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The “World’s Most Popular Cruise Line” are famed for the fun, American-style cruising experience ever-popular with families. It has expanded dramatically since its Florida conception in 1972, with 23 ships in the fleet. Flagship Carnival Magic holds almost 5000 passengers, and when  Carnival Legend started sailing from Dover in 2013, her Mediterranean cruises became hugely popular in the UK.

Many describe the ships as a floating family-friendly Las Vegas, with glamorous décor, and an abundance of kids activities, exuberant cabaret performances, live music and all-you-can-eat buffets fit for a king. Gastronomic delights can be tasted on board, with some menus curated by Michelin starred chef Georges Blanc. Staterooms are 50% larger than contemporary cruise lines, whilst 80% have ocean views, meaning there’s more space for you to lounge in your room and take in the views.

Be sure to check out the Seaside Theatre, which supplies hot new movies on a huge on-deck screen.

Trips to Alaska are hugely popular, allowing guests to see the majestic glacier passages and natural wildlife. Exotic locations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Hawaii are also hot destinations.

If you love affordable, exciting, action packed fun for all the family to enjoy, this could be the perfect cruise line for you.

PLUS: Carnival had an official partnership with New Orleans Saints for the 2013/14 season. Also, look out for news of the brand new Carnival Vista ship, setting sail in 2016.

What's included

  • Carnival Waterworks Water Park
  • Onboard activities including mini golf & basketball
  • Adults only retreat, Serenity
  • Live shows and entertainment
  • Youth programs
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • 24 hr room service
  • Toiletries and cabin amenities

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Carnival do everything big; from their fleet size, to the individual ships; from entertainment to the variety of cuisine on offer. The cruise liners lay-host to a huge selection of cafes and restaurants, with every continent represented. With any thirst, Carnival has the food to quench it.

Seaday Brunchavailable on all ships

Seaday Brunch brings you the best of breakfast and lunch with a whopping great menu to set you up for the day. Enjoy Fat Stack Pancakes with a Bloody Mary and friends. One thing is for sure – you won’t be going hungry!

Signature Dining available on all ships

Dining in one of Carnival’s glamorous main dining rooms is the best way to end the day in style. With a huge selection of culinary delights and daily specials taking inspiration from various destinations – you certainly won’t be short for choice. ‘Early Dining’, ‘Late Dining’ and ‘Your Time Dining’ are all palpable options here.

Casual Diningavailable on all ships

Feeling casual? Carnival can offer you multiple options with the Lido Buffet – take your food anywhere on deck, or enjoy the take-away pizzeria open 24-hours a day, ideal for a midnight snack or post-party binge. Kids’ menus are bound to please even the trickiest of eaters.

Complimentary room service is also available 24/7.

The Taste Baravailable on all ships

Light bites and adventurous flavours – for those who like to try new things. Swing by here to try a complimentary appetiser before dinner.

Chef’s Tableavailable on all ships

This is an exclusive experience for passionate foodies to enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs; VIPs enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’ouvres and a three-course meal, as well as a tour of the galley in operation. Reservations are essential as groups are no larger than 12.

Coffee Baravailable on all ships

Indulge in a speciality coffee and pastry; share (or not!) an ice-cream sundae with a loved one; enjoy a fresh brew as you sail through the gentle ocean waves. Whatever you do, enjoy some down time in Carnival’s Coffee Bar.

Mongolian Wokavailable on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy,Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Liberty,Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor

Host to some of the best chefs in on the seas, Mongolian Wok will cook you up your favourite Asian delicacies with the freshest ingredients and delicious recipes. From mussels and Szechuan to Thai Barbecue – there’s a different for dish every day of your cruise and more.

Steakhouse available on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor

Beef cooked to perfection and mouth-wateringly fresh seafood – this speciality restaurant is highly recommended for special occasions or simply a gourmet treat.

Guy’s Burger Joint available on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Triumph.

Tuck in to a delicious selection of grilled burgers and sumptuous toppings from Food Network personality and best-selling author Guy Fieri.

BlueIguana Cantinaavailable on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Triumph.

Arguably the best Mexican eatery at sea – enjoy stuffed burritos, freshly made tacos and take advantage of BlueIguana’s specialist salsa bar.

Cucina Del Capitanoavailable on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sunshine

Unique Italian-American dishes for all to enjoy. The Captain’s Kitchen is open lunch and dinner, offering a huge variety culinary delights and the occasional visit from the captain himself. The menu includes destination-inspired pasta dishes, traditional Italian antipasto and much more.

Bonsai Sushiavailable on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Legend and Carnival Sunshine

Say Konnichiwa to an Asian-inspired sushi and seafood selection in a beautiful restaurant setting where you’ll be surrounded by bonsai trees, great service and tempting treats. From your place setting, to the service, to the food – everything is perfectly presented.

SeaDogsavailable on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sunshine

Free hot dogs with tasty toppings.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchenavailable on Carnival Sunshine

Explore the tastes of Asia among prayer rolls and Mongolian-inspired interior. Exotic and familiar dishes fuse together to tantalise your tastebuds. Ji Ji offers complimentary lunches with a small charge for certain dinners.

JavaBlue Caféavailable on Carnival Sunshine

Come here to kick back and relax with a coffee and cake. Milkshakes, smoothies and floats are also available from the Shake Spot.

Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQavailable on Carnival Breeze

On hand to cook up all your BBQ favourites including chicken, pulled pork and Italian sausage along with classic side dishes – Fat Jimmy’s a BBQ you certainly won’t want to miss.

Carnival Cruise lines offer a fun-filled, relaxed, American style of cruising that embraces families. There are fantastic facilities on board including Waterworks water slides, high ropes, crazy golf, swimming pools and fantastic nightly entertainment. The food on board is second to none from the mouth-watering Guy’s Burger Joint to the speciality steak restaurant Fahrenheit 555 or the fabulous Cucina del Capitano. You can keep everyone happy with everything from 24 hour pizza, burgers and ice cream to three-course dining with lobster and steak.

Carnival Cruises Youth programs

Camp Carnival (2-5 yrs, 6-8 yrs and 9-11 yrs)

Split into 3 groups, each with their own space, kids on board Carnival can mix and make friends with other children of the same age group and with the same interests. Professional staff will make sure they are safe and looked after while they enjoy all the activities and facilities that are available for them. They will play games, do arts and crafts and head off to the kids pool as a group. When they have worked up an appetite they can enjoy their own kids’ menu including favourites such as chicken nuggets, pizza and much more.

Circle C (12-14yrs)

Circle C is for young teens and it a place to chill and enjoy cool activities. There are games, dance parties, outdoor movies, karaoke, air hockey, table football and much more.

Club 02 (15-17yrs)

This is a space for the older teens where they can hang out and make new friends. They can watch movies, play video games, listen to music and join in the karaoke sessions. There are even some teen-only shore excursions so that the young adults can enjoy the destinations with their new friends.


Carnival Cruises offer a Night Owls babysitting service between 10pm and 3am for children 11 yrs and younger. It is run by the professional child care team and allows parents an evening together to enjoy the fabulous restaurants, shows and nightlife Carnival has to offer.