- High-profile cruise ship malfunctions have tainted the line's reputation
- Larger ships can feel crowded
- Wi-Fi available, but costs extra
Carnival tends to attract young adults and families looking for an affordable vacation rather than an upscale cruise experience. The company's primary clientele is based in the United States.More about the onboard experience»
Carnival offers an abundance of shore excursions at each port. What's more, Carnival's Shore Excursion search allows you to select your shoreside activities using customized filters that sort by price, duration, activity level and expedition type. Typical shore excursions might include a submarine dive in Aruba, a glacier ...More about the on shore experience»
Before You Book
- You must be 21 years or older to cruise with Carnival unless you are traveling and staying in the same stateroom with someone 25 years or older. However, minors ages 13 and younger can be booked in a separate stateroom next door to their parents or guardians, and minors ages 13 to 17 can be booked in separate staterooms within three cabins of their parents or guardians.
- Cruise rates are based on double occupancy and do not include government fees and taxes.
- Deposit and payment due dates depend on cruise length. Final payment is due 60 days before two- to five-day sailings; 75 days in advance of cruises up to six days or longer; and 90 days prior to Europe, trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific and Panama Canal sailings.
- 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.