Carnival Cruise Line
What Makes Carnival Special?
- Carnival delivers fun, memorable vacations to our guests aboard any one of our 25 modern floating resorts.
- Sailing from more North American departure points than any other cruise line – with a choice of 3-16 day itineraries.
- A wide variety of dining choices, including full-service dining venues and expansive casual eateries, as well as elegant steakhouses and sushi bars on select ships.
- Supervised programs for children and teens: Camp Ocean for 2-11, Circle “C” for 12-14 and Club 02 for 15-17.
- Exciting shore excursions offering a wide range of choices, ranging from popular sightseeing destinations and water-based activities to exhilarating adventure-style offerings.
- Spa Carnival offering pampering services, fitness centers with the latest equipment, exercise classes, and sauna and steam rooms. Onboard fun including lavish revues in multi-level theaters, dance clubs, live music venues, sports and wine bars on select ships, and duty-free shopping.
- Continued innovation with our Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Carnival Cruise Lines
Type of Cruise Line: Cruise Line
This Cruise Line is Rated: 4-Stars
This Cruise Line Sails To: Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean, Key West, The Bahamas, Mexico & Europe
This Cruise Line is Best For: Families, Groups, Single adults & Couples
This Cruise Line is All-Inclusive: Yes
This Cruise Line Offers an Autism Program: Yes
This Cruise Line is Autism Friendly: Yes.
This Cruise Line Offers Programs for Children: Yes
(Groups Guided by Certified Specialists Available)
Spa & Wellness Program On Board: Yes
Carnival is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 24 ships operating 3 to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. We currently have two upcoming ships in the works: Carnival Vista, set to debut in 2016, and a second vessel scheduled to enter service in 2018. We offer a wide array of quality cruises, and pride ourselves on delivering memorable vacations to our guests. A Carnival cruise offers not only outstanding value for the money, but most importantly, fun! A “Fun Ship” cruise features day and nighttime entertainment like stage shows, musical performances, casinos and more. We make our guests feel right at home, too — think comfy stateroom accommodations, attentive service, delicious food and drink — and they enjoy the experience against the backdrop of some of the world’s most beautiful ports.
Guests With Disabilities
FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
At Carnival, we’re dedicated to offering a fun and memorable cruise experience to all our guests. Our team of trained crew members provides attentive service and our ships have a variety of accessible features to ensure our guests with disabilities have a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. We are working on additional modifications to our ships and services to further enhance the guest experience. Look for updates to this page periodically for more details.
We’ve made substantial modifications to our ships, to help make them easier to navigate. Our ships feature accessible elevators at each elevator bank, equipped with both tactile controls within reach of guests who use wheelchairs and audible signals for guests who are blind or have limited vision.
Accessible routes are available throughout most areas of the ship and signs are posted to assist you in locating these pathways. Accessible tables are available in the dining venues of each ship. In addition to the main dining rooms, each ship offers a variety of accessible dining options within Lido Deck casual dining areas and other restaurant venues. 24-hour room service is also available for all our guests. Pool lifts are only available on Carnival Horizon, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Vista, and Mardi Gras.
Children With Disabilities
Carnival works with parents or guardians to include all children within the designated age ranges in the available youth programs. Each child’s needs are assessed, on a case by case basis, to determine how she or he can be accommodated and integrated in the program to have a fully and equally enjoyable experience.
In order to participate in Carnival youth program activities, the parent or guardian will need to register their child for the program. When registering the child, the staff will work with the parents to determine what special assistance will help aid the youth staff in how to best serve the child while participating in the activities
Parents may choose to have their child move down one age group as an accommodation to a disability. No child who is 18 years can participate in youth programs.
Carnival does not provide one on one attention, but the parent or assigned helper may stay and participate in the activities with the child.
Parents of children with disabilities will be provided with a phone (if available). Youth programs rules & regulations still apply to all children, in terms of age policy, illness, hours of operation and acceptable conduct (unruly behavior) while in the program.
The youth staff may not administer any medication to any individual participating in the youth programs. Additionally, no medications with the exception of epi-pens and self-using inhalers are permitted in the youth programs. If a child requires regular medication while attending, parents/guardians must return to administer the medication.
Medical care consent is required to participate in youth programs. Staff members are not to change diapers of children who are older than 5 years old and/or exceeding the diaper weight requirement due to the diaper changing table procedure and safety of child.
Due to safety concerns, staff and crew, cannot lift or carry guests. Parents of children who are unable to feed themselves should remain with the child during meal times. Special diets cannot be accommodated for meals served in Carnival youth programs. Kids’ menus are subject to change based on availability.
If a child with Autism is cruising, the family should meet with Guest Services upon embarkation to receive safety information and accommodations for the safety briefing.
For safety purposes, all children 12 years of age and younger are required to wear a wristband indicating their assigned muster station.
There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money, because almost everything is included in the upfront price.
Most Cruise Packages include:
- Destinations you’ll visit
- Dining – Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Nightly Entertainment
- Daily Activities
- Onboard Service
- Special Programs
What’s Not Included In The Upfront Price?
Below is a description of the things that are not included in the upfront cost of the cruise:
The cost of airfare is not included in the upfront price of the cruise, but is almost always available for an additional charge. We’ll ask you where you are flying from and quote you the cruise line’s price or the best available price.
Alcoholic Beverages & Some Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Alcoholic beverages are not included in your cruise price, and since soft drinks come over the bar there is charge for them as well. Specialty coffees are also almost always additional. However, Some of our luxury cruises lines may include this feature.
Your personal service staff works hard for you while you’re enjoying your cruise, so please tip them before you disembark. Most cruise lines make it easy for you by automatically adding gratuities to your shipboard account, which is usually about $10 to 12 per person, per day. This amount covers your cabin steward and the waiters and assistants who have served you all over the ship.
Some Dining Options
Alternative dining options are all the rage onboard contemporary ships these days and the cruise lines have a couple of different ways of charging you extra for them. For all restaurants other than the main dining room you should expect to find that reservations are required. There is a fee for that reservation that usually runs from $10-$40 per person and the gratuity for the meal may be additional.
Shore excursions are a very important part of your experience in each port of call, especially if you’ve decided to take the adventure route.
Your ‘welcome aboard’ photo is your first encounter with the ubiquitous ship photographers. They’ll be on hand to capture all the fun and excitement, and then sell it back to you for $20 for each 5 x 7.
Spa Treatments & Salon Services
Arrangements with onboard spas and salons has become one of the hottest new things with the cruise lines in the past few years as passengers are focusing more and more on their well-being.