Carnival Cruise again? NO!. Was it worth the money we spent? Yes! First of all, the food that they serve during ... Read more
kitabob
Member Since 2013
1 review
43 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I have to start off by first saying that Mike Pack is the best cruise director I have ever had the pleasure to cruise with! He was always out and about making sure everyone was having the best time they possibly could! I would book another ... Read more
mar_nativa@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruising experience and honestly.....it was amazing!!! At first we was so excited about this new experience but when time is closer I became a little "scared" about choosing this cruise on these dates. First ... Read more

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