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May 2019 Cruises to the Western Caribbean

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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

7 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 5
    Falmouth
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Galveston
Ship Details

Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

Cons

Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

Bottom Line

Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

Reviews

Liberty of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service3.5
Value4.0

A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, Liberty of the Seas is a large ship that ...

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

4 Day
Western Caribbean Itiner

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Key West, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Miami
Ship Details

Carnival Victory - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Signature Carnival dining and bar options, refreshed staterooms and abundant activities

Cons

Outdated design is apparent in public spaces and it lacks on-deck sports features

Bottom Line

This midsized ship combines popular culinary options with fun choices in entertainment

Reviews

Carnival Victory Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Entertainment

5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Costa Maya, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Costa Maya
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Galveston
Ship Details

Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Cons

No adventurous attractions, like waterslides or ziplines

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun

Reviews

Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

7 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Roatan, Harvest Caye ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Roatan
  • Day 4
    Harvest Caye
  • Day 5
    Costa Maya
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

Cons

Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

Bottom Line

Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

Reviews

Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Entertainment

4 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Galveston ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Galveston
Ship Details

Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Cons

No adventurous attractions, like waterslides or ziplines

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun

Reviews

Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Dining

7 Night
Western Caribbean & Perfect Day

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
CocoCay, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    CocoCay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Roatan
  • Day 6
    Costa Maya
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Ship Details

Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

Cons

Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

Bottom Line

Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities

Reviews

Harmony of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Shore Excursions

5 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
New Orleans
Visiting:
Cozumel, Progreso ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    New Orleans
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Progreso
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    New Orleans
Ship Details

Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

Cons

Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

Bottom Line

Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

Reviews

Carnival Valor Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

7 Day
Exotic Western Caribbean

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Roatan, Belize City ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Roatan
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Galveston
Ship Details

Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard

Cons

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

Reviews

Carnival Vista Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value5.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

7 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Grand Cayman, Roatan ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 4
    Roatan
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

Reviews

Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

4 Day
Western Caribbean

Leaving:
Tampa
Visiting:
Cozumel, Tampa ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Tampa
Ship Details

Carnival Paradise - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Extremely friendly service and outstanding entertainment

Cons

Older ship with limited dining options

Bottom Line

Lots of fun to be had onboard; cruises to Cuba offer enrichment

Reviews

Carnival Paradise Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Value

7 Day
Exotic Western Caribbean

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
Cozumel, Belize City ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Belize City
  • Day 5
    Roatan
  • Day 6
    Costa Maya
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Ship Details

Carnival Breeze - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Variety of diversions and dining options

Cons

Crowds and informal party atmosphere might be a turn-off

Bottom Line

Carnival's fun-for-everyone ethic at its best

Reviews

Carnival Breeze Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

4 Day
Western Caribbean

Leaving:
Mobile
Visiting:
Cozumel, Mobile ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Mobile
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    Cozumel
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    Mobile
Ship Details

Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

Cons

Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

Bottom Line

Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

Reviews

Carnival Fantasy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining3.5
Service5.0
Value4.0

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    Still water, cofee, and tea
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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

4 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
New Orleans
Visiting:
Cozumel, New Orleans ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    New Orleans
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    New Orleans
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Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

Cons

Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

Bottom Line

Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

Reviews

Carnival Valor Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

4 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Galveston ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Cozumel
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    Galveston
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Carnival Dream - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

All entertainment and most dining is included in the cruise fare

Cons

No dedicated sports bar; games are streamed at the casino bar

Bottom Line

A ship with a happy vibe, where passengers have fun and crew is friendly

Reviews

Carnival Dream Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.5
Service5.0
Value5.0

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    Still water, cofee, and tea
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4 Day
Western Caribbean Itiner

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Key West, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Miami
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Carnival Sensation - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Genuinely fun and friendly vibe onboard with a packed lineup of daily activities

Cons

Old ship with fewer dining and entertainment attractions than newer Carnival ships

Bottom Line

Short cruises and low prices make Sensation an excellent drive-to option

Reviews

Carnival Sensation Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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5 Day
Western Caribbean

Leaving:
Mobile
Visiting:
Cozumel, Progreso ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Progreso
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Ship Details

Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

Cons

Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

Bottom Line

Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

Reviews

Carnival Fantasy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining3.5
Service5.0
Value4.0

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7-night
Western Caribbean Cruise From Port Canaveral

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
Cruise Line:
Disney Cruise Line
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    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 5
    Falmouth
  • Day 6
    Cruising
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    Castaway Cay
  • Day 8
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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Disney Fantasy - Disney Cruise Line

Pros

Phenomenal kids clubs, unbelievable entertainment and plenty of adults-only spaces

Con

Disney's price point is higher than that of other cruise lines

Bottom Line

Kids will love it, but so will adults

Reviews

Disney Fantasy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining3.5
Service4.5
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Families

7 Day
Exotic Western Caribbean

Leaving:
New Orleans
Visiting:
Cozumel, Belize City ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Cozumel
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    Belize City
  • Day 5
    Roatan
  • Day 6
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    Cruising
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    New Orleans
Ship Details

Carnival Glory - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of complimentary dining and entertainment options; spacious standard cabins

Cons

Crowds at the buffet, pool deck and shore tours; constant announcements

Bottom Line

Family-friendly cruising for travelers of all ages, interests and budgets

Reviews

Carnival Glory Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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    Still water, cofee, and tea
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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

5 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Costa Maya, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Costa Maya
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Galveston
Ship Details

Carnival Dream - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

All entertainment and most dining is included in the cruise fare

Cons

No dedicated sports bar; games are streamed at the casino bar

Bottom Line

A ship with a happy vibe, where passengers have fun and crew is friendly

Reviews

Carnival Dream Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.5
Service5.0
Value5.0

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    Main dining room and/or buffet
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    Still water, cofee, and tea
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