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About Carnival Cruise Lines

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.

Carnival Cruise Lines Rankings

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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.

Carnival Cruise Lines Cruiser Reviews

Service and Staff

4.4

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

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Destinations and Excursions

4.2

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Ship Quality

4.1

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Onboard Activities

4.0

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Food and Dining

4.0

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Entertainment

3.9

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Children's Programs

3.9

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.3

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What Cruisers Say

  • hoopsmom34 says ...

    Agus was our room steward he was wonderful. He met all of our needs. He always had a smile on his face and remembered all our names the first day. Read Full Review
  • staceyboo2000 says ...

    Yes....I love Mark. He took very good cares of us! Read Full Review
  • BucketList says ...

    Loved Grand Caymen and Cozumel---we have been to both many times! Read Full Review

28 Carnival Cruise Lines Ships

Carnival Breeze

Price: $    Ship Size: XL
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The Carnival Breeze, the third ship in the Dream Class of ships for Carnival, will be an exciting an...

Sails to:
Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Southern
Sails from:
Port Canaveral, Florida Galveston, Texas

Carnival Conquest

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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You don't have to know a Monet from a Manet to appreciate the new Carnival Conquest, inspired by the...

Sails to:
Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Southern Bermuda Caribbean - Bahamas
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

Carnival Dream

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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Get ready to set sail on Carnival's most innovative ship yet, the Carnival Dream. This floating reso...

Sails to:
Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern
Sails from:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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