Carnival Cruise Lines

average ship rating
3.6
38,271 Reviews

About Carnival Cruise Lines

Cruiseline.com Awards 2016 Winner

Best Line for Oceanview Cabins

These boisterous cruise 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.

Best for

Carnival is a haven for party animals, extroverts, and voyeurs of all ages, plus boisterous families with kids.

Not for

Anyone who likes intimate spaces and modulated voices and music should float on another boat. There are few quiet corners — Carnival cruise ships are loud in color and volume. 

We love

  • The variety of entertainment options on a Carnival cruise is impressive, from Vegas-style productions to sports bars and karaoke. Our favorite: the realistic game shows and the comedy clubs, with their R-rated sets.
  • Carnival caters to kids in a big way, with huge playrooms, video arcades, mini-golf courses, and water slides. Some ships also have a ropes course, and water “sprinklers” for small kids. 
  • Carnival offers more dining options than ever — we’re licking our lips just thinking about the popular (and complimentary) Guy’s Burger Joint, now on six ships and counting. 
  • Roomy standard cabins have nice perks, including mini-fridges and large showers.
  • The “Serenity” adults-only deck area offers respite for quiet-seeking grown-ups.

We could live without

  • We bemoan the lack of learning opportunities, from bare-bone libraries to rare lectures and classes.
  • Turn it down: The volume of the videos shown on the poolside LED screens gives us a headache.
  • Carnival's string of engine problems — the most notorious of which rendered the Carnival Triumph powerless (and toilet-less and shower-less, too) for days — landed the line in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Carnival Elation

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Fascination

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Imagination

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Inspiration

Price: $    Ship Size: L
Sails to:
Mexico

Carnival Liberty

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Miracle

Price: $    Ship Size: L
Sails to:
Mexico Hawaii

Carnival Paradise

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Triumph

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Service and Staff

75% Loved it!
"Wow is a big statement when it comes to getting along with a thousand staff from all over the world, but there you have it. Everybody was genuinely..." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

67% Loved it!
"Grander than we ever expected. Loved having the window because love is the experience one has with the sea. One wants one's cues and we used..." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

67% Loved it!
"Only problem was getting luggage to go home, was first group off ship and took about 2 hours before they sent our luggage thru on the conveyor..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

64% Loved it!
"Seemed a little rushed at the destinations, but enjoyed EVERY minute!!!" Read More

Ship Quality

60% Loved it!
"I've cruised twice across the Atlantic and several times around the Mediterranean. This ship had the best outdoor facilities, big as those other..." Read More

Food and Dining

56% Loved it!
"Listen, I first learned good food from cruising. I was 10 and had never eaten so well. Now, having worked in fine dining as dinner director..." Read More

Children's Programs

52% Loved it!
"We don't have kids but we certainly enjoyed seeing the kids have a good time. I loved the chute, which I took several times: I was the only..." Read More

Entertainment

51% Loved it!
"Here I'm qualified particularly since I worked in the field and have been exposed to the best there is. These shows were excellent, particularly..." Read More

Onboard Activities

51% Loved it!
"Unbelievable choices of things to do - we did them all...." Read More

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