• Carnival Corp experienced record bookings in the second quarter of 2024. 
  • Its latest and 27th ship, Carnival Firenze, is a great budget option.
  • But the food was mediocre, and the enticing upcharges could quickly push guests past their budget.

I love falling for the hype, whether it be clawing for a table at a new buzzy restaurant or queueing for a limited-edition clothing drop.

Unfortunately, the one craze I can’t get fully behind is Carnival, specifically its new 5,245-guest Carnival Firenze ship. Because as much as I like a bargain, I love a quality vacation more.

Carnival’s floating hotels have never been this popular. Bookings for the rest of 2024 are “the best on record” with higher occupancy rates, fares, returning cruisers, and new guests compared to the year prior, the cruise line’s parent company, Carnival Corp, said in its second-quarter earnings report in June.

And it’s looking like business will only get better from here, with the cruise giant already reporting stronger booking levels at higher prices for its 2025 voyages.



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