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385 Carnival Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

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dp9672002
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 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
CUJO5150
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
642 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We like cruising out of San Juan. It's real easy to get on the ship and the Old Town section is right across the street from the pier if you want to check out San Juan after dropping off the luggage. If you have priority boarding ... Read more
Misfitg
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We live in Dallas, so we drove down Friday and stayed at the Super 8 in La Marque for the night. Old but clean. Saturday morning we drove to an off site enclosed parking lot that shuttles to the pier. Sorry, I can't remember the name even ... Read more
shehackva
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Maybe we are spoiled with Disney cruises--the good food, CLEAN ship, great entertainment. A group of us adults (ranging in age from 40's-70's)took this cruise as a test drive for some of our family members who haven't cruised. If you are ... Read more
XanaXand
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
67 helpful votes
We have cruised 20 times since my wife and I got together. She has been on even more than that. This was our 7th Carnival cruise, but I guarantee you it will be our last. We were so excited about this boat. It was recently refurbished ... Read more

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micmcelroy18
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Im so used to royal Caribbean and i saw so many negative reviews for carnival breeze. So i was scared to even try, but the price was right so i went ahead and booked it. It was me, my fiance and my son who is 8 years old. This cruise was ... Read more
msgvas61
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
If you are a slow patient person then this ship is for you. Breakfast at 7AM, really I'm up at six and waiting. Not enough loungers, because there is no room for anymore. On day 2 I could not find a chair to sit on. People would get the ... Read more
cruisingisforme
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
322 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It has been 30 years since I last sailed Carnival but I wouldn't leave it that long again. We really enjoyed ourselves. There were all ages on this ship. Young and old. We had a balcony cabin. Room was good and the bed comfy. Shower was ... Read more
Robrod2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Generally I do not write reviews that comment about the short comings on a trip but this one can not go without comment. Embarkation: The cruise got started with several problems. First problems was the sign-in that was done in the ... Read more
BJzink
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
242 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

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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
20 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
5 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
txhawk36
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
42 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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

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Finicky
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
32 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
3 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
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

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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
273 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
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

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