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1,705 Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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403
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201
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krempep
1 Review
Member Since 2016
This was our 1st cruise as a family (all adults) centered on Bahama ports of call: Half Moon Cay island, and Nassau. ... Read more
taniap
1 Review
Member Since 2016
We went on a 5 night Sydney to Tasmania cruise with myself, my partner and our 3 year old son. This is the first ... Read more
Sandlapper60
1 Review
Member Since 2016
As first-time cruisers, we were concerned about the negative reviews we read prior to departure. We now know there are ... Read more
DePaivaHolmes
1 Review
Member Since 2016
I just returned home from my recent 3 night cruise on the Sensation to Nassau Bahamas. Keep in mind this was my first ... Read more
jarleyrob
1 Review
Member Since 2015
3 Forum Posts
Myself, my husband and our 10 year old daughter sailed on Carnival Conquest Jan 17-Jan 23. Overall, it was a good ... Read more

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knagl
1 Review
Member Since 2015
52 Forum Posts
This was the first-ever cruise for two of us (a 37 and 35-year-old couple). We spent two nights in Fort Lauderdale ... Read more
StaceyGibson
1 Review
Member Since 2016
This was my first time on a cruise. I must say I'm disheartened by all the negative, petty comments. For the small ... Read more
jess_boardwalk
1 Review
Member Since 2016
I am shocked that people actually consider a cruise a vacation. From start to finish, the whole thing was stressful. ... Read more
lisajane
1 Review
Member Since 2016
2 Forum Posts
Firstly I would like to say we had a great time on the cruise but now we've ticked that box would be unlikely to do ... Read more
LBnLo
1 Review
Member Since 2016
It took many years to convince my wife to take a cruise do to her fear of water. She finally gave in to give me my ... Read more

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robunnie
1 Review
Member Since 2016
My wife has been trying for 10 years to get me on a cruise ship. I have always been reluctant because I've always been ... Read more
soledad86
1 Review
Member Since 2016
My husband and I decided on an impromptu cruise since we didn't get a chance to go on a honeymoon after getting married ... Read more
BillGinCT
1 Review
Member Since 2016
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare ... Read more
jillngary
1 Review
Member Since 2016
This was our first cruise...celebrating my birthday. We did not know what to expect or have anything prior to compare ... Read more
Nutchelle
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
We sailed January 4, 2016 to January 9, 2016. Due to reading too many reviews and spending too much time on research ... Read more

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YOLO4578
1 Review
Member Since 2016
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time ... Read more
bchnglf
1 Review
Member Since 2016
Very disappointed!! Ship was old and dated. Food was always cold and at times not edible. In Dining room for dinner, ... Read more
TVKW
1 Review
Member Since 2016
Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing. Boarding was ... Read more
AngelaO
1 Review
Member Since 2016
Our first cruise and we are not impressed. Drinks were too expensive we even had to pay for our drinking water in our ... Read more
zanicole
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect on our New Year's Eve cruise. We husband and I traveled with our ... Read more

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azurecat72
1 Review
Member Since 2015
The best things about this cruise were our steward, Linda (loved her towel animals), the gym (it was very nice), and ... Read more
rachelsimmonds
1 Review
Member Since 2016
12/15
So grateful for this amazing experience being our first ever cruise and something that we have wanted to do ever since ... Read more
yolhanson
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
It's hard to know where to begin. The overall experience was very good. Carnival Spirit is a big ship with plenty ... Read more
samfudge13
1 Review
Member Since 2016
From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise vacation. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived early and got ... Read more
Sasha R
1 Review
Member Since 2016
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get ... Read more

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