Carnival is a mainstream Cruise Line geared toward families offering lively ships and affordable pricing.
Buyer beware! There are fares that can save you money but the deposits in most cases are not completely refundable.
Early Saver and Super Saver rates are cheaper than regular cruise rates. However, deposits on these cheaper fare options are nonrefundable. Cancellation policies are also stricter for these fares: Early Saver rates are eligible for cruise credit as a refund, but Super Saver fares are nonrefundable. Early Saver rates also include your choice of cabin and guaranteed price protection — if the price of the cruise drops, you will pay the lowest price. Booking at a Super Saver rate, your fare is set and Carnival will choose your cabin. Our Agents are well versed in all of Carnival’s fares and they will recommend a rate that works for you.
You cannot purchase the "Cheers" or "Bottomless Bubbles" beverage programs in advance; you may only do so once you board the ship. Drink programs are only available for purchase the first and second days of the cruise and last for the duration of the trip. Fees are on a per-day basis. If you wish to purchase the "Cheers" beverage program, everyone in your stateroom who's 21 or older must also purchase the program.
Great Poolside Food – the newer ships have Guy’s Burger Joint, by Food Network star Guy Fieri and there’s also a taco stand with house-made tortilla chips and a salsa bar.
Carnival Live Concert Series – See you favorite bands or comedians live during yur Carnival cruise. 2016 performers include: Kathy Griffin, Gladys Knight, KC and the Sunshine Band, Journey, and Trace Adkins.
Carnival offers more cruises in the Caribbean with more ships and embarkation ports.
Carnival tends to attract young adults and families looking for an affordable vacation rather than an upscale cruise experience. Most of the people onboard are from the US.
If you enjoy a fun-filled lively atmosphere this is the cruise line for you. But if hairy chest and booty shaking contests by the pool aren’t your thing – Carnival may not be the best choice.
Children's programs include a Dr. Seuss-themed reading room for the preschool set, and children line up for the water slides, especially during school breaks.