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 Spirit
Carnival Spirit in Alaska (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

14 Night
Carnival Journeys - 14 Day Transatlantic

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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

7 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

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16 Night
Carnival Journeys - 16-day Panama Canal

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5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

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Western Caribbean Cruise

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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16 Night
Carnival Journeys - 16 Day Transatlantic

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10 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

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Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Exotic Eastern 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. Find more questions and answers about cruising on Carnival ships.

Carnival Cruise Line Cruiser Reviews

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

A trip to remember..

We loved them being part of our experience, and we’re grateful to them.We loved the time spent cruising and we will come back again.Read More
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couple2-5 Cruises

Age 35s

Worst Cruise in 31 Years of Cruising

The glass elevators in the atrium were non-functioning for the entire cruise; the other two sets of elevators were SO SLOW with, again, ridiculous wait times.WHY do they think people want the music so loud that you can't even talk to each other?!!Read More
Daisyjakedingo

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Solid B for the Celebration

Overall, nice ship, lovely cabin, good food that I wish was served hot, and very friendly service.Main dining room, Festivale, was consistently good but the food was never hot, almost always just room temperature.Read More
MelMcGhie

many10+ Cruises

Age 49s

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