This was the fourth time that the readers of USA Today named Carnival the Best Ocean Cruise Line. The four awards that Carnival Cruise Line earned were the following:
Carnival was named Best Ocean Cruise Line for consistently providing its guests with fun, memorable vacations at a great value. In addition to new cruise ships, Carnival has invested $2 billion in ship enhancements, adding popular offerings across the fleet, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed with Food Network star Guy Fieri, massive water parks, updated spas and upgraded accommodations.
Carnival Cruise Line sails from more than a dozen year-round North American homeports – the most in cruising – providing a convenient and affordable way for guests to get to and from their cruise.
The most anticipated ship in cruising, Mardi Gras, was named Best New Cruise Ship for its exciting innovations, including its groundbreaking Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system, the first ship in North America to utilize this technology, and BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.
Mardi Gras also boasts restaurants from Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, Rudi Sodamin and Shaquille O’Neal as well as a wide range of accommodations, including 180 suites across 11 different categories.
Carnival Horizon earned its Best Ship for Families distinction for providing a seemingly endless variety of all-ages fun with award-winning children’s programming and outdoor attractions like the SkyRide cycling adventure. These complement family-friendly amenities like an IMAX Theatre and Family Harbor featuring its own lounge and extra-roomy staterooms with five berths and two bathrooms.
Carnival Horizon earned Best Cruise Ship for Dining honors for its array of culinary choices, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, The Chef’s Table fine dining experience, Bonsai Sushi, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse and more.
Cruise lines and ships were nominated by a panel of cruise experts and then voted on by readers of USA Today.