Carnival Cruise Lines reviews

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 partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for themed story hours and kid-friendly "Cat in the Hat" brunches.

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Destinations:

Caribbean - Western

(62 cruises)

Caribbean - Eastern

(49 cruises)

Caribbean - Bahamas

(40 cruises)

South Pacific

(29 cruises)


(22 cruises)

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(46 cruises)

Port Canaveral, Florida

(34 cruises)

Sydney, Australia

(26 cruises)

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

(20 cruises)

Galveston, Texas

(19 cruises)

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Why you should sail with Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Cruise Lines tips

Carnival is known as the Fun Ship line because of its laid back and casual approach to cruising. You should consider taking a Carnival cruise if you…

  • Want a lively, informal atmosphere
  • Are looking for competitive pricing
  • Are a first-time cruiser
  • Are looking to sail from an American homeport
  • Are a fun-loving traveler, no matter your age

Expert review of Carnival Cruise Lines

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.

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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

29 Carnival Cruise Lines ships

Carnival Breeze

Price: $
Ship size: XL

Thanks to its focus on casual, no-frills fun, Carnival Breeze was rated the best Carnival ship for o...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Galveston, Texas

Carnival Celebration

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL
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Carnival Celebration is a nod back to the original MS Celebration, a true classic ship for Carnival...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western Transatlantic

Sails from:

Miami, Florida Southampton (London), England

Carnival Conquest

Price: $
Ship size: L

Carnival Conquest was built from 1999 through 2001 and entered service February 1, 2002 as the first...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Miami, Florida

Ship size:

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


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

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