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Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Reviews

These boisterous ships woo party animals, as well as fun-loving families and singles, with constant entertainment (think poolside hairy chest contests, after-hours comedians, buckets of beer, plenty of activities for kids) and increasingly impressive food, including burgers by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival has begun to host onboard concerts by big-name performers — including Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Jewel, and Leann Rimes — on regular sailings and has partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for themed story hours and kid-friendly "Cat in the Hat" brunches.

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  • Couple
    3.6
  • Family w/young children
    3.6
  • Family w/older children
    3.7
  • Singles/Friends
    3.7
  • Large Group
    3.6

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Imagination cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014


It was just okay. NO table clothes , cold food, poor presentaiton.  All these things are what you expect to see on a cruise. Even on formal night no table clothes ---really? The servers were slow and food was cold.  Minimal Shows  and a big disappointment. the sun was awesome.  

The trip on ship to LaBufadora was more that twice the cost for those who booked on the ship. f you got off the same trip was 1/2 the cost

Room stewards were awesome.  

Bathroom leaked all over form shower the first day but was fixed promptly. 

 

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Honeymoon crashed by kids

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014


To whom it may concern, My husband and I traveled on the carnival imagination for our honeymoon. We enjoyed our time and plan to travel again with carnival. Everything was great with the exception of the vast amount of children on the cruise. Had we known that the cruise was going to be full of kids because of a dance convention we would have booked another time. We were not able to enjoy every room or the pool deck because of the amount of kids running around. We were on the upper deck which had a large amount of dance competitors on it. Children were running up and down the hallways making it hard for us to even take a nap in our cabin. I am a teacher and I work with elementary level children, I would have enjoyed my cruise with out the dance convention children taking up the entertainment and different rooms. I spoke to other carnival regulars on the cruise and they assured me that carnival has the most amazing cruises and that they had never been on one when there has been a convention for kids. I was very disappointed with the cruise for not notifying us that our honeymoon would be taking place on a cruise that was catering toward children. The 21 and over area with jacuzzis was so crowded we could barely enjoy it. The pool was full of children splashing and carrying on so we lost our interest in enjoying a dip. We will return for another cruise. We hope that carnival does host better cruises then the one we went on I felt like I was at a summer camp. The evening events all catered toward children and I would have enjoyed more things catering adults especially since we were honeymooners. I know now to ask if there are any major event taking place on the cruise to make sure we won't be overrun by a convention again! Thank you for your time, Candice 

 

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Was a OK cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


The Ship is outdated, some areas are nice, the Punchliner comedy with Mutzy is amazing, this guy is really funny, we all like him. The one we dont like is the other one, just dont remember his name.... lol..  The food was ok, nothing wow. I really think that Norwegian Lines are better cruises than Carnival. I sail with carnival several times and when the Passengers show on stage is better than their shows, is an issue, lol.  Stores are overexpensive and the crew try toooooo hard to sell you alcohol. I guess by their management instructions. If you go to Ocho rios, book the Dunns falls in port, with a taxi that will charge you 25 per person to go there, plus 20.00 at the Falls. 45 will be all included, go to the beach, then go to the shopping centers, people in the ship were paying 79.00 just to go to the falls.

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great cruise too expensive.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


I had no clue the drinks on the cruise were going to cost as much as they did. I budgeted a certain amount and it was blown out of water in 3 days. The gratuty on top of that also hit me very hard. I will not go on another cruise because of the additional cost. I spent nearly 4000.00 for a family of 4 with a 9 year old included. The prices for the drinks are not the price you pay. You pay an additional tax and gratuty on the drinks as well. My bill and the charges on my card were different as well. I am very unhappy with that part of it. Everything else was fine.

 

PS. Progresso was a waste of time.

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Fine experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


I took the crew with my wife and two daughters and in general it was a fine experience. The interior room for four adults was some what crowded but the room was clean and the beds were made twice a day. Staff are very friendly and always availalbe for help - they call you by your name from the first day. My daughter did not like the food and lost about 5 lbs in five days but for the rest of us it was okay. The cruise allow to board with limited quantity of alcohol and we brought some wine in our luggage. They did not allow it to our cabin and said we should have hand carried when checking in. It was disappointing they were not flexibile when we told them we did not know about it. The adult only comedy shows with Lance and Billy were halarious.    

 

 

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Very enjoyable cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jul 11, 2014


Nice, relaxing cruise.  I enjoyed the ports of call, the casino on board, the comedy shows, the entertainment on board and, of course, the meals.  Service was excellent.  I booked this cruise last-minute, and wish I had booked an outside cabin!!

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Our Three Day Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jul 11, 2014


The Carnival Inspiration Cruise was a great experience for us.  It was the first time we had been on a cruise.  Our room was just perfect.  The bed was so comfortable that we slept more than we normally do.  Our room stewardess, Michelle was very friendly and kept our room super clean.  We also liked how she folded the towels into animal shapes. Love The food was excellent!  Everything we ate was very delicious. We especially like the cleanliness of the ship.  The hard working people you have do an awsome job at cleaning.  They are also friendly and helpful.  The best part of this trip is that we feel relaxed.  We can keep working hard for another year and go on another cruise again.

Thank you for making us feel very special.

Mr. and Mrs. Flores 

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Fun in the sun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014


My family and I have now done 6 cruises. Five on Carnny and one with royal,both have been enjoyable. this was the largest ship weve been on thus far and would say its the best! There were more entertainment options and better food selections.For a family one a budget this is the best deal out there. We drive simply because airfair is out of the question. Get on the boat and everything is taken care of want soda just bring your on 12pack.

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014


If you're looking for a short and relaxing cruise, this is it. This ship has a great waterslide that can be enjoyed by all ages. The spa is amazing. If you are a work out buff you definitely would want to check out the gym.

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Carnicsl Cruise Medical Team Saved ny Husband Life

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014


We arrived to get on the ship and my husband had a very bad neck/headache from a spinal injection three day before our trip. He never got to do anything but stay in the bed. The ship Dr treated with twic a day eith IV and medication.  So need to say we did not enjoy this trip because of his sickness.  May in the near future me will book again. After paying off the medical charges from the ship. The ship  was lovely for what little time I got to walk around

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Ships for Carnival Cruise Lines

Name Age Rating Reviews
Carnival Sensation 20 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

1321
Carnival Glory 11 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

1238
Carnival Imagination 19 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

1193
Carnival Inspiration 18 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

1076
Carnival Valor 9 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

1017
Carnival Paradise 15 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

993
Carnival Fascination 20 years, 1 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

968
Carnival Legend 12 years, 3 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

953
Carnival Fantasy 24 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

937
Carnival Triumph 14 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

934
Carnival Victory 13 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

922
Carnival Elation 16 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

909
Carnival Ecstasy 23 years, 3 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

905
Carnival Liberty 9 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

859
Carnival Pride 12 years, 6 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

757
Carnival Conquest 11 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

757
Carnival Freedom 7 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

720
Carnival Dream 4 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

710
Carnival Miracle 10 years, 4 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

691
Carnival Splendor 6 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

608
Carnival Spirit 13 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

480
Carnival Magic 3 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

3.8 out of 5

374
Carnival Breeze 2 years, 1 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

242
Carnival Sunshine 17 years, 9 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

102

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