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1,691 Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Sandlapper60
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
As first-time cruisers, we were concerned about the negative reviews we read prior to departure. We now know there are thousands of very satisfied clients and comparatively only a handful of naysayers. We had a wonderful time. The ship ... Read more
DePaivaHolmes
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I just returned home from my recent 3 night cruise on the Sensation to Nassau Bahamas. Keep in mind this was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare to. With that said I couldn't have asked for a better first experience. I traveled ... Read more
jarleyrob
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Myself, my husband and our 10 year old daughter sailed on Carnival Conquest Jan 17-Jan 23. Overall, it was a good experience. We enjoyed ourselves. It was our first cruise. We aren't really outgoing or party people - we tend to keep to ... Read more
knagl
Member Since 2015
1 review
52 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the first-ever cruise for two of us (a 37 and 35-year-old couple). We spent two nights in Fort Lauderdale prior to the cruise, plus two nights in Fort Lauderdale after the cruise as well. We rented a car from Alamo at Fort ... Read more
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StaceyGibson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was my first time on a cruise. I must say I'm disheartened by all the negative, petty comments. For the small amount it cost to take my family on a ship down the Atlantic Ocean, it definitely beat flying. Not only was it cheaper to ... Read more

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jess_boardwalk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I am shocked that people actually consider a cruise a vacation. From start to finish, the whole thing was stressful. In order to get on the boat, you have to wait in multiple long lines and then wait until your # is called to board the ... Read more
lisajane
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
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 this again. Perhaps we will try a shorter cruise. I am worried that this will become the new 'Bali Bogan Holiday' for ... Read more
LBnLo
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
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 birthday wish. So we started our cruise to Cozumel on the 4:30 Jan. 14 2016 cruise. Once we entered our cabin we were ... Read more
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robunnie
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 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 told cruises typically nickle and dime you to death. In that vain I was not disappointed. I was in fact nickle and ... Read more
soledad86
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 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 couple months ago. We should have done a more thorough research regarding cruise ships as well as destinations we were ... Read more

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BillGinCT
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare that to the sheer magnitude of guests on a Carnival Cruise. It is ALL ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY! Not some, they want ... Read more
jillngary
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise...celebrating my birthday. We did not know what to expect or have anything prior to compare to. The staggered boarding times sure made things go fast and smooth for getting on the ship. Faster to the Fun would ... Read more
Nutchelle
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We sailed January 4, 2016 to January 9, 2016. Due to reading too many reviews and spending too much time on research (LOL), I was extremely nervous about whether we would enjoy this cruise. All my fears were put to rest within an hour ... Read more
YOLO4578
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time cruising and I spent a majority of the time in my room because I was so sick. I took Dramamine and it didn't help. (I ... Read more
bchnglf
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Very disappointed!! Ship was old and dated. Food was always cold and at times not edible. In Dining room for dinner, the service was slow the food was cold, the only way to get a decent meal was to pay the extra 20 dollars, (which was ... Read more

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TVKW
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing. Boarding was better than we anticipated and really easy but we sprung for priority boarding - worth the extra $50 for us. Drove to the ... Read more
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AngelaO
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Our first cruise and we are not impressed. Drinks were too expensive we even had to pay for our drinking water in our cabin, average entertainment, most uniformed officers (except for Manuel, Eric and the Captain) ignored us and other ... Read more
zanicole
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
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 three year old and stayed in a cheap inside cabin. Embark/Disembark: Easy enough and what I'd expected. Yes, ... Read more
azurecat72
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The best things about this cruise were our steward, Linda (loved her towel animals), the gym (it was very nice), and our one excursion to Casa del Playa in Cozumel. Everything else was pretty bad. Getting on the boat was hell...hours of ... Read more
rachelsimmonds
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
So grateful for this amazing experience being our first ever cruise and something that we have wanted to do ever since we left Africa. It is a massive ship with plenty to do for all ages or time to just chill out and relax. The staff ... Read more

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yolhanson
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
It's hard to know where to begin. The overall experience was very good. Carnival Spirit is a big ship with plenty for adults and children to do. STANDOUT GOOD POINTS: The food is excellent in all areas. Service is friendly, ... Read more
samfudge13
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise vacation. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived early and got through security and check-in very quickly. We paid for the Faster To The Fun add-on and were among the first to board. ... Read more
Sasha R
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get to the good and bad. Good: Stewardess are good, always approachable and ready to help. Room service was well taken ... Read more
Mousty
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise experience, however the travelling standards were evaluated against other resort all-inclusive and independent backpack travels. Overall, we were left with a positive enough experience from the Carnival Cruise ... Read more
jp0011
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Carnival Triumph itself was okay, although very limited for younger ages and elders. The only thing you could really do was just lay out or go to the casino. Cozumel was very fun but with only 6 hours to visit, not much could be done. ... Read more

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