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1,719 Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Justmike33
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
I'm a 52 yo male and this was my first ever cruise. We chose Carnival because we live near NOLA and we thought that a 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Progresso would be a good starter. My wife has been on two previous cruises and we traveled ... Read more
yppik71
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first trip and if we didn't have friends with us that had gone on numerous cruises that advised us this was their worst trip and the others were much better.We probably wouldn't ever cruise again. Pros: The staff for the ... Read more
bigboicruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We went on the cruise to try to get our love back but I ended up getting food poisioning from the blacken mahi mahi and was confined to my room until Tuesday I finally get a chance to go out with my wife and walk into the hall and smell ... Read more
gary.henson@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
When you are planning and booking the cruise - you need to realize -- EVERYTHING is extra. The prices were not what we expected at all. My 17 year old said this cruise is " for those who drink or gamble" Spent most the ... Read more
Mxpray
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
First cruise! What a disappointment. First of all I felt the service was wonderful. Our cabin Stewart, Francis was wonderful. Our dinner server Marichu was fabulous. I guess my expectations were high which is why I'm disappointed ... Read more

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idil
Member Since 2016
1 review
76 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
On board the Carnival FunShip Fascination is like living with “Aladdin's Lamp” First time on a cruise which has been postponed for many years, for many reasons. Then this "oh, never on Carnival" comments we ... Read more
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dmar5
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
My extended family decided on this cruise; my aunt & uncle being frequent cruisers. This was mine and my children's first cruise. I must say -- I was thoroughly underwhelmed. The quarters were small but I expected that. The food was ... Read more
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tpfamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
The entertainment was limited. Nothing started for the adults until 9. The comedy club was not open for 2 nights in a row, so they were really crowded.....The piano bar is not worth even trying. It was the same style music throughout the ... Read more
LLAJH@TEXASBB.COM
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise as we were waiting for our children (11,15) to get old enough to remember it and enjoy the port excursions. Our overall experience for first timers was great, but I do have a few negatives to report. First the ... Read more
SwanseaVillanReturns
Member Since 2016
1 review
53 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Maiden cruise for me and wifey celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary and what a choice !!!! Staff so friendly, food choice incredible and well presented, stateroom furnished to high spec. Wanted for nothing really. Embarkation ... Read more

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SeaNStars4Me
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a "so-so" experience. I'll start with the GOOD: Embarkation process was easy. I got to the port a couple of hours before the posted "Embarkation Time" and it was easy to get the ... Read more
hprieta0522@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
A cruise has always been my dream and I'm thankful and grateful to my sister for making this dream come true. We had interior cabins with no windows which was perfect since Alaska had 19 hours of daylight and this made it so easy to ... Read more
twin1chrissy
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
29 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and the ports were spectacular. Each island (St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten) was filled with plenty of activities and great beaches. Unfortunately, the ship itself was the VERY ... Read more
Ajharris07
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ... Read more
twin1chrissy
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and the ports were spectacular. Each island (St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten) was filled with plenty of activities and great beaches. Unfortunately, the ship itself was the VERY ... Read more

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Pinky_Depp
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
First cruise for my husband and myself. Also our first vacation/trip without any of our children. A gift to ourselves in celebration of 25 years of marriage (even though it's now been 26 years). We traveled with family (sister and brother ... Read more
sngoebel@live.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
37 helpful votes
We just got back from our cruise on the Elation. There was some good and bad on this cruise. I'll give you the good first: The Good: 1. The cruise director was excellent. He tried his best to provide a variety of entertainment ... Read more
rvstarLIZ
Member Since 2005
1 review
107 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Here we go. I will begin with... we are not cruisers. This was our first and last cruise to be sure. I thought it would be a great way to see some of Europe, which it was. The ports were fantastic. I traveled with my daughters.The first ... Read more
l@rett@
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Terrible customer service. Had to line up in huge lines for food everyday, lines for kids club (waited about 45 minutes the first day and they tried to pass me someone else's child to pick up). My Children hated the kids club, they barely ... Read more
SByrd1118
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was a first time cruise for me and my daughter. We were with another mother and daughter, it was their birthdays the week prior and this was a vacation we had all planned in advance to celebrate. We booked directly with Carnival ... Read more

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kathyw22
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was my very first cruise and I really wasn't sure what to expect. I went with my 2 teenage children, my sister and my teenage niece. My sister and niece have cruised on Carnival before (on a larger ship and loved it). We got 2 ... Read more
lucky lad
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
As it was my first cruise I did not know what to expect. I found the whole experience a joy. The ship is well set out with everything easy to locate. The cabin was quite roomy & well maintained with friendly & courteous staff. The ... Read more
ajenkinson
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We sailed on the Elation on May 21, 2016. This was our very first cruise, ever! My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the day we sailed. Although we had nothing to compare it to, this was a wonderful vacation. We ... Read more
paisleypantts
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and I really enjoyed myself. every one was so nice, the food was good, I have nothing to complain about. we stayed on the Rivera deck. our cabin Stuart ( Robbie) was so sweet. the embarkation & disembarkation ... Read more
gloria.dcruz@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We decided to go on a cruise for a family vacation based on our travel agents recommendation. Where we come from, this concept isn't very popular so we didn't know what to expect except what we had read online. We loved it!! Right from the ... Read more

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