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374 Carnival Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

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BJzink
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
241 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We had not sailed on Carnival for about 6 years, and had left from the port in San Diego. Now they embark all their west coast departures (except Alaska) from Long Beach. The embarkation procedure was really terrible. The registration ... Read more
Cwilson045
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
So we booked this cruise because a group of friends out of Charleston invited us to go on a cruise vacation with them. It has been years since we sailed with Carnival because we primarily sail Royal Caribbean. In fact, we just completed a ... Read more
k jackson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It's been a few years since I've cruised with Carnival and I saw major decline in quality since then. (I'm a "gold" level) The entertainment wasn't as it was before, still nice to have, but not like before. Food was sub par, ... Read more
Eastboundanddown
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
As a quick bit of information I've cruise with Carnival 2 times before (including on the Miracle in 2005) and also with NCL, Princess, HAL, RCI and MSC. This cruise was part of a wider trip to the west coast of the states and was the ... Read more
Debsintx
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After cruising on the Triumph many times, I have come to expect a certain level of service from a Carnival Cruise. This was my 1st time on the Freedom and I was expecting some changes, but was not happy with the ones I experienced. The ... Read more

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txhawk36
Member Since 2008
1 review
42 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I think this is my first review of a cruise on this forum. I have cruised 3 times previously, and this cruise was the 2nd group cruise we took. We book through an agent as we can keep the booking open longer than Carnival allows, and had ... Read more
Finicky
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
24 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Took this 3 day cruise as part of a large group leaving from Long Beach down to Ensenda, Mexico and Back. This was our first time on Carnival having previously sailed on Princess and Disney. By far this was the poorest excuse of a ... Read more
adjm57fy5
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
this was my 4th cruise with carnival and i am not quite sure what the bad reviews have to say, but I also can't say that I wasn't disappointed with some things on this ship in relation to the other carnival ships i have been on. our room ... Read more
sharpies666@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I cannot fault the staff , the food , the entertainment. My 3rd cruise and must say this was the best. You can't go wrong on this ship. Rooms were quite roomy and very neat and clean. A balcony is a must! Amenities were clean and in ... Read more
nlee1879
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was my second cruise and it was a party of 8 of us from Virginia. We reserved 4 cabins (an inside, ocean view, balcony and a handicapped inside cabin) We planned this cruise 6 months in advance and embarked out of San Juan, PR and ... Read more

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cruisereviewer334
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second carnival cruise, the first one being the Carnival Liberty, and i would have to say i was pretty impressed. We were a pretty large group, consisting of a few families, having kids of all ages, and we were pretty ... Read more
cruisecritic6989
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I don't even know where to begin. First let me start by saying, typically we only cruise on royal caribbean (one of the most amazing cruise lines) but we decided to give carnival a shot. I can say 100% they blew there shot 110%. Very ... Read more
lovethesun70
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I booked a cruise on Carnival Paradise to celebrate my upcoming birthday (45). Some friends joined me, which was a couple and another single friend, and we had a pretty great time. We weren't travelling with kids so I'm not sure what ... Read more
AFAM348
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
A group of us sailed Nov. 30 @ Miami on the Ecstacy. Priority boarding turned out to be slower than those in our group that didn't have priority. Seems like everyone at Miami were brand new employees so that's ok. We weren't in a hurry ... Read more
fireo492
Member Since 2007
1 review
267 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Overall the ship is in good shape, but it is missing a few things that a cabin really should have in this cruise market. The cabin we were in had no refrigerator. The only way to keep things cooled was to get a bucket from the bar and ... Read more

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01cwellman
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We are just returning now from the Carnival Victory and we want everyone to know that we truly enjoyed the staff aboard this vessel. 1. They were sincerely friendly - for example, they managed to learn our names, and every night when we ... Read more
AlfieVWP
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 3rd Thanksgiving cruise (all with Carnival). We had 17 people in our party as we planned the trip with our extended family. I am sure others in the party will be pushing for another cruise line for next year. We have ... Read more
lizzybidgood@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
It was my husband's 60th birthday. We traveled with 5 of our friends. We had a blast. The pizza was nasty! The burger joint was pretty good, but the hours were never regular. The food at the breakfast buffet was cold. I won over $300.00 ... Read more
Bluetiful1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and I was terrified about the trip, I have read the other reviews and I didn't experience anything other than fun and entertainment. Maybe they picked the wrong time of year to cruise. I'm a very picky woman ... Read more
PartyPlansPlus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise and it was a chartered cruise so I know that some of our experience would be different than some cruises insofar as the entertainment because that was included in the chartered package so I won't count that. We ... Read more

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leslie.gibson21@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
The crew wasn't as friendly as I've experienced before (the dining crew). My stateroom cleanup crew was great. When I had a question, guest services helped a lot. The embarkation took a little longer than usual, but debarkation was done in ... Read more
pattycake5410
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I was the group leader of 22. First and foremost - the ship exceeded our expectations. After following the reviews I was not certain we had made the right choice but even though it is an older ship, it was clean and well cared for. My ... Read more
Pat.D
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
65 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
My third and likely last Carnival cruise. Let's stars with boarding... going thru security and check-in were painless. And then we were sent to stand packed a waiting room for quite a long time before we could board... I mean come ... Read more
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5 star Cruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Our group of 5 couples (over 65 years) chose deck 7 balcony cabins for a trip to the 2015 Melbourne Cup. All are experienced cruisers (ourselves over 12 ocean and river cruises mainly in Europe and the Pacific). Embarkation was excellent. ... Read more
orocha
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I like to give detailed reviews on my cruises because the more detailed it is the more helpful I think it would be for other cruisers: We went to the C. Ecstasy from Oct. 30th - Nov. 2nd/2015. FOOD: The food on the main dinning room, ... Read more

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