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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 Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

122 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Mar 12, 2022
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Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Panorama
Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

7 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

88 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
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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6 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 31, 2021
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16 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 20, 2022
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4 Night
Bahamas ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 19, 2022
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4 Night
BahamasDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Bahamas ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 8, 2022
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Bermuda Cruise From New YorkDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Canada CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Aug 19, 2023
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5 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Bahamas ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Canada/new England CruiseDetails

Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 14, 2023
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5 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

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

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 14, 2023
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6 Night
Bermuda CruiseDetails

Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
May 14, 2023
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2 Night
Cruise To NassauDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Mar 3, 2022
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4 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Bahamas ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Exotic Western CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Mobile
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

So good to be back on Glory!

We observed that your time dining seems to go much quicker if you so desire although they never rushed us.DISEMBARCATION: We were not in any hurry to get off the ship as we were staying another day in NOLA so I didn’t get my luggage tags until late in the day.Read More
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cbringdrvr

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Poor entertainment, average food, great casinos.

We got a great casino offer (free room and drinks in the casino) for this cruise actually had a good time in the updated two level (smoking on 5, nonsmoking on deck 4)casino.One news chanel (CBSN, which was only concerned with the environment and social issues, 5 Carnival channels, 2 movies, discovery and an old TV show channel.Read More
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sailorx2

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

First time cruiser

I also did not like the spa technician who did my keratin treatment and charged me for 3 products that I specifically told her that I did not want.I didn't like the pressure of buying spa treatments, or jewelry every single time as we walked by the staff.Read More
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Naturegirl49

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Great service staff, lackluster shows, hit or miss food.

This review does not come from an avid cruiser, and it has been many years since my last cruise, so should be taken with that grain of salt, but I would say, in a word, the carnival Mardi Gras was " good".There was no option for us on when to board so we were in the last group.Read More
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LMiles1207

2-5 Cruises

Age 20s

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