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Carnival Cruise Line: The Best Value at Sea

Looking for a combination of fun and affordability in a cruise vacation? A Carnival cruise may be perfect for you! Carnival Cruise Line ships offer great values as well as a ton of fun. Carnival, America's most trusted cruise line, sails to many popular destinations, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, and the Bahamas.

When you sail with Carnival Cruise Line, you'll depart from convenient ports like Long Beach, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, and Miami. The newest Carnival Cruise Line ships include the Vista, Horizon, and Breeze. And no matter which ship or itinerary you choose, you're guaranteed the best price with CruiseDirect.

ShipRatingLaunchedPaxCrewPoolsBarsCasinoKids ProgramsCDC ScoreMinimum Price

Carnival Breeze

2012

3,690

1,386

3

11

90

$134

Carnival Celebration

2022

6,500

1,735

6

11

-

$579

Carnival Conquest

2002

2,980

1,150

4

12

94

$129

Carnival Dream

2009

3,646

1,367

4

11

89

$229

Carnival Ecstasy

1991

2,052

920

3

10

97

$239

Carnival Elation

1998

2,052

920

3

8

93

$154

Carnival Freedom

2007

2,974

1,150

4

13

93

$214

Carnival Glory

2003

2,980

1,150

2

12

97

$294

Carnival Horizon

2018

3,936

1,450

3

25

91

$284

Carnival Legend

2002

2,124

930

4

10

98

$334

Carnival Liberty

2005

2,974

1,160

4

12

95

$139

Carnival Magic

2011

3,690

1,386

3

12

93

$209

Carnival Miracle

2001

2,124

930

4

12

98

$119

Carnival Panorama

2019

4,008

1,450

3

9

-

$269

Carnival Paradise

1998

2,052

920

3

6

97

$249

Carnival Pride

2002

2,124

930

3

12

97

$264

Carnival Radiance

2020

2984

1,100

3

8

-

$139

Carnival Sensation

1993

2,052

920

3

9

95

$239

Carnival Spirit

2001

2,124

930

3

8

97

$149

Carnival Splendor

2008

3,006

1,160

4

11

93

$140

Carnival Sunrise

1999/2019

2,754

1,090

3

8

-

$124

Carnival Sunshine

1996/2013

3,006

1,040

3

13

91

$219

Carnival Valor

2004

2,984

1,180

4

10

93

$119

Carnival Vista

2016

3,954

1,450

3

15

88

$274

Mardi Gras

2020

5,282

1,745

5

11

-

$494

Launched: 2012

Pax: 3,690

Crew: 1,386

Launched: 2022

Pax: 6,500

Crew: 1,735

Launched: 2002

Pax: 2,980

Crew: 1,150

Launched: 2009

Pax: 3,646

Crew: 1,367

Launched: 1991

Pax: 2,052

Crew: 920

Launched: 1998

Pax: 2,052

Crew: 920

Launched: 2007

Pax: 2,974

Crew: 1,150

Launched: 2003

Pax: 2,980

Crew: 1,150

Launched: 2018

Pax: 3,936

Crew: 1,450

Launched: 2002

Pax: 2,124

Crew: 930

Launched: 2005

Pax: 2,974

Crew: 1,160

Launched: 2011

Pax: 3,690

Crew: 1,386

Launched: 2001

Pax: 2,124

Crew: 930

Launched: 2019

Pax: 4,008

Crew: 1,450

Launched: 1998

Pax: 2,052

Crew: 920

Launched: 2002

Pax: 2,124

Crew: 930

Launched: 2020

Pax: 2984

Crew: 1,100

Launched: 1993

Pax: 2,052

Crew: 920

Launched: 2001

Pax: 2,124

Crew: 930

Launched: 2008

Pax: 3,006

Crew: 1,160

Launched: 1999/2019

Pax: 2,754

Crew: 1,090

Launched: 1996/2013

Pax: 3,006

Crew: 1,040

Launched: 2004

Pax: 2,984

Crew: 1,180

Launched: 2016

Pax: 3,954

Crew: 1,450

Launched: 2020

Pax: 5,282

Crew: 1,745

Entertainment & Attractions

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When the sun goes down, the fun continues. Carnival can show your group a great time, whether you want to mingle and network, enjoy a cocktail, attend a show, test Lady Luck in the casino or dance the night away. A Carnival ""Fun Ship"" is the perfect place for a perfect night out, any night of the week. A wide variety of singers, comedians, bands and musicians perform nightly out on deck or in one of the many clubs and lounges. Double over with laughter at a late-night, adults-only comedy show, show off your inner rock star with Karaoke, and your latest dance moves at one of Carnival nightclubs or at a party out on deck. The Main Show Lounge offers a variety of spectacular production shows.
 

In addition to your group's agenda and planned onboard events, there's so much to do and experience on a Carnival "Fun Ship".

Carnival offers a variety of activities and recreational pursuits, each and every day:

  • Go for a work-out at Carnival state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Take an Aerobics, Yoga, Tai-Chi or Pilates Class
  • Get in your daily run or walk on Carnival ship-top jogging track
  • Practice your putting skills at Carnival 9-hole miniature golf course
  • Play a game of basketball, volleyball and try Carnival ropes course - available on select ships
  • Jump in the pool for a refreshing swim or soak and relax in a whirlpool
  • Join the Cruise Director and Social Staff for Fun and Games such as Trivia, Scavenger Hunt and "Survivor"
  • Lose yourself in a good book in the library or out by the pool
  • Enjoy live outdoor entertainment, games and activities poolside
  • Catch a hit movie or watch a sports event at Carnival outdoor Seaside Theatre - available on select ships
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Dining Options

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For breakfast, lunch and dinner and throughout the day, Carnival ships offer a number of delicious dining options. Having all of your onboard meals included is an incredible value plus you won't have to worry about planning menus. You can eat as much as you want and any time of the day! Choose from an upscale black tie dining to a casual dining. Room Service is available 24 hours! Main dining room – these restaurant offers gracious service in an elegant atmosphere with a wide selection of menu choices for breakfast and dinner daily and lunch service during days at sea. The dining room menus also feature Spa Carnival Fare, offering health-conscious alternatives.
 
  • Lido Restaurant: Buffet-style, casual dining restaurant serves a variety of hot and cold items for breakfast and lunch. The lunch buffets also feature an elaborate salad bar and specialty stations, such as pasta, carving, stir-fry, international cuisine and more. The Lido also features a grill and New York-style Deli.
  • Seaview Bistro: Buffet-style, casual dining option for dinner offers an array of pastas, steaks, grilled chicken, specialty salads and desserts, along with a nightly Chef's Special.
  • Specialty Dining Experiences: The Steakhouse offers an elegant, yet relaxed dining experience with a menu offering all of your steakhouse favorites. The Steakhouse is featured on select ships and there is a nominal, additional per-guest fee. The exclusive ""Chef's Table"" dinner is a unique culinary experience hosted by a master chef and includes a multi-course private dinner and galley tour for 12 guests for an additional per-guest fee.
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Kids Activities

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Carnival offers variety of entertainment spots for youth onboard - 3D movies, dance clubs, ice cream shops, Club O2 - teen hang out place, mini golf, sport activities and much more. From as young as age 2, kids can enjoy the Camp Carnival (available on each Carnival ship). It offers tons of activities designed for children in three different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. Carnival counselors, each with education or childcare experience, are on the clock making sure everyone in the small groups of kids are having fun. When it’s mealtime, kids get their own menus, with faves like mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and more. And when the sun goes down, Carnival offers Camp Carnival Night Owls (fees apply) so kids get to stay up late having fun, while their parents also enjoy themselves well into the night.

Spa & Fitness

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Treat yourself to a wellness therapy or a restorative treatment at Spa Carnival. When it comes to relaxation from the inside out, nothing beats a trip to the spa. From the minute you step inside, the soothing ambiance begins to work its magic. Renew yourself with premium beauty and wellness therapies, like hot stone massages, aromatherapy or full-body wraps. This is your time to be spoiled, indulged and beautified. Lay back, close your eyes, and feel the stress sail away as your body and mind experience total tranquility. (Oh yeah, and this feel-good stuff isn’t just for the ladies — there are plenty of treatments on the menu for men too.)
 
  • Serenity Adult Retreat: It wouldn’t be a dream vacation without a little "me time," right? That’s what Carnival had in mind when they created Serenity. It’s an adult only area available to guests 21 and older and features everything necessary to create the perfect tranquil "getaway within your getaway." Take advantage of complete bar service provided by attentive waiters. Chill in the sun, under one of the colorful, oversized umbrellas or in the separate shaded area. Enjoy a dip in one of the whirlpools looking out over the great blue sea. All while listening to mellow music to keep the vibe sweet and serene. (Serenity configurations vary by ship.)
  • Cloud 9 Spa: This two-deck spa features both exclusive spa staterooms and an extensive range of top-quality facilities and treatments in an elegant, tranquil setting. You will love the massages, and enjoy being soothed with emollients, renewed with defoliants, and even relaxed with hot stones or aromatherapy. And yes... men love being pampered too.
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Departing From: Los Angeles

Duration: 3 nights

Ship: Carnival Miracle (Ship Info)

Port of Call: Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca, Ensenada, Mexico, Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca (Itinerary Details)

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Departing From: New Orleans

Duration: 4 nights

Ship: Carnival Valor (Ship Info)

Port of Call: New Orleans, La, Cozumel, Mexico, New Orleans, La (Itinerary Details)

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Departing From: Los Angeles

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Ship: Carnival Miracle (Ship Info)

Port of Call: Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca, Catalina Island, Ca, Ensenada, Mexico, Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca (Itinerary Details)

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Departing From: Miami

Duration: 5 nights

Ship: Carnival Sunrise (Ship Info)

Port of Call: Miami, Fl, Nassau, The Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas, Bimini, The Bahamas, Miami, Fl (Itinerary Details)

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Departing From: Miami

Duration: 5 nights

Ship: Carnival Sunrise (Ship Info)

Port of Call: Miami, Fl, Princess Cays, The Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas, Bimini, The Bahamas, Miami, Fl (Itinerary Details)

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Carnival Cruise Activities

Carnival Cruise Line offers so many activities that you have no chance of getting bored on board! Your cruise may include:

  • Live entertainment, including famous musical acts and comedians
  • Movie nights
  • Dance lessons
  • Spa treatments
  • Mini-golf
  • Bowling
  • Casino gambling
  • Seuss at Sea, whimsical fun for the kids!

You can chill out in the pool or hot tub, or if you have energy to burn, play dodgeball or compete in an obstacle course. On select ships, you'll get to splash down a waterslide, experience a SkyRide, catch an IMAX movie, and so much more! If you don't want to break the bank but want a fun vacation, cruise with Carnival Cruise. Grab the kids or your best buds and get away today! No matter what activities you are interested in, planning for your first Carnival Cruise trip can be made a little easier by taking advantage of popular cruise hacks for first-timers. With our Carnival Cruise deals, you're guaranteed the best price.

Carnival Cruise Ticket Prices

Carnival Cruise ticket prices vary a lot depending on your room type, the destination, the ship, and the length of your cruise. You can explore those price ranges below, but here's a good idea of what to expect:

  • 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise as low as $179
  • 4-Night Baja Mexico Cruise as low as $189
  • 3-Night Bahamas Cruise as low as $199
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise as low as $249
  • 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise as low as $389
  • 7-Night Canada/New England Cruise as low as $589
  • 10-Night Panama Canal Cruise as low as $669
  • 10-Night Hawaii Cruise as low as $839

Carnival Cruise FAQs

Carnival Cruise Fees: What Should You Expect?

While we can help you get the best Carnival Cruise deals, your trip, like any cruise, will have some other fees and expenses to keep in mind while budgeting. While we charge no booking fees, remember that every cruise has port fees that will add around $100 to the initial cost. You will also need to consider the costs of travel to the port, accommodations for early arrival, or parking. And don't forget to factor in tips!

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What Are the Carnival Cruise Requirements for Boarding?

You don't want to get stuck on the dock and blocked from the cruise ship, so make sure you have everything required to board your cruise. The easiest way to make sure you have proper documentation to board Carnival Cruise Line is to bring a valid passport. If you are embarking on a cruise that both originates and terminates at a U.S. port, a passport isn't required, but you will need proof of citizenship, typically a birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID. Ports in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize are also exempt from the passport requirement. But the easiest and smoothest way to travel is to bring along your passport. Of course, you'll also need to bring your boarding pass.

Is Food Included on Carnival Cruises?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are always included in the main dining room, as is room service from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additional charges may apply at specialty restaurants on board.

What Drinks Are Free on a Carnival Cruises?

The following drinks are free from the dining room:

  • Non-bottled water
  • Lemonade
  • Iced tea
  • Milk
  • Hot chocolate
  • Non-specialty coffee and tea

Is Tipping Mandatory on Carnival Cruises?

It's expected that guests on Carnival cruises will tip the shipboard staff. The easiest way to tip might be to pre-pay gratuities. It's expected that those in standard staterooms will tip $13.99 a day and those in suites will tip $15.99.

What Is the Best Carnival Cruise for Kids?

The best Carnival Cruises for kids are on the Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, and Carnival Magic. All of these cruises offer many fun family activities for people of all ages, including the Camp Ocean kids' club, water parks, IMAX theaters, and themed parties for kids.

What Are Carnival's Biggest Ships?

Currently, some of Carnival Cruise Line's largest ships are:

Name Gross Tonnage Passenger Capacity

Horizon

133,500

3,960

Vista

133,500

3,934

Breeze

128,000

3,690

Magic

128,000

3,690

Dream

128,000

3,646

Splendor

113,300

3,012