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Best Carnival Cruises

U.S. News ranks 24 Carnival Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Carnival Elation is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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

Both majestic and luxurious, the Elation combines the lavish entertainment and casino action of Vegas with the pampering spa facilities of Palm Springs. Sip an umbrella drink in the soaring six-story atrium. Jog around miles of sun-splashed teak decks. Cool ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Guests board the Carnival Pride through a Renaissance-style galleria 11 stories high with a roof of ruby-red glass. Beyond the Raphael-inspired murals, travelers will find a winter garden, the inviting Spa Carnival and a two-story, indoor-outdoor promenade that runs the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The tropical islands of the Bahamas seem all the more inviting from the decks of the Carnival Fantasy. Vacations from Port Canaveral provide a quick exciting getaway to Nassau and Freeport, as well as cruises from New Orleans to Mexico ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Sail aboard Carnival's lively Fun Ship the Carnival Freedom. Hundreds of oceanview and balcony staterooms are the perfect place from which to admire breathtaking views of such storied cities as Venice, Barcelona and Istanbul. Two main dining rooms offer ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Set sail on one of Carnival's newer Fun Ships, the Carnival Magic. This floating resort includes many fun-filled features sure to delight travelers young and old. Kid-friendly amenities include the expanded Camp Carnival and the Carnival Waterworks aqua park ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Come aboard the Carnival Valor and explore the adventurous world of heroes and heroics, the inspirational theme of the ship. Enjoy dining options such as themed restaurants and buffets with everything from burgers to Italian delights, or the elegant dining ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Experience the thrill of the open ocean as you enter Carnival Victory's nine-story Oceanic Hall. Glass elevators soar toward a spectacular illuminated glass sky dome, providing a dramatic window under the sea effect. Every detail is designed to evoke ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Discover the impressive Carnival Liberty as she sets sail on a variety of Caribbean itineraries. This spectacular floating resort offers guests a number of dining options, a kids' club and top-notch day and evening entertainment. Dine at one of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The Carnival Breeze, the third ship in the Dream Class of ships for Carnival, is an exciting and fun ship for children of all ages. Guests will find old Carnival favorites such as Camp Carnival for kids, an outdoor mini-golf ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The Carnival Spirit features deck after deck of spacious private balconies that provide breathtaking panoramas of Alaska, the exotic Caribbean, the Panama Canal and Hawaii. On board you'll find public areas like Pharaoh's Palace and the Fountain Cafe ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Carnival Glory brings fun and excitement to eastern and western Caribbean cruising. This floating resort offers the lively Camel Club Casino, a dazzling array of clubs, lounges and shops and a wide variety of family entertainment areas like a teen ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Like the other Spirit-class ships, the Carnival Legend features a two-level promenade and a reservations-only supper club. The vast majority of staterooms offer ocean views, 80 percent of which have private balconies so you can step outside into the fresh ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Get ready to set sail on Carnival's most innovative ship yet, the Carnival Dream. This floating resort includes many amazing features sure to dazzle and delight children young and old from the expanded Camp Carnival to the huge Carnival ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

You don't have to know a Monet from a Manet to appreciate the Carnival Conquest, inspired by the great Impressionist painters of the 19th century. Experience the excitement of the Moulin Rouge at the Toulouse-Lautrec Lounge. Cross the Sunflower ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Set sail for fun-filled days and nights aboard the Sensation. Soak up the sun, cool off in one of the pools and zip down the waterslide for a refreshing splash. The Ecstasy Dining Room serves up savory gourmet fare, and ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Experience a vacation aboard the Carnival Miracle, which sails to exciting destinations and features innovative amenities and comfortable staterooms. The ship's onboard ambiance reflects famous literature and films, such as "Alice in Wonderland," "The Rave" and "Casablanca." Dine at ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Experience one of the most innovative ships at sea, the Carnival Splendor. This incredible floating resort offers guests everything from an outdoor poolside theater, to an expanded kid-friendly Camp Carnival. Guests can also experience the luxurious 21,000-square-foot spa that ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

From Egypt to England to the Caribbean, the Imagination is a ship that surprises guests with unique motifs and flights of fancy. The promenade is lined with golden sphinxes and other mythological creatures. Two exotic lounges are named after fabled ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

This ship offers modern technology alongside a tribute to the past with many impressive rooms named to honor such legendary liners as the Queen Mary, the Normandie and the Ile de France. Explore the six-story, glass-domed atrium and circular bar ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

London, Paris, Miami, Vienna and other great cities of the world are the inspiration for the Carnival Triumph. Enjoy an outdoor entertainment area more than three football fields long with four pools, seven whirlpools, a 214-foot spiral waterslide and plenty ... 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 24 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.