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.

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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

Average Rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.2

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Destinations and Excursions

4.2

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Ship Quality

4.1

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Food and Dining

3.9

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Onboard Activities

3.9

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Children's Programs

3.9

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Entertainment

3.9

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.2

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What Cruisers Say

Carnival Cruise Lines Ships

Class: Conquest

Carnival Conquest

3.7
(2016 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Freedom

3.8
(1792 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Glory

3.6
(2687 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Liberty

3.8
(2230 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Valor

3.8
(2436 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Destiny

Carnival Sunshine

3.7
(1200 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Triumph

3.7
(2232 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Victory

3.6
(2589 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Class: Dream

Carnival Breeze

3.9
(1182 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: XL

Carnival Dream

3.8
(2014 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Magic

3.9
(1559 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: XL

Class: Fantasy

Carnival Ecstasy

3.6
(2073 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Elation

3.7
(1950 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Fantasy

3.7
(2039 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Fascination

3.6
(1931 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Carnival Imagination

3.7
(2419 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Inspiration

3.6
(2078 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Paradise

3.6
(2229 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Sensation

3.6
(2650 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Class: Spirit

Carnival Legend

3.7
(1503 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Miracle

3.7
(1494 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Pride

3.8
(1929 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Carnival Spirit

3.8
(693 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Class: Splendor

Carnival Splendor

3.6
(1889 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Class: Vista

Carnival Vista

4.1
(622 Reviews)

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Ship Size: XL

Carnival Horizon

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

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  • $$$$: $1500 and up
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