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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 Caribbean cruises.

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Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

9 Night
Norwegian Fjords CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jun 10, 2022
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Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

9 Night
Western Europe CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 2, 2022
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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom

16 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Sep 20, 2022
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Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

12 Night
Scandinavia & Russia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jun 19, 2022
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4 Night
Bermuda Cruise From New YorkDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 14, 2021
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 31, 2021
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9 Night
Norwegian Fjords CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 1, 2022
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6 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 17, 2021
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6 Night
Bermuda CruiseDetails

Leaving:Norfolk
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 23, 2022
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7 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

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

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

117 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Oct 23, 2021
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5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Nov 20, 2021
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5 Night
Exotic Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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10 Night
Great Barrier ReefDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Hawaii CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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8 Night
Exotic Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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4 Night
Canada CruiseDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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6 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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5 Night
Western Caribbean ItineraryDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Exotic Western Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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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

First Cruise Back

This was the first cruise back since Covid started. We Were on the last cruise from Baltimore. The cruise personnel were fantastic. They appear to be REALY happy to be on board and excited to see us. Several of... Read More
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natstarter

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Post Pandemic review

Wow, the check in process is soooo much better now! Well done! This was our second time on the Pride and 12th Carnival cruise, this was the first cruise back for the Pride since the Covid Pandemic. The food and... Read More
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LisaandRob

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

1st time on Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Sept 11, 2021 Port Canaveral Room Stewart Jaya Captain Vincenzo Alcaras My time Dinning OVERALL WOW This Ship is an eye opener from the minute you board. One week is not enough time... Read More
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daredneck

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Great New Ship - Entertainment not so good - Hungry at might for something other than pizza

We wanted to sail on the Mardi Gras, since it was new and sounded fabulous. We were scheduled on the Panorama twice before getting cancelled. Third time scheduling a cruise the charm! Mardi Gras is big and... Read More
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Danvillelady619

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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