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Forget the Bar: This New Carnival Cruise Has an Entire Brewery On Board

Forget the Bar: This New Carnival Cruise Has an Entire Brewery On Board


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The new Carnival Vista, launching in May 2016, will feature an onboard Imax theater and a craft brewery

Sip on some craft beers and then head to the deck for some fun in the sun. What could be better?

Attention, craft beer fans: now might be the perfect time to book a cruise. With a flying bikes contraption that allows you to peddle high above the cruise ship deck, an onboard IMAX screen, and a waterpark, the Carnival Vista— the newest 4,000-passenger cruise to be added to Carnival’s fleet— sounds pretty awesome. But the feature we’re most excited about is RedFrog Pub, which will house the first brewery onboard an American cruise ship, according to Carnival.

The RedFrog Pub will offer three house-made North American-style beers which passengers can watch being made in tanks behind a wall of transparent glass, according to USA Today.

Carnival has made everything happen in-house, or on-ship. The holding tanks will be located near the pub’s entrance, so that passengers walking by can witness the beer fermentation process firsthand. There will even be taps inside the tables, so that you can pour your own pint. "Below your feet, a lower deck will also hold a grist mill that will be grinding the grains needed to brew the beer.We also heard that brewery tours and tastings could be in the works for interested guests. Fingers crossed for an entirely craft-beer themed cruise in Carnival's future.

“Our guests love beer, and they love trying new things," Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations, Eddie Allen told USA Today. "We want to be sure we're putting our heart into this beer and making the best product we can."

Carnival Vista will be setting sail for the first time in May 2016.


Carnival Cruise Line

CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines Coronavirus update

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Cruise shipping services are currently planned to resume on July 1, 2021.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021 - MARDI GRAS (Aug 7/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), PANORAMA (Aug 7/Long Beach LA), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas), BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), MAGIC (Nov 6/Port Canaveral), DREAM (Aug 8/Galveston), SPLENDOR (Sept 25/Sydney Australia), FREEDOM (Oct 15/Miami), LIBERTY (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), GLORY (Aug 1/NOLA New Orleans), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), CONQUEST (Aug 2/Miami), SPIRIT (Sept 19/Brisbane Australia), PRIDE (Aug 1/Baltimore to Caribbean), RADIANCE (Nov 5/Long Beach LA), SUNRISE (Aug 5/Miami), ELATION (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), PARADISE (Nov 2/Tampa), SUNSHINE (Aug 2/Charleston SC), SENSATION (Aug 2/Mobile Alabama), ECSTASY (Aug 5/Jacksonville FL).

The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, then June 5, July 3, Oct 2. Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 - October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled. Carnival's 2021 Alaska from Seattle (Freedom) and Alaska from San Francisco (Miracle) programs were both canceled. All Carnival ship relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) in 2021 were canceled.

Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on November 5.

Carnival Australia ships restart cruises on July 8 (Splendor/from Sydney NSW) and Sept 19 (Spirit/from Brisbane QLD). CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

Due to scheduled drydock refurbishments, the ships Magic (from Port Canaveral), Paradise (from Tampa) and Valor (from NOLA-New Orleans) start voyages on November 6.

  • Carnival Magic's cruises from Miami (March-May), from Norfolk VA (to Bermuda and Caribbean/May-June and September-November) and from NYC (Canada New England and Eastern Caribbean/June-September) were canceled.
  • Carnival Paradise's Western Caribbean roundtrips from Tampa (March 19 through November 1) were all canceled.
  • Carnival Valor's Western Caribbean roundtrips from NOLA (April 29 through November 1) were all canceled.

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (must be made by May 31, 2021), refunds are in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter receive a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer receive a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment are penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

Carnival Cruise Line fleet

Carnival Conquest

Carnival Spirit

Carnival Pride

Carnival Radiance

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Elation

Carnival Paradise

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sensation

Carnival Ecstasy

Review of Carnival Cruise Line

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Cruise shipping services are currently planned to resume in July 2021. Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 through October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled and the ship restarts on Nov 14, out of Baltimore to Bermuda.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021 - MARDI GRAS (Aug 7/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), PANORAMA (Aug 7/Long Beach LA), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas), BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), MAGIC (Nov 6/Port Canaveral), DREAM (Aug 8/Galveston), SPLENDOR (Sept 25/Sydney Australia), FREEDOM (Oct 15/Miami), LIBERTY (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), GLORY (Aug 1/NOLA New Orleans), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), CONQUEST (Aug 2/Miami), SPIRIT (Sept 19/Brisbane Australia), PRIDE (Aug 1/Baltimore to Caribbean), RADIANCE (Nov 5/Long Beach LA), SUNRISE (Aug 5/Miami), ELATION (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), PARADISE (Nov 2/Tampa), SUNSHINE (Aug 2/Charleston SC), SENSATION (Aug 2/Mobile Alabama), ECSTASY (Aug 5/Jacksonville FL).

The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, June 5, July 3, Oct 2. Carnival Legend ship's Europe 2021 program (May 17 - October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled. Carnival's 2021 Alaska from Seattle (Freedom) and Alaska from San Francisco (Miracle) programs were both canceled. All Carnival ship relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) in spring and fall 2021 were canceled.

Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on November 5.

Carnival Australia ships restart cruises on July 8 (Splendor/from Sydney NSW) and Sept 19 (Spirit/from Brisbane QLD). CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

Due to scheduled drydock refurbishments, the ships Magic (from Port Canaveral), Paradise (from Tampa) and Valor (from New Orleans) restart voyages on November 6.

  • Carnival Magic's cruises from Miami (March-May), from Norfolk VA (to Bermuda and Caribbean/May-June and September-November) and from NYC (Canada New England and Eastern Caribbean/June-September) were canceled.
  • Carnival Paradise's Western Caribbean roundtrips from Tampa (March 19 through November 1) were all canceled.
  • Carnival Valor's Western Caribbean roundtrips from NOLA (April 29 through November 1) were all canceled.

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (must be made by May 31, 2021), refunds are in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter receive a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer receive a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment are penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

IMPORTANT: In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (CCL's parent company) announced that intends to sell 13 ships in FY2020 - instead of the previously expected fleet optimization planned over the next 3-5 years.

  • The list of sold for scrapping liners includes Carnival Inspiration (1996-built, age 24) and Carnival Fantasy (1990 / 30-yo). On July 23, CCL announced that Fantasy and Inspiration are sold but not to be scrapped. The same statement mentioned that the ships Fascination and Imagination move to a cold lay-up (long term no-sail) status.
  • Carnival Fascination's schedule 2020-2021 based on homeporting in San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Bridgetown (Barbados) was canceled. The ship's new homeport (Mobile AL) and itineraries in 2022 were also canceled. On September 16 was announced that Carnival Fascination is sold (to an undisclosed buyer, hopefully not for scrap).

CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines (website) is a USA passenger shipping company based in Doral, Florida (Miami suburb). The company was originally private (independent), founded in 1972 by Ted Arison (1924-1999). The initial public offering of 20% common stock in 1987 provided capital for fleet expansion. Today, CCL (global market share 22% / passengers and 9% / revenue) is one of the 10 brands owned by Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company (followed by RCCL Royal Caribbean). As of 2018, Carnival Corporation controls around 39% of the global ship cruising market (revenue) and around 48% (passengers), with full ownership of 9 brands (AIDA, CCL, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, P&O / UK and Australia, Princess, Seabourn).

CCL has the largest fleet in the Corporation's group of companies and accounts for over 1/5 of group's worldwide market share. CCL's executive control is provided by Corporation's North American division. Carnival pioneered the concept of less expensive, short-break cruise itineraries. In 1996, the 101,000-GT Carnival Destiny (now Sunshine) became the world's biggest passenger ship and the first to weigh over 100,000 tons. In October 2012, Carnival Corporation ordered a new-class liner for CCL. It was built by Fincantieri (Italy) as company's largest ever, with passenger capacity 4000, GT tonnage 133,500, speed 23kn (43 kph / 26 mph). The Panama-flagged newbuild (Carnival Vista) was delivered in 2016.

In mid-April 2021, CCL introduced the Carnival Edition Family Feud (priced at US$25). The cruise-themed version of the board game includes 150 questions related to CCL and cruise travel in general.

On February 16, 2021, CCL officially launched "Carnival Monopoly" available for online purchase for USD 40. The limited-edition board game is cruise-themed (Carnival ship properties, port taxes, Cruise Director announcements).

Since January 2020, via partnership with PepsiCo Carnival's North American fleet serves various Pepsi-branded beverages, including sparkling water, energy drinks, iced teas, sodas, juices (also no-sugar and low-calorie variations), Starbucks coffee. The list of Carnival's PepsiCo beverages includes Bubly (water), Gatorade (sports drink), Naked Juice, MTN Dew (carbonated), Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, Pure Leaf (iced teas), Sierra Mist (lemon-lime flavored), Sierra Mist Zero.

(news 5978) In August 2019, CCL signed a deal with The Bahamas to build a new cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. The project (

USD 100 million) will create

In November 2019, CCL partnered with Uplift (travel now and pay over time platform). Instead of paying in full upon booking, Uplift Pay Monthly allows Carnival's customers to pay their cruise over time - by making monthly payments for up to 2 years (24 months). The new option allows securing the ship, stateroom and itinerary with a predetermined payment plan and monthly amounts. The new cruise payment option is available for US and Canadian residents only, for all Carnival cruise destinations and through any travel agent, via Carnival.com and company's call centers. In late-November 2019 was launched shop.carnival.com (online retail store) selling Carnival-logoed merchandise.

In May 2019, CCL partnered with Harlem Globetrotters (exhibition basketball team) to serve as team's official cruise line sponsor, with Carnival-inspired activations taking place at 150+ shows per year. In July 2019, CCL signed a partnership with "Clean the World" - hospitality recycling organization that recycles hotel soap and amenities. Carnival fleet's discarded remnants from staterooms are taken to a recycling center ashore where are sanitized, melted down and reprocessed. The newly-formed bars are not reused onboard, but distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide. As of 2019, Clean the World recycles and distributes recycled hygiene products to 127+ countries.

In April 2019, CCL expanded the shipboard youth programming (fleetwide) via exclusive partnership with Zumbini. The company specializes in 45-min high-energy classes and activities (for kids 0-4 years-old) that combine playing, singing and dancing. Zumbini classes (created by Zumba and BabyFirst) feature group sing-alongs, using musical instruments and learning activities. Carnival's Zumbini program is free of charge, led by ship's youth staff and with 2 classes (30-min each) held at Camp Ocean and other venues. The program targets Carnival Penguins (2-to-5 years old) and is available on itineraries 6-day or longer.

In March 2019, CCL signed an exclusive partnership with Lakeland Brewing Company (Florida) to can and keg CCL own private label beers crafted by a professional brewery team on the new liners Vista and Horizon (at sea). The 3 new craft beers (ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale) are based on unique recipes and currently available (on tap and in 16-oz cans) fleetwide and also at CCL's private port destinations. In October were added ParchedPig Pumpkin Ale and ParchedPig Beach Lager. In mid-March 2019 started construction works on the exclusive Carnival Terminal 3 in Port Canaveral (scheduled inauguration in Oct 2020).

In February 2019, CCL added X-ray security 3D scanning at 9 of company's homeports in North America. For the project (installing a total of 91 units) was contracted "VOTI Detection" (Montreal-based company). The 3D scanners feature advanced imaging and remote diagnosis capabilities. They save the image files which (if needed) can be later re-analyzed.

In October 2018, the word "tender" (large boat used for ship-to-shore passenger transportation in ports without berthing facilities) was replaced with "water shuttle". Since Dec 1, 2018, violators of company's shipboard smoking policy are disembarked at the next call port. Previously, they were fined USD 500 cleaning fee.

With the 3x Vista-class liners (Vista/2016, Horizon/2018, Panorama/2019) were introduced the fleet-firsts "IMAX Theater at Sea" (87-seats cinema/part of Carnival Multiplex), "SkyRide" (outdoor/aerial bicycle ride/suspended 2-track bike course), Havana Staterooms (cabin complex with a swimming pool, sundeck, lounge, lanai balconies).

NEW Carnival-XL ship

On November 15, 2018, was the steel-cutting ceremony for Carnival's first XL-Class (largest) cruise liner. The 183900 GT-ton newbuild also features a new livery and is LNG-powered.

The shipbuilder is Meyer Werft (Turku Shipyard, Finland). The first vessel (Carnival Mardi Gras) is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and homeported in Port Canaveral Florida. The second liner/sistership Carnival Celebration is homeported in Miami starting in November 2022 (the year when CCL celebrates company's 50th Anniversary/on March 11th).

The XL-Class design features a new (red-white-navy blue) hull and was created by the NYC-based naval architecture firm "Bluarch Architecture". The new liners have length 1130 ft (344 m) and passenger capacity 5200 (lower berths). Among the various fleet-first and industry-first innovations is The Ultimate Playground (aft on decks 18-19) - a large family-friendly outdoor play area highlighted by fleet's largest Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark) and an expanded SportSquare (sports complex with a basketball court, ropes course, jogging track, mini-golf). Also new is the "BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster" (first at sea). The aft-located (Deck 19) BOLT was designed and built by Maurer Rides (Munich Germany-based company) specializing in roller coaster manufacturing. The race track has length 244 m (800 ft), with twists, turns, drops and speeds up to 64 kph (40 mph). Individual speeds are posted after the race. Carnival's roller coaster is all-electric and allows 2 riders to race along in motorbike-like vehicles at height 57 m (187 ft) above the sea. The experience features breathtaking top-deck 360-degree seaviews and ends with a high-speed turn around the cruise ship's funnel (smokestack/chimney).

(NEW) Carnival China cruise brand

In February 2015, Carnival Corporation signed a MoU with China Merchants Group for 2 joint ventures. The MoU outlined an eventual partnership that could result in a new cruise brand (joint shipowner company), as well as joint development plans for Chinese seaports and destination.

  • MoU's joint venture port plans included the development of transit and turnaround/homeports within China. China Merchants Group (founded 1872) is a state-owned company focusing on infrastructure and transportation, also real estate development and financial services. Currently, Carnival Corporation serves the Chinese market through the brands Princess and Costa.
  • In October 2015, Carnival Corp signed an agreement with the Chinese companies SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd, a subsidiary of CSSC / China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and China Investment Corp. The USD 3,88 billion deal established the Hong Kong-based joint venture company CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping to place ship orders with SWS. The company plans to build up to 5 new vessels per year for the next 15-20 years. All ships will be China-homeported and with technical support and design plans provided by Fincantieri. SWS builds some of the world's largest container ships (capacity up to 21000 TEUs) for CSCL.

In February 2017, Carnival Corp and CSSC announced an agreement to build 2 new ships for "CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd". The deal was officially signed on November 6, 2018.

    The shipbuilding project has total value

Carnival Cruise Line ships

Carnival Cruise Line is best-known for implementing top-notch marine technologies, innovative vessel construction methods and ship designs. Its customers are mostly Americans, 30% of which under 35 yo, 40% - between 35-55, 30% over 55.

All CCL liners names have the prefix "Carnival", and are also trademarked "The Fun Ships". Also trademarked is the ship's funnel - colored in red-white-blue, and shaped like a whale tail. Company's vessels offer spacious public spaces and staterooms that are one of the largest at sea with a huge variety of stateroom types in several categories. Between the high-quality amenities are Carnival's terry robes and "Comfort Bed" sleep system with deluxe mattresses, linens, duvets, and pillows - Suite guests can even choose from a "pillow menu".

Carnival is famous for its great cuisine and multiple dining options. The long list of dining venues includes the Main Dining Rooms (with 5-course meals), Chef's Table (ship tour and gourmet cuisine), Supper Club with steakhouse favorites (reservations-only), BlueIguana Cantina (Mexican), Sushi Bar, European-style Patisseries and Cafes, Poolside Bars, themed Kids Dining, Midnight Buffets, 24-hour Pizza and Room Service.

Carnival Cruise Lines ships provide a variety of onboard activities - from napkin-folding classes, Vegas-style revues, and gourmet and galley-kitchen tours to cool deck parties, belly-flop pool competitions, and waterslide races. Signature shipboard facilities are Seaside Theatre (outdoors), Thrill Theatre (3D Cinema), Disco Nightclub, Casino (gambling, tournaments), Stage Shows, Playlist Productions, Hasbro Game Show, Carnival Waterworks (aqua park with slides).

For those who love sports, Carnival has done a great job by creating the SportSquare with ropes SkyCourse, SkyRide and Basketball Court, also used also for Soccer and Volleyball. Since October 2016, Carnival Cruise Line ships offer bocce court activities, due to an inflatable court developed by the company Packaworld (New Zealand). The new activity was added following successful test trials (on Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride) run by American Bocce Company (USA).

Bocce (aka bocci) is a nodules sport similar to lawn bowls. However, the traditional courts are usually made of wood and sized 60x12 ft (1830x365 cm, which is a lot of space to install bocce on cruise ships. To overcome the problem, the NZ company Packaworld developed inflatable "Packabocce", making it easier to bring the game to new locations. The portable courts are sized 30x8 ft / 914x244 cm (recreation) and 22x6 ft / 670x180 cm (mini court) and can be set up in just minutes.

The portable bocce courts are also available in some of the ship's indoor public spaces (including bars). The new onboard activity is offered fleetwide, including on the Australia-based ships, where are also available giant board games (like Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who, Cranium).

SkyRide is an outdoor/aerial bicycle ride (suspended 2-track bike course) on the newest Vista-class Carnival ships.

This is cruise industry's first pedal-powered open-air bike ride in hanging bikes encircling around an 800-ft / 245-m long suspended track on the ship's top deck, allowing 360-degree panoramic views 150 ft / 46 m above sea level.

Foosball and Ping-Pong tables are available, as well as a Walking/Jogging track and Fitness Center with a separate room for Yoga, Aerobics and Pilates classes.

There is also a Mini-Golf course and great golf cruise packages created for keen golfers.

Carnival caters for families with amazing kids programs. Kids club activities by "Camp Ocean" kids program feature "Dr. Seuss at Sea" entertainment programming. At the same time moms and dads are able to unwind in the many relaxation lounges and complexes: Carnival Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity Adult Retreat, themed Bars (RedFrog, BlueIguana, Alchemy, Havana, Sports), big-size Swimming Pools and Whirlpools.

Carnival has been spending a lot on fleetwide refurbishments and upgrades since 2007. The initiative "Evolutions of Fun" cost USD 350 million on 8x Fantasy-class liners and included new open-deck spaces, kids- and family-themed facilities and activities, "Carnival WaterWorks" aqua park with water-slides.

The "Fun Ship 2.0" program (launched in 2011) cost USD 500 million and added fleetwide new dining venues, redesigned cabins, themed bars, lounges, clubs. Program's biggest part was the Carnival Destiny-Carnival Sunshine transformation in 2013 - USD 155 million, 49-day drydock refit-refurbishment.

This official YouTube video reviews Dream-class vessels (Breeze, Dream, Magic) as facilities and onboard amenities.

Next link is to CruiseMapper's Carnival cruise secrets, tips, and tricks. At the following link, you can compare Carnival's major rival - Royal Caribbean (fleet and review of RCI's cruising experience).

ATM (cash) machines are available onboard all Carnival ships since 2009. The service is exclusively provided by Cardtronics and available to both passengers and crew. In 2016, ATMs were also installed in ships' crew sections. Each Carnival ship has all 4 ATMs - 2 located in high-traffic passenger areas and 2 are exclusively for the crew.

Since August 2018, CCL doesn't require passengers to complete health-related questionnaires during check-in. Instead, they are asked to self-report illnesses, without answering questions on paper. At port terminals upon departure were installed health signage to remind practicing hand hygiene and reporting any illness to staff crew.

Carnival cruise gratuities (2019-2020 cruises)

Daily gratuities are per person (pp):

  • USD 12,95 pp (standard staterooms - interior, oceanview, balcony, both adults and kids)
  • USD 13,95 (suites). Suite perks (in addition to priority embarkation/debarkation in all ports, confirmed main dining room preference) also receive priority tender service, free in-cabin bottled water, 1 complimentary bag of laundry (per cruise), enhanced turndown service.
  • Cruise gratuities for children - tips don't apply to kids less than two years of age.
  • On Carnival ships departing from Australian ports tipping is not compulsory,
  • On Cruises To Nowhere, the amount of gratuities PP per day is USD 12,95.
  • Carnival Barbados deals (any itinerary visiting Barbados), all gratuities are prepaid and added upon booking.
  • Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.
  • Passengers can prepay gratuities.
  • The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).
  • Room Service staff tipping is not compulsory.

For drinks purchases, an automatic 18% gratuity is added to the bill. Charges are applied directly to the onboard account. An automatic 15% gratuity is added to "Chef's Table" (dining package) cover charge and applied directly to the onboard account.

Follows the breakdown of the gratuities on Carnival cruises (in USD, per day, per person):

  • Housekeeping staff: USD 4,05 (standard cabins) USD 5,05 (suites)
  • Dining/wait staff: USD 6,40
  • Alternative Services (kitchen, entertainment, passenger services, other hotel staff members): USD 2,50.

The following table shows the total amount of gratuities (per person) based on the Carnival cruise itinerary duration:


The RedFrog Pub Brewery on the Carnival Vista

Whenever I cruise with Carnival Cruise Line, I make a point to head to the RedFrog Pub…because that’s where I get my favorite cruise ship drink, the Ting Mojito! Well, now there’s even MORE reason to spend my time at the RedFrog pub….the RedFrog Pub and Brewery on the Carnival Vista!! This is literally the very first brewery on board a North American cruise ship, and after spending 10 days on the Carnival Vista in May, I did not walk away disappointed…in fact, I find myself wishing I had access to their tasty Java Stout now that I am back home. I’ll tell you more about that later…

Now, when you walk into the RedFrog Pub on the Carnival Vista, you can actually see the Brewery, it’s worked into the pub in a way that the entire thing is visible, which is pretty cool! The super fun part of this is that you can actually sign up for Brewery Tours on the RedFrog Pub Brewery on the Carnival Vista too!

For $12.95 a person, you can hang out with the Brewmaster, Colin (follow @TheRealPresby on Insta for fun pics from the ship), and he will walk you through a super fun tasting of the four different craft beers brewed right onboard the Carnival Vista. Make sure you sign up for the RedFrog Pub Brewery Tour early on in your cruise, as the spots are limited and they fill up quickly!

On the brewery tour, you’ll follow the Brewmaster Colin through the RedFrog Pub, where he will explain step-by-step the entire process of brewing their beers. This is a man who loves his beer, and his passion for the craft shines through in his presentation.

Now, I have done a few brewery and distillery tours in the past, but this was an entirely different experience because not only is it limited to very small groups of people, but YOU ARE ON A CRUISE SHIP. Everything about this brewery is different! We are talking very small batches – because space is obviously limited – and we have ONE man manning the ship. Corny pun, I know. What can I say, I like cruise ship humor…but I never go overboard!

During your RedFrog Pub Brewery tour, you’ll even get to taste a sample right out of the tap – and not the one behind the bar! Little touches like this make the experience that much more fun!

Of course, my favorite part of the tour was the tasting. Yep, that $12.95 RedFrog Pub Brewery Tour ticket includes a tasting of the beers crafted in the RedFrog Pub Brewery as well as the Thirsty Frog Red.

The Brewmaster will walk you through each of the beers and explain what makes them unique, as well as tell you what to look for in each kind of beer.

The beers served are ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, FriskyFrog Java Stout.

As I mentioned, I have been craving the RedFrog Pub’s FriskyFrog Java Stout. It’s a delicious concoction of cold brewed coffee and beer. YUM! It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite beverages!

I also really liked the ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin IPA, which caught me by surprise because I am not a huge fan of IPAs…what can I say? Carnival has great taste in beer!

Of course, the RedFrog Pub doesn’t just serve amazing beers and cocktails. You can find tasty bites on the menu to eat while you’re hanging out, like these delicious little sliders!

Mmmm….tasty! What goes better than a burger and a beer? Not much.

If you’ve never been on a Carnival ship, you may not realize that some have self-serve beer stations – yep, you can pour your own beers when you don’t want to wait for a server, or when you are feeling a little too lazy on your sea day to walk over to one of the many bars scattered across the ship.

By the way, the Carnival Vista has 25 bars. TWENTY FIVE. They’re all themed differently, serve different types of cocktails, and offer different atmospheres for your enjoyment. No matter what your mood when you’re ready for a drink, they have a space that’s just perfect for you!

Whenever my friend and I wanted to hang out away from the hustle and bustle of the Lido Deck, we’d head over to the RedFrog Pub and pour our own beer – which is just about $4.00 for a glass, and charged to your stateroom card. My first attempt was a horrible nightmare because I DO NOT KNOW how to pour a beer. However, by the end of the cruise? I was a seasoned pro!

The RedFrog Pub is a pub in every sense of the word – there are booths, a bar to sit at, even an outdoor seating area with games!

Don’t worry, if outdoors isn’t your thing, they have plenty of fun games to play inside too. Some afternoons there are even trivia games organized by the RedFrog Pub and led by Carnival employees, so if you’re missing your trivia night at your local pub? Just get a taste of home at the RedFrog Pub!

So how did the RedFrog Pub Brewery come about?

Carnival worked with Concrete Beach Brewery to create these draft beers. For my Miami readers, you’ll recognized this as the brewery in the Wynwood Arts District…so you know those beers are extra awesome!

To learn more about the all new Carnival Vista, check out Carnival.com! You can also search the hashtags #CarnivalVista and #HelloVista on social media to check out all of the fun photos cruisers have posted!

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Sit-down, waiter service, on one sea day only ( $ )

Continental Breakfast (charges may apply $ )

Sit-down, waiter service brunch menu, on sea days only

On cruise durations, 9 days or longer may alternate with sea day brunch

Buffet featuring pastas, stir-fry, carving station - choices may vary among the fleet

Elaborate salad bar featuring 35 items

Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Vista

Deli sandwiches piled-high and favorite sides

Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Panorama, Paradise, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista

Italian-style Paninis and Deli favorites

Variety of Asian selections

Indoor barbeque offering an array of grilled favorites, along with traditional sides.

Conquest, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Spirit, Splendor, Valor

Lucky Bowl serves a selection of carefully put together combinations of meat with vegetables, rice or noodles with sauces and broths in bowls

Mongolian wok offering custom-made stir-fry with the guest's choice of meat and vegetables and finished with one of Carnival's signature sauces

Breeze, Dream, Freedom, Liberty, Magic, Splendor, Valor

Complimentary, custom-made stir-fry with guest's choice of meat and vegetables and finished with one of signature sauces.

Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista

A tempting array of American-style 'comfort food' entrees and side dishes

Breeze, Conquest, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Magic, Panorama, Splendor, Vista

Pasta Bar featuring choices of pasta, sauce and ingredients to create a custom-made dish

Breeze, Horizon, Magic, Panorama, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Deck 8 – La Piazza (Mardi Gras)

24-Hour Pizzeria with a variety of pies and Caesar salad

Dream, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Breeze, Conquest, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Valor

Specialty burgers and hand-cut fries from the bestselling author, restaurateur and Food Network personality, Guy Fieri

Featuring freshly-made tacos and burritos with homemade tortillas, chips and salsa

ALL (excluding Splendor)

Featuring Cuban finger foods

Deck 6 – French Quarter zone

Featuring world-renowned chef and restaurateur, Emeril Lagasse's signature New Orleans inspired dishes ( $ )

Delectable variety of fried chicken sandwiches and traditional sides as well as breakfast served all day, from our Chief Fun Officer, Shaq!

Celebration, Mardi Gras, Radiance

Featuring a variety of seafood (steamed or fried) and soup of the day ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Valor, Vista

Featuring fresh and delicious seafood offerings including shrimp and clam buckets, classic fish and chips and more ( $ )

Daily rotating menu representing a variety of global cuisines at three stations: Steam Dream, Mad Sizzle and Time Fries

Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse

Open-air barbeque featuring Guy's signature smoked dishes and sides

Breeze, Celebration, Dream, Magic, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Vista

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse

Deck 8 – Summer Landing (Mardi Gras)

Indoor/Outdoor barbeque buffet featuring Guy’s signature smoked dishes and sides, on embarkation and sea days only

Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Asian inspired delicacies sit-down, waiter service, on sea days only ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Dream, Horizon, Legend, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Spirit, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Grab and go sushi source, featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. ( $ )

Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Miracle, Sensation,

Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Paradise, Valor

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Authentic delicacies from the Far East prepared by chefs on custom-built stations that form the center of the venue's tables, on sea days only ( $ )

Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Mongolian wok offering stir-fry

Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista

Australian inspired, featuring sausage rolls and meat pies only on ships sailing from Australia.

Desserts including sugar-free selections

Chocolate Extravaganza Buffet

Chocolate buffet featured on the last day at sea, on 7-day or longer cruises

24-hour room service menu which includes sandwiches, salads, specialty selections, desserts and beverages (charges may apply $ )

IN BETWEEN BITES

Lido Restaurant or poolside area

24-Hour self-serve soft ice cream and frozen yogurt

Island-inspired snacks sit-down, waiter service ( $ ) snacks are not served on the Freedom, Legend, Miracle, Pride, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor

Breeze, Magic, Spirit, Vista

Location posted in 'Fun Times'

Tea served with cookies and pastries

A variety of tempting, handcrafted shakes and indulgent floats, including those that are spiked ( $ )

Horizon, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista

Deck 6 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

A fun twist on hold and cold drinks as well as sweet, baked treats ( $ )

Elation, Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Panorama, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

European-style cafe featuring specialty coffees and teas, ice cream treats and pastries ( $ )

Conquest, Ecstasy, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Spirit, Valor

Deck 6 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

A well-stocked candy-and-more-store premium ice cream, made to order is available on Horizon, Panorama and Vista ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista

24-hour room service menu which includes sandwiches, salads, specialty selections, desserts and beverages (charges may apply $ )

Casual dining atmosphere self-serve, buffet style

Deck 8 – La Piazza (Mardi Gras)

24-Hour Pizzeria with a variety of pies and Caesar salad

Dream, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Breeze, Conquest, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Valor

Deck 8 – La Piazza (Mardi Gras)

Made-to-Order Italian favorites sit-down, waiter service ( $ )

Breeze, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Sit-down, waiter service ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Splendor, Spirit, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista

Featuring a variety of seafood (steamed or fried) and soup of the day ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Valor, Vista, Mardi Gras

Featuring fresh and delicious seafood offerings including shrimp and clam buckets, classic fish and chips and more ( $ )

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse

Deck 8 – Summer Landing (Mardi Gras)

Indoor/Outdoor barbeque featuring Guy’s signature smoked dishes, sides and desserts sit-down, waiter service ( $ )

Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama

Deck 6 – French Quarter Zone

Featuring world-renowned chef and restaurateur, Emeril Lagasse's signature New Orleans inspired dishes ( $ )

Delectable variety of fried chicken sandwiches and traditional sides as well as breakfast served all day, from our Chief Fun Officer, Shaq!

Celebration, Radiance, Mardi Gras

Featuring next-level seafood selections, showcasing chef Rudi Sodamin's innovative artistry and "plates with personalities" ( $ )

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Asian inspired delicacies sit-down, waiter service ( $ )

Breeze, Celebration, Dream, Horizon, Legend, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Spirit, Sunrise, Vista

Grab and go sushi source, featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. ( $ )

Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Miracle, Sensation

Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Paradise, Valor

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Authentic delicacies from the Far East prepared by chefs on custom-built stations that form the center of the venue's tables ( $ )

Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama

Deck 8 – Grand Central (Mardi Gras)

Asian specialties including soups, appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, as well as seafood and meat delicacies sit-down, waiter service ( $ )

Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista

Deli sandwiches piled-high and favorite sides

Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Panorama, Paradise, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista

Italian-style Paninis and Deli favorites Italian-style desserts (served after 8:00pm)

One-of-a-kind culinary experience includes a multi-course dinner hosted by one of the line's master chefs along with a private cocktail reception and a personalized tour of the galley ( $ )

24-hour room service menu which includes sandwiches, salads, specialty selections, desserts and beverages (charges may apply $ )

Island-inspired snacks sit-down, waiter service ( $ ) snacks are not served on the Freedom, Legend, Miracle, Pride, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor

Breeze, Magic, Spirit, Vista

Casual offshoot of Bonsai Sushi featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. ( $ )

Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Miracle, Sensation

Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Paradise, Valor

Deck 8 – La Piazza (Mardi Gras)

24-Hour Pizzeria with a variety of pies and Caesar salad

Dream, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista

Breeze, Conquest, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Valor

Deli sandwiches piled-high and favorite sides

Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Panorama, Paradise, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista

24-hour room service menu which includes sandwiches, salads, specialty selections, desserts and beverages (charges may apply $ )

Main Restaurants (Dining Rooms)
Ships : ALL
Cost: Complimentary with exception of optional Steakhouse Selections $

Guests dining in our two restaurants (one restaurant on Legend, Miracle, Pride and Spirit) will enjoy sit-down service. In addition to the menus below, menus for children are available as well.

Lunch (on cruise durations, 9 days or longer may alternate with sea day brunch)

  • Starters including soups and salads, main entrees including a ‘comfort food’ and ‘vegetarian’ selection and dessert selections. In addition, each evening the menu will include popular Carnival selections as well as Steakhouse selections. - changes each evening, offering a variety of starters, soups, salads, entrees and desserts as well as Steakhouse selections.


Good Eats and Late Night Snacks
Ships : ALL
Cost: Complimentary

Good Eats, located in the Lido Restaurant is a dinnertime alternative to the ship's main dining rooms. The attire is casual and the meals are served buffet-style. The restaurant operates from 6:00pm-9:30pm nightly and offers an array of pastas, steaks, prime rib, grilled chicken, specialty salads and desserts along with a daily Chef's Special. From 11:30pm-1:00am, light snacks are served.


Bonsai Sushi™
Ships : Breeze, Celebration, Dream, Horizon, Legend, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Spirit, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: $
Lunch and Dinner Menu

This full-service sushi restaurant offers a wide variety of Asian-inspired delicacies, including a number of varieties of sushi, sashimi and rolls along with bento boxes and the venue’s own interpretation of a sushi boat – with prices ranging from $1 for appetizer-sized portions to $15 for a sushi ship for two.


Bonsai Sushi™ Express | Sushi at Sea
Ships with Bonsai Sushi Express: Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Miracle, Sensation
Ships with Sushi at Sea: Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Paradise, Valor
Cost: $

A casual, stand-alone yet equally tasty offshoot of Bonsai Sushi which is featured on select ships. Bonsai Sushi Express and Sushi at Sea is your grab-and-go sushi source at sea for mouthwatering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more — all made fresh and packed up for easy eating anywhere. Bonsai Sushi Express and Sushi at Sea are open for lunch and dinner.


Bonsai Teppanyaki™
Ships: Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama
Cost: $
Lunch and Dinner Menu

Bonsai Teppanyaki features authentic delicacies from the Far East prepared by chefs on custom-built stations that form the center of the venue's two 8-seat tables (three 10-seat tables on Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration). Four different combination dinners are available, including filet mignon/shrimp, shrimp/spiced grilled chicken, filet mignon/teriyaki salmon and filet mignon/lobster tail. All meals include fried rice and stir-fried vegetables and end with a Chocolate Bento Box with Green Tea Ice Cream. There is a nominal fee of $32 per guest, which includes a starter, entrée and dessert an automatic 18% gratuity will be added. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Open for lunch on sea days and nightly for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended as there is limited seating. Reservations can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing 'My Cruise Manager'. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.


Ji Ji Asian Kitchen®
Ships: Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: $
Dinner Menu

A dining spot inspired by a millennia-old society, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen serves up enticing dishes in an atmospheric space that brings not just good food, but good fortune - a full-service menu features a mix of exotic and familiar dishes designed to challenge and delight your senses including soups, appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, as well as seafood and meat delicacies. For dinner, there is a nominal fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child 11 and under. The fee includes a starter, entrée, dessert and the wait staffs’ gratuity additional gratuities are optional and may be extended in cash or to the guest's Sail & Sign Account, at the guest's discretion. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Ji Ji Asian is also open for lunch, featuring complimentary stir-fry favorites.


Havana Bar™
Ships: Sunshine
Cost: Complimentary food

The Havana Bar is open daily for breakfast and lunch, featuring light Cuban fare such as pastelitos and croquetas. Cuban beverages are available for purchase during the day and nightly when the Havana Bar is transported into a Cuban night club.
Note: Food is not served in the Havana Bar on the Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama and Vista.


The Steakhouse
Ships: Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista
Cost: $
Dinner Menu

With an elegant, but fun-filled, relaxed and somewhat casual atmosphere and a menu that includes steakhouse favorites, the Steakhouse is guaranteed to be a favorite dining spot. There is a nominal fee of $38 per adult and $12 per child, 11 and under (when ordering from the Kids' menu, available upon request). The fee includes a starter, salad, entrée, dessert and the wait staffs’ gratuity additional gratuities are optional and may be extended in cash or to the guest's Sail & Sign Account, at the guest's discretion. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.

Pizza Pirate | Pizzeria del Capitano
Ships with Pizza Pirate: Breeze, Conquest, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Valor
Ships with Pizzeria del Capitano: Dream, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: Complimentary
Pizzeria del Capitano Menu and Pizza Pirate Menu

The Pizzeria located aft on Lido Deck, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes Caesar salads and a variety of oven-baked pizzas.


The Captain’s Pasta Bar | Pasta Bella
Ships with The Captain’s Pasta Bar: Breeze, Horizon, Magic, Panorama, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista
Ships with Pasta Bella: Dream
Cost: Complimentary
Captain’s Pasta Bar Lunch Menu and Pasta Bella Lunch Menu

A delicious lunch time option, with a made-to-order Italian pasta bar.


Cucina del Capitano®
Ships: Breeze, Horizon, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Radiance, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: $
Dinner Menu

A delicious dinner time option with made-to-order Italian favorites in comfortable, relaxed surroundings. For dinner, there is a nominal fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child 11 and under (when ordering from the Kids' menu, available upon request). The fee includes a starter, entrée, dessert and the wait staffs’ gratuity additional gratuities are optional and may be extended in cash or to the guest's Sail & Sign Account, at the guest's discretion. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Cucina del Capitano is also open for lunch with a complimentary made-to-order pasta bar.


The Carnival Deli
Ships: Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Panorama, Paradise, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista
Cost: Complimentary
Lunch and Dinner Menu

Hot and cold deli sandwiches piled-high and don’t forget the Kosher pickles. Open 11:00am-11:00pm daily.

Piazza Panini ( and deli )
Ship: Mardi Gras
Cost: Complimentary
Lunch and Dinner Menu (not available at this time)

Stuffed Italian-style hand-pressed sandwiches and deli favorites such as grilled ham and cheese, hot dogs with fixings and Reuben sandwiches. Specialty Italian desserts will be served after 8:00pm.


Fresh Creations
Ships: Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Vista
Cost: Complimentary
Lunch Menu

Salad bar open for lunch at the adult-only, Serenity.


RedFrog® Pub | RedFrog® Pub and Brewery
Ships with RedFrog Pub: Breeze, Magic, Spirit
Ships with RedFrog Pub and Brewery: Vista
Cost: $
Brewery Drink and Snack Menu

The RedFrog Pub offers a laid-back Caribbean vibe with island-inspired snacks and drinks, including ThirstyFrog Red, a private-label draught beer brewed especially for Carnival. Guests can nosh on Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, firecracker Jamaican chicken wings and other Caribbean favorites. There is a nominal $3.33 fee for snacks (a la carte). The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service.
Note: Snacks are not served in The RedFrog Pub on the Freedom, Legend, Miracle, Pride, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine and Valor.


BlueIguana Cantina™
Ships: ALL ( excluding Splendor )
Cost: Complimentary
Breakfast Menu and Lunch Menu

The BlueIguana Cantina is a poolside dining destination, open for breakfast and lunch. Hungry guests can watch the tortilla maker create fresh wheat and jalapeño tortillas, then consume freshly made burritos (breakfast burritos in the morning) and tacos with a variety of toppings, fillings and salsas.


Guy’s Burger Joint
Ships: ALL
Cost: Complimentary
Menu

At Guy’s Burger Joint, Carnival and successful restaurateur, cookbook author and television star Guy Fieri have come together to cook up the best burgers at sea, and best of all, they are free! Guests have a choice of delicious fresh-off-the-grill burgers designed by Fieri, or they can make their own at a condiment bar by adding a variety of tasty toppings. Burgers are complemented by hand-cut fries. For lunch, a snack or early dinner, guests can drop by this laid-back poolside dining venue modeled after a road-side burger joint off an iconic coastal highway.


Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse
Ships: Breeze, Dream, Magic, Radiance, Sunrise, Vista
Cost: Complimentary
Lunch Menu

Guy Fieri has expanded his seagoing culinary offerings with this complimentary open-air eatery located at the Lanai on the Promenade Deck (Deck 10 on Sunrise). The Smokehouse features Guy’s signature recipes such as pork butt, chicken, Andouille sausage, round of beef and sides such as Mac Daddy Mac n Cheese, potato salad, slaw, collard greens and baked beans. Open 12:00pm-2:30pm on sea days.


Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse | Brewhouse
Ships: Celebration, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Panorama
Cost: $
Dinner Menu

Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, open 5:00pm til' late every night, offers an à la carte menu featuring barbecue dishes such as brisket custom-smoked for 12 hours, Memphis-style baby back ribs, dry-rubbed and grill-finished chicken, pulled pork, and cedar-smoked salmon. All items are served with coleslaw, sweet pickles, and golden honey cornbread or Texas toast. Decadent desserts like freshly baked cobbler, piled-high banana cream pie and gooey pecan pie offer a sweet conclusion to a satisfying and memorable meal. Open for lunch on embarkation day and sea days (12:00pm-2:30pm), Guy's Pig & Anchor features a complimentary buffet with Fieri's signature dishes.


Ol' Fashioned BBQ
Ships: Conquest, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Spirit, Splendor, Valor
Cost: Complimentary
Lunch Menu

Located on the second floor of the Lido Restaurant, this venue offers a mouth-watering array of barbeque favorites, including pork butt, chicken and smoked beef, along with traditional sides such as mac n' cheese, potato salad, scratch made slaw, molasses baked beans, soft buns as well as special sauces - Brown Sugar, Kansas City and Spicy Sriracha BBQ Sauce. Open daily, 12:00pm-2:30pm.

Emeril Lagasse’s first-ever restaurant at sea, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner features an à la carte menu with his hometown of New Orleans favorites - such as fried oysters, BBQ shrimp, duck & sausage gumbo, po-boys, muffaletta sandwiches, fresh ceviche, jambalaya and for breakfast, choices such as shrimp and grits, breakfast po-boys and bananas foster crepes! Raw bar, incredible desserts and a New Orleans atmosphere round out the experience. Prices range from $4 to $7.

Rudi's Seagrill™
Ship: Mardi Gras
Cost: $
Dinner Menu

Rudi's Seargrill features next-level seafood selections, showcasing acclaimed culinary artist Rudi Sodamin's innovative artistry and "plates with personalities" where guests can feast their eyes on a new personable presentation every time they dine. The flavorful menu includes crab cake, salt-roasted spot prawns, broiled lobster tail - just to name a few. But the fun doesn't stop there, you will be entertained with several dishes presented as playful "food faces" that will be Instagram-worthy pieces of art. There is a nominal fee of $38 per adult and $12 per child 11 and under (when ordering from the Kids' menu, available upon request). The fee includes a starter, entrée, dessert and the wait staffs’ gratuity additional gratuities are optional and may be extended in cash or to the guest's Sail & Sign Account, at the guest's discretion. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.

Big Chicken
Ships: Celebration, Mardi Gras, Radiance
Cost: Complimentary
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu

A seagoing version of a restaurant created by Carnival's Chief Fun Officer, Shaquille O’Neal, Big Chicken features a delectable variety of fried chicken sandwiches and traditional sides such as fries, potato salad and jalapeno slaw. Breakfast is served all day with options such as chicken and egg biscuits and three-cheese omelets.

Seafood Shack™
Ships: Conquest, Celebration, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Panorama, Splendor, Sunrise, Valor, Vista
Cost: $
Lunch and Dinner Menu

A New England-inspired eatery, Seafood Shack is a casual dining venue on the Lido Deck, open daily for lunch and dinner. This seafood-lovers’ paradise will feature a menu full of delicious, fresh favorites including lobster rolls, steamed lobster, fried shrimp, crab cakes, fried clams and more. Prices range from $3 to $16.

Seafood Corner
Ships: Legend, Spirit
Cost: $
Lunch and Dinner Menu (not available at this time)

A taste of the ocean is never far when you’re on board a cruise ship! Open daily for lunch and dinner, fresh and delicious seafood offerings including shrimp and clam buckets, classic fish and chips and more.

Street Eats
Ships: Celebration, Mardi Gras
Cost: Complimentary

Street Eats is Carnival’s tribute to food trucks, stalls and carts, with three ever-changing open-air stations. Steam Dream, specializes in the steamiest stuff this side of the spa, featuring favorites like bao buns and pot stickers. Mad Sizzle, with the likes of kebab and satay. And Time Fries, which serves up fries loaded up with culinary creations from our chefs, like cheesesteak fries!

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast
Ships: ALL
Cost: $
Brunch Menu

This special breakfast will take place one time each cruise in the main dining room. Bright colors and patterns decorate the dining room and wait staff set the tone with Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms. The unique menu includes ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, brightly colored fruit, gravity-defying pancake stacks, funky French toast, ‘Moose Juice’ ‘n’ ‘Goose Juice’… and much more. Classic breakfast offerings are available as well. Popular Dr. Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two and Sam will join guests for fun interactions and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. There is a nominal fee of $6 per guest, including children an automatic 18% gratuity will be added. The fee does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made on board and walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.



The Chef’s Table
Ships: ALL
Cost: $

This one-of-a-kind culinary experience includes an exquisite multi-course dinner hosted by one of the line’s master chefs along with a private reception and a personalized tour of the galley. With The Chef’s Table, a select group of 12-16 guests enjoy champagne and hors d’ouevres hosted by the ship’s chef de cuisine. The chef then takes the group on a personalized tour to see the galley in operation, providing participants with a unique perspective on Carnival’s extensive food and beverage operations. The evening concludes with a sumptuous full-service dinner with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts created by the line’s master chefs. Depending on the vessel, the meal takes place in non-traditional dining venues throughout the ship – the galley, library, conference center, etc. On the Carnival Celebration, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Vista and Mardi Gras, there is a dedicated dining room for Chef’s Table with window views into the galley.

There is a cover charge of $95 per person* on the following ships: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Celebration, Carnival Dream, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Vista and Mardi Gras. On these ships, the Chef’s Table offers an enhanced experience with premium wines and more personalized interaction with the chef including on-site culinary demonstrations. The cover charge is $75 per person* on all other ships. *An automatic 18% gratuity will be added to the cover charge and applied directly to the guest’s Sail & Sign account. The cover charge does not include any beverage that is normally ordered through bar service such as wine, liquor, soda and bottled water. Reservations are highly recommended and can be requested prior to your cruise on Carnival.com by accessing ‘My Cruise Manager’. Reservations can also be made onboard at the Guest Services Desk, space permitting. Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate. Note: Very limited number of guests may participate!



Promenade Coffee Bar | Ocean Plaza Café
Ships with Promenade Coffee Bar: Conquest, Ecstasy, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Spirit, Valor
Ships with Ocean Plaza Café: Breeze, Dream, Magic
Cost: $
Drink Menu

A European-style café, featuring specialty coffees and teas, ice cream treats and fabulous pastries for a nominal cost: Specialty Coffee ($1.75-$4.50) Specialty Tea ($1.95) Ice Cream Delights ($2.75-$3.50) Pastries and Cookies ($1.00-$2.00) Milk Shakes ($3.95).

JavaBlue™ Cafe
Ships: Celebration, Elation, Horizon, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Panorama, Radiance, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: $
Drink Menu and Dessert Menu

The JavaBlue Café, features fun twists on hot and cold drinks as well as sweet, baked treats. Beverages ($1.95-$5.75) and Sweets ($1.00-$1.95).


Shake Spot™
Ships: Horizon, Panorama, Sunshine, Vista
Cost: $
Menu

The Shake Spot features a variety of tempting, handcrafted shakes and indulgent floats, including those of the spiked-variety. Milkshakes and Floats ($3.95) and Spiked Milkshakes and Floats ($7.75).


Cherry on Top™
Ships: Breeze, Celebration, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Horizon, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Mardi Gras, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Radiance, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunrise, Sunshine, Valor, Vista
Cost: $

A well-stocked candy-and-more-store in addition, premium ice cream, made to order is available on the Horizon, Panorama and Vista.


Swirls
Ships: ALL
Cost: Complimentary

Self-serve soft Ice cream and Frozen Yogurt (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry), available 24/7 in the Lido Restaurant or poolside area.


Lido Deck Restaurant - 24/7 Beverages
Ships: ALL
Cost: Complimentary

The following beverages are available in the Lido Deck Restaurant, 24/7: Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate, Lemonade and Unsweetened Iced Tea.


Tea Time
Ships: ALL
Cost: Complimentary

Tea, cookies and pastries served in the the dining room or lounge in the late afternoon.

Room Service is available 24 hours a day with a selection of sandwiches, salads, specialty items and desserts as well as a continental breakfast menu each morning, 5:00am to 10:00am (excluding the last day of the cruise). Charges may apply. Beverages will be charged at regular bar menu prices.


Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista debuted in May 2016 as the first of Carnival Cruise Line's innovative Vista Class series with lots of fun and exciting new features. The 133,500-ton, 3,954-guest ship is also its largest to-date, designed to highlight the connection of passengers with the special seagoing experience with added outdoor spaces and al fresco dining venues so you can enjoy the fresh sea breezes. The floating resort is ideal for families, groups of friends and cruisers of all ages with an abundance of amenities and activities, including almost 30 dining and drinking venues. Chill-out at the many bars, including one where you can taste craft beers at the onboard brewery.

Whether you're looking for a fun retreat at the new Family Harbor staterooms or you prefer the privacy of the new Havana Cabanas, you will feel right at home in spacious accommodations. Leisurely pleasures also abound. Indulge in a host of rejuvenating treatments massages, at the two-deck spa, relax in the thermal suite with four steam chambers and keep up with your exercise routines at a fitness center and at the jogging track. A hair and beauty salon offers a variety of services.

Stretch out on a Balinese-style lounge at an area that is a retreat that is exclusive for adults while also enjoying bar service and the glorious vistas. Melt your cares away at the peaceful whirlpools and get a massage in a private hut. While you are indulging in some "me" time, excitement and fun are provided to children with age-specific youth activities.

Several exciting features made their debut on Carnival Vista, such as the first IMAX Theatre at sea and an open-air aerial attraction designed for thrill-seekers which lets them ride recumbent-like bikes and circle around the 800-foot track 150 feet above the sea. The water park features Carnival Cruise Line's first raft-riding water tube slide &mdash at 455-feet-long &mdash you will have an exhilarating time. You can also relax at the three pools and head to the huge sports area for some family fun time at a ropes course, mini-golf and more.

Enticing culinary delights are offered on Carnival Vista. Savor delicious international cuisine at the two main dining rooms, both with an extensive menu that changes daily. The casual Lido buffet features a variety of food to please everyone's palate and Carnival's first seafood shack &mdash a New England-inspired eatery &mdash serves such classics as lobster rolls, crab cakes and clam chowder. Enticing culinary options also include delicious Asian dishes, sushi, Mexican cuisine and a classic steakhouse. Grab a hand-crafted burger with all the toppings and fresh-cut fries at the poolside burger joint.

Choose from a variety of spacious accommodations, including suites, balconies, interior staterooms and oceanviews. "Family Zone" with Family Harbor Staterooms & Suites were introduced on Carnival Vista and can accommodate up to five guests. Retreat to your own oasis at the new Havana Cabana Suites, with a rain shower in the bathroom and private outdoor patio where you can sink into comfy lounge chairs and enjoy the sea breeze from a hammock. Designed with a relaxing ambiance, spa staterooms and suites offer guests easy spa access and other amenities.

Entertainment on Carnival Vista, including the first at sea IMAX Theatre, shows Hollywood blockbusters on a three-deck-high screen. A huge multiplex offers a theater with special effects that will leave you awe-struck. The comedians will keep you laughing at the comedy club. Go dancing and join in the fun at deck parties. Unforgettable nights include a magical experience under the stars with spectacular lighting effects and the excitement at the bustling casino. Enjoy new vistas on this fun-filled ship.


Carnival Cruise Line

CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines Coronavirus update

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Cruise shipping services are currently planned to resume on July 1, 2021.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021 - MARDI GRAS (Aug 7/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), PANORAMA (Aug 7/Long Beach LA), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas), BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), MAGIC (Nov 6/Port Canaveral), DREAM (Aug 8/Galveston), SPLENDOR (Sept 25/Sydney Australia), FREEDOM (Oct 15/Miami), LIBERTY (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), GLORY (Aug 1/NOLA New Orleans), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), CONQUEST (Aug 2/Miami), SPIRIT (Sept 19/Brisbane Australia), PRIDE (Aug 1/Baltimore to Caribbean), RADIANCE (Nov 5/Long Beach LA), SUNRISE (Aug 5/Miami), ELATION (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), PARADISE (Nov 2/Tampa), SUNSHINE (Aug 2/Charleston SC), SENSATION (Aug 2/Mobile Alabama), ECSTASY (Aug 5/Jacksonville FL).

The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, then June 5, July 3, Oct 2. Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 - October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled. Carnival's 2021 Alaska from Seattle (Freedom) and Alaska from San Francisco (Miracle) programs were both canceled. All Carnival ship relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) in 2021 were canceled.

Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on November 5.

Carnival Australia ships restart cruises on July 8 (Splendor/from Sydney NSW) and Sept 19 (Spirit/from Brisbane QLD). CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

Due to scheduled drydock refurbishments, the ships Magic (from Port Canaveral), Paradise (from Tampa) and Valor (from NOLA-New Orleans) start voyages on November 6.

  • Carnival Magic's cruises from Miami (March-May), from Norfolk VA (to Bermuda and Caribbean/May-June and September-November) and from NYC (Canada New England and Eastern Caribbean/June-September) were canceled.
  • Carnival Paradise's Western Caribbean roundtrips from Tampa (March 19 through November 1) were all canceled.
  • Carnival Valor's Western Caribbean roundtrips from NOLA (April 29 through November 1) were all canceled.

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (must be made by May 31, 2021), refunds are in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter receive a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer receive a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment are penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

Carnival Cruise Line fleet

Carnival Conquest

Carnival Spirit

Carnival Pride

Carnival Radiance

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Elation

Carnival Paradise

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sensation

Carnival Ecstasy

Review of Carnival Cruise Line

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Cruise shipping services are currently planned to resume in July 2021. Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 through October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled and the ship restarts on Nov 14, out of Baltimore to Bermuda.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021 - MARDI GRAS (Aug 7/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), PANORAMA (Aug 7/Long Beach LA), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas), BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), MAGIC (Nov 6/Port Canaveral), DREAM (Aug 8/Galveston), SPLENDOR (Sept 25/Sydney Australia), FREEDOM (Oct 15/Miami), LIBERTY (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), GLORY (Aug 1/NOLA New Orleans), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), CONQUEST (Aug 2/Miami), SPIRIT (Sept 19/Brisbane Australia), PRIDE (Aug 1/Baltimore to Caribbean), RADIANCE (Nov 5/Long Beach LA), SUNRISE (Aug 5/Miami), ELATION (Aug 2/Port Canaveral), PARADISE (Nov 2/Tampa), SUNSHINE (Aug 2/Charleston SC), SENSATION (Aug 2/Mobile Alabama), ECSTASY (Aug 5/Jacksonville FL).

The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, June 5, July 3, Oct 2. Carnival Legend ship's Europe 2021 program (May 17 - October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled. Carnival's 2021 Alaska from Seattle (Freedom) and Alaska from San Francisco (Miracle) programs were both canceled. All Carnival ship relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) in spring and fall 2021 were canceled.

Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on November 5.

Carnival Australia ships restart cruises on July 8 (Splendor/from Sydney NSW) and Sept 19 (Spirit/from Brisbane QLD). CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

Due to scheduled drydock refurbishments, the ships Magic (from Port Canaveral), Paradise (from Tampa) and Valor (from New Orleans) restart voyages on November 6.

  • Carnival Magic's cruises from Miami (March-May), from Norfolk VA (to Bermuda and Caribbean/May-June and September-November) and from NYC (Canada New England and Eastern Caribbean/June-September) were canceled.
  • Carnival Paradise's Western Caribbean roundtrips from Tampa (March 19 through November 1) were all canceled.
  • Carnival Valor's Western Caribbean roundtrips from NOLA (April 29 through November 1) were all canceled.

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (must be made by May 31, 2021), refunds are in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter receive a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer receive a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment are penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

IMPORTANT: In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (CCL's parent company) announced that intends to sell 13 ships in FY2020 - instead of the previously expected fleet optimization planned over the next 3-5 years.

  • The list of sold for scrapping liners includes Carnival Inspiration (1996-built, age 24) and Carnival Fantasy (1990 / 30-yo). On July 23, CCL announced that Fantasy and Inspiration are sold but not to be scrapped. The same statement mentioned that the ships Fascination and Imagination move to a cold lay-up (long term no-sail) status.
  • Carnival Fascination's schedule 2020-2021 based on homeporting in San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Bridgetown (Barbados) was canceled. The ship's new homeport (Mobile AL) and itineraries in 2022 were also canceled. On September 16 was announced that Carnival Fascination is sold (to an undisclosed buyer, hopefully not for scrap).

CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines (website) is a USA passenger shipping company based in Doral, Florida (Miami suburb). The company was originally private (independent), founded in 1972 by Ted Arison (1924-1999). The initial public offering of 20% common stock in 1987 provided capital for fleet expansion. Today, CCL (global market share 22% / passengers and 9% / revenue) is one of the 10 brands owned by Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company (followed by RCCL Royal Caribbean). As of 2018, Carnival Corporation controls around 39% of the global ship cruising market (revenue) and around 48% (passengers), with full ownership of 9 brands (AIDA, CCL, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, P&O / UK and Australia, Princess, Seabourn).

CCL has the largest fleet in the Corporation's group of companies and accounts for over 1/5 of group's worldwide market share. CCL's executive control is provided by Corporation's North American division. Carnival pioneered the concept of less expensive, short-break cruise itineraries. In 1996, the 101,000-GT Carnival Destiny (now Sunshine) became the world's biggest passenger ship and the first to weigh over 100,000 tons. In October 2012, Carnival Corporation ordered a new-class liner for CCL. It was built by Fincantieri (Italy) as company's largest ever, with passenger capacity 4000, GT tonnage 133,500, speed 23kn (43 kph / 26 mph). The Panama-flagged newbuild (Carnival Vista) was delivered in 2016.

In mid-April 2021, CCL introduced the Carnival Edition Family Feud (priced at US$25). The cruise-themed version of the board game includes 150 questions related to CCL and cruise travel in general.

On February 16, 2021, CCL officially launched "Carnival Monopoly" available for online purchase for USD 40. The limited-edition board game is cruise-themed (Carnival ship properties, port taxes, Cruise Director announcements).

Since January 2020, via partnership with PepsiCo Carnival's North American fleet serves various Pepsi-branded beverages, including sparkling water, energy drinks, iced teas, sodas, juices (also no-sugar and low-calorie variations), Starbucks coffee. The list of Carnival's PepsiCo beverages includes Bubly (water), Gatorade (sports drink), Naked Juice, MTN Dew (carbonated), Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, Pure Leaf (iced teas), Sierra Mist (lemon-lime flavored), Sierra Mist Zero.

(news 5978) In August 2019, CCL signed a deal with The Bahamas to build a new cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. The project (

USD 100 million) will create

In November 2019, CCL partnered with Uplift (travel now and pay over time platform). Instead of paying in full upon booking, Uplift Pay Monthly allows Carnival's customers to pay their cruise over time - by making monthly payments for up to 2 years (24 months). The new option allows securing the ship, stateroom and itinerary with a predetermined payment plan and monthly amounts. The new cruise payment option is available for US and Canadian residents only, for all Carnival cruise destinations and through any travel agent, via Carnival.com and company's call centers. In late-November 2019 was launched shop.carnival.com (online retail store) selling Carnival-logoed merchandise.

In May 2019, CCL partnered with Harlem Globetrotters (exhibition basketball team) to serve as team's official cruise line sponsor, with Carnival-inspired activations taking place at 150+ shows per year. In July 2019, CCL signed a partnership with "Clean the World" - hospitality recycling organization that recycles hotel soap and amenities. Carnival fleet's discarded remnants from staterooms are taken to a recycling center ashore where are sanitized, melted down and reprocessed. The newly-formed bars are not reused onboard, but distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide. As of 2019, Clean the World recycles and distributes recycled hygiene products to 127+ countries.

In April 2019, CCL expanded the shipboard youth programming (fleetwide) via exclusive partnership with Zumbini. The company specializes in 45-min high-energy classes and activities (for kids 0-4 years-old) that combine playing, singing and dancing. Zumbini classes (created by Zumba and BabyFirst) feature group sing-alongs, using musical instruments and learning activities. Carnival's Zumbini program is free of charge, led by ship's youth staff and with 2 classes (30-min each) held at Camp Ocean and other venues. The program targets Carnival Penguins (2-to-5 years old) and is available on itineraries 6-day or longer.

In March 2019, CCL signed an exclusive partnership with Lakeland Brewing Company (Florida) to can and keg CCL own private label beers crafted by a professional brewery team on the new liners Vista and Horizon (at sea). The 3 new craft beers (ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale) are based on unique recipes and currently available (on tap and in 16-oz cans) fleetwide and also at CCL's private port destinations. In October were added ParchedPig Pumpkin Ale and ParchedPig Beach Lager. In mid-March 2019 started construction works on the exclusive Carnival Terminal 3 in Port Canaveral (scheduled inauguration in Oct 2020).

In February 2019, CCL added X-ray security 3D scanning at 9 of company's homeports in North America. For the project (installing a total of 91 units) was contracted "VOTI Detection" (Montreal-based company). The 3D scanners feature advanced imaging and remote diagnosis capabilities. They save the image files which (if needed) can be later re-analyzed.

In October 2018, the word "tender" (large boat used for ship-to-shore passenger transportation in ports without berthing facilities) was replaced with "water shuttle". Since Dec 1, 2018, violators of company's shipboard smoking policy are disembarked at the next call port. Previously, they were fined USD 500 cleaning fee.

With the 3x Vista-class liners (Vista/2016, Horizon/2018, Panorama/2019) were introduced the fleet-firsts "IMAX Theater at Sea" (87-seats cinema/part of Carnival Multiplex), "SkyRide" (outdoor/aerial bicycle ride/suspended 2-track bike course), Havana Staterooms (cabin complex with a swimming pool, sundeck, lounge, lanai balconies).

NEW Carnival-XL ship

On November 15, 2018, was the steel-cutting ceremony for Carnival's first XL-Class (largest) cruise liner. The 183900 GT-ton newbuild also features a new livery and is LNG-powered.

The shipbuilder is Meyer Werft (Turku Shipyard, Finland). The first vessel (Carnival Mardi Gras) is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and homeported in Port Canaveral Florida. The second liner/sistership Carnival Celebration is homeported in Miami starting in November 2022 (the year when CCL celebrates company's 50th Anniversary/on March 11th).

The XL-Class design features a new (red-white-navy blue) hull and was created by the NYC-based naval architecture firm "Bluarch Architecture". The new liners have length 1130 ft (344 m) and passenger capacity 5200 (lower berths). Among the various fleet-first and industry-first innovations is The Ultimate Playground (aft on decks 18-19) - a large family-friendly outdoor play area highlighted by fleet's largest Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark) and an expanded SportSquare (sports complex with a basketball court, ropes course, jogging track, mini-golf). Also new is the "BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster" (first at sea). The aft-located (Deck 19) BOLT was designed and built by Maurer Rides (Munich Germany-based company) specializing in roller coaster manufacturing. The race track has length 244 m (800 ft), with twists, turns, drops and speeds up to 64 kph (40 mph). Individual speeds are posted after the race. Carnival's roller coaster is all-electric and allows 2 riders to race along in motorbike-like vehicles at height 57 m (187 ft) above the sea. The experience features breathtaking top-deck 360-degree seaviews and ends with a high-speed turn around the cruise ship's funnel (smokestack/chimney).

(NEW) Carnival China cruise brand

In February 2015, Carnival Corporation signed a MoU with China Merchants Group for 2 joint ventures. The MoU outlined an eventual partnership that could result in a new cruise brand (joint shipowner company), as well as joint development plans for Chinese seaports and destination.

  • MoU's joint venture port plans included the development of transit and turnaround/homeports within China. China Merchants Group (founded 1872) is a state-owned company focusing on infrastructure and transportation, also real estate development and financial services. Currently, Carnival Corporation serves the Chinese market through the brands Princess and Costa.
  • In October 2015, Carnival Corp signed an agreement with the Chinese companies SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd, a subsidiary of CSSC / China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and China Investment Corp. The USD 3,88 billion deal established the Hong Kong-based joint venture company CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping to place ship orders with SWS. The company plans to build up to 5 new vessels per year for the next 15-20 years. All ships will be China-homeported and with technical support and design plans provided by Fincantieri. SWS builds some of the world's largest container ships (capacity up to 21000 TEUs) for CSCL.

In February 2017, Carnival Corp and CSSC announced an agreement to build 2 new ships for "CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd". The deal was officially signed on November 6, 2018.

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Carnival Cruise Line ships

Carnival Cruise Line is best-known for implementing top-notch marine technologies, innovative vessel construction methods and ship designs. Its customers are mostly Americans, 30% of which under 35 yo, 40% - between 35-55, 30% over 55.

All CCL liners names have the prefix "Carnival", and are also trademarked "The Fun Ships". Also trademarked is the ship's funnel - colored in red-white-blue, and shaped like a whale tail. Company's vessels offer spacious public spaces and staterooms that are one of the largest at sea with a huge variety of stateroom types in several categories. Between the high-quality amenities are Carnival's terry robes and "Comfort Bed" sleep system with deluxe mattresses, linens, duvets, and pillows - Suite guests can even choose from a "pillow menu".

Carnival is famous for its great cuisine and multiple dining options. The long list of dining venues includes the Main Dining Rooms (with 5-course meals), Chef's Table (ship tour and gourmet cuisine), Supper Club with steakhouse favorites (reservations-only), BlueIguana Cantina (Mexican), Sushi Bar, European-style Patisseries and Cafes, Poolside Bars, themed Kids Dining, Midnight Buffets, 24-hour Pizza and Room Service.

Carnival Cruise Lines ships provide a variety of onboard activities - from napkin-folding classes, Vegas-style revues, and gourmet and galley-kitchen tours to cool deck parties, belly-flop pool competitions, and waterslide races. Signature shipboard facilities are Seaside Theatre (outdoors), Thrill Theatre (3D Cinema), Disco Nightclub, Casino (gambling, tournaments), Stage Shows, Playlist Productions, Hasbro Game Show, Carnival Waterworks (aqua park with slides).

For those who love sports, Carnival has done a great job by creating the SportSquare with ropes SkyCourse, SkyRide and Basketball Court, also used also for Soccer and Volleyball. Since October 2016, Carnival Cruise Line ships offer bocce court activities, due to an inflatable court developed by the company Packaworld (New Zealand). The new activity was added following successful test trials (on Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride) run by American Bocce Company (USA).

Bocce (aka bocci) is a nodules sport similar to lawn bowls. However, the traditional courts are usually made of wood and sized 60x12 ft (1830x365 cm, which is a lot of space to install bocce on cruise ships. To overcome the problem, the NZ company Packaworld developed inflatable "Packabocce", making it easier to bring the game to new locations. The portable courts are sized 30x8 ft / 914x244 cm (recreation) and 22x6 ft / 670x180 cm (mini court) and can be set up in just minutes.

The portable bocce courts are also available in some of the ship's indoor public spaces (including bars). The new onboard activity is offered fleetwide, including on the Australia-based ships, where are also available giant board games (like Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who, Cranium).

SkyRide is an outdoor/aerial bicycle ride (suspended 2-track bike course) on the newest Vista-class Carnival ships.

This is cruise industry's first pedal-powered open-air bike ride in hanging bikes encircling around an 800-ft / 245-m long suspended track on the ship's top deck, allowing 360-degree panoramic views 150 ft / 46 m above sea level.

Foosball and Ping-Pong tables are available, as well as a Walking/Jogging track and Fitness Center with a separate room for Yoga, Aerobics and Pilates classes.

There is also a Mini-Golf course and great golf cruise packages created for keen golfers.

Carnival caters for families with amazing kids programs. Kids club activities by "Camp Ocean" kids program feature "Dr. Seuss at Sea" entertainment programming. At the same time moms and dads are able to unwind in the many relaxation lounges and complexes: Carnival Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity Adult Retreat, themed Bars (RedFrog, BlueIguana, Alchemy, Havana, Sports), big-size Swimming Pools and Whirlpools.

Carnival has been spending a lot on fleetwide refurbishments and upgrades since 2007. The initiative "Evolutions of Fun" cost USD 350 million on 8x Fantasy-class liners and included new open-deck spaces, kids- and family-themed facilities and activities, "Carnival WaterWorks" aqua park with water-slides.

The "Fun Ship 2.0" program (launched in 2011) cost USD 500 million and added fleetwide new dining venues, redesigned cabins, themed bars, lounges, clubs. Program's biggest part was the Carnival Destiny-Carnival Sunshine transformation in 2013 - USD 155 million, 49-day drydock refit-refurbishment.

This official YouTube video reviews Dream-class vessels (Breeze, Dream, Magic) as facilities and onboard amenities.

Next link is to CruiseMapper's Carnival cruise secrets, tips, and tricks. At the following link, you can compare Carnival's major rival - Royal Caribbean (fleet and review of RCI's cruising experience).

ATM (cash) machines are available onboard all Carnival ships since 2009. The service is exclusively provided by Cardtronics and available to both passengers and crew. In 2016, ATMs were also installed in ships' crew sections. Each Carnival ship has all 4 ATMs - 2 located in high-traffic passenger areas and 2 are exclusively for the crew.

Since August 2018, CCL doesn't require passengers to complete health-related questionnaires during check-in. Instead, they are asked to self-report illnesses, without answering questions on paper. At port terminals upon departure were installed health signage to remind practicing hand hygiene and reporting any illness to staff crew.

Carnival cruise gratuities (2019-2020 cruises)

Daily gratuities are per person (pp):

  • USD 12,95 pp (standard staterooms - interior, oceanview, balcony, both adults and kids)
  • USD 13,95 (suites). Suite perks (in addition to priority embarkation/debarkation in all ports, confirmed main dining room preference) also receive priority tender service, free in-cabin bottled water, 1 complimentary bag of laundry (per cruise), enhanced turndown service.
  • Cruise gratuities for children - tips don't apply to kids less than two years of age.
  • On Carnival ships departing from Australian ports tipping is not compulsory,
  • On Cruises To Nowhere, the amount of gratuities PP per day is USD 12,95.
  • Carnival Barbados deals (any itinerary visiting Barbados), all gratuities are prepaid and added upon booking.
  • Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.
  • Passengers can prepay gratuities.
  • The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).
  • Room Service staff tipping is not compulsory.

For drinks purchases, an automatic 18% gratuity is added to the bill. Charges are applied directly to the onboard account. An automatic 15% gratuity is added to "Chef's Table" (dining package) cover charge and applied directly to the onboard account.

Follows the breakdown of the gratuities on Carnival cruises (in USD, per day, per person):

  • Housekeeping staff: USD 4,05 (standard cabins) USD 5,05 (suites)
  • Dining/wait staff: USD 6,40
  • Alternative Services (kitchen, entertainment, passenger services, other hotel staff members): USD 2,50.

The following table shows the total amount of gratuities (per person) based on the Carnival cruise itinerary duration:


CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

Fun, Theme-Park Ambience: The fanciful, sometimes wacko, decor on these vessels is unmatched.

Entertaining Entertainment: Elaborate production shows, the Punchliner Comedy Club (one of the best comedy venues at sea), and the kids’ Seuss-at-Sea program offer distractions for all ages. There’s also make your own fun type entertainments, like casino tournaments, trivia contests and hairy chest competitions catnip to some cruisers, too vulgar for others.

An Insomniac’s Delight: When passengers on most ships are calling it a night, Carnival’s guests are just getting busy with diversions such as midnight adult comedy shows, raging discos, and 24-hour pizza parlors.

Food: There was a time when Carnival ranked last in this category, but in the last few years the line has stepped up its game. Just how far has the line improved beyond iceberg lettuce-filled salad bars? The truth is, while some older ships remain stuck in the past that pizza dough they’re tossing in the air? It’s for show on some ships the one they’re bringing you was frozen it’s hard not to be impressed with their newer restaurants.

Crowds: These are big ships with lots of people on board, and you’re going to feel it when you’re checking in. Disembarking. Waiting in line for lunch at the buffet. Trying to find a deck chair by the pool.

Cheesiness: Line dancing to a DJ by the pool, fueled with bottles of beer, just isn’t everyone’s taste nor are hairy back contests.

The definition of mass market, Carnival is the Big Kahuna of the industry, boasting a modern fleet of loud megaships that cater to a fun-loving crowd. But with the 90’s fading into the rearview mirror (and the ships built in that decade and soon thereafter), what you think you know about Carnival is probably wrong. The line has toned down the formerly retina-shattering decor found of its earliest ships. Starting with Carnival Breeze in 2012, the onboard look became…well, not sedate, bus definitely mellower. Yes, boats still are done up in bold, primary colors, and every once in a while you’ll encounter a chandelier in the form of an octopus, but overall the interior of these ships boast sleeker lines, contemporary metallic details and fewer dizzying patterns on the drapes and carpets. In addition, food has improved substantially, as have amenities, with Carnival now featuring the fastest and cheapest shipboard Wi-Fi we’ve ever experienced. These are still Fun Ships no doubt about it but Carnival isn’t far off when it calls these new vessels Fun Ship 2.0.

Carnival does not pretend to be a luxury experience. It doesn’t claim to have gourmet food (although it has recently garnered praise for serving some of the best meals of any mass-market ship), and it doesn’t promise around-the-clock pampering. The motto is fun, with a big focus on entertainment, friendly service, and creative cruise directors (who can be corny sometimes, but at least they’re lively). Carnival’s FunTimes daily program frequently offers more than 100 individual things to do in any given day. That said, the festive atmosphere does vary by region it’s a little more subdued on, say, the line’s voyages to Alaska than a similar cruise to the Caribbean might be. Deck parties are, after all, tough to do when it’s cold and raining out.

Carnival’s bread-and-butter is the Caribbean, with voyages leaving from nearly a dozen U.S. homeports. Many of Carnival’s other sailings are to sunny destinations Bermuda, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and the Mexican Riviera. But the line also travels to Alaska, Canada and New England, and Australia. European cruises are less common: They came back in 2016 with the launch of Carnival Vista, but are off the books again for 2017 and beyond.

On Carnival, you’ll find couples, a few singles, and a good share of families. (In fact, the line carries more than 700,000 kids a year the most in the cruise industry.) Overall, Carnival has some of the youngest demographics in the industry. But it’s far more than age that defines the line’s customers.

Carnival executives are fond of using the word spirited to describe the typical Carnival passenger, and indeed, it’s right on target. The line’s many fans increasingly come from a wide range of ages as well as occupations, backgrounds, and income levels, but they share an unpretentious and outgoing demeanor.

This is a line for people who don’t mind at all that their dinner will be interrupted by the loud music and flashing lights of a dance show starring their waiters. Passengers want to see whales or beaches, but they will also dance the Macarena, stay up all night in the disco, and then order a bucket of beer at the pool bar to drink while they watch friends compete in contests to see how many Ping-Pong balls they can stuff in their bikinis.

Food in the dining rooms and buffets is bountiful, and the cuisine is traditional American: Red meat is popular on these ships. But preparations of more nouvelle dishes are also in evidence today (like broiled Chilean sea bass with truffle butter or smoked turkey tenderloin with asparagus). Spa and vegetarian fare are also always an option. In a nod to more adventurous eaters, Carnival’s dining room menus include an item called, Didja Ever?, a dish that rotates nightly and includes options like frog’s legs, alligator fritters (delicious), and escargots bourguignonne.

The alternate eating venues both those that are complimentary and those that come with a fee have received a big upgrade in recent years. Even die-hard foodies have been surprised by the 180-degree shift. Here are some highlights (which are only on select ships at this time):

Guy’s Burger Joint: Carnival teamed up with Food Network star Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and the brain behind a series of restaurants of dubious distinction, to create what are undoubtedly the best burgers at sea. The patties are ground onboard and buns are baked daily. Best of all, the fare at this poolside stand is complimentary.

Bluelguana Cantina: Also located on the pool deck, this Mexican spot (no extra charge) makes its own tortilla chips, offers a salsa bar with plenty of options, and fries up impressive Baja-style fish tacos. Their chili-braised pork tacos are also killer.

Fahrenheit 555: This classic steakhouse is better than many steakhouse specialty restaurants on more expensive ships, with some surprisingly creative dishes, like the wasabi-infused mashed potatoes.

Until recently, meals in the main dining rooms were always served at assigned tables, with two seatings per meal. But the line has also rolled out an alternative, eat-when-you-want dining option for passengers called Your Time dining. Passengers must sign up for Your Time dining in advance, generally when they first make their cruise booking. It’s completely free, and you can use Carnival’s online Cruise Personalizer to select between Your Time dining or traditional Early or Late seating dinner.

The casual lunch buffets include international (Italian, Indian, and so on, with a different cuisine featured daily), deli, rotisserie, and pizza stations the breakfast buffet has everything from made-to-order egg dishes to cold cereals and pastries. Guests wishing to dine casually often come here for dinner as well. Most Carnival cruise ships also have an onboard steakhouse, similar to Fahrenheit 555 listed above. These all go by different names depending on the ship, but offer the same high-quality dining experience and menu.

If Atlantic City and Las Vegas appeal to you, Carnival will, too. Slot machines begin clanging by 8 or 9am in the casinos when the ships are at sea (tables open at 11am), and servers start tempting passengers with trays of fruity theme cocktails long before the lunch hour. You can learn to country line dance or play bridge, take cooking lessons, compete in a hairy chest contest, hit the comedy club and watch first-run movies. Trivia sessions on nearly every conceivable subject take place from dawn to dusk, particularly onboard the line’s newer ships. Overall, though, there’s not as much variety of activities as aboard lines such as Norwegian, Holland America, and Celebrity (read: absolutely no enrichment lectures on history or other cerebral topics).

Recently, the line updated its programming for children ages 2 to 11, with Camp Ocean replacing the long-running Camp Carnival program. Camp Ocean features more than 200 marine-themed activities as well as a host of other kid-pleasing activities everything from arts-and-crafts sessions to lectures by wildlife experts. Carnival also has a separate program for 12- to 14-year-olds, known as Circle C, and Club O 2 for kids ages 15 to 17, each with dedicated facilities and separate staff. The

Former offers dedicated lounges for 12- to 14-year-olds where they can play video games, watch late-night movies, sing karaoke, participate in pizza making classes, have dance parties, and more. For the older teens, Club O2 has two big advantages: no kids, and no adults. In their own dedicated public

Rooms, Club O2 features theme parties, group sports activities, dance parties, video games, and more.

Parents of little kids can request beepers so they can keep in touch.

Carnival consistently presents some of the most lavish extravaganzas afloat, spending millions on stage sets, choreography, and acoustical equipment that leave many other floating theaters in their wake. The resulting shows feature flamboyantly costumed dancers and singers who perform production shows that, while sparse on plot, are big on razzle dazzle. The FunShips also feature the Punchliner Comedy Club, which hosts some of the best jokesters on the high seas. But entertainment doesn’t end there: On almost all the ships, there will be music most everywhere you wander, with nightly piano bars, jazz clubs, DJ discos, and bands playing contemporary hits. For the ultimate entertainment experience, book one of the Carnival LIVE sailings featuring hit performers like Journey and STYX.

All in all, a Carnival ship is a well-oiled machine, and you’ll certainly get what you need but not much more. Chalk it all up to the size of the line’s ships. It’s a fact of life that service aboard all megaliners is simply not as attentive as that aboard smaller vessels with thousands of guests to help, your dining-room waiter and cabin steward have a lot of work ahead of them and little time for chitchat.

On Carnival, gratuities of $12 per passenger per day are automatically charged to your shipboard account, but you can increase or decrease the amount by visiting the guest services desk onboard.

An onboard laundry service (for washing and pressing only) charges by the piece dry cleaning is available onboard Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Valor, Carnival

Victory, and Carnival Vista only. Carnival also offers fleet-wide self-service laundry machines on each accommodations deck. Older ships tend to offer coin-operated machines, while newer vessels will let you use your Sail & Sign card.

Carnival has the biggest cruise fleet in the world with ships ranging in size from 2,052 to 4,000 passengers. Regardless of how old the vessel is, each has plenty of activities, pool and hot tub spaces (some covered for use in chillier weather), a big ocean-view gym and spa, and more dining options than you can try in a week.

Carnival Fantasy – Carnival Ecstasy – Carnival Sensation – Carnival Fascination – Carnival Imagination – Carnival Inspiration – Carnival Elation – Carnival Paradise

Known as the Fantasy Class, Carnival has spent a substantial amount of money refreshing these classic ships in recent years. Like a great 90’s hit, they’re back and they’re better than they were before.

THE CARNIVAL CARNIVAL SHIPS IN GENERAL

Built between 1990 and 1998, Carnival’s 855-foot long Fantasy class ships once formed the backbone of the FunShip fleet. Carrying between 2,052 and 2,056 guests, they now mostly operate short 3-and-4-day sailings from U.S. homeports, but Carnival occasionally sends them on the odd weeklong cruise which always sells out well in advance. These ships have been run hard and still display more than a touch of 1990’s cruising nostalgia (what the heck is with that red trim in the staterooms?!). Recognizing that, Carnival has been slowly but surely refreshing each ship, adding features like the Punchliner Comedy Club and the Sanctuary, Carnival’s Adults-only oasis. Some ships feature more enhancements than others Carnival Inspiration, for example, is the only member of the Fantasy Class with the popular Alchemy Bar. By and large, though, these are fine ships for short sailings, with a healthy dose of FunShip wackiness. cabins The vast majority of staterooms aboard the Fantasy Class ships are either inside cabins with no view, or oceanview staterooms that feature either picture or porthole windows. Balconies weren’t a priority when these ships were built, so only the top of the line suites feature them The exceptions to this rule are Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Sensation, each of which were refitted with exterior balcony staterooms that hang, somewhat unattractively, off the ship’s superstructure. That being said, all are well-sized if a bit plain-Jane in their looks. Curiously staterooms all lack hairdryers, and mini-fridges are only available at the suite level. Bathrooms have that clingy shower curtain that is the butt of jokes for every cruise director on the High Seas. public areas & activities Elaborate, sprawling, and a bit garish: That’s the best way to describe public areas. Each of is decorated around a different theme, some of which have aged better than others.

Among the rooms that get the most action are the whimsically decorated show lounge (nightly production shows along with bingo and Seuss-at-Sea Storytime for the kiddies) the large and loud casino and the many onboard watering holes from dance clubs to piano bars. The latter are more intimately sized than most modern megaships, a welcomed throwback to how cruising used to be.

While not nearly as elaborate as their older fleetmates, the Fantasy Class still packs a punch when it comes to onboard pools, with at least one midships pool with two hot tubs, complemented by an aft pool and hot tub combination. All ships except Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise include Carnival’s new Waterworks Aqua Park concept that includes splash parks and waterslides for the kids, plus superfast racer slides for the adults. On Sun Deck 14, guests will find a jogging track and, in the center of the track, the ship’s Mini-Golf course. If you get here early on in the cruise, few of your fellow guests will know about it, leaving you to putt around the green in a more relaxed fashion.

Spa Carnival offers the usual treatments and a fitness center overlooking the ship’s bow that is well-equipped and maintained. It’s nothing fancy, but the forward-facing views are sure nice.

Dining For ships built in the 1990s, the Fantasy Class ships have more dining options than you might expect. Each Fantasy Class ship features two main dining rooms that serve multi-course dinners either in an open-seating environment, or as traditional fixed early and late-sittings. One dining room is typically open for breakfast and lunch on sea days, which can be a popular alternative to the controlled madness that is the Lido Restaurant. While it is a buffet, Carnival has made some impressive strides with its cuisine here in recent years to that end, you can expect to find a Mongolian-style wok station in addition to American comfort favorites like burgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, and freshly carved meats. It’s open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hungry in the middle of the night? Head to the 24-hour Pizza Pirate station. Room service is also available around the clock, with both free and paid option menu items.

Fans of Carnival’s newest eateries will want to take note: Guy’s Burger Joint (p. 114 ) and the Bluelguana Cantina (p. 114 ) with its freshly made burritos are currently only aboard Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration.

If you’re a frequent cruiser, you might know Carnival Sunshine better by her former name, Carnival Destiny. But a spectacular top-to-bottom reconstruction completely altered her look and feel, which today has more in common with her much-younger fleetmates. If you like your megaships on the smaller scale but want all the new bells and whistles, Carnival Sunshine is your pick.

When she was launched as Carnival Destiny back in 1996, she was the largest ship ever built for Carnival (893 feet in length), and the first passenger ship in the world to exceed 100,000 gross tons. Today, those numbers are no longer a draw, so Carnival announced in 2012 that it would spend $155 million dollars on a refit and it was re-christened 2013 as Carnival Sunshine.

The refurbishment was sweeping. Gone are the dark interiors with neon accents that had, in 1996, been trendy but which, nearly two decades later, looked like a mistake from the set of the movie TRON. The key words today are muted and sleek when it comes to decor and color choices.

But the changes were structural, too. Among the additions were public rooms, 182 new staterooms (bringing the guest capacity up to 3,002), 8 new dining venues, and every FunShip 2.0 enhancement like the popular Alchemy Bar, the RedFrog Pub, and Guy’s Burger Joint. The adults-only Serenity area is one of the best in the entire fleet, and the refit added a massive waterpark that rivals those aboard Carnival Dream and her sisters (see p. 128 ).

Cabins Like the rest of the Carnival fleet, staterooms aboard Carnival Sunshine are larger than average. The big plus, however, is the change in decor: Gone are the bizarre sea of pinks and oranges (hallelujah!), replaced with crisp whites and earth tones, accented with nautical blue carpeting (just like what you’ll find on the new Carnival Breeze or Carnival Vista ). Balcony staterooms feature verandas spacious enough for two chairs and a small table suitable if you want to kick back with a good book or a couple of margaritas. Carnival also offers a decent assortment of suites, with the two, top-of-the-line Captain’s Suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, along with a BIG square foot balcony. It’s also worth noting that all suites feature an audio/video input plate that allows guests to stream content from their portable DVD players or laptops to the in-suite TV.

Public areas & activities Carnival Sunshine features all of the innovations usually only seen on Dream-class ships. That list of new or altered public areas is extraordinary and most extensive when it comes to the ship’s hip new nightspots. These include cozy Piano Bar 88, the Alchemy Bar (inventive cocktails, ordered from equally imaginative, backlit menus), The RedFrog Pub (craft beers, adult trivia and bar games like darts and pool), the Jetsons -esque Skybox Sports Bar, and Ocean Plaza (with its huge dance floor it runs across the centerline of the ship). The Cuban-themed Havana Bar may be our favorite: It has a breezy elegance to it, and serves Cuban food all day long, at no extra charge.

On the entertainment front, Carnival completely restyled the ship’s main show lounge, which now has more of a supper club-style feel than the former massive, three-deck high theatre. But even reduced to two levels the production values of these shows dazzle (and the shows are shorter, which isn’t bad for entertaining but plot-free fare). Recently, the ship added a game show during which audience members compete on massive versions of classic Hasbro toys (can you say product placement?) like Connect Four and Sorry. An alternate lounge, Limelight, serves as the setting for Carnival’s Punchliner Comedy Club performances.

The Sunshine Casino squats right in the main companionway on Deck 5. If you’re sensitive to smoke, consider this fair warning: Carnival still allows guests to smoke in the Casino.

Arguably the biggest changes were saved for Carnival Sunshine ‘s pool and sports facilities. The ship now has pools and hot tubs on Deck 9 midships, Deck 14 forward, and Deck 11 forward in the newly added (and much appreciated) adults-only, Serenity area. With its plush loungers, faux trees, and din-covering waterfall emptying into a gigantic pool, you’ll never want to leave this blessedly tranquil oasis.

Kids (and the young-at-heart) are well taken care of, too with a massive waterworks area that features three humongous waterslides, a selection of smaller waterslides for younger passengers, a splash park, and even a ropes course that was more fun than we’d like to admit.

Up front, Carnival Sunshine’s completely remodeled and expanded Cloud 9 Spa is a substantial improvement over its previous incarnation. The handsome gym is large and overlooks the ship’s bow (a nice distraction). A salon offers up surprisingly well-priced hair services for men and women plus manicures and pedicures.

Dining Carnival Sunshine features two main dining rooms but only the aft-facing Sunrise dining room has traditional fixed-seating dinner. One dining room is typically open on sea days for a la carte breakfast and lunch.

Elsewhere, Sunshine’s newest eateries, the Bluelguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint (see p. 114 for descriptions) the line’s Steakhouse (additional charge $35/person) Cucina del Capitano (an extra $15/person) in honor of all the Italian captains who have helmed these ships and, best of all, Pan-Asian Ji Ji ($15/person), which presents truly gourmet versions such favorites as spring rolls, slow-braised short ribs and jade shrimp.

Quick, buffet meals are always available at the too-cramped Lido Marketplace which has a wide selection of American-style favorites, but also a surprising amount of alternative Asian, Japanese, Indian and Italian-style dishes.

Carnival Sunshine is also one of only two ships in the fleet (the others being Carnival Vista ) to offer The Shake Spot, where you can indulge in a variety of ice cream treats. Adults can even hit the throttle by adding a shot of liqueurs to the mix.

Launched in 1999 and 2000 respectively, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory look identical on the outside, but were given wildly different interior design by Carnival’s wildly different designer, Joe Farcus. Carnival Triumph ‘s decor pays homage to the great cities of the world, while Carnival Victory is themed after bodies of water. The latter is particularly eye-popping, with every conceivable surface dabbed with shades of green and blue and aqua and royal blue and…well, you get the picture. Coupled with Carnival’s 1990’s color palette of reds, browns and pinks, it’s one loud ship, especially compared to the Carnival Triumph, which uses much darker tones throughout. But both offer more than enough fun and new features to woo guests on the primarily shorter runs to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Cabins Some would say the staterooms on these two boats are peachy keen, but we’d say that these pink rooms that’s the overarching color scheme look dated, with the colors too close to what was used in hospitals in the 1990’s. Still, even the cheapest rooms are noticeably larger than those on other lines.

Oceanview staterooms have the same amenities as inside staterooms, but with the addition of a picture window. The balcony staterooms add a private balcony with two chairs and a small table to the mix. There’s no need to worry about obstructed balcony views all balconies face the sea, feature transparent plexiglass railings, and look directly down.

Suites are never Carnival’s forte. Carnival Victory and her sister feature a range, from modestly sized Junior Suites to the much larger Ocean and Grand Suites on Empress Deck 7. Suites feature flat-panel television sets while standard staterooms are stuck with the small, 13 tube TV sets that look positively prehistoric now. Book early these suites tend to sell out quickly.

Public areas & activities Fans of understated decor need not apply. These ships lay on the neon with abandon, which, when coupled with the ship’s odd decorative objects (like the gigantic backlit fish that’s suspended near the entrance to the Pacific Dining Room) and wildly patterned carpeting can either be exciting. or vertigo-inducing, depending on your personal aesthetics.

Still, public rooms offer good passenger flow, with very few bottlenecks (except for that first turn off of the casino between the grand atrium and the promenade on Deck 5, which really plugs up on formal night when everyone wants pictures taken). The main three-story show lounge can seat 1,500 passengers in a single go, while the cozier Club Rio/Adriatic Aft Lounge provides alternate entertainment, like the Punchliner Comedy Club. Also of note: the dance club, the Alchemy Bar (impressive mixology), and the usually forgotten, and therefore blessedly serene, Oxford Bar (Ionian Bar on Victory ), which is tucked away down on Atlantic Deck 4.

The three pools and spa aren’t anything to write home about, owing to their mid-1990’s designs.

And Carnival Triumph lacks the Serenity, Carnival’s adults-only pool oasis, while Carnival Victory, thankfully has it (though it doesn’t have the onboard basketball court its sister ships have).

Both ships have decent, if a bit outdated, kids’ facilities still, Carnival’s excellent youth coordinators will keep kids busy onboard.

Dining As an older build, these ships don’t have the variety of specialty restaurants that their younger brethren do. But Carnival Triumph has been refitted with the popular (and tasty!) Bluelguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint (see p. 114 ). Alas, Carnival Victory lacks these. Other meals are taken in the two main dining rooms or the large buffet.

Entering service between 2001 and 2004, these ships are big and impressive, but with just 2,124 guests onboard are not nearly as crowded as some of the line’s larger ships. They make a great alternative for those who are put off by the idea of sailing on a city at sea. Carnival’s longtime interior designer Joe Farcus worked his quirky madness once again. What does that mean? Well, on Carnival Pride interiors have Icons of Beauty as their main theme so the ship carries a 12-foot replica of Michelangelo’s David, along with reproductions of works by such masters as Botticelli, Raphael, and Da Vinci. Public rooms that have architectural motifs borrowed from the Victorian era, the Art Deco movement, ancient Greece and the Byzantine empire. Oh, and there’s an insect-themed Butterflies Lounge on Deck 1. Pride is likely the most elaborate, but each ship features its own creative decor. Unlike her three fleetmates, Carnival Spirit makes her home year-round in Australia, and as such is missing from Carnival’s U.S.-based website.

Cabins Nearly 80% of the 1,062 guest cabins onboard feature ocean views and of those, a further 80% have private balconies (substantially more balconies than Carnival’s older ships). But alas, they have the pink-on-salmon-on-peach decor that afflicted earlier vessels (a look that hasn’t aged well). Still, staterooms (even insides) are generously proportioned. A number of suites are also available, offering separate sleeping and living areas.

Sixteen staterooms are wheelchair accessible, and a number of connecting staterooms are also available for families and friends travelling together.

Public areas & activities These four ships are blessed with more off-the-beaten-path public areas than other ships in the Carnival fleet (like the hard-to-find piano bar and the two-story dance club ). They also carry welcome recent editions like the Alchemy Bar, which specialized in hand-crafted cocktails, and the RedFrog Pub (it carries the line’s ThirstyFrog Ale).

Nightly production shows can be found in the three-story show lounge. Unlike other Carnival ships, these four vessels feature a secondary show lounge tucked underneath the main show lounge. Carnival’s Punchliner Comedy Club takes place in these kooky-looking rooms as we said earlier, decor in the public areas of these ships is out there the most bizarre of which has to be the Alice in

Wonderland -patterned Mad Hatter Lounge aboard Carnival Miracle.

These ships feature three swimming pools, including one that is covered by a retractable magrodome roof. Each ship also has a small kids’ splash pool, and a waterslide, though Carnival Miracle lacks the Green Thunder waterslide that her sisters have been refitted with. The steepest waterslide at sea, Carnival says you can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour on this terrifying-looking ride. We’ll take the company’s word for it.

The Fitness Center is positioned at the bow of each ship with spectacular views. It surrounds the spa’s hydrotherapy pool, when means exercising guests get a view of their fellow guests trying to relax and vice versa (it’s an odd configuration). A beauty salon is nearby.

Dining Thanks to their lower passenger counts, these four ships have just one main dining room, a two-story blessed by 180-degree windows. Both fixed-seating and flexible dining are offered and the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch on sea days. A casual Lido Buffet offers all three meals. Right now, only Carnival Pride and Carnival Spirit offer Guy’s Burger Joint and the Bluelguana Cantina (see p. 114 ), with the latter also carrying the deliciously unhealthy Fat Jimmy’s C-Side Barbecue. The most dramatic culinary experience onboard can be found at the steakhouse which is topped with bank of transparent red glass the base of Carnival’s iconic funnel (a pretty cool sight). Dining here carries an extra per-person charge.

The Conquest-class ships tend to do two-to-nine day sailings of the Caribbean and the Bahamas. These regions are a great match for these Fun Ships, as their main focus is outdoor diversions like pools, hot tubs, waterslides, basketball and volleyball courts, and the relaxing adults-only area known as Serenity. But these are also some of Carnival’s most crowded ships, holding nearly 3,000 guests apiece.

Cabins There’s a lot to like about the staterooms aboard the Conquest Class. At 185 square feet, even the most affordable inside stateroom is larger than the competition. Most guests will stay in either balcony or inside accommodations, although a smattering of oceanview staterooms are

Available, with glass walls that look out at the sea, a nice touch. Another upgrade from the old Carnival formula: The natural woods and burnt orange color schemes are more attractive than Carnival’s old pink-on-pink-on-pink digs. But the best part about Carnival’s cabins these days is the beds. Called the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, mattresses, duvets, and pillows are superthick and ultracomfy. The towels and bathrobes in each cabin are pretty luxurious, too.

The one downside on many of the vessel’s cabins? One measly power outlet per stateroom a problem in today’s wired world.

Suites are more abundant on these vessels than older ships in the fleet, thanks to refittings over the years.

Public areas & activities The Conquest ships are bright and playful a sort of Mardi Gras feel instead of the dark and glittery Las Vegas look on some of the older ships in the fleet. Architect Joe Farcus was inspired by the great Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists (their color palettes) so ships bursts with sunny yellows and oranges, and vivid blues and greens.

IS THERE smoking ON SHIPS?

The short answer is yes, but on a very restricted basis that changes from line to line. Most major cruise lines have banned smoking in cabins and on cabin balconies. Smoking is generally not allowed in shipboard theaters, show lounges, or dining rooms and may be restricted to certain bars or dedicated Cigar Bars. Expect the casino to allow smoking, though some lines take the extra step of offering at least one smoke free evening. Smoking may also be allowed out on designated deck areas (typically all the way aft). Small ships typically allow smoking only in certain outdoor areas. If you are a smoker, check with your line in advance. Note, too, that smoking policies don’t just cover traditional cigarettes many lines have established the same rules for E-cigarettes and vaporizers. Like most hotels, the penalties for disobeying the rules can be stiff, with hundreds of dollars in fines for smoking in your stateroom.

Most used interior spaces include the sprawling casinos (almost 300 slot machines and about two dozen gaming tables in each), EA Sports Bar, which looks a bit like something from Clockwork Orange, but with red rather than white decor the Coffee Bar and the onboard Dance Club where passengers groove on an enormous floor (each ship themes these areas differently). The mixology-forward Alchemy Bar, is also popular, one of some 20-plus bars and lounges aboard, including a dedicated Piano Bar, and an aft lounge where alternate shows are performed. Warning: Carnival allows smoking in the casino and since it’s at the heart of Deck 5, with many adjacent lounges, that deck’s air ain’t the greatest. On one recent Carnival Freedom cruise out of Galveston, the cigarette smoke was as thick as San Francisco fog.

While the Conquest Class doesn’t have the more elaborate Cloud 9 Spa found on the line’s newest ships, they nonetheless have the very-decent Spa Carnival, On the pool front, there’s nothing groundbreaking here, and the pool decks can get crowded, but most will find the facilities more than adequate for the line dancing that tends to break out on sea days (electric slide anyone?). A Twister waterslide runs from Deck 14 down to Deck 10.

If pools aren’t your thing, don’t forget about the nine-hole mini-golf course that wraps around Carnival’s iconic funnel, or the relaxing (and adults-only!) Serenity area that can be found forward on Deck 14.

The massive children’s facilities are divided into digs for teens and those for younger children, both with age-appropriate amenities like video games, arts and crafts areas, dipping pools, and more.

Dining Once again, Carnival offers both traditional fixed and come-when-you-want dining in one of two main two story dining rooms.

Carnival has vastly upgraded its casual food offerings in recent years, and all of these enhancements have finally worked their way aboard the Conquest Class. In addition to the casual Lido Deck buffet (which tends towards heavy, non-dieter friendly fare), guests will also find the Bluelguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint (see p. 114 for reviews). The most unusual venue, The Taste Bar, is opened on select days of the cruise and serves specialty dishes from across the Carnival fleet (even from restaurants that aren’t on any of these ships), so we suppose it’s a type of advertising, but entertaining nonetheless.

Carnival Splendor A one-off for Carnival, the 3,006-guest Carnival Splendor got everything right, rolling the best features of her predecessors into well-designed (if very colorful) ship. Just be prepared to like the color pink a lot.

Launched in 2008, Carnival Splendor is an evolution of the Conquest Class but with a few extra bells, whistles, and decks. At 952 feet in length, she features over 20 different bars and lounges, not to mention a plethora of dining options culled from the rest of the fleet. She also introduced Carnival’s much-expanded Cloud 9 Spa along with a new two-deck pool design with a retractable glass roof and a giant LED screen for watching movies on-deck. Designed around a splendid theme, Carnival’s in-house designer Joe Farcus set the color wheel to pink on this one an effect that can be a bit overwhelming. Even still, this is one of the line’s best megaships to-date.

Cabins You’ve got to love Carnival for its staterooms. While other lines squish passengers into cramped rooms, even Carnival’s inside staterooms measure are bigger than outside cabins (read: higher priced) on other mainstream lines. Carnival Splendor was also the first Fun Ship with Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms, which feature direct, keycard-access to the spa via a stairway secreted away on the forward end of Deck 10. These spa guests get swank Asian-style decor and complimentary access to the ship’s hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite, with its heated ceramic loungers and aromatic steam rooms. Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms are available in interior, obstructed oceanview, balcony, and suite categories (meaning there are some relatively affordable ones in the bunch).

A 2016 refit added six new Scenic Oceanview staterooms and two Captain’s Suites. The former feature floor-to-ceiling windows, while the latter are perched above the ship’s navigation

Bridge and have private balconies.

Public areas & activities On Splendor, walls in some public areas are covered with a composite material made of stainless steel and 4-inch circular cut-outs backed by pink-stained wood with black pigment rubbed into the grain, with gold-leaf beams and arches illuminated with hundreds of sparkling lights. It’s an amazing look. The vessel sports 22 bars and lounges (though, sadly, doesn’t have the Red Frog Pub or the classy Alchemy Bar). Fans of the one-armed bandits will want to head to the Royal Flush Casino on Deck 5. That deck is also home to the Fun Shops, the Coffee Bar, the Video Arcade, and the Red Carpet Dance Club which, for better or for worse, brings the 1980’s back to life. At the stern on Deck 5 is one of the ship’s nicest public rooms: the El Morocco Lounge. Carnival Splendor ‘s secondary show lounge holds nightly comedy performances and other events. Sure, the faux-Moroccan theme jumps at you from out of nowhere, but this is one cool lounge to relax in.

Carnival Splendor is one of Carnival’s best ships for pool and spa mavens. The ship has three pools, one of which (the midships pool) has a retractable magrodome roof. It also boasts a super-fast Twister-style waterslide, and a delightfully refreshing water-spray park in the area of the massive kid’s club.

The ship was the first to feature Carnival’s Cloud 9 Spa, which spans two decks. In addition to treatment rooms, it features a thalassotherapy pool covered by a glass dome and equipped with jets of water that massage every muscle in your body. Across the hall is the thermal suite, with its heated ceramic loungers, an oriental steam bath and a tepidarium and lanconium (both dry heat saunas). Carnival sells passes to the Thermal Suite and Thalassotherapy Pool guests in Cloud 9 Spa staterooms have complimentary access.

Despite being relocated to the port side of the ship, Carnival Splendor ‘ s Fitness Center is still larger-than-average for most ships of this size, and features swell ocean views from banks of windows looking out over the sea.

Dining Carnival Splendor features two, two-story dining rooms. Guests opting for traditional fixed early- and late-seating dinner are seated in the Gold Pearl Restaurant (sweeping 180-degree views!). Guests who want Your Time Dining get the Black Pearl Restaurant which is a kick: Gigantic black pearls are affixed to nearly every surface and the swooping ceiling reminds us of the interior of an Airbus A380.

But those are only the start of the options. The buffet at Lido Restaurant serves most every cuisine known to man (not kidding). There’s also a Manhattan-chic Steakhouse (try the Yukon Gold Mash potatoes with Wasabi Horseradish we crave them incessantly when we’re onboard) a make-your-own stir fry joint (The Mongolian Wok ), the Taste Bar (see p. 126 ) and several other options.

Not just evolutionary, these three ships were revolutionary for Carnival when they burst on the scene. With new bars, lounges, and activities not to mention a new look for Carnival Breeze these ships are some of the best in the Carnival fleet.

Launched between 2009 and 2012, these three Dream Class ships represented a brand-new design for Carnival, both inside and out. The most different of the three is Carnival Breeze, which introduced a new interior decor scheme designed by Germany’s Partnership AG firm instead of long-time designer Joe Farcus. What does that mean? More soft, Caribbean sea-like shades of blue and fewer eyepopping patterns. On our first day aboard Carnival Breeze, we almost had to remind ourselves we were on a Carnival cruise. (Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic have the same level of high quality furniture and fittings, but in bolder colors and with busier patterns.)

This class was designed to go toe-to-toe with the latest megaships from Royal Caribbean, but Carnival stays with a much more manageable 3,600 guest count compared to the over 5,000 new RCL ships carry. They certainly are equal (or nearly so) when it comes to fun, with poolside movie screens, the largest Cloud 9 Spa complex in the fleet, massive versions of the adults-only Serenity area, and a wonderful space known as The Lanai, an indoor-outdoor area that runs from one side of the ship to the other, creating a social gathering spot in a space that gets short shrift on most vessels.

Carnival shuttles these three ships around quite a bit, but you can typically find them sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, plus the odd jaunt to the Bahamas, from ports like New Orleans, and Port Canaveral.

Cabins Every stateroom aboard these three Dream Class ships is at least 185 square feet, spacious for a ship of this size, and appointed with the fab Carnival Comfort Collection bedding and an overall fit-and-finish that’s substantially improved from earlier ships. Carnival Breeze introduces a new, lighter stateroom decor.

Maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia, but Carnival still offers Category 1Interior Upper/Lower category (i.e., bunk beds) on the ships, a staple of the line for decades. They’re a decent value, as they include a porthole window. New to the line are Dream Class staterooms which feature cove balconies. These are inset into the hull of the ship, which keeps them sheltered from the elements and allows for 10 square feet more than average. These cabins are also located close to the waterline, which gives the feeling of being on a much smaller ship. Aft View Extended Balcony Staterooms have even deeper balconies and a spectacular view of the ship’s wake.

Also worth a look: Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms, which are Inside, Oceanview, Balcony and Suite digs that include complimentary access to the Thermal Suite and Hydrotherapy Pool, along with upgraded amenities.

Public areas & activities The main three-level show lounge, is home to large-scale production shows there’s not a bad view in the house, but we appreciate the extra leg room in the center part of the lower level. At the opposite end of the ship is a lounge for comedy shows and a variety of other acts plus new features like the RedFrog Pub, and Ocean Plaza (your go-to place for near-hourly trivia sessions and other fun diversions).

On Deck 5, the Lanai straddles the line between indoor entertainment space and outdoor hot-tub mecca, and is one of the best uses of a Promenade Deck we’ve seen in years. The area has two semicircular, partially covered outdoor seating areas and two large hot tubs that are cantilevered out over the ship’s rail, with the sea bubbling below and 180-degree views over the horizon. (Two additional cantilevered hot tubs are located a bit farther forward along the Promenade.) Connecting the two Lanai areas is an indoor entertainment space, with its own bar, dance floor, and cafe.

The Cloud 9 Spa aboard these three ships is among largest in the fleet, spanning three decks. In it you’ll find an expansive fitness center, hydrotherapy pool, a full thermal suite with heated loungers, aromatic steam rooms and saunas and treatment rooms

The WaterWorks facility is one of the most elaborate ever designed for the line, though it’s got a lot more wetting features on Carnival Breeze. Carnival Breeze also has a topnotch ropes course, sports square, and mini-golf course situated around the ship’s funnel. Each ship has two main swimming pools. The main pool deck features a bandstand and outdoor movie screen (along with hundreds of deck chairs). Adults can escape from the kids up at the Serenity on Deck 14. Watch out if you’re climbing up to Serenity from the starboard side stairs on Deck 12 we inadvertently got soaked by the giant WaterWorks bucket as it dumped water over dozens of excited children.

Dining The Dream Class is all grown up when it comes to dining, offering far more culinary variety than past ships in the fleet. Each ship has two main dining rooms. Guests can choose to dine when they wish, but those who do so are seated in the midships dining room which, regrettably, features no windows on the upper levels, and windows that look out onto the ship’s technical lifeboat area on the lower level. It might be worth choosing fixed dining for the great 180-degree views from the stern dining room.

These ships feature some of the largest Lido Marketplace casual buffets in the fleet, with food selections that traverse the globe. Carnival Magic takes things one step further with Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse (featuring an authentic, honest-to-gosh Smoker), and both Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze serve up tasty burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint, and excellent Mexican cuisine at the Bluelguana Cantina. Carnival Dream lacks these for now, but chances are good she’ll be refitted with them shortly. All three ships feature Carnival’s specialty steakhouse.

Christened in the spring of 2016, Carnival Vista ushered in a completely new era for Carnival when she set sail in the Mediterranean. Although she looks like an enlarged version of the Dream Class from the outside, the similarities end there. On the inside, Carnival Vista said goodbye to the old Carnival of mirrors, fluorescent lighting and heavily patterned surfaces for good, going instead for a more high-end look that’s a love-child somewhere between Carnival, Holland America and Celebrity Cruises, by way of Cuba. And though it’s rare to run out of fun activities on a Carnival ship, this may be the first one which has so many attractions the first IMAX movie at sea, an outdoor Twister

Board, the SkyRide, dozens of live shows and more it’s near impossible to do them all in just one

Cruise. Carnival Vista is the most significant change the Carnival fleet has seen in decades and it’s a good one.

Cabins What’s really unusual about the Vista is just how many different kinds of staterooms it holds, from traditional inside, outside, balcony and suite categories to Cloud 9 Spa-themed staterooms and brand-new Havana Experience staterooms and staterooms geared towards families. As always with Carnival, all rooms are bigger than the mainstream cruise line norm, but rooms at the lower level (price-wise) on Vista have an Italian flair to them, with jaunty royal blue and gold striped banquettes (bed throws in the smaller rooms), and lots of soft edges.

Going up a notch are the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms, where guests get special spa amenities, a very Zen fern-green and gold decorating scheme, and complimentary access to the thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool. Guests staying in the swanky Havana Staterooms or Suites get boutique hotellike digs (actual wooden beds, chic throw pillows, and hammock chairs on the balcony) plus private access to the Havana Pool and Lanai aft on Deck 5 until 5:00 p.m. daily. With its umbrellas, faux palm trees and thatched patio huts, it’s one of the cutest areas on the ship.

Families travelling together will want to book one of the truly spectacular new Family Harbor Staterooms and Suites. Clustered in the new Family Zone, these staterooms have nifty maritime signal flags sewn into bed throws and pillows, and all sorts of nautical photos hung gallery style on the walls the rooms are cool in a way that both adults and kids will appreciate.

A total of 65 staterooms have been designated for wheelchair users.

Public areas & activities Hold the presses because there’s no neon, no brass, no highly patterned surfaces that threaten to blow your retinas apart on this ship. Instead, there’s chic contemporary decor throughout and more intimate spaces than usual (like the downright classy Vista Casino and the two story show lounge, called Liquid Lounge ). We’re also fans of the groovy Sports Bar, and the Limelight Lounge, the cozy space that houses Carnival’s very funny Punchliner Comedy Club performances.

Not everything is smaller: The always-rollicking Piano Bar has been expanded, and the large Library Bar stars a crowd-pleasing machine for self-serve wine. The latter also offers reading drinks (well-balanced cocktails), along with a better-than-you’d-expect selection of actual books. They tempt tipplers alongside the swanky Alchemy Bar, the RedFrog Pub and Brewery (which brews up batches of Carnival’s own ale right onboard) and the brand-new Havana Bar, a surprisingly authentic representation of Cuba with its teal faux slatted window, low-slung leather chairs and selection of tropical drinks and food. These are just a few options on a ship that has an unusually rich array of nightspots, even for party-hearty Carnival.

While there are three pools onboard Carnival Vista, only the first two (Beaches and Tides) are open to all guests. The Havana Pool the prettiest of all is reserved exclusively for guests staying in Havana category staterooms until 5pm, when the rest of the ship is allowed to have a go at it. As a result, the main pools and hot tubs can get pretty competitive, especially on sea days.

Carnival Vista also has the largest-ever Water Works aquatic park, with a kaleidoscope-themed waterslide, the usual Twister waterslide, a splash park for the kids, and a PowerDrencher bucket that tips gallons of water onto the deck surface at random intervals.

Happily, keeping fit aboard Carnival Vista, is no problem at all. It can also be a lot of fun, too. In addition to the usual Fitness Center (well stocked!), you might want to go for a spin along the new SkyRide. A recumbent bicycle course, guests can pedal their way around the track, which is elevated 150 feet above sea level. (Note: High winds and inclement weather can close it, and it’s free which can lead to some pretty long lines.) The ship also has a ropes course with two levels of difficulty a nine-hole mini-golf course, a basketball and volleyball court, and a jogging track.

The Cloud 9 Spa is the largest spa the line has constructed to-date. It offers spa treatments designed for both adults and teenagers, and an expansive thermal suite with heated ceramic loungers, aromatic showers and steam rooms, sauna rooms, and a hydrotherapy pool. A salon also offers a variety of hair and nail services for men and women.

Of course, you should also be sure to head up to Deck 6 to check out the Carnival Thrill Teeter (4-D fun) and the first IMAX theatre at sea.

Dining There are two main dining rooms aboard the Carnival Vista, but it’s the aft-facing, two-story Horizons Restaurant that really impresses. With its polished woods, aquamarine carpeting and soft lighting sources, it elevates the Carnival dining experience to new heights.

Steaks and surf-and-turf are the name of the game at Carnival’s Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse (extra charge). Across the hall, Bonsai Sushi serves up some of the best sushi and sashimi we’ve had on a ship. Other specialty restaurants include Italian Cucina del Capitano and Ji Ji Asian Kitchen.


Carnival Sensation Review

Carnival Sensation's onboard atmosphere is one of endless fun and expectant excitement. Everyone is trying to pack in as much amusement and downtime as they possibly can in four or five days (the ship is dedicated to short cruise itineraries). It's not frantic, just fun. And everyone's got everyone else's back, whether it's enthusiastically dancing in the aisles during nightly karaoke or loudly cheering on cruisers who have volunteered to participate in any number of interactive activities -- it's hard to feel embarrassed onstage when the entire audience is hootin' and hollerin' for you.

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And your fellow cruisers aren't the only friendly faces you'll see throughout your sailing. The crew onboard Carnival Sensation are genuinely friendly and enjoy having conversations with passengers. From the guy taking our plates away in the buffet asking us what we did that morning to our Your Time Dining waiter (we asked for him every night) asking us about life back home and telling us about his dental work in Cozumel that day (!), everyone was personable and had a ready smile.

Yes, the bar service wasn't always the quickest and we were, more than once, told an activity printed on the day's schedule was a "mistake" (particularly when related to free spa events), but generally service was spot on throughout the cruise.

With all the good, Carnival Sensation is by no means a perfect cruise and many of its physical limitations can be a bit frustrating. Built in 1993 during the heyday of you-can't-get-there-from-here shipbuilding, you always have to remember to go all the way forward or aft on a cabin deck to get anywhere on decks 7 or 8. It's exasperating to run upstairs from your cabin for dinner on Deck 8 only to realize you're on the wrong end of the ship and you can't just walk across to the other side of Deck 8. And try not to forget which deck number correlates with the names of decks -- like Empress or Upper Deck -- as the elevators list the first letter of the name of the deck and not the number.

We'd also like to forewarn any serious sports lovers that there's no sports bar on Carnival Sensation, just a few public TVs here and there that can be tuned to ESPN (the only sports outlet other than the standard broadcast channels). If missing a game is going to put a dent in your vacation experience, Sensation might not be right for you.

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Big theater productions are also lacking on Sensation. On our four-night cruise, we only had two big stage productions. Both were good and we would much rather have seen a third one than have only the audience-participation Love & Marriage show as a choice. And don't get us started on bingo. We like a good bingo game as much as the next person, but it's not a nighttime big theater activity.

But if you don't have a lot of vacation time and need a short, fun getaway that's laid-back, friendly and affordable, it's pretty hard to go wrong with a four- or five-night break on Carnival Sensation.


Carnival Splendor – first review of the line’s new BIG ship and her waterslides

So no point in hanging around, right? I headed straight for the much anticipated crowning glory – the Green and Gold waterpark named after its two centrepieces, the Green Lightning and the Twister Waterslide.

Ok, so here’s the hype: “Basking in the rays of sun is a gleaming symbol of fun, a monument to merriment… a sign of splashy-good times to come. Spot the spiralling Twister Waterslide atop your Carnival ship and you can be sure that your vacation comes complete with twists, turns and squeals of thrilled delight.

“Countless gallons of water rush through the entire length of this slide, so you’re by no means dry when you start, but by the time you reach the end — hundreds of feet later — you reach new levels of soaking, splashing down in that classic waterslide photo-finish: hands-up, eyes wide and nothing but exhilaration on your face.”

Er…not quite. The Twister Waterslide was so mild that my hair barely got wet.

I know the adrenaline junkies at Carnival are not going to like this, but the 104 metre long golden Twister Waterslide felt like an extended relaxing warm golden hug with plenty of twists and turns that gave my back just the stretch it needed.

As Aldi says: good, different.

The line’s first Cloud 9 spa in Australia was on the same deck and I’m pretty sure the slide is not one of their therapies. But when I looked over at the Green Lightning next to it, I start to see why the Twister was designed that way. If the Twister is mild mustard, The Green Lightning is the punchy pickle.

The Green Lightning took notes from the popular Green Thunder on the Carnival Spirit and amped it up a few notches. The 10 metre drop on the Thunder is now 11.3 metres on the Lightning. The slide’s drop trapdoor, which used to be opaque on Thunder, has also been replaced with one that is clear.

Vice President and General Manager of Carnival Cruise Line Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke, who was one of the first few to go down the Green Lightning, confirms that the clear trapdoor makes it all the more scary.

The Green Lightning also has another unique finale.

“Instead of finishing in a lane that leads to a pool of water, it actually finishes in a bowl where, depending on the guest, they might go around a few times before coming to a stop,” says Hampton Dixon, Carnival’s Project Manager for Hotel Refurbishment, unofficially the line’s Mr. Waterpark. He designs, builds the line’s waterparks and is always one of the first people down the slide to test them.

The record number of times during testing is four and a half – but it is quickly topped by the Cruise Director Lee Mason’s record of five times on her way to Sydney. Unfortunately, the Lightning was shut for maintenance, so I did not get my chance to break the record.

Mr Dixon reveals his three secrets to a hit waterslide: “Height, speed and excitement”. I think the Green Lightning might check all the boxes.

Splendor’s waterpark is also designed to be family friendly. The slides finish in the same area so parents can easily watch their kids come down the slide, either from the cool the wet area or the seating area right next to it, shares Mr Dixon.

While my hair stayed dry at the slides, I discovered the new waterpark created just for little ones, Splashy Cove, where there is no chance of preserving my hairdo. This area, which is created for younger children, is all about the spray toys and has water flying in every direction.

The 3,500-guest Carnival Splendor also has plenty for those who, perhaps, don’t now need waterparks. From the popular adults only Serenity Pool area, to Australia’s first Cloud 9 spa which has an impressive total of five dry saunas and steam rooms and generous therapy pool. All of which are included when you book on the ship’s spa suites, another Australian first on board. The ship also has five new bars and 17 different dining options.

As Ms Vandekreeke rightly points out: “For an Australian ship, we’ve got to get the food right and coffee right.”

And there is plenty of new food to sample. The Splendor features Carnival’s first ever Masala Tiger, which offers Indian cuisine. It set in one corner of the Serenity Pool area and the occasional wafts of spicy Indian food is sure tempting and will be starting quite a few rumbling bellies.

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Ms Vandekreeke reveals why they chose to launch Masala Tiger on Splendor: “Australians are more adventurous with their food compared to the Americans. And we chose Indian because many of our on board chefs are Indians and some of the food are actually made with their mum’s recipes.”

Seafood Shack, a Carnival favourite, arrives in Australia for the first time. While fan favourites like Pizzeria del Capitano and Guy’s Burger Joint is also on board along with more special food experiences like The Chef’s Table, where a thoughtfully crafted eight-course meal is topped with a dash of theatrics.

Carnival has also kept in mind Australia’s love affair with coffee and created three new coffee spots on board: Java Blue, Juice and Java and the Serenity Bar. The line also has a new partnership with Vittoria Coffee.

The bright and loud aesthetic of Splendor’s interior also made it is easy to forget that she was sitting in one of Sydney’s smoggiest days. The Spectacular Spectacular theatre is another dazzling corner of the ship and it debuts new aerial illusion show Airia to keep guests entertained with more show options on the longer itineraries that Splendor will begin sailing.

Airia is headlined by homegrown talent Aleisha Manion, the show is packed with illusions, aerial manoeuvres, special effects, dazzling costumes, and an infectious soundtrack.

“We’re excited to welcome Aussie families, couples and friends onboard Carnival Splendor – she’s three footy fields long, 14 decks high and packed with things to see, do, taste and try!” says Ms Vandekreeke.

Carnival Splendor will be home ported from Sydney as of 10 December 2019, offering 7 to 12-day cruises to destinations such as the South Pacific and shorter cruises around Australia, from Tasmania to Tangalooma, Moreton Island.


Carnival Legend To Reposition To Tampa In 2019

Also Offer Exciting Longer-Length Voyages From Honolulu, Vancouver And Los Angeles Next Year. Carnival Legend ship Undergoing Extensive Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation that is Adding Wide Variety of Exciting New Food, Beverage and Activity Options

MIAMI, May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will reposition to Port Tampa Bay in October 2019, providing consumers with an exciting seagoing vacation choice in that market.

Carnival Legend is undergoing an extensive two-week-long dry dock that is taking place in Portland, Ore. and is adding a variety of popular food and beverage concepts. These include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina. Enhancements to Camp Ocean, a marine-themed kids play area, and Circle “C” catering to 12- to 14-year-olds, as well as the ship’s retail shopping outlets, are also being incorporated.

Following the dry dock, Carnival Legend will operate a summer 2018 schedule of seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, then reposition to Australia with a series of departures from Sydney and Melbourne in the fall and winter. In summer 2019 she will return to Seattle for another series of seven-day Alaska cruises before moving to Tampa in the fall of 2019.

Prior to its Tampa deployment, Carnival Legend will also operate a series of longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages in 2019, including a nine-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver, a 16-day Hawaii voyage from Vancouver and 15-day Panama Canal transit that begins in Los Angeles and ends in Tampa, positioning the vessel for its new schedule from that port.

In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises enjoy unique on-board activities during which they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on topics such as photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.

“At Carnival, we encourage our guests to Choose Fun and with these voyages aboard the newly refurbished Carnival Legend we’re providing our guests with a broad spectrum of exciting cruise options featuring sought-after destinations and unique experiences ashore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Unique Panama Canal Crossings, Seven-Day Voyages from Tampa
Following its 2019 Alaska season, Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day Panama Canal cruise that will begin in Los Angeles Oct. 12 and end in Tampa Oct. 27, 2019, positioning the vessel to assume week-long Caribbean sailings currently operated by Carnival Miracle which will be positioned to another homeport to be announced shortly. The 15-day Panama Canal cruise will feature Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), before transiting the Panama Canal followed by stops at Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia) and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Legend’s seven-day schedule from Tampa kicks off Oct. 27, 2019 and includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Belize or Costa Maya. On Jan. 25, 2020, the ship will also offer a special eight-day voyage that includes a partial transit of the Panama Canal as well as port calls at Limon and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Legend will also operate a round-trip 14-day Panama Canal cruise from Tampa Dec. 1-15, 2019. The voyage will feature stops at Cozumel and Limon (Costa Rica) before transiting the Panama Canal, then visit Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Grand Cayman.

Special Nine-Day Alaska, 16-Day Hawaii Voyage
Carnival Legend will operate a unique nine-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Vancouver Sept. 17-26, 2019, featuring a day-long call at Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering some of the best whale and bear watching in the state and the world’s longest zip-line, followed by an extended sail of Glacier Bay and the popular Alaskan ports of Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

The ship will also operate a 16-day Hawaii voyage departing Vancouver Sept. 26 and arriving in Los Angeles Oct. 12, 2019. The voyage includes extended visits to four of the Aloha State’s most popular destinations, including Hilo, Maui, Kona, Kauai, and Honolulu, with opportunities for guests to get an “up close and personal” look at one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.


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