News Release


Line recognized for “Best Value” and Refurbishment of Carnival Venezia

MIAMI, Dec. 6, 2023 – Carnival Cruise Line is named one of the best cruise lines of the year in the 15th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. According to Cruise Critic, the awards – chosen by the site’s international team of cruise experts – are the industry’s most comprehensive rankings.
            Carnival Cruise Line took top honors in the following categories:

  • Best Value-for-Money
  • Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment for Carnival Venezia

Cruise Critic editors applauded Carnival for its value: “With each new ship, Carnival packs more and more into its fares – with fewer upcharges than most lines. The included food options are tasty and satisfying, the drink packages remain reasonably priced and there’s nonstop entertainment and activities all day. Whether you’re with friends, a significant other or your family, you’re bound to have a good time, with minimum damage to your wallet.”
In terms of the introduction of Carnival Venezia in June, Cruise Critic editors said, “Carnival has achieved the impossible: taking a ship built for the Chinese market, with a strong Italian theme throughout, and successfully rebranding it for the U.S. market. Carnival Venezia embodies ‘Carnival Fun, Italian Style’ – frescoes, statues and marble, combined with Italian twists to Carnival favorites like those at the Heroes Tribute Bar and Guy’s Burger Joint. New features include bar mashups like the rebranded AlchemyAmari – featuring Italian cocktails, plus an outstanding restaurant, Il Viaggio.”
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.
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Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the first cruise line to sail over 100 million guests and is proud to be known as America's Cruise Line, for carrying more Americans and serving more U.S. homeports than any other. For over 51 years, Carnival has continually revolutionized the cruise industry and popularized the cruise vacation as an affordable and fun travel option. Carnival operates from 14 U.S. and two Australian homeports and employs more than 40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities. Carnival currently sails 26 ships and continues an exciting period of growth with another ship joining the fleet next spring and an all-new exclusive destination, Celebration Key, set to debut on Grand Bahama in summer 2025.


Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travellers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 650,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest online cruise community where travellers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.