Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is a cruise line that specialises in fun-filled, family-friendly cruises. The US-based cruise line, part of parent company Carnival Corporation (which also owns Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises UK and Australia, Cunard, Costa Cruises and AIDA) was founded in 1972 and currently has a fleet of 23 ships that sail North America and Europe, with more due to be added over the next few years. Roughly half of Carnival’s ships have a capacity of between 2,500 and 3,900 guests. February 2021 sees the launch of $1 billion Mardi Gras (originally scheduled for 2020, the launch was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic), which will become Carnival’s largest ship, carrying an impressive 5,200 passengers and featuring the first roller coaster at sea. This will be followed by sister Excel-class ship Carnival Celebration, which will include similar features to Mardi Gras and will start sailing from Port Miami in November 2022. The 3,000-passenger Carnival Radiance (previously named Carnival Victory) is also due to undergo a $200 million refit next spring. Carnival Cruise Line sails almost exclusively from North American homeports, with a few exceptions.

Why choose this cruise line?

Carnival Cruise Line is all about delivering a fun and memorable cruise holiday experience at fairly affordable prices for its passengers. Guests who are looking to be entertained from the moment they step on board will not be disappointed or feel short-changed by the wealth of facilities on offer across Carnival’s fleet of award-winning ships. Voted 'The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line', Carnival truly has something to appeal to all.

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Cruise inclusions

  • Entertainment on board (production shows included)
  • Use of the fitness centre
  • Use of pools, hot tub spas and waterslides
  • Year-round youth programme for kids aged 2-17
  • Dining in the Main Dining Room and Lido Restaurant
  • Breakfast and lunch at Guy's Burger Joint, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, BlueIguana Cantina, Mongolian Wok and Ol' Fashioned BBQ.
  • 24-hour pizzeria
  • 24-hour soft-serve ice cream and frozen yoghurt
  • Soft drinks and non-speciality coffee and tea

Unique selling points

Carnival Cruise Line unique selling points

All about fun

Sailing with Carnival Cruise Line is like stepping on board a floating resort, loud, action-packed, non-stop and with plenty to do. The cruise line has the world's first at-sea rollercoaster on its upcoming ship Mardi Gras, and its ship are packed with water slides, sports facilities, miniature gold, 4D theatres and plenty of child-friendly activities. The cruise line even has a CFO (chief fun officer) – basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal.

Great dining

Perfect for families and those looking to indulge, Carnival offers a host of dining options with many included. Complimentary dining includes the grand buffet, the Main Dining Room and Lido Restaurant, along with special venues like Guy's Burger Joint. There are also 24-hour pizza and ice cream stations.

Cruising with Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Line puts fun at the forefront of all of its cruises. The cruise line’s ships are sleek and contemporary, featuring a host of facilities and amenities to suit and entertain passengers of all ages, from movie theatres, water parks and rope courses, to lavish spas, top-class restaurants and late-night venues. With so much entertainment and variety on board, passengers could easily spend their entire cruise enjoying the delights of the ship without ever feeling the need to disembark. The non-stop party vibe is highlighted further through the ships’ extravagant decor, invariably featuring bold and colourful artwork, and high-tech elements, including LED sculptures and smart lifts (Carnival Horizon). The cruise line offers a relaxed and laidback style of cruising, with a heavy dose of fun added to the mixture.

Who should travel with Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Line caters to multigenerational families, as well as groups of friends looking for an action-packed cruise or to celebrate a big occasion. Highlighting its appeal to all ages, you’ll find an impressive breadth of passenger on board, from small tots and teenagers to parents and grandparents. The line typically draws a larger number of US passengers, with a vast number of families in the summer months and during the holidays. There is no need to stand on ceremony on a Carnival cruise, with the dress code being casual in the daytime, while traditional formal nights have been replaced with ‘cruise casual’ and ‘cruise elegant’. Of course, with so much on offer on board, this isn’t the cruise for those looking for a relaxed and intimate style of holiday, or couples looking for a romantic escape.

Carnival cruise destinations

Carnival Cruise Line offers a diverse range of itineraries to destinations across the world, including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Europe, Bermuda, Alaska, Canada and New England, Panama Canal, Transatlantic, Australia, Asia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Pacific.

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