Carnival Cruises

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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 Carnival Caribbean cruises.

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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

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Carnival Vista
Carnival Vista (Photo: Carnival)

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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

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Bahamas Cruise

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Virgin Voyages

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Western Caribbean Cruise

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

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Bahamas Cruise

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Carnival Cruises 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.

Find more info on the history and vision of Carnival Cruise Line from our industry experts.

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 on a Carnival Cruises 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 Carnival 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. Find more questions and answers about cruising on Carnival ships.

Carnival Cruise Line Cruiser Reviews

Worst cruise ever

Please make sure that you understand it is a bubbles soda package(CF doesn't tell you it is just pepsi products)- We paid for extra for a suite with extra benefits of getting on the ship early and getting off of ship early.Our other cruise ships have soda fountain machine at different places all over ship, but not Carnival Freedom.Read More
Mkry123

many10+ Cruises

Age 55s

First cruise ever, never again on Carnival

Bar on the Lido deck I go to one side ask for certain drink, amaretto and scotch, that’s a godfather, one side of the lido deck and the aft give me what I ask no problem go across the other side or or the casino, we can’t give you two shots as one drink or we don’t have the amaretto there is no consistency Hey, Godfather is a mixed drink a cocktail.The reason why I will never go on Carnival again is because they refused to pay the winnings.Read More
Captain72

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 52s

Choose another cruise line

It was a chore to ever find a server to get us a drink in the dining areas.The dining room saved our experience!Read More
Pnkcadk7

few6-10 Cruises

Age 57s

Amazing steward

was amazing, he went above and beyond for us and made sure to make our little girl smile .Kept us laughing and dancing and fun games !Read More
Williams3

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 32s

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