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For family-friendly fun and American-style cruising on some of the world’s most popular cruise ships, look no further than Carnival Cruises. Boasting a fleet of more than 20 ships, each with a different take on the Carnival theme, the perfect ship is waiting for you to hop onboard and cruise off into the sunset. Offering a huge range of restaurants, live shows and entertainment, as well as exciting daytime activities for every age, a Carnival cruise opens up a whole world of possibilities for families, adults and solo travellers alike, while simultaneously transporting you to some of the most popular ports in the world.


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Dining

When it comes to dining, Carnival offers plenty of options to suit everyone’s needs. Choose to reserve a table for either an 'Early' or 'Late' sitting, or opt for 'Your Time' open-seating, which offers a more flexible approach to dining on a first-come-first-served basis. Be sure to save at least one evening to treat yourself at a speciality restaurant too.

There are plenty of breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and snack options onboard, with speciality restaurants, main dining rooms, and more casual low-key options.

Included Restaurants

From Pan-Asian specialities to freshly cooked pizza and mouth watering burgers, Carnival Cruise Line has a restaurant to suit all palates. Highlights include Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ, Mongolian Wok and Pizzeria del Capitano. If you're looking for a more classic cruise ship dining experience, the Main Dining Room is always on hand, while casual eats can be found at the Lido Marketplace.

Speciality Restaurants

While they may not be included in your cruise fare, Carnival Cruise Line's impressive speciality restaurants are well worth splashing out on. Popular choices include Emeril's Bistro, Seafood Shack and Bonsai Sushi. For a truly elevated mealtime, book yourself a spot at the Chef's Table and enjoy fine dining and a private tour of the kitchen.

Entertainment

If you’ve got some energy left after a busy and jam-packed day of exploring, the onboard entertainment on Carnival ships is bound to keep you going for a few more hours after dinner.

  • Live shows- watching live shows are a great way to spend your evenings on a Carnival ship and with so much variety, there’s something for everyone. If it’s interactive sing-a-longs that you’re looking for, the all-request piano bar will delight you. Meanwhile, the onboard theatres host some of the best performances at sea, ranging from Broadway-style shows to acrobatics and dancing. There’s even a comedy club for anyone who enjoys watching a spot of stand-up.
  • Casino- popular amongst guests trying to hit the jackpot, the onboard casino on Carnival ships are a lively spot featuring games tables and slot machines, as well as a bar when you need to take a break and refresh yourself with a drink.
  • Bars- Carnival Cruise line isn’t short on bars. With everything from outdoor bars, sports pubs and innovative cocktail bars, your perfect drink is waiting for you.

Family

If you are considering embarking on a family cruise, Carnival Cruise Line is among the best when it comes to all the gang having an unbelievable cruise experience. There are a number of award-winning children’s clubs on each cruise catering for kids aged between 2 and 17, from teenage hangouts to late-night programmes to an immersive Dr Seuss experience (adults are allowed too!).

Carnival Kids Clubs

  • Camp Ocean (2-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-11 years)- Camp Ocean is split into three age groups with activities and itineraries designed to suit each group, allowing children to interact with others the same age. The children can enjoy their own space, play games, do arts and crafts, or head to the kid’s pool. When it's time to eat, they can enjoy their very own menus including all their favourites like chicken nuggets and pizza as well as fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious food.
  • Circle C (12-14 years)- Circle C is where younger teens can socialise, chill, and take part in fun activities. There are games, dance parties, outdoor movies, karaoke, air hockey, and table football, as well as a chance to hang out with kids their own age in a space without their parents.
  • Club O2 (15-17 years)-Club O2 offers cool activities and a more relaxed atmosphere where teens can hang out and make new friends. They can watch a movie, play video games, listen to the latest music and join in with a karaoke jam session. There are also teen-only shore excursions, so young adults can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ports with people their own age if they wish. From basketball to pool parties, Club O2 has been specially created with 15 to 17 years old in mind.

In addition, Carnival Cruises also offer Night Owls, a paid-for babysitting service between 10 pm and 3 am, where children 11 and under can be cared for while you take advantage of the ship’s nightlife. It's run by the Camp Ocean staff who have professional childcare experience to make sure your children are safe at all times. For more information enquire onboard.

Family activities

While it’s nice to have some time apart, Carnival Cruise Line also likes to bring the family back together again thanks to its extensive range of family-friendly activities where everyone can make memories together to last a lifetime.

  • Lip Sync Battle- show off your skills in this hilarious game of celebrity-miming!
  • Bolt-this one of a kind rollercoaster allows you to take charge of the speed, so everyone can enjoy with ease
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea- children can design and buy their own cuddly toy onboard, making for a fantastic souvenir
  • Seuss-A-Palooza Story Time- young cruisers can watch wonderful Dr Seuss stories come to life at this colourful show
  • WaterWorks- everyone can cool off in the pools, slides, and drench buckets at this fun waterpark
  • SkyCourse- take on this exciting ropes course which offers amazing views of the ship and sea while you’re safely strapped in
  • SkyRide-this unique activity allows you to pedal-power your way above the seas elevated in a ‘go-mobile’

Destinations

Carnival Cruise Line offers itineraries all over the world, with their Caribbean, Mexico Riviera, and Bahamas cruises being especially popular. Alaska itineraries are also a top Carnival destination, while Carnival Mediterranean cruises remains a favourite among families.

Many Carnival itineraries depart from the United States, so for the British market, the line is popular for fly-cruise holidays which can begin at four large UK airports. These departure airports are Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow while other regional flights from other UK airports are available at a supplement.

Things to do

No matter what your age, you’ll always find something to do onboard Carnival cruise ships with such a broad range of activities to choose from. There are attractions where children can make friends, exhilarating options for thrillseekers, and places to simply relax and enjoy some quality time on the ship.

Whether you’re a couple or single travelling alone, or you’ve left your little ones at the kid’s club and are looking for a little peace, Carnival Cruise ships cater just as well for adults as they do for the younger guests. Some of the highlights include:

  • Cloud 9 Spa- treat yourself to a calming treatment at the hands of a skilled therapist, or simply relax in a whirlpool or sauna
  • Serenity Adult-Only Retreat- escape the bustle of the rest of the ship in this oasis where you can sunbathe, sip on a cocktail, and relax
  • The Punchliner Comedy Club- the adults-only evenings at this comedy club can provide a great option for a memorable date

For further inspiration, read our handy guide to 25 free things to do on a Carnival Cruise.

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Carnival Cruises' Suites

Whether you're travelling as a couple or as a family, a Carnival suite is the perfect way to make the most out of your cruise holiday. More spacious than staterooms, you'll have more than enough room for sleeping and relaxing, as well as your own balcony offering sweeping ocean vistas. What's more, you'll even get to enjoy some extra perks, including priority embarking and disembarking, bathrobes and priority reservations at restaurants.

Top ships in the Carnival fleet

  • Carnival Fascination- this ship has a grand, art deco feel which transports passengers to the great classic Hollywood era. It has popular facilities such as Guy’s Burger Joint, the fantastic Playlist Productions theatre and the well-loved WaterWorks water park.
  • Carnival Horizon- Carnival Horizon is a real land of fun. Whether you’re eight or forty-eight you’ll love the range of onboard activities, from the incredible SkyRide and the whimsical Dr Seuss Waterworks water park to the hilarious Lip Sync Battle game.
  • Carnival Breeze- this ship is about eclecticism and good times, featuring cuisine from all over the world such as Mexican at BlueIguana Cantina, Japanese at Bonsai Sushi, the Mongolian Wok, and of course North American classics at Guy’s Burger Joint.
  • Carnival Magic- Carnival Magic has an exciting charm that'll put a smile on anybody’s face. With more than 10 dining venues to choose from, and activities ranging from the gorgeous Cloud 9 Spa and Serenity Adults Only Retreat, to the laughter-filled Hasbro Game Show, no cruiser will spend a minute bored.
  • Carnival Mardi Gras- named after the original 1972 Carnival cruise ship, Mardi Gras is both classic and innovative. Made up of six zones, this huge ship offers thrills and variety all over from the first roller coaster at sea, BOLT, to the ropes course and games at SportsSquare.

Dress Code

The dining dress code onboard all Carnival ships is 'Cruise Casual', which means no shorts or swimwear, but jeans and t-shirts etc are fine. There will also be one or two optional Carnival Cruise formal nights known as 'Cruise Elegant' evenings during your sailing, on which you are invited to don more formal attire such as a ball gown, cocktail dress, or suit.


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Flexible Booking Terms

Guests can transfer their sailing for cruises departing up to 30th September. The new booking must sail within a year of the original sail date.


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Carnival Cruise Line Top FAQs

  • Carnival Cruise Line ships all provide satellite internet access. To use this guests must purchase one of the three internet packages, Social WiFi Plan, Value Wifi Plan, or Premium WiFi Plan. These can be bought before or during the cruise, for the whole itinerary or just for 24 hours.

  • Yes, to use anything with a UK-style plug you will need an adaptor as all Carnival Cruise Line ships are fitted with US/European plug sockets.

  • It is possible to smoke onboard Carnival ships, however this is only permitted in certain areas. Areas are unique to each ship, and will be sign-posted.

  • Carnival Cruise Line is a casual cruise line, and guests are free to wear general comfortable clothing such as shorts and tshirts, sun dresses, and jeans etc. Swimwear should not be worn in restaurants, and on Cruise Elegant evenings guests are asked to wear smart attire such as cocktail dresses, evening gowns, pant suits, and tuxedos.

  • All items available to purchase onboard are prices in US Dollars, however note that cash is not accepted onboard.

Food and Drink

  • Both a bottle of beer and a glass of wine cost upwards of around $6 each.

  • If you have a dietary requirement it is important to discuss this with the head waiter on the first night of your cruise. While there are options for different diets in most restaurants, the dining room is the only one in which alternative menus can be arranged.

  • Yes, if you'd prefer to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or indeed a pick-me-up snack in the comfort of your own stateroom, you can order room service at any time of day. Cold items like salads, sandwiches, and desserts are included in your cruise fare, but hot meals come with an additional charge.

  • There are complimentary water fountains which can be accessed by all passengers. The tap water in the cabins is also drinkable.

  • Guests must be over the age of 21 to consume alcohol on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

Families and Kids

  • Yes, as a family-oriented cruise line Carnival ensure children are well taken care of at their kid's clubs. Camp Ocean caters for 2-11 year olds, but has sub-groups within it to ensure little ones enjoy age-appropriate activities. Then there is Circle C for 12-14 year olds, and Club 02 for those aged 15-17.

  • If adults want some time away from the little ones to enjoy a special evening, they can book a place for their children at Night Owls. Open to children aged between 6 months and 11 years, this fun facility is open until 1am and costs a small additional fee.

  • Yes, there are kid's menu in most dining venues with everything from mac 'n' cheese to fresh fruit salads.

  • Yes, however babies have to be a minimum of 6 months old at the time of embarkation in order to sail.

  • No, unfortunately Carnival Cruise Line do not provide baby food or formula onboard their ships.



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