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1,719 Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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artrobstar
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
This was my first cruise and my hubby's second. We were very excited since we don't do much traveling and this was a big adventure for me. We met friends in Orlando, FL for a couple of days and it was an amazing time followed by a week ... Read more
adam238946
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise and we were really looking forward to it. So lets start with day 1. Everything went pretty smooth getting on the boat, except for one rude lady that gave us our boarding pass telling my wife that she looked ... Read more
seeotterdee@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise and 3 generations. My in-laws decided they wanted to do a cruise and brought the kids (us) and the baby, my 3 year old niece. Since half live in Virginia and the other half live in North Carolina this was a easy ... Read more
kidztherapy02
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My husband requested a standby wheelchair before boarding due to being disabled that we never found. Ordered case of water the day before our cruise and it quoted us online the time it would be in the room. He needed it to take his ... Read more
Kloyd78
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My families experience was mostly positive aboard the Triumph. Embarkation was a bit like being herded like cattle even if you show up at your specified time. But nothing too bad at all. Debarkation was super simple. Plenty of ... Read more

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demac
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
8 helpful votes
This was our 6th cruise; and the second and probably last on Carnival. It's not that there was anything particularly *bad* about this cruise experience, it's just that my wife and I have found we consistently like other lines we have been ... Read more
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dp9672002
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Upon boarding the ship, it took over 6 hours to receive our luggage only to find that every item had been removed in their search for alcohol (2 of our bags had been checked by TSA). No respect for personal property or an effort to keep ... Read more
ELLEMG
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but my two girlfriends and I had an amazing time (we're in our 30's and 40's). We took the Carnival Victory to Nassau and Freeport. We flew in the night before and stayed at an ... Read more
123commins
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
Just completed a 10 night cruise on the Carnival legend, what a great holiday! For a budget holiday I was very impressed. As I spent a lot of time on this site researching before my cruise I thought I would give as many hints / tips to ... Read more
Karkirk
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 helpful votes
I booked this cruise for actually Carnival Live with Kathy Griffith to headline...This cruise was booked to go to Key West & Cozemel @ $955.02 We drove from Wisconsin to Miami, 22 hrs, spent $150 for a 1 nite hotel room, to recieve ... Read more

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2012Unlimited
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We had booked our first cruise to visit Key West and Cozumel, departing 2-22-16. The Carnival agent we booked with informed us we could board at noon, so we made flight arrangements accordingly. At approximately 10:40 PM the night before ... Read more
audrosemart
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
this cruise was a complete disappointment. most of the staff was rude, except for a handful of people. Customer service was condescending and very unhelpful. The DJ was untalented and sexually harassed me right in front of my boyfriend. ... Read more
gregmattersen
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Cabin - will attach photos, U69, was upsold from an oceanview room to this one about a week before sailing, Carnival rep promised whirlpool tub, couch, and other grand suite amenities. As we were cruising with friends and love to play ... Read more
gaynoll
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. It was a birthday present for him. We did not know what to expect. Boy were we in for a surprise! From the moment that we started at check in, we were greeted by very friendly and helpful ... Read more
AliciaRM
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise, and after this one it's definitely not going to be my last! This ship is so BIG and so NICE! Our room steward, Christine, was absolutely wonderful! The drinks did not lack alcohol. The service in the dining room ... Read more

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danica84
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
What a great cruise we had to New Zealand on the Carival Spirit. I was travelling with 3 other adults & 2 kids. The staff on this ship are amazing!! giggles Emma the cruise director was very welcoming as was Desi the Matried in the ... Read more
gpusateri
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 helpful votes
Wow, we were so excited for this Cruise. It was our first. I took my husband for his 50th birthday and my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. We booked JR. Suites with a balcony. V-5, V-7, and V9. All of which are directly under the ... Read more
Cruise Geek 2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We had a blast on our very first cruise ever. The Carnival Breeze was so great, we loved the amenities the layout of the ship and the service. The food was really good, not the best I’ve ever had in the world but I never had a ... Read more
fambamcruisers
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are first time cruisers with 3 young children (ages 10,6 and 2) from Toronto Canada. We took a direct flight to San Juan Puerto Rico (3h 45min) to SJU. The airport displayed signs clearly for us to pick up our baggage and proceed to the ... Read more
TORQ
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
110 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We have been on the Liberty 3 times, and have done these Southern ports of call 3 times as well. We did not stay at a hotel the day before, with the ship leaving at 10pm. However do to the SUPERBOWL we left at 11pm so people could watch ... Read more
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NonaJoanah
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
I filled out the third-party survey questionnaire that Carnival sent out, but thought I'd share my 'essay' answers and observations with others. This was our first cruise so we enjoyed it immensely. For so long now, extravagant ... Read more
goldmanww
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
On Saturday, January 30th 2016 my wife and I and our three children, ages three, seven, and eleven drove to Tampa Florida to board the Carnival Cruise ship Paradise and set sail the next day on February 1st 2016. On Monday February 1st ... Read more
Chris Vogel
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise, a bargain, short, in an outside cabin on the lowest (Riviera) deck. It was wonderful! The cabin was very nice, large enough, and the beds were very comfortable. Although we were on the ocean, and, as far as I ... Read more
Beach&Snorkel
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a fun time! The ship Liberty was clean and staff were very accommodating. The only issue was the stateroom a/c did not cool correctly - about 12 degrees off from the neighboring stateroom; staff brought ... Read more
lotuscar7()
Member Since 2016
1 review
28 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My husband and I are in our early 60's and when reviewing which cruise would suit us I noted that Carnival Legend had a Serenity Area on Deck 9 and an extensive library with shows in the evening. We saw the cruise had a good rating so we ... Read more

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