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Carnival Cruises

27,476 Reviews
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Carnival Breeze (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 Conquest
Carnival Conquest

2 Night
Cruise To NassauDetails

1,537 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Radiance
Carnival Radiance (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

2 Night
Baja Mexico CruiseDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine

4 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,387 Reviews
Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

6 Night
Bermuda CruiseDetails

1,465 Reviews
Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Western Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,494 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

1,494 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Alaska CruiseDetails

1,344 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Bermuda Cruise From NorfolkDetails

1,465 Reviews
Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Exotic Western Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,831 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

1,831 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean ItineraryDetails

1,831 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,101 Reviews
Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,101 Reviews
Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Mexican Riviera ItineraryDetails

136 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,465 Reviews
Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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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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Half Moon Cay was beautiful, swimming in gorgeous, clean water.The cabin was clean and the staff who cleaned the rooms were very friendly.Read More
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Jennifer Davis

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Don’t take Liberty

This would be the last time I would take Liberty cruise.I had brought 2 with us my 76 year old mother and son and they could tell from pictures before that this cruise was not as good this was their first time.Read More
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Kellymkemper

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Disappointed

I witness a staff member cutting in front of this older women with his sign that the line is closed.Yes, the older ships are outdated but the customer care from staff was always excellent.Read More
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Koonsely1

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Ship needs update and bed bugs

The formal dining was fun but we noticed many of the leftovers showed up on the breakfast buffet the next morning.Princess Cays and Nassau were fun places to visit.Read More
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Jencrook

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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