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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 Spirit
Carnival Spirit

7 Night
Islands 7 NightsDetails

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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 26, 2021
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Carnival Splendor
Carnival Splendor

8 Night
Main Events 8 NightsDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 19, 2021
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Carnival Splendor
Carnival Splendor

8 Night
Islands 8 NightsDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 14, 2022
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Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 15, 2022
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10 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 25, 2022
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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 6, 2021
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 14, 2021
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8 Night
Canada/new England CruiseDetails

Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 14, 2023
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10 Night
Carnival Journeys - Ex Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
BahamasDetails

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 2, 2023
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5 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

118 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 15, 2021
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6 Night
Bermuda Cruise From New YorkDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 24, 2022
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 20, 2021
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 22, 2021
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6 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 31, 2021
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Mar 20, 2022
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8 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Western CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 18, 2022
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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 21, 2022
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14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Alaska CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Apr 23, 2023
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12 Night
Iceland & British Isles CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 30, 2023
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16 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama CanalDetails

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

Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 21, 2023
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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

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Carnival Cruise Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Getting back on a cruise

Cruising in the Covid era was different , not in a really bad way , it was just different. Carnival requires a negative covid test 2 days before you sail , that was extremely stressful . There's a lot of decisions... Read More
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jcruiser8888

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Welcome Back

This 5 night cruise to Nassau and Amber Cove was Carnival Elation's premier cruise following the shut down. It was one of the nicest cruises I have taken. Perhaps not the best cruise, but certainly the most... Read More
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Solo1959

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

What a ship!!

We''ve been on the Vista, Symphony, Adventure of the Seas and now the Mardi Gras in the past 3 years. All but the AOS (which we chose because it was the ONLY ship sailing in early July) were in their maiden years.... Read More
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KevinOMReb

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Disappointed

This was the worst Carnival cruise I have been on. The embarkation process was a little long, but I think that is the same for most cruises. Once on board, everything seemed to be perfect. We put our belongings away... Read More
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seavacay

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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