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Carnival Cruises

28,357 Reviews
Carnival Breeze (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 Carnival Caribbean cruises.

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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas Cruise

1,135 Reviews
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Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit in Alaska (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

15 Night
Carnival Journeys - 15-day Hawaii Cruise

1,076 Reviews
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Carnival Mardi Gras
Exterior Carnival Mardi Gras (Photo by Chris Gray Faust)

6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

186 Reviews
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Carnival Venezia
Carnival Venezia showing off new livery (Photo/Carnival Cruise Line)

10 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

88 Reviews
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Virgin Voyages

7 Night
Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise

80 Reviews
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Carnival Journeys - Ex Eastern Caribbean

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5 Night
Mexican Riviera Cruise

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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

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8 Night
Panama Canal Cruise

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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Bahamas Itinerary

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Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Baja Mexico 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

Overall great experience

He was amazing he took his job seriously and secured the entire cruise very especially the night club!Frankie made me feel safe while being on the cruise out of all the crew members on the ship Frankie, the security guard was my favorite!Read More
Ms Bell

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 29s

Carnival is the Spirit airlines of the sea

The last fabrication was that they got backed up which was a fabrication they had not even started their order when we complained that everyone else was finishing their food even new groups and my children had no food yet.I will never cruise with carnival who clearly hire staff that discriminates against African American kids and only attempted to change the poor behavior when the inappropriate and discriminatory conduct was called out.Read More
Fool Me Once

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 44s

Some good/Some not so good

The only thing bad about it was it is very dark and when you wake up you have no idea what time it is so bring a night light and a watch or phone.There is only one American plug in the room so bring something to provide additional outlets.Read More
JJ2024

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 62s

Vista Disappointment

Their food in dining room wasnt as good as on this ship.Just very disappointed in the over all service on this ship.Read More
Cryiser 1

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 52s

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