Do you love to travel? If you’ve never cruised before, it’s time to book a Carnival cruise! Why, do you ask? The customer service is OUTstanding, you can visit dream destinations, dine at gourmet restaurants, and be entertained the entire time! Our family of four recently visited the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Valor ship and had the most amazing time. It was our youngest son’s first cruise, and our older son was too young to remember his first experience, so it was exciting to see the adventure through their eyes. Read on for details on why you should book your first cruise with Carnival Cruise Line.
5 Reasons to Book a Carnival Cruise
I was invited as media to spend 4 days aboard the Carnival Valor. All opinions are my own.
1 – Deals all the time
Visit carnival.com and you’ll find a dedicated “today’s deal” section at the top. Scroll through each month to see the best deals. Carnival even helps you out with a big red box indicating the lowest prices of the month! Now you can start matching your calendar with the suggested deal dates so you can vacation and save. Who doesn’t love to save money? I highly recommend booking as far out as you can. Prices only go up as you get closer to the busy seasons like spring and summer. And Carnival offers a lowest price guarantee. That means, if you find a better advertised deal within 48 hours of booking, they’ll give you a 110% on board credit for the difference! Cheers to that, right?! Ready to book a Carnival cruise? Get special offers emailed to you. Yep, even more ways to save!
2 – On board entertainment
Carnival has top notch entertainment on their cruises. Enjoy live music, comedy clubs, movie nights, and performances each night you cruise. They offer early evening entertainment geared towards families, and later evening performances for adult only crowds. See some of your favorite bands and performers in 2017 with special Carnival Live cruises. The line-up is incredible including, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Jeff Foxworthy, and Jay Leno!
We opted for early dining and early show performances so the kids could join us. We laughed our tails off!
3 – It’s fun for the whole family
Carnival cruises offer something for everyone. The cruise ships are huge (the Valor ship was 14 decks) and offer a variety of activities to keep every member of your family entertained. Whether the adults want to relax and unwind in the Serenity adult only retreat or test out their gambling skills at the casino. Want family friendly fun? Find activities like mini golf, swimming and sliding at the main pool, or playing at the video arcade. Your family will have unlimited fun!
Seuss at Sea is aboard all Carnival ships! Make memories with Dr. Seuss themed activities including: character parade, interactive story time, arts and crafts activities, character breakfast featuring their favorite Dr. Seuss friends and more.
4 – Dream destinations
Explore destinations like the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Australia and Cuba. Visit the beach or a historical location – it’s up to you! Book shore excursions and try something new like swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, ziplining, wildlife expeditions and more. All excursions are hand selected by Carnival and can be booked ahead of time online or once aboard the ship.
Cruising allows you to see several places in one vacation. It’s a great way to explore areas you’ve always wanted to visit.
5 – Rewards program
Get rewarded when you cruise with Carnival! That’s right – you’ll become a Very Important Fun Person (VIFP) when you book a Carnival cruise and join their loyalty program. Each time you sail, you’ll earn points towards benefits like Priority Check-In and Boarding, “Chocolate Delight” strawberry plate, Cabin Upgrades and much more. It’s completely free to join too!
Sail off into the sunset on Carnival Cruise!
I’m starting a six post series on all things cruising, so stayed tuned for more posts on everything you need to know – including a dedicated foodie post!
Here’s part 2 – All about the Food
I have never been on a cruise. It’s just never been on the agenda. Although I’d love to take one to see Alaska. Maybe someday! One never knows what the future might bring
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I love, love, LOVE Carnival Cruises. We’ve been on a few of them, and they are so good. The entertainment, dining, and amenities are all wonderful, and their excursions are great.
Those are some awesome artists. I had no idea. Will definetely consider a Carnival Cruise when my family and I return to the States.
April G says
I’ve never been on a cruise but would LOVE to take the family!! The tough part is deciding at what ages it would be best to take the kids. Carnival sounds like a great choice when you have kids! Looks like you all had an amazing time! I think I’m going to look into pricing for our family and see when we can go, I know for sure our 5 and 7 year olds would love it! Thanks for sharing!
I think they are ready! They will love the Kids Camp. I’ll be talking more in depth about that in a future post. My kids didn’t want to leave….LOL!
I would love to take my family on a cruise. You look like you had so much fun.
Little Miss Kate (@LilMissKateCo) says
I took a Carnival cruise in 2009 and it was a blast. I would love to do it again soon, now that we are done having kids and getting back into taking vacations again. Love that you get to see many different places when you cruise.
Dawn McAlexander says
I have been trying really hard to get onto a Carnival Cruise. I really think that I would enjoy their cruises and the ports of call that they have.
Diana Hansen says
I went on a Carnival cruise with my mom and siblings a few years ago and it was so much fun. With those prices, I need to book one for my family!!
Right?! The deals are SO good right now!
Claudia Krusch says
I have always wanted to go on a Carnival cruise. I have heard so many great stories from friends from the Carnival cruises they went on.
Ann Bacciaglia says
These are great reasons to take a Carnival cruise. It looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to go on one.
Melissa chapman says
We have never been on a cruise and it is definitely on our bucket list of adventures we want to experience! Thanks for sharing these great reasons why we should take the cruise plunge in 2017!
And the prices are so great right now! I hope you check this off your bucket list this year. 🙂
We’ve done a few cruises, but never on Carnival. They have some great itineraries and prices!!
Liz Mays says
I can definitely see us going with a Carnival Cruise vacation. I like that they have those deals and I’m liking their on-board entertainment.
Toni Dash says
This would be an amazing getaway! Definitely adding this to our list this year!
Dawn Gibson-Thigpen says
wow that boat looks amazing. omg i have always wanted to take a cruise. dreaming of the day
This looks like so much fun and the prices are great. I would love to take a cruise with Carnival!
LaVonne Long says
I did not know that Dr. Seuss was on the Carnival Cruise line. That’s really good to know. I am planning our first cruise for my 40th birthday. I’m going to check into Carnival — the travel agent recommended them too!
Sara Zielinski says
A carnival cruise sure sounds nice.
Sherry Bult says
I am a Travel Agent and I love Carnival Cruise Lines! Booking with a Travel Agent is the same price
as booking online. It’s just you have a Professional working for you to make sure everything comes together, for a great trip! Plus you might end up with a bottle of wine in your cabin as a Welcome aboard gift!! 🙂
Yvonne Delgado says
some day I hope we do make it on a cruise with the kids. good customer service is necessary!
I just got back from my 4th cruise with Carnival. Everything you mentioned is so true. The onboard entertainment and the food are AMAZING!!!!
Kim Wetter says
So many selections with Carnival! It really is a family cruise line! Very affordable!