Carnival Cruise Lines

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About Carnival Cruise Lines 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.

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Carnival Dream

Price: $    Ship Size: L

Carnival Fantasy

Price: $    Ship Size: L
Sails to:
Caribbean - Western
Sails from:
Mobile, Alabama

Carnival Fascination

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Carnival Glory

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Carnival Imagination

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Carnival Inspiration

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Carnival Liberty

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Carnival Spirit

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Carnival Triumph

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Carnival Valor

Price: $    Ship Size: L
Sails to:
Caribbean - Western
Sails from:
Galveston, Texas

Carnival Victory

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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.

Service and Staff

"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

"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

"There are lines and waiting but nothing that shouldn't be expected with that many people. Staff were friendly and helpful and kept things organized..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

"Montego Bay: nothing to do right at port. You have to take transportation to get to anything. The people were very pushy at this stop, we were..." Read More

Ship Quality

"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

"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

"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

Onboard Activities

"Always something going on. The nightly movies on the Lido deck were so neat- lying under the stars on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean-..." Read More


"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

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