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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 Spirit
Carnival Spirit

8 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 13, 2022
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Carnival Panorama
Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

7 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

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

7 Night
Mexican Riviera ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Glory
Carnival Glory

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama Canal CruiseDetails

Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 3, 2023
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Feb 11, 2023
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5 Night
Western CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Mobile
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

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

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Bermuda Cruise From New YorkDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Aug 15, 2022
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9 Night
Panama Canal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 10, 2023
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 11, 2022
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Bahamas ItineraryDetails

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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fun in the sun in Grand Turk and Domnican Republic

We wanted a cruise that was close to Port Canavaral because my sister lived near Orlando.We wanted to bring our family and this cruise offered affordable options, with balconies for 3 out of 4 staterooms we purchased.Read More
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BasilTer

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

No customer service

Said there is only 2 options, go back to our original cabin or stay in our downgraded room..then I suppose a supervisor came out and said no, put us on 6, it would be noisy, we had a good room.Read More
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CruisedudeNY65

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

The Good, the Bad and the absolutely Nightmarish Cruise

I was repeatedly asked "What URL are you trying to get to" and I told them repeatedly 'It is not an HTTP problem, it is not a URL, it is a network configuration issue - it worked fine when we sailed out, your guys changed something, and I am unable to connect my program to my computer at my house, so please fix this."Internet service is not guaranteed" "I know this, your internet service overall is FINE, its the connection that requires a digital certificate and correct time/date that is misconfigured and its on your network and I know this because I have tried it using 3 different clients, on two different computers and I can see the error, please look at your server logs, you will see it, and can fix it."Read More
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LilyLilyLily

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

What Happened to the Fun?

The hub app is great in theory and only good sometimes in real use; it was needed to chk into the dining room.1st cruise we took with no show, ever.Read More
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alfinky

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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