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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.

  • Who goes on Carnival cruise ships?

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

7 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

71 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
$459*pp
$66/night • inside Cabin

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Carnival Ecstasy
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Carnival Ecstasy

5 Night
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Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival Glory
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Carnival Horizon
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Carnival Horizon

8 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Mardi Gras

7 Night
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Carnival Sunshine

5 Night
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Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Horizon

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Leaving:Miami
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Carnival Horizon

8 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Ecstasy

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Leaving:Jacksonville
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Carnival Elation

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Carnival Ecstasy

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Leaving:Jacksonville
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Carnival Sunrise

5 Night
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114 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival Breeze

5 Night
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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Sunshine

4 Night
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Leaving:Charleston
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Carnival Dream

6 Night
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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival Liberty

4 Night
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Carnival Legend

7 Night
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Leaving:Baltimore
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Carnival Liberty

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Carnival Sensation

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Carnival Mardi Gras

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Carnival Vista

7 Night
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Carnival Miracle

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Radiance

4 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
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Carnival Glory

7 Night
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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Freedom

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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.

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 Cruises Cruiser Reviews

My Second one and very favorite so far

I was taking some time off of work , I like to take a cruise every now and again. But with what going on. Its crazy . This is a really fun ship for family but for going solo its not such a good idea they do not... Read More
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NZealand2024

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

How low can you go

If our taste buds could make memories, we will have to get some therapy because our one and only meal on board left a horrible taste in our mouth. Everywhere we looked for lunch was deep fried , frozen or just... Read More
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stevesmith111

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Don't do it

Never again.No customer service.Food poor so many people sick .Was advised 55 in one night.Food is laid out on trays hours before buffets open .They only thing they don't charge money for is your oxygen.Give them... Read More
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ddd0001

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

We Love Cruising!

Although we have cruised many times, this was our 2 cruise with Carnival. But in short, we, as a Family, had a blast! The kids were highly entertained. Cozumel was super fun! I counted 8 Ships, but later... Read More
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Justaddwater2018

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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