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Best Carnival Cruises

U.S. News ranks 24 Carnival Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Carnival Legend is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Carnival Legend (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2002 (and updated in 2011 and 2014), the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend maintains a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher level of personalization than you might expect on Carnival's larger 3,000-passenger ships. Of Carnival Legend ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Carnival Pride (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

As is the case with the rest of Carnival's Spirit-class ships, 80 percent of the staterooms aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride provide ocean views, more than the majority of the fleet's other ships. For the best view ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Carnival Freedom (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2007, Carnival Freedom offers a wide variety of onboard programming and activities. And thanks to a major facelift in 2014, the ship features "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities, like the EA Sports Bar, where guests can catch live ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 Carnival Liberty (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2005, Carnival Liberty is one of Carnival's newest and largest Conquest-class ships. While Carnival Liberty can carry up to 2,974 guests, with 1,160 staff members serving travelers, it delivers a higher level of personalization than ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 Carnival Dream (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2009, Carnival Dream features the Punchliner Comedy Club, nightly stage shows, age-appropriate kids clubs (for ages 2 to 17) and three pools — all hallmarks of the line's "Fun Ships." More family-fun entertainment options include movies at the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Carnival Conquest (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With Guy's Burger Joint, EA Sports Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club and the Alchemy Bar, Carnival Conquest offers dining and entertainment options that appeal to a wide range of traveler types and budgets. Carnival Conquest, part of Carnival's ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Carnival Spirit (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5

Currently based in Sydney (trips must be booked on the Carnival Australia website), Carnival Spirit carries up to 2,124 passengers on sailings around the South Pacific. Inaugurated in 2001, Carnival Spirit offers a higher level of customization than larger ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Carnival Glory (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Glory will offer itineraries to popular Caribbean destinations, such as the Bahamas and Jamaica in 2015. Though Carnival Glory first set sail in 2003, a 2012 renovation supplied the ship with "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Carnival Imagination (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

While Carnival Imagination is one of the line's smallest ships, it offers versatile activities, entertainment, lodging and dining options — a hallmark of Carnival Cruise Lines. In the casino, guests will find table games like poker, blackjack and roulette, along ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Carnival Valor (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor features a mélange of activities and amenities geared toward a variety of traveler styles and age groups. The ship was introduced in 2004 and last refurbished 2011 to include additions like the massive pool ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Carnival Elation (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 1998, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation is one of Carnival's smallest ships. And thanks to a renovation in 2009, Carnival Elation lures cruisers with fresh onboard entertainment offerings along with three cabin category choices geared toward a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Carnival Magic (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2011, Carnival Magic is Carnival's second Dream-class ship. Because of its sheer size (the ship can carry up to 3,690 passengers and 1,367 crew members), previous cruisers say the level of personalization is below par ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Carnival Sensation (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Though Carnival Sensation first debuted in 1993, thanks to an update in 2009, the ship boasts a revamped pool area, an adults-only sun area and a sprawling water park, among other facilities. But despite its facelift, Carnival Sensation feels a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Carnival Victory (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Carnival Victory, which launched in 2000 and was refurbished in 2010, can carry up to 2,754 passengers and 1,100 crew members. Despite being a fairly large ship, Carnival Victory earns high marks from reviewers who describe the service ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Carnival Miracle (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like other Carnival ships, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle keeps cruisers busy with nonstop entertainment geared toward travelers of all ages. But while Carnival Miracle boasts six bars and lounges, including the Mad Hatter's Ball jazz lounge and Sam ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Carnival Splendor (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2008 (and refurbished in 2012), Carnival Splendor is the sole member of its class. With more features than Carnival's Conquest-class ships — like the 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, which offers treatments like body wraps and facials and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Carnival Breeze (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2012, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze is Carnival's newest ship. On board, cruisers will find plenty of programs and activities. The pools, winding waterslides and fountains at WaterWorks, along with the outdoor SportsSquare (complete with a ropes ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 Carnival Ecstasy (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Carrying up to 2,056 passengers and 920 crew members, Carnival Ecstasy is one of Carnival's smallest ships. Built in 1991 (and renovated in 2009 and 2014), Ecstasy tends to cater to families, but also appeals to couples and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#19 Carnival Fantasy (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 1990, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy is Carnival's oldest ship. But it doesn't show its age: Thanks to an upgrade in 2010, Carnival Fantasy contains modern features, such as the WaterWorks water park (complete with waterslides ... Reviews & Pictures»

#19 Carnival Paradise (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 1998 (and updated in 2008), Carnival Paradise carries up to 2,052 passengers and 920 crew members, and is outfitted with cruising staples like swimming pools, a waterslide, a casino and duty-free shops. Paradise is part of Carnival ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.