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7 Reasons to Choose a Carnival Cruise

From racing down waterslides to meeting Dr Seuss characters at breakfast and discovering deserted tropical islands – a world of fun awaits on a Carnival cruise! Here are seven reasons why you should choose to cruise with Carnival for your next family holiday

1. Enjoy the fun and free-spirited vibe of Carnival Cruises

A waiter dancing on the Carnival Spirit
A waiter dancing on the Carnival Spirit

When you see your waiter jump up onto a podium after dinner and start singing, you know you are in the right place for a fun family holiday! Carnival Cruise Line ships have a reputation for being the most fun at sea, and the ethos permeates throughout your voyage. 

Meet Dr Seuss characters on the Carnival Spirit
Meet Dr Seuss characters on the Carnival Spirit

After the excitement of the Sailaway Party, families can join in with a procession of Dr Seuss characters in the Seuss-a-palooza Parade, perform Baby Shark together at karaoke, and laugh out loud at Dad as he dons a mullet for ‘80s night.

2. Waterslides galore!

Waterslides and splash zone on the Carnival Splendor
Meet Dr Seuss characters on the Carnival Spirit

With funnest (yes, that’s a word!) waterpark at sea in Australia, the kids will never get bored! Children taller than 120cm and (brave) adults can ride the Green Lightning on the Carnival Splendor, which sails from Sydney. 

An aerial view of the waterslides on Carnival Splendor
An aerial view of the waterslides on Carnival Splendor

There’s also the tamer Twister waterslide for those who aren’t quite as adventurous, while littlies will enjoy the Carnival Waterworks SplashZone, which includes a huge tipping bucket, squirters and a tot-sized waterslide.

3. Family-friendly activities

Play mini golf on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday
Play mini golf on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday

There’s no shortage of things to keep kids entertained on board Carnival ships. Sit down to a fantastical feast at the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, where you can dine on brightly coloured fruit, gravity-defying pancake stacks, funky French toast, “Moose Juice” ‘n’ “Goose Juice”, and lots more. 

Enjoying the splash zone on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday
Enjoying the splash zone on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday

There’s also dance lessons, mini golf, basketball, pool games, dive-in movies and stage shows to help fill your days.

4. Camp Ocean kids’ clubs

Kids playing Connect 4 in Camp Ocean on a Carnival cruise
Kids playing Connect 4 in Camp Ocean on a Carnival cruise

Carnival’s Camp Ocean kids’ club, for two to 11-year-olds, offers a range of ocean-themed activities and entertainment. Campers are divided into supervised, age-based groups and given a cool marine-life label. Little ones aged two to five join the Penguin® colony and engage in activities like Musical Icebergs and Ocean Bingo. 

Kids on board the Carnival Spirit
Kids on board the Carnival Spirit

The little-biggers, aged six to eight, are the way-cool Stingrays®, who might be found enjoying Pirate Game Night, making sea salt art, or even designing their own aquarium. The big fish — aged nine to 11 — are the Sharks®, who really sink their teeth into playing Marine Life Trivia, creating a giant ocean mural, and scoring big with sea-themed volleyball or soccer.

5. Amazing value for money

Eating pizza on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday
Eating pizza on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday

A cruise is a great value for money holiday, especially for families. If you compare the cost of just a hotel (at say around $200 to $250 per day) against a cruise at $100 per person per day (for anywhere from three to nine nights) which includes accommodation, travel, main meals, entertainment, kids club and 45+ daily activities, it quickly becomes clear which is better value! 

Eating ice cream on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday
Eating ice cream on a Carnival Cruise Line holiday

There are a range of family-friendly restaurants to choose from on Carnival’s Aussie ships, including Guy’s Burger Joint™, Mexican, pizza and 24/7 ice-cream!

6. Carnival Cruise is convenience

A family enjoying the sunset on the Carnival Splendor
A family enjoying the sunset on the Carnival Splendor

Avoid early morning rushes to the airport, waiting around, cramming onto a plane… A cruise holiday starts the moment you step on board. There’s no long road trips, you can see multiple destinations, and best of all you only need unpack once! 

A dish served at the Seafood Shack on board Carnival Spirit
A dish served at the Seafood Shack on board Carnival Spirit

If you’re travelling with kids or fussy adults, a cruise also gives you the comfort of knowing you’ll always be able to find something yummy to eat if you’re not very adventurous on land at the destination you’re visiting.

7. Enjoy Spectacular sights

Snorkel in pristine lagoons during a holiday with Carnival Cruise Line
Snorkel in pristine lagoons during a holiday with Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival sails to some of the most beautiful destinations you can imagine, including Tangalooma Resort at Moreton Island (where you can snorkel among shipwrecks!), the Great Barrier Reef and idyllic South Pacific islands, including Maré, Lifou and Mystery Island. 

Explore shipwrecks on Moreton Island during a Carnival Cruise Line holiday
Explore shipwrecks on Moreton Island during a Carnival Cruise Line holiday

There are also shorter cruises to Tasmania, and longer ones to New Zealand, taking in spectacular sights like Fiordland National Park, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

More Information

Carnival Splendor sails from Sydney year-round. Carnival Luminosa sails from Brisbane from November to April.  

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