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Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

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 Panorama
Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

7 Night
Mexican Riviera Itinerary

109 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Panorama
Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

7 Night
Mexican Riviera Cruise

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

139 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Feb 11, 2023
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 21, 2022
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7 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Mexican Riviera Cruise

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Southern Caribbean

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Western Caribbean Itinerary

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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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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Carnival Cruise Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Slightly below average

Short and sweet…entertainment was ok nothing special, food at Lido buffet and Elation Dining Room was not very good, no flavor, meat was tough and the scrambled eggs were awful.No more searching for photos on the wall in Pixel Gallery.Read More
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Dohden

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Birthday celebration

Food Dining was the Best, the single and the dancing and the excellent service was great, Carnival need better DJ and better Comedian.Overall Carnival Cruise need more Fun stuffs to do while out to Sea.Read More
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DLOVE044

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Some pros, some cons, mostly average

One barista actually said to us, “haha they’re the ship doctors, don’t want to see them.You’ll wait a decent amount of time for your coffee, even longer if employees of the ship come to the counter, they’ll be taken care of before the guests.Read More
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Elmer1212

10+ Cruises

Age 40s

Good, but some issues.

We had a good time, as always, but there were a few things that bugged/perplexed me.Carnival is good at that.Read More
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KCGreg

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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