Carnival Cruise Lines currently holds the title as the â€œWorldâ€™s Most Popular Cruise Lineâ€? and it has received numerous awards as well as high rankings throughout its 36-year history. The National Association of Cruise-Oriented Agencies (NACOA) named Carnival Cruise Lines â€œCruise Line of the Yearâ€? for three years in a row, it earned â€œbest valueâ€? honors for six years in a row by the World Cruise & Ocean Liner Society, and Carnival received the â€œGold Excellence Awardâ€? by American Express Travel Service.
Carnival Cruise Lines has also received nine platinum awards including: Best Family Oriented Line, Best Bang for the Buck, Best Singles Line, Best Entertainment, Best Childrenâ€™s Program, Best Onboard Activities, Best Disco, Best Casino and Best Tropical Drink in Porthole Cruise Magazineâ€™s â€œ1999 Annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards,â€? topping more categories than any other cruise line.
Carnival Cruise Lines fleet — the â€œFun Ship Fleet,â€? features 23 ships that sail to roughly a dozen destinations with dozens of ports of call on the menu. Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ship Fleet includes: Carnival Conquest, Destiny, Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Freedom, Glory, Imagination, Inspiration, Legend, Liberty, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Triumph, Valor, Carnival Celebration, and Victory. Carnival Splendor made her debut in Europe in July 2008.
Carnival Fun Ships sail to Alaska (Glacier, Northbound Alaska, Southbound Alaska), Bahamas, Canada/New England, the Caribbean (Eastern, Southern, and Western), Europe, Hawaii, Mexico (Baja Mexico, Mexican Riviera), Panama Canal, South America, and special voyages to Bermuda, and Transatlantic sailings.
Carnival Cruise Lines guests can choose cruise itineraries ranging from two to 10 days or more. Shore excursions run the gamut from swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling to jeep tours, motor coach journeyâ€™s, rain forest exploration, and more. Below is a sample (from the Carnival Cruise Lines website) of one of Carnivalâ€™s most popular Jamaican excursions â€“ the â€œDunns River Falls Jeep Safariâ€? (5.5 hours).
On this fun-filled excursion guests will:
Â·Drive up through the famous Fern Gully for a glimpse of over 200 different species of ferns.
Â·Get a spectacular view of the mountains and valleys of Jamaica from the highest viewpoint at Murphy Hill (2,000 feet above sea level).
Â·Travel through small villages and pass old historical churches, colorful local markets and statues of historical figures.
Â·Drive through a coffee plantation to learn about the process of making coffee.
Â·Stop at the world famous Dunns River Falls to climb the 600- foot waterfall or just enjoy the scenery.
While Carnival Cruise Lines travels to exciting destinations and it offers some of the most adventurous excursions around, Carnival Cruise Lines onboard experience is fun and exciting as well. Onboard, you can gamble at casinos, take golf lessons, swim, go dancing, attend a live show, shop, or spend the day at Carnival Cruise Lines Spa Carnival. Spa Carnival features a health club with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a jogging track, and aerobics classes. It also features a steam room and sauna, full-body massage services, facials, loofah treatments, manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling. All Carnival Cruise Lines Casinos feature slot machines, black jack, poker, roulette, and more.
For more information about Carnival Cruise Lines or to book a cruise visit the official website www.carnival.com. You can also book a cruise through just about any booking search engine such as Expedia.com or Orbitz.com, or you can contact your local cruise travel agent.