Carnival Cruise Lines
Ship Name In Service Home Port Gross Tonnage Length Decks Speed Guest Capacity
Carnival Horizon 2018 Miami, Florida 133,596 GTT 1,055 ft 15 21 mph 3,960
Carnival Vista 2016 Galveston, Texas 133,500 GTT 1,055 ft 15 21 mph 3,934
Carnival Breeze 2012 Port Canaveral, Florida 130,000 GTT 1,004 ft 15 26 mph 3,690
Carnival Magic 2011 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 130,000 GTT 1,004 ft 17 26 mph 3,675
Carnival Dream 2009 Galveston, Texas 130,000 GTT 1,004 ft 15 26 mph 3,646
Carnival Splendor 2008 Sydney, Australia 113,300 GTT 950 ft 13 24 mph 3,012
Carnival Freedom 2007 Galveston, Texas 110,000 GTT 952 ft 13 26 mph 2,980
Carnival Liberty 2005 Port Canaveral, Florida 110,000 GTT 952 ft 13 26 mph 2,974
Carnival Valor 2004 New Orleans, Louisiana 110,000 GTT 952 ft 13 26 mph 2,974
Carnival Glory 2003 New Orleans, Louisiana 110,000 GTT 952 ft 13 26 mph 2,980
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Ship Name In Service Home Port Gross Tonnage Length Decks Speed Guest Capacity
Symphony of the Seas 2018 Miami, Florida 228,081 GTT 1,188 ft 18 25 mph 5,518
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Port Everglades, Florida 226,963 GTT 1,188 ft 18 29 mph 5,479
Ovation of the Seas 2016 Seattle, Washington 168,666 GTT 1,142 ft 18 25 mph 4,180
Anthem of the Seas 2015 Bayonne, New Jersey 168,666 GTT 1,142 ft 18 25 mph 4,180
Quantum of the Seas 2014 Shanghai, China 168,666 GTT 1,142 ft 18 25 mph 4,905
Allure of the Seas 2010 Miami, Florida 225,282 GTT 1,187 ft 18 26 mph 5,400
Oasis of the Seas 2009 Port Canaveral, Florida 225,282 GTT 1,187 ft 18 26 mph 5,400
Independence of the Seas 2008 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 154,407 GTT 1,112 ft 15 26 mph 4,370
Liberty of the Seas 2007 Galveston, Texas 155,889 GTT 1,112 ft 15 25 mph 3,798
Freedom of the Seas 2006 San Juan, Puerto Rico 154,407 GTT 1,112 ft 15 25 mph 3,782
Reasons to choose cruise for your vacation
01) A Cruise Vacation Offers Great Value: Cruises offer great value for your vacation dollar because the fares include nearly everything you'll need for a fantastic trip: food, accommodations, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between destinations. We regularly see fares on mainstream cruise lines for under $100 per person, per night, which is astonishingly cheaper than you'd spend on land for a hotel, dinner and a show. On some lines, kids even sail free or at discounted rates when sharing a cabin with two adults. Looking for luxury? Upscale lines are even more inclusive, with alcohol and soft drinks, gratuities, shore tours, onboard spending credits, and even flights bundled into the fare.
02) Diverse Destinations: Cruises traverse the entire globe while visiting hundreds of destinations, both popular and exclusive. From Northern Europe to Antarctica, and Tahiti to Alaska – a world of choices awaits. Plus, most itineraries come in a wide range of styles and lengths, so your destination experience can be anything from an exciting, quick glimpse to a more in-depth immersion. And the best part? No matter where you go, you only have to unpack once!
03) Cruise Ships Are Family Friendly: From tots to teens, grandparents to grandkids, cruises are fun for all ages. If you're struggling to find a vacation that your 5-, 10- and 15-year-old will all love and that has adult activities, ships now have extensive kids' facilities, split by age. Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones (and certainly a nice distance from parent-friendly pools and bars). How can you not love a trip that features video games and swimming pools, while offering time for families to be together at dinner or on shore side excursions? And parents can even sneak in a romantic dinner alone, by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids' club.
04) Ships Offer a Variety of Onboard Activities: Today's cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy. Want to pamper yourself at the spa while your spouse hits the casino? Or lounge in the sun reading a book while your family plays basketball. You can go to an educational lecture, a wine tasting, a computer class or a dance workshop; paint pottery, play bridge, learn a language or do yoga; dine at a casual buffet, a fancy sit-down restaurant, a sushi bar, a diner or a steakhouse; and watch a movie, a comedy routine, a song-and-dance show or live music performance. And if all you want to do is nothing while the ship sails from port to port you can do that, too.
05) Top-Notch Entertainment: From Broadway-style productions to laugh-out-loud comedy shows, cruise vacations come loaded with tons of unforgettable onboard entertainment. Kids will enjoy family-friendly entertainment brought to guests by the likes of DreamWorks and Nickelodeon. Adults will marvel at the multi-talented dancers, musicians and singers performing throughout their vacation. Best of all, it’s all included and everyone’s invited!
06) Cruise Vacations Are Easy to Plan: Because cruise vacations package together transportation and accommodations, they're very easy to plan. Pick your ship, itinerary and cabin, and away you go, no searching for hotels in your price range, no coordinating travel between cities. You can even get your travel agent to arrange your airfare for you or choose a departure port within driving distance to eliminate that extra planning step. Groups also find cruises a cinch to book. Cruise lines have plans in place for group travel, eliminating the hassle of coordinating your 20 family members and friends from around the country who want to vacation with you. Book enough cabins and you'll get extra perks, including a free fare!
07) Ships Are Floating Cities: If you're concerned about being stranded in the middle of the ocean, relax. Cruise ships are like floating cities with everything you could possibly want onboard. Today's vessels are outfitted with Wi-Fi, cell service and satellite TV so you can stay in touch with the real world during your cruise (if you even want to). Onboard shops sell the toiletries you forgot to pack, medical centers can provide meds or a doctor's services if needed, and laundry facilities let you wash your clothes mid-cruise so you don't need to over-pack. Of course, there's also the fun stuff like gyms, multiple restaurants, movie screens, spas, swimming pools, theaters and discos. And in the rare emergency, there are always enough lifeboats for everyone onboard.
08) Cruise Vacations Can Be Exotic: Always wanted to visit Asia but are nervous about the language barrier? Curious about the Middle East, but nervous about country customs? A cruise is one of the best ways to see the most exotic and foreign destinations in this world in an easy way. Itineraries offer calls at major cities and picturesque villages, all of which will be regional highlights, so you don't have to do the research on the best places to visit in an unfamiliar destination. If you're uncomfortable with independent sightseeing in a new locale, simply take a ship's tour with English-speaking guides. Or team up with more experienced travelers you meet online or onboard to share a cab or private guide.
09) Cruising Is Romantic: Anyone who's watched "The Love Boat" knows that there's a romance to sea travel. The wind in your hair, the vistas of endless ocean, and the stars twinkling above all set the mood for love may be clichés but they’re real experiences onboard! If you want to rekindle the spark with your sweetie, a cruise vacation provides plenty of together time, sharing side-by-side lounge chairs by the pool, a table for two at dinner, dancing in the evening or sharing quality time onshore. Cruise lines also have special packages for honeymoons, vow renewals and weddings onboard and onshore.
10) Cruising Is Social: If you love to meet people from around the country and the world, cruising provides a wonderful opportunity to make new friends. Even before you embark, you can connect with cruisers on Cruise Critic's Roll Call forums and create groups to go on independent excursions. Onboard, you'll meet people at your dinner table, at the piano bar or by the pool. The person seated next to you might be from Paris, Texas, or Paris, France; London, Ontario, or London, England. Kids can find playmates their own age during youth activities, so they're not always with adults or their older or younger siblings.
11) Great Service: From the moment you step onboard, perhaps to a champagne greeting, it’s clear that cruising is a totally different guest-centric vacation experience. The entire experience is designed to please, in order that no need go unmet. Thirsty? Your drink is already coming. Sleeping in? Room service is complimentary. Not sure what to do in port? Experts are available throughout the ship. Sore after an active day? Be rejuvenated in the spa. When possible, speak with a consultant ahead of time to ensure all special requests are met.
12) Safe: Cruise ships are remarkably safe vacation options. Incidents are extremely rare, but expertly trained officers and security personnel are on hand to resolve any issues. All ships are designed, operated and frequently re-inspected to ensure safety. Plus, security plans and protocols are in place to guarantee efficient emergency procedures, with sufficient lifeboats for everyone on board. Unfortunate events in recent history have misrepresented the true level of cruise ship security, but cruise lines have responded by going beyond safety requirements.
13) Convenient: Most of all, cruises are super convenient. You’ll visit multiple destinations while unpacking just once. You won’t have to worry about finding transportation from port to port, island to island and country to country. Tasty meals are prepared for you from extensive menus. Remarkable entertainment and onboard activities are just a short walk away from your bedroom.
14) Delicious Dining: Cruises provide several delicious complimentary dining venues, plus a few specialty restaurants for an extraordinary experience. These compliment the buffets, delis, dessert stands, coffee bars and 24-hour room service to guarantee that you’ll never want for anything. Many cruises even source their food locally during the cruise so that guests can sample fresh-made regional favorites. You could cruise through Europe's wine country and try the best wines in the world!
15) Impressive Ships: Modern cruise ships feature every modern amenity you could find in a land-based vacation resort, plus they transport you to new destinations while you sleep! You’ll find full-sized movie theaters, multiple swimming pools, diverse dining venues, Broadway-style performances, expansive spas, plush staterooms and unparalleled personal service.