Carnival Cruise Lines reviews

About Carnival Cruise Lines

Known as the "Fun Ships,” Carnival attracts fun-loving couples, families, and singles. High energy ships with constant entertainment (think pools, water slides, after-hours comedians, plenty of activities for kids) and an impressive array of dining choices, including burgers by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for themed story hours and kid-friendly "Cat in the Hat" brunches.

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Destinations:

Caribbean - Eastern

(82 cruises)

Caribbean - Western

(74 cruises)

Caribbean - Bahamas

(52 cruises)

South Pacific

(34 cruises)

Mexico

(23 cruises)

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(68 cruises)

Port Canaveral, Florida

(51 cruises)

Sydney, Australia

(33 cruises)

Galveston, Texas

(29 cruises)

Baltimore, Maryland

(25 cruises)

Carnival Cruise Lines rankings

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 known as the "FunShips" is great for activity-seeking couples, singles, and families. The vibrant atmosphere gets the party going and keeps it going all voyage long.

Not for

Those seeking true relaxation onboard a quiet and intimate atmosphere.

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

  • The constant barrage of onboard sales 
  • Food consistency can be an issue from ship to ship and sometimes sailing to sailing
  • Lack of adult-only space - while we love the "Serenity" area, most ships lack an area for adults to relax, have a quiet drink and enjoy a more subdued ambiance

Carnival Cruise Lines cruiser reviews

Service and Staff

4.5

Average rating

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

4.0

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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

25 Carnival Cruise Lines ships

Carnival Breeze

Price: $
Ship size: XL
4.2

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
0
0 Reviews

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
3.9

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

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern 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

Price:

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

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