Carnival cruises are set apart by their out-and-out dedication to onboard fun, whether that's with the addition of the hair-raising sky rides, or top-notch productions every evening in the theatre. There is plenty to offer families onboard, from waterslides, to bowling alleys and mini golf courses. However, there is also an appreciation that parents and other adults alike will want to escape from it all sometimes - so you'll find adult's only retreats with hammocks to lounge in, and of course, a much-needed bar.
Cuisine has always been a strong point on Carnival ships, and they continued this with the addition of Your Time Dining which means you can break out of the traditional dinner times and choose what time you want to eat on a daily basis. Cuisine ranges from sushi, to build your own burgers, and 24-hour room service, so there's bound to be something to suit your appetite.
If you want something really special for your time on board you can splash out on the Chef's Table experience. This is an intimate multi-course dinner for up to 12 passengers with a master chef, cocktail reception and tour of some of the back areas.
Carnival set sail from around over 20 Ports, most of these are based in the US but there are a smattering in Europe and Canada too, so there are not many places you can't get to. Caribbean and Mexico cruises are what this line is best known for though, with some routes even sailing through the Panama Canal for that added wow-factor.
The Caribbean is well and truly covered by Carnival Cruises, so whether you want to hit the big islands like Jamaica and The Bahamas, or visit some of the smaller ones such as Isla Roatan in Honduras, they are sure to have the itinerary for you.
Alternative destinations like South America, Mexico and Canada and New England are also regularly available, whilst cruises to the wild fjords of Alaska are a popular new addition to the Carnival repertoire. Carnival also offer a wide range of cruises around Europe, whether you want to see the Norwegian fjords, the Baltic capitals, or the jewels of the Mediterranean.
You'll get the best deals by booking in advance, and we don't just mean three months before you go. We mean a year before you head off. For great value on long distance cruises, look to a repositioning cruise - there are often some great prices in the autumn when cruise ships move from Europe to the USA and the Caribbean.
Cruise novices may prefer to try a mini cruise - Carnival offers several three or four night sailings from ports in America. These affordable mini breaks can be a great way to explore Mexico and the Caribbean whilst on a US-based holiday. Also look out for agents who sell Carnival Cruises as they can offer some great discounts.
Updated 11th January 2017
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