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Carnival Cruises

28,045 Reviews
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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 Spirit

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - 14 Day Transatlantic

1,069 Reviews
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Carnival Conquest

3 Night
Bahamas Cruise

1,553 Reviews
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Carnival Legend

12 Night
Carnival Journeys - Transatlantic Cruise

1,455 Reviews
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Carnival Glory

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - 14 Day Transatlantic

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MSC Cruises

11 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

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15 Night
Carnival Journeys - 15-day Hawaii Cruise

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Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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11 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

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Baja Mexico Cruise

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Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

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Western Caribbean 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

Carnival Cruise Line Cruiser Reviews

Old and Dirty Ship

Luckily, I have been on other carnival ships so this won’t deter me from going on others.It just won’t be on the Sunshine The food was to be as expected on Carnival.Read More
hturkoz1

many10+ Cruises

Age 49s

Could have been better

My child was old enough to know to go back to the cabin, but wasn’t sure who to call.It took us over half an hour to find my kid when all that needed to happen was an all call of my child’s name and letting him know where to meet us.Read More
Jenn6

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 46s

Truly disappointed

My cabin was nice but my brothers cabin had a weird layout and my mom’s balcony was tiny.The buffet design was also nice.Read More
Aristotle2023

many10+ Cruises

Age 53s

Horrible service on carnival

We have spent a lot of money over the years but this disastrous cruise on Carnival will be the last Bad food , shoddy ship, no medical care, and the staff does not make any attempt to rectify your issue.That cannot make up for no medical care on board.Read More
Tiffany Dubois

many10+ Cruises

Age 56s

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