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Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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693

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314

Average

148

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95

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48

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Family Cruises

9,599

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2,747

First-Time Cruisers

1,321

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1,176

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1,321 Carnival First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


RuthieAgain avatar

RuthieAgain

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Where's a waiter, included food, service?

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Poor Service. This was my first cruise, and I expected the greatest time of my life on this new ship, the Vista, from reviews online and from my sister (a frequent cruiser on other Carnival ships). I was told that ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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KimmyH

1 Review Written

Sunshine but no frills

This was our very first cruise and there was 15 of us. When we first got onboard the first thing we noticed was the food stations were overflowing with choices: steak, chicken, pasta chinese, bbq. Amazing! Well, ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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vkmeyer

1 Review Written

If you are thinking about taking a cruise for the first time....

and you love crowds, waiting in line for everything and rude bartenders, then by all means do it! We usually go to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico where the drinks (as many as you want) are included, there is a ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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Cruiser9086

1 Review Written

Great Service

We went on this cruise for our two year anniversary and we enjoyed it a lot. The best thing about it was great food. Also, service was excellent for just staff on ship to our waiter to our steward. Everyone was so ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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WITCHBAIT33

1 Review Written

WASTED MONEY

Gauranteed not a chance !this was me and my wife honeymoon we booked back in dec to go to houndurus they said wind was to strong to port but other ships docked there and they take us to coasta maya instead of ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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masonohio533

1 Review Written

Great first time experience, will definitely cruise again

We had six families cruising together. Overall it was a great experience. The service provided on the ship was second to none. Suggest all land-based restaurants in the U.S. to send their staff to Conquest to learn ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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auscgguysgirl

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Best decision we ever made ...

This was a 1st cruise for us. We are in our 40s and our kids (8 of them) are slowly leaving the house 1 by 1. We have 1 left and she is a senior this year. My DH does not like to travel. He is an introvert. He ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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Pittsburghcruisin

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Best bartender and wait staff I have ever had.

Referred by family and they where correct.! Best B-day ever Best vacation ever. Best bartender I have ever had the pleasure of tipping, would have needed 2 atm's to pay for the awesome service and the "guest's ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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raywilson

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Substandard

Wife wanted to go on her first cruise. So we decided to split the vacation. Sort cruise out of Miami then some time down in the Keys. Cruise started out bad with long 4 hour delay with everyone stuck in the port ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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b_rankins

1 Review Written

Carnival Victory and Tropical Storm Chantal

We arrived at Port of Miami from Ft. Lauderdale (25 minute shuttle provided by SAS $15/person). Using the Faster to the Fun program, we quickly processed through to the waiting area and were provided a Priority ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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Sharon Taylor

1 Review Written

At long last we made it.

We were so excited to finally see the Carnival Spirit up close when we arrived at Circular Quay on May 9th, 2013. Unaware of the tragedy that had proceeded the night before, our embarkation was a little delayed, but ...
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Sail Date May 2013


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sr42454

3 Reviews Written

Glory is a Gem

We cruised on the Glory from 6/4/13 until 6/9/13. My wife and I were in an "L" shaped Balcony Cabin 6481 and my Daughter (first time cruiser) and First Cousin were in an "L" shaped Balcony Cabin 6473. The Cabins ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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Gigimarie

1 Review Written

Mediocre cruise

First time cruiser. I didn't pay much attention to reviews before I left, thought I would make my own decisions. Not sure where the $155 million went. Others said the same. Main pool was closed most of the time ...
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Sail Date May 2013


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Snuffy65

1 Review Written

May 5th Inaugural run of the Sunshince

Let me preface this review by saying that this was actually my very 1st cruise. I went with my wife and another couple to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. So to make it a bit more special I booked the balcony on ...
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Sail Date May 2013


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Garykitty

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Carnival Dream very romantic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My husband and I had cabin 12201 Carnival dream, spa balcony cabin. It was our first cruise.Cabin was beautiful .Spa was great ohhh thalosopool how i miss you, and the relaxation room. Everything was wonderful. ...
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Sail Date October 2016


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bigboicruise

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Disappointed and mad that i spent money on this cruise.

We went on the cruise to try to get our love back but I ended up getting food poisioning from the blacken mahi mahi and was confined to my room until Tuesday I finally get a chance to go out with my wife and walk ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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Mxpray

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

First time cruisers beware.

First cruise! What a disappointment. First of all I felt the service was wonderful. Our cabin Stewart, Francis was wonderful. Our dinner server Marichu was fabulous. I guess my expectations were high which ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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yppik71

1 Review Written

26 Helpful Votes

Dissappointed

This was our first trip and if we didn't have friends with us that had gone on numerous cruises that advised us this was their worst trip and the others were much better.We probably wouldn't ever cruise again. ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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LLAJH@TEXASBB.COM

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Checked it off our list, no need to do again

This was our first cruise as we were waiting for our children (11,15) to get old enough to remember it and enjoy the port excursions. Our overall experience for first timers was great, but I do have a few negatives ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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paisleypantts

2 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

First time was a blast!

This was my first cruise and I really enjoyed myself. every one was so nice, the food was good, I have nothing to complain about. we stayed on the Rivera deck. our cabin Stuart ( Robbie) was so sweet. the ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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gary.henson@gmail.com

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Not what we expected

When you are planning and booking the cruise - you need to realize -- EVERYTHING is extra. The prices were not what we expected at all. My 17 year old said this cruise is " for those who drink or gamble" ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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rvstarLIZ

1 Review Written

28 Helpful Votes

Not cut out for cruising!

Here we go. I will begin with... we are not cruisers. This was our first and last cruise to be sure. I thought it would be a great way to see some of Europe, which it was. The ports were fantastic. I traveled with ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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SwanseaVillanReturns

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Maiden Cruise

Maiden cruise for me and wifey celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary and what a choice !!!! Staff so friendly, food choice incredible and well presented, stateroom furnished to high spec. Wanted for nothing ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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gloria.dcruz@gmail.com

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise for first timers

We decided to go on a cruise for a family vacation based on our travel agents recommendation. Where we come from, this concept isn't very popular so we didn't know what to expect except what we had read online. We ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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dmar5

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Extended Family Cruise -- I'm a 1st Timer

My extended family decided on this cruise; my aunt & uncle being frequent cruisers. This was mine and my children's first cruise. I must say -- I was thoroughly underwhelmed. The quarters were small but I expected ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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