Carnival Cruise Lines Reviews

Year Started: 1972
Ships in Fleet: 25
Category: Mainstream

Summary: The most successful cruise line in history. Don't be misled, a high-quality cruise experience perfect for families and young couples, Fantastic value. the FUN ships, but not "party boats."


Carnival Cruise Ships

4 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western, Caribbean

Good for: First-time Cruisers. Families. Singles.

24 Reviews


Good for: Families. Singles. Seniors.

81 Reviews

Regions:Western Caribbean

Good for: Teens. First-time Cruisers. Families.

42 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western

Good for: Singles. Teens. Families.

10 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western

Good for: Singles. Families. Group.

76 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean Eastern

Good for: Overall Service. Seniors. Families.

12 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Bermuda, South America

Good for: Group. Families. Foodies.

61 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Suthern

Good for: Families. Children`s Programs. Singles.

0 Reviews

Regions:East and West Caribbean

56 Reviews


Good for: Singles. First-time Cruisers. Overall Service.

45 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean

Good for: Families. Value for Money. Singles.

60 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Western

Good for: First-time Cruisers. Families. Group.

57 Reviews


Good for: Families. Group. Singles.

96 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Western

86 Reviews


Good for: Value for Money. Overall Service. Children`s Programs.

35 Reviews


Good for: Families. Singles. Overall Service.

80 Reviews

Regions: Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada/New England, Cruise To Nowhere

Good for: Families. Teens. Children`s Programs.

54 Reviews

Regions:Mexico, Caribbean Eastern, Hawaii

Good for: Families. Overall Service. Value for Money.

90 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean Eastern

Good for: Singles. Group. First-time Cruisers.

3 Reviews

Regions:Europe, TransAtlantic, Caribbean

Good for: Seniors. First-time Cruisers. Families.

72 Reviews

Regions:Caribbean Eastern, Caribbean Western

Good for: Families. Group. Luxury Travelers.

51 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean

Good for: Group. Singles. First-time Cruisers.

53 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean

Good for: Families. Singles. Teens.

48 Reviews

Regions:Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal

Good for: Singles. Families. Value for Money.

65 Reviews


Good for: Families. Seniors. Children`s Programs.

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1260 User Reviews of Carnival Ships
wedding way to much money for what you actually get
Publication Date: June 28, 2016

had wedding on board before cruise had to pay 1 year in advance had wedding on ship paid over 3000.00 got about 500.00 worth of service ask for refund hell no to the no said they did everything we ask but they did not get pictures with all the people we wanted and my mom is in wheel chair only grand mother alive and it was to much trouble to go down some stair off stage to get some with her guy taking pictures was either to lazy or just don't want to do his job and also we had to get there early to get on board but sat in parking line 2 hours because lot was not open yet you would think that if we paid 3000.00 some one would have parking open for us bad service I been using carnival for over 4 time and highly recommend them but now I have second thoughts really going to find some other cruise line and not recommend they every again one more note I brought 38 other people with us they brought in about another 2400.00 dollars but

I guess they don't count for nothing either so good bye ship
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A little disappointed but good
Publication Date: May 13, 2016

After our move back to Texas, and some few very stressful months, we were encouraged by our friends and family to take a cruise from Galveston. We needed and looked forward to a much overdue and relaxing vacation. Finally! I felt things were going right and a little more “our” way. Our trip was to be 5 nights and 6 days. We were notified the night before our leave, that our itinerary was changed from Cozumel/Progresso to Progresso/Cozumel. We didn’t mind (at the time) for we were excited to be on our first cruise, and sail away! My husband loves to snorkel and scuba, and I just wanted a nice beach to chill at. So we planned our excursion at the beautiful Cozumel destination. Unfortunately, the 3rd day out, after we visited Progresso, (which wasn’t very impressive but a little neat to visit for the first time) our Captain informed that we were not able to make Cozumel. I was a bit disappointed when we heard that the bow thruster wasn’t working properly and winds were too high, etc. But it was shortly after that disappointment that we became a little more

“upset”! We are not ones to complain, but the news we heard pretty much angered us.

We had internet connection, and some of our friends who just debarked prior to our getting on the SAME ship, had also been informed the same bad news from the captain, and they too, didn’t make it to Cozumel. Why would they not change ships or fix the ship prior to the next guests arrival? If there was this known problem, should it not have been repaired? Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time onboard. However, the extra day on ship wasn’t exciting. We enjoyed the shows, the games (IE Bingo), swimming, the food, and even visited the Casino a couple times (though that isn’t my cup of tea). I got a little sick even walking through the Casino area because all the smoking. I feel that if we were able to get off ship as planned, many would not have lingered so much at the Casino area smoking.

To say the least, I’d love to get at least 1 free cruise out of this (not 2 because we did have ½ the fun expected). Just something to compensate my loss at the great destination I desired – Cozumel! I would like to try this again, and reach that final point! After 4 days onboard, I was more than ready to get off. I did relax the first few days but everything became repetitive and that’s not what I spent money to do. I hope they repair the ship prior to anyone else’s disappointment.

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Dining was a wonderful experience!!
Publication Date: March 23, 2016

My husband and I traveled recently on the Liberty from Puerto Rico for 7 days through the Caribbean. Our Silver Dining room waite staff were fabulous!! Please give kudos to June from the Philipines, I Wayan from Indonesia, and Monica from Croatia!!

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January 2016 Cruise
Publication Date: January 31, 2016

We cruise every January on this ship out of Jacksonville. I can't believe people giving bad reviews. These guys work so hard to please. Everything always go perfect. They make sure we have everything we need and constantly let us know to they will help us with anything; Room are wonderful, clean, food is great. Shows so good. Something always going on. Can't wait until next year.

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Great except for Breakfeast
Publication Date: December 9, 2015

Embarkation was fast however, they now have a security screening which had a line.

Cabin mate came earlier than me (I arrived after 4pm) and told me it was a hour to get through.

Once aboard, staff very friendly. Housekeeping were very friendly and corrected an error without any trouble.

Shows were good, though Rock show is a little stale and stays on the 50's too much.

There were only four comedy club days yet they were fantastic.

Dining room selection was great. Don't recommend Steakhouse.

Staff were aloof and I was ignored since I was by myself. However, the worse was the fake eggs they used for breakfeast. They were hideous and loads of people were complaining about them. You can get real eggs in the dining room or at the omelet station. Overall, my experience aboard the ship was very good.

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Just say no
Publication Date: November 8, 2015

We have been on several Carnival cruises and this ship is by fare the worst. The food was cold and the service was poor. We pre-ordered bottled water to be delivered the first day. We finally called guest services after midnight to find out where our water was. They said the saw where we ordered it and had to get approval from their manager to deliver it.

There were four in our party so we booked two connecting cabins. One for my son and I and the other for my wife & daughter. We requested the beds to be together for the room My son and I were booked in as my wife and I would actually be staying in there. When we arrived the beds were separate. When we told our steward that the beds were supposed to be together he told us that he didn't put them together because it was booked for a "Mr. & Mr.". I guess gay couples can't sleep in the same bed on this ship.

One cabin still had food crumbs on the table and the other still had dirty dishes sitting in

the window.

We went to breakfast Friday morning in the dining room. We arrived at 8:30. Upon being seated, I noticed something wasn't quite right with our waiter. My wife handed him the bread plate and told him it still had food stuff on it and he said "take a picture". He then took our order. He came back and took it 4 more times. By this time we (along with 4 other tables) had been waiting 1.5 hours for our food. We finally requested the Maitre D. We informed the Maitre D that the waiter was obviously drunk. The waiter even told another passenger that he "partied to much last night". The Maitre D dismissed the waiter and took our orders once again. He informed us the waiter was taken for an alcohol test.

After 2 hours we finally received our food (Eggs Benedict). The eggs were overcooked and the hollandaise sauce was hard. We noticed that the bartenders had no issue with over-serving alcohol to passengers. One in particular couldn't stand up and had no clue where he was. Others on the Lido deck were obnoxiously loud and cursing and no one did anything about it. My wife and I (and several other people) were so disgusted by their drunken behavior we had to leave.

The bathroom on the Lido deck smelled of urine and had no toilet paper in it. It seemed all that Carnival cared about was making money. There was not much to do without Carnival reaching in your wallet for it. This crew (and obviously their leaders) needs to be trained on customer service. A happy customer is a repeat customer.

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Carnival cancelled our cruise without proper notification
Publication Date: June 26, 2016

VIFP card # 22739435

My wife and I booked a trip for our 20th anniversary using a promotion that we received from the casino on a prior Carnival cruise. We upgraded the offer to a suite and the wife tried to pay the balance of the cruise at the time of booking, but the person she was talking to said it was customary to only pay a deposit and that the card would automatically be billed when the due date came.

On May 28th my credit card information was hacked, and card had to be cancelled and a new one was reissued. Obviously when the next payment was due, it was not processed. We were not notified when this happened and never received any notification phone calls or texts until an email was sent out, on June 22nd. This email said that we had two days to respond or our reservation would be terminated.

Ironically, we were on another Carnival cruise when it was sent and we did not receive it until this morning, June 26th. The wife immediately called Carnival and was told it was too late to still receive the offer.

They informed her that an email was sent out on June 10th, but they were having issues with their emails and maybe that is why she didn't receive it. When asked why a phone call was not placed, she was told that was not normal procedure, although we have been contacted by the cruise line many times before for multiple reasons.

However, we could still have the room for an additional fee...almost $4000. I would almost understand it if they already re-booked the room, but they have not. she has talked to absolutely everyone that she could, and has gotten nowhere. We love traveling on Carnival, but this issue has left a very bad impression on us and we obviously are very upset.

All we are asking for is the room we were offered for the price we agreed to. The suite is still available, I do not understand why this is so complicated. After all, we were using their service at the time they sent us the notification, which is why we couldn't immediately respond.

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Carnival Dream more of a nightmare
Publication Date: May 22, 2016

My husband Joseph and I just returned from a cruise with Carnival to celebrate a birthday and a celebration with some friends also taking the cruise. I am writing to tell of our experience, as recommended by your guest service dept. on our last day of the cruise. We went on this cruise to try Carnival once again, as our friends invited us to join them. we have been on almost all of the other cruise lines, and decided to give Carnival another go, but it does not compare with customer service and trying to fix things. we were just patronized which makes it even more frustrating. we were always given an excuse for why the problem happened but never sincerely tried to amend the situation.

The customer service was terrible. we had many issues during the cruise that were never addressed properly. Starting with our luggage not arriving the first night, even though we had passed our suitcase about 4 times throughout the evening and asked if we could just take it. We were told it was a security issue and to wait for our last suitcase. When we arrived back

at our room late that evening at around midnight, it had still not been delivered. I called guest services, and they told me I had to come back to the front of the ship to identify my bag. Mind you we had just been there for the evening show and our room was the very last room at the back of the ship. When I got to the front desk, they quickly went to the back and brought my bag out without me even identifying it, and it had a new tag with our room number on it. We did have our names clearly identified on the bag anyway. No one even made an offer to deliver the heavy suitcase to my room then. When we first were told our cabin was ready, we arrived to find our cabin filthy with half-filled glasses, a half bottle of open wine in the fridge and cigarette butts and a sticky mess on the verandah, room not finished. also, we never got turn down service the whole cruise, and when we found out this was a service, we mentioned it to guest services but it never happened. over time if we mentioned a problem the guest services would say someone would get back to us and then would just show up at our room a day or two later, or at our door while we were either in the shower or leaving for dinner or call early in the morning to ask more questions. we purchased an expensive room specifically because of the size of the balcony and were not able to use it until they cleaned it 4 days later! we had no chair or anywhere to sit in the room, the bed was made at such an angle that you had to climb over the corner to get around to the desk area, and there was missing furniture on the balcony as well. The main reason we took the cruise was because of the size of the balcony and the time we thought we would spend using it, not being aware that it was so dirty and sticky and we had to wait half the cruise to use it, even though we repeatedly asked our steward to clean it and a manger came to see it a few days later and left his sticky boot prints after he viewed it. (eventually we got a letter on the 4th day of the cruise stating that they were going to wash the balcony and we had to remove everything and could not go outside for the duration of that afternoon) On the second day, to celebrate my husband’s birthday, we paid the extra $35/person charge for the specialty restaurant for 4 of us in our party. When we wanted to order the lobster as well as our steak, we were charged an additional $20/person fee again, even though it was lobster night for the rest of the ship, where guest could order as much as they wanted for no fee. These are just a few of the annoying issues that happened.

We were always upsold things and nothing was inclusive, as we were aware, but did not realize the extent to which you make the customer uncomfortable unless they purchase another something at that time, even if we didn’t really want it. feels like you are at a middle eastern bazaar where people are always pushing to sell you things-alcohol,watches, even creams in the spa-where our total relaxation mode after our service was broken because the clinician would not take no for an answer, or seminars in the gym-where we told there were free exercise classes but they were really seminars selling something at the end. you can't really get away from that. we even bought a soda package before we left, but it was more trouble that it was worth. occasionally they would give us a whole can, but most of the time the bartenders didn't want to bother getting sodas because they were already paid for ahead of time, given a small cup and told we had to wait 15 minutes to order another, and needed to tip again. also the majority of patrons were very loud and drunk and we could not relax because of all the noise. the pool was impossible to get in with all the screaming children, and there was no adult pool, just a jacuzzi that was right below the kids water slide so not exactly a "Serenity" area.

We travel a lot and generally do not complain, but we felt that we were giving Carnival another try with all our choices and were really let down with the amenities, service and the way upper staff handled certain situations. They never made us feel like they would resolve or wanted to make it right at first. Always had to check with someone and made us feel belittled by complaining even though we were told to let them know right away if there were any issues. And we never felt that they made that extra effort that makes you feel like a valuable customer. I think with more attention to service, especially in management this could be a better cruise line and more competitive with other lines. Since nothing was attempted to be fixed during our cruise, we feel some sort of renumeration should be refunded due to our experience. We would certainly like to give Carnival another chance when we book our next cruise but this did leave a bad taste in our mouth.

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Never Again Carnival
Publication Date: February 22, 2016

My experience travelling to the Bahamas on the Carnival Sensation was the worst I have ever had.

The staff was rude and unfriendly, the manager of the formal dining room called us cheap because we were surprised by a food upcharge on our dinner bill. The food was completely disgusting and inedible - except for the upcharged meals of course!

Because how could you be travelling on a Carnival cruise line without being nickel and dimed for every little thing right? They didn't let us cash out our winnings at the casino the day we returned, and now I have chips I will never use because ...

Never again Carnival will I EVER cruise with you - or recommend you to anyone I know. Enjoy robbing people blind, eventually everyone will know how inferior you are to your competitors, Norwegian and Royal will be getting all my business from now on.

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Great get-a-way---but you won't feel spoiled
Publication Date: February 5, 2016

This ship is fine for your average get-a-way although I can see how some people thought the ship looked "old" - I noticed it mostly in the pool tiles and the walls of the deck corridors which just looked like you could wash them all day and they would still never look really clean again. This was especially true on the employee service doors that get used so much. Our room was great and had good water pressure. The service in the staterooms was very good. Our housekeeper, Anna did a delightful job.

On the down side, the service has dropped tremendously since my last Carnival cruise about 12 years ago when I went on the Fantasy for my very first cruise. There seemed to be so many more employees then! I think this might be a trend in several cruise lines that they just have less employees doing more work. But I remember coming up to the buffet at the back the ship and having waiters! At the buffet! And we had the same two great waiters at night! We got to know them so well. And the other

crew had time to talk to you about where they were from--it was wonderful --but certainly did not happen on this trip.

In the dinning room you could tell how hard the wait staff was trying to pay attention to everyone, but they were just too rushed by the number of people they had to service. (The wait staff did perform a little number for us each night which was fun, but did not need to be so long. ) Did the lack of special attentiont spoil our trip? No, we still had a nice time...but did we feel spoiled like on my first Carnival cruise - No.

I enjoy so many things about cruising but it seems to be becoming increasingly difficult on several cruise lines to just get a deck chair and there are lines for everything!!! The line at the Pizza bar was always long - but then again the pizza was always very good. A nice thing about the Victory is that very little cost extra. None of the activities except fitness classes had a charge, the Serenity area, while hard find a chair and too close to noise of the pool games, had no extra charge. Mini golf, which was great fun - no charge. The activities were great. I would have enjoyed more crafts, but it was just a 4 night cruise--I'm sure they would have had more on a 7 night cruise. The nice thing about Carnival is that I can get away at a price that fits my budget and have lots of entertainment and a good tiime -- but someday I hope to afford a cruise line where I can feel more pampered ;)

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