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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 ItineraryDetails

118 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

9 Night
Western Europe CruiseDetails

1,563 Reviews
Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 10, 2023
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Carnival Splendor
Carnival Splendor

7 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

1,433 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Aug 30, 2022
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Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Feb 11, 2023
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Virgin Voyages

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama Canal CruiseDetails

1,931 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 13, 2024
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8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,428 Reviews
Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Bahamas From CharlestonDetails

1,374 Reviews
Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 21, 2022
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

145 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

991 Reviews
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,428 Reviews
Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,374 Reviews
Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,374 Reviews
Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas ItineraryDetails

951 Reviews
Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

1,428 Reviews
Leaving:Baltimore
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

Good value for a quick trip!

Carried off my roller suitcase.Getting off was very easy.Read More
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zaylyn2590

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Fun, but terrible food

The excursion departed directly from the ship via ferry and then returned us to Cozumel, allowing us about 45 minutes in the tourist port area for shopping (or drinking).Embarkation and debarkation at the Port of Tampa is a breeze, although walking directions from the garage to the ship are misleading.Read More
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Showtune

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Not the same as 5 years ago

Customer service was excellent and so was the dining room staff even though the food was horrible and disgusting .The best thing that happened is when we got back to Port so we could get off the boat.Read More
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Timmyrayofnc

6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

Pleasantly surprised, but ended up with Covid.

We usually cruise with Royal Caribbean, and the only other Carnival cruise (the one that gave us the casino promotion) was horrible.We took this cruise because of the Casino promotion made it a deal difficult to pass.Read More
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vickylexi

6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

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