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Carnival Cruises

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About Carnival Cruises

Carnival specializes in fun, laid-back, family-friendly cruises. With few exceptions, Carnival sails exclusively from North American homeports and offers some of the lowest pricing in the industry, particularly on short three- and four-night Caribbean cruises.

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Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine

4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine

8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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6 Night
Bermuda Cruise

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5 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise

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Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Western Caribbean Cruise

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15 Night
Carnival Journeys - 15-day Hawaii Cruise

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Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Carnival Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Carnival cruise ships?

Carnival Cruise Line sells itself as the "fun" cruise line, and it attracts cruisers who are looking to have a good time with little to no pretensions. Carnival cruisers, who range from young to old, tend to be quite friendly, looking to strike up conversations with other people in the buffet, by the pool and, really, anywhere.

Carnival is also one of the most family-oriented lines in the industry, and you're bound to see lots of kids onboard, even during the school year. When school is out, you can expect the number of kids to be well into the hundreds.

The line is also popular for family reunions, and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

People on Carnival cruise ships hail primarily from the United States, mainly the south and Midwest, but you'll also meet folks from Canada, England and usually a handful of other European countries.

Do I have to dress up on a Carnival cruise?

Carnival cruises are casual, with shorts, tee shirts, capris, swimsuits or swim cover-ups de rigueur during the day (no bathing suites in the dining venues, however). Most nights the dress code remains much the same, minus the swimwear, though technically the cruise line asks that people not wear shorts into the main dining room. The policy is inconsistently upheld.

On "elegant" nights, you'll see a range of clothing from ball gowns, dresses that leave little to the imagination, tuxes and suits to the same shorts and tees people sport all day long. Most men, however, opt for long pants and collared shirts, while women don sundresses, or a skirt or pants with a blouse. Men are not required to wear a suit jacket or tie in any venue.

Is everything free on Carnival cruises?

No. While Carnival is one of the more inclusive cruise lines when it comes to dining, you will still have to pay extra for some specialty dining, all drinks (alcoholic and non, except water, select juice at breakfast, and coffee and tea), shore excursions, visits to the spa and any retail purchases, including photos.

What are Carnival’s most popular activities?

Aside from the main pool, which is the hub of much of the line's fun activities, almost every Carnival cruise ship also has at least one waterslide, with several having multi-slide water parks. Additionally, several have a top-deck SportSquare that features a colorful collection of outdoor amusements, including Ping-Pong, billiards, foosball, mini-golf, Twister and a SkyCourse ropes course. On the line's newest ships (Vista and Horizon), there's also the SkyRide, a recumbent bike attraction suspended 150 feet up in the air, requiring riders to pedal their way around an 800-foot track that wraps around the outer decks.

Inside, you'll find activities that range from trivia and Bingo during the day to comedy shows and high-tech song-and-dance revues at night. Carnival ships also have lively bar nightlife, especially on ships with a RedFrog Pub; there's also an always-busy casino.

Why go with Carnival?

  • Cruises are for families and fun-lovers of all ages.
  • "Fun Ships" offer great value for money.
  • The world's largest cruise line -- big ships with panache.

Best for: Budget-conscious, gregarious families, couples and solos looking for an unpretentious vibe that's all about having fun

Not for: Anyone who doesn't appreciate off-color humor, lively hairy chest contests, burgers and BBQ, and thumping music

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Horrible food, room felt like a jail

Horrible tv channels as well, but we could see the boat camera on the tv which was pretty cool!Someone was disembarked for medical reasons on our cruise so it was pretty cool to see the helicopter land.Read More
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Tinamariedrake96

First Time Cruiser

Age 20s

Big , updated , but could use a few modifiers

Pros - Lots of space Lots of things to do Lots of places to eat Good technology Great liquor selection Lots of seating Cons - Pools are not great !Could be much bigger especially in serenity ( take the indented seating area out ) Dinner food not great , lunch food options awesome The Italian and Chinese / Mexican restaurants just gross and the festivale restaurant - they served us sirloin and called it filet They need a drug store on board like a cvs Not impressed when talking to staff about what they make .Read More
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Nicolednaz

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Disappointed - not the idea cruise experience

At the restaurant, my party were not walked to a table but instead pointed to one, in which we walked ourselves (not protocol), and then we’re not helped for exactly 15 minutes.I got the (15 ct) drink package in which the bars attempted to cut me off even when I had 5 / 4 drinks left.Read More
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Cjj33

2-5 Cruises

Age 20s

Shocking!

I know Carnival is one of the best values of all the cruise ship, but I may have to go to another cruise ship to get away from this behavior.Fights were breaking out, and it was the first time ever on a cruise that I would see security walking around the ship because of their behavior but yet nothing changed.Read More
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Adam Ant ma

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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