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Carnival Cruises

27,139 Reviews
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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 Dream
Carnival Dream

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama Canal CruiseDetails

1,933 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 13, 2024
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Carnival Mardi Gras
Exterior Carnival Mardi Gras (Photo by Chris Gray Faust)

8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

7 Night
Mexican Riviera CruiseDetails

120 Reviews
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

120 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

147 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Feb 11, 2023
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

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

147 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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9 Night
Britsh Isles CruiseDetails

1,565 Reviews
Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 1, 2023
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6 Night
Bermuda CruiseDetails

1,447 Reviews
Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 23, 2022
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4 Night
Exotic Eastern CaribbeanDetails

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

147 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 19, 2022
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

1,429 Reviews
Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 18, 2022
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Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

147 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
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

Carnival Cruise Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Staff Onboard Great, Communication and Management Lacking

Coupled with a number of different communications from staff members on the guest services desk compared to what was being said by our cruise director made for some confusing and unpleasant situations.Overall, the staff at bars, food servers and entertainment made up for some of the unpleasant moments.Read More
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CruisingForaBruisingAU

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Age 20s

Weekend Booze Cruise

My past Carnival cruises had great food (Breeze and Inspiration), but now the only good food worth eating are Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, and Shacks Chicken.One night it was crazy fun, good vibes.Read More
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ryanbean2001

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

An extra sea day thanks to Ivan

But, actually, we only had sporadic rain showers each day and a good amount of sunshine.Our return to Port was a day late so we had an extra sea day.Read More
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Sea Legs

10+ Cruises

Great cruise, Fantastic Good, amazing Crew! Let's go again!!!

I loved Mahogany Bay Honduras and Cozumel.BIT , hurricane Ian out a big monkey wrench in that and we instead went to Mohigany Bay Honduras, Belize City,and Cozomel Mexico.Read More
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Big Wes

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

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