Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Carnival Cruise Line Ships

Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Miracle - Nick and Noras Carnival Miracle - Balcony Stateroom Carnival Miracle - Mad Hatters Ball Carnival Miracle - Lido Deck

Carnival Ship Reviews

Carnival Legend
Ranked #1 of 25 Carnival Ships
80% Loved It
  • Adrenaline rush guaranteed with thrilling Green Thunder waterslide
  • Great family experience with Dr. Seuss for kids and game shows for all
  • Good food in a variety of outlets from casual sushi to fine-dining
  • Launched: 2002; Passengers: 2,124
Carnival Miracle
Ranked #2 of 25 Carnival Ships
79% Loved It
  • Fourth ship in Carnival's Spirit class
  • Get wet with four pools and a twisty waterslide
  • Nick & Nora's Steakhouse exudes romance
  • Launched: 2004; Passengers: 2,124
Carnival Liberty
Ranked #3 of 25 Carnival Ships
79% Loved It
  • Huge refurb in 2011 added bars, eateries, comedy
  • Build your own burgers at Guy Fieri's burger joint
  • Features Seaside Theater by the pool
  • Launched: 2005; Passengers: 2,974
Carnival Valor
Ranked #4 of 25 Carnival Ships
78% Loved It
  • Great choice for first-time cruisers
  • Port-heavy Caribbean itinerary
  • Bell laughs at the comedy club
  • Launched: 2004; Passengers: 2,984
Carnival Freedom
Ranked #5 of 25 Carnival Ships
78% Loved It
  • Pro: Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events
  • Con: Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck
  • Bottom Line: Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere
  • Launched: 2007; Passengers: 2,974
Carnival Pride
Ranked #6 of 25 Carnival Ships
76% Loved It
  • Homeports in Baltimore year-round
  • Waterworks offers steep Green Thunder waterslide
  • Alchemy Bar features expansive, polished lounge area
  • Launched: 2002; Passengers: 2,124
Carnival Glory
Ranked #7 of 25 Carnival Ships
75% Loved It
  • Pro: Plenty of complimentary dining and entertainment options; spacious standard cabins
  • Con: Crowds at the buffet, pool deck and shore tours; constant announcements
  • Bottom Line: Family-friendly cruising for travelers of all ages, interests and budgets
  • Launched: 2003; Passengers: 2,980
Carnival Inspiration
Ranked #8 of 25 Carnival Ships
75% Loved It
  • Pro: Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

  • Con: Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

  • Bottom Line: Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

  • Launched: 1996; Passengers: 2,056
Carnival Spirit
Ranked #9 of 25 Carnival Ships
75% Loved It
  • Pro: Great waterslides and plenty of new eateries and bars make this a great ship for everyone from kids to sophisticates

  • Con: Despite the recent refurb, you can't get around the garish design of many of the public rooms

  • Bottom Line: The new dining and drinking venues and family fun attractions such as outdoor movies deliver a great holiday experience

  • Launched: 2001; Passengers: 2,124
Carnival Conquest
Ranked #10 of 25 Carnival Ships
75% Loved It
  • Pro: Let-down-your-hair vibe gives hardworking people the chance to unwind, with limited nickel and diming
  • Con: Not for the easily offended; cruisers who don't like a lot of outdoor fun might be bored
  • Bottom Line: Good food, lots of laughter, friendly fellow passengers and no delusions of grandeur
  • Launched: 2002; Passengers: 2,980
Carnival Fascination
Ranked #11 of 25 Carnival Ships
74% Loved It
  • Sails year-round from Jacksonville
  • Camp Carnival kids' program one of best in cruising
  • Great ship for first-time cruisers
  • Launched: 1994; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Elation
Ranked #12 of 25 Carnival Ships
74% Loved It
  • One of Carnival's Fantasy-class ships
  • Great short getaway option for families, couples, pals
  • Adults-only Serenity sun deck
  • Launched: 1998; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Triumph
Ranked #13 of 25 Carnival Ships
74% Loved It
  • Pros: Lack of pretension and solid dining and entertainment; great for first time cruisers
  • Cons: Outdated hardware and tired color schemes
  • Bottom Line: Triumph delivers a classic, fun cruise experience that allows passengers to let loose and relax.
  • Launched: 1999; Passengers: 2,758
Carnival Victory
Ranked #14 of 25 Carnival Ships
74% Loved It
  • Casual eats: deli, pizza, sushi
  • Entertainment from karaoke to production shows
  • Generously sized standard accommodations
  • Launched: 2000; Passengers: 2,758
Carnival Dream
Ranked #15 of 25 Carnival Ships
72% Loved It
  • Adults-only, two-level outdoor Serenity area
  • 19,000 square feet of dedicated kids' facilities
  • WaterWorks aqua park has four-deck corkscrew slide
  • Launched: 2009; Passengers: 3,646
Carnival Magic
Ranked #16 of 25 Carnival Ships
72% Loved It
  • Adults-only Serenity area covers large area
  • Carnival's first at-sea pub with private label beer
  • WaterWorks aqua park features two waterslides
  • Launched: May 2011; Passengers: 3,690
Carnival Breeze
Ranked #17 of 25 Carnival Ships
70% Loved It
  • Pro: Variety of diversions and dining options

  • Con: Crowds and informal party atmosphere might be a turn-off

  • Bottom Line: Carnival's fun-for-everyone ethic at its best

  • Launched: June 2012; Passengers: 3,690
Carnival Ecstasy
Ranked #18 of 25 Carnival Ships
70% Loved It
  • Pro: Short, fun itineraries to Bahamas and Western Caribbean
  • Con: Older ship missing modern bells and whistles
  • Bottom Line: A fun, inexpensive option perfect for families
  • Launched: 1991; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Fantasy
Ranked #19 of 25 Carnival Ships
70% Loved It
  • 25-year-old ship with a multi-million dollar facelift
  • Casual dress codes -- jeans are OK at night
  • Dining options: patisserie, sushi, Mongolian, pizza
  • Launched: 1990; Passengers: 2,056
Carnival Imagination
Ranked #20 of 25 Carnival Ships
70% Loved It
  • Great value for money, first-time cruise choice
  • Sails short Caribbean cruises from Los Angeles year-round
  • Get wet with the water park's slides and sprinklers
  • Launched: 1995; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Sensation
Ranked #21 of 25 Carnival Ships
69% Loved It
  • Offers year-round Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral
  • Awesome aqua park boasts 300-foot-long water slide
  • Great for first-timers and families
  • Launched: 1993; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Vista
Ranked #22 of 25 Carnival Ships
69% Loved It
  • Pro: Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard
  • Con: Dining room menus repeat too often and dishes dubbed too fancy by Carnival's passengers
  • Bottom Line: An action-packed ship with more activities than you can possibly do in seven days
  • Launched: 2016; Passengers: 3,936
Carnival Splendor
Ranked #23 of 25 Carnival Ships
68% Loved It
  • Pro: Have fun and unwind with comedy acts, lively shows, a huge spa and great kids' programming

  • Con: Pink-splashed ship decor can border on tacky, and staterooms could use an upgrade

  • Bottom line: This "Fun Ship" delivers with ample activities and entertainment, at great-value pricing

  • Launched: 2008; Passengers: 3,006
Carnival Paradise
Ranked #24 of 25 Carnival Ships
68% Loved It
  • Great for multi-generational groups
  • Sails short "sampler" cruises
  • Hidden sun deck for adults only
  • Launched: 1998; Passengers: 2,052
Carnival Sunshine
Ranked #25 of 25 Carnival Ships
59% Loved It
  • $155 million extreme makeover
  • New bars, restaurants, top-deck features
  • Refurbished and expanded kids club
  • Launched: 1996/2013; Passengers: 3,006
Find a Cruise
Clear selections

Carnival Member Reviews

73% Loved It

Have cruised on Royal Carribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity for 10+ cruises. This was our first cruise on Carnival and was selected because it left out ... Read more
by Mimiandpop
Let me start out by the few positives 1) excellent and attentive cabin steward, Rigoberto 2) excellent waitstaff: we had anytime ... Read more
by Rbk123
My extended family decided on this cruise; my aunt & uncle being frequent cruisers. This was mine and my children's first cruise. I must say -- I ... Read more
by dmar5
The entertainment was limited. Nothing started for the adults until 9. The comedy club was not open for 2 nights in a row, so they were really ... Read more
by tpfamily
My wife and I were looking for a nice vacation and booked this cruise kind of at the last minute. This is the first cruise we've taken by ourselves ... Read more
by mrbrucepritchett
Read More Carnival Member Reviews
Write a Review!

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.