Most cruise lines, in their own way, offer fun holidays at sea - but Carnival Cruise Line goes the extra mile when it comes to bringing the fun factor. This is a key part of Carnival’s mission: providing fun for young and old alike in as many parts of the cruise experience as possible. Even their ships have been specially kitted out to provide guests with the ultimate fun getaway. There are all kinds of treats and surprises that Carnival has in store for keen cruisers - read on to learn a little more about what makes this line so popular with holidaymakers Down Under.
Carnival has a sizeable international fleet, all labelled Fun Ships for their specially designed fun features. Not all of these vessels sail southern oceans though. Those planning a cruise around Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific will be likely to find themselves aboard one of three Fun Ships 2.0.
Staying active on a fun ship
You can spend your days relaxing by the pool on almost any cruise ship, and Carnival vessels are certainly no exception, but there’s such a wide variety of activities you can get involved with on a Fun Ship that you might find yourself abandoning the lounger for most of your voyage. Carnival Cruise Line has many of the cruise staples covered, like ballroom dancing, martini crafting classes and art exhibitions but that’s just the beginning. Show off your mixology skills in a cocktail competition, get the family together for mini golf, get your heart racing with a game of basketball or pick up a few culinary tips at a cooking demonstration. Many Carnival ships also include WaterWorks, an elaborate water park featuring the steepest slide at sea: the adrenaline-spiking Green Thunder.
Keeping the kids happy
Carnival is one of the world’s best cruise lines for families - from youth programs to activities, accommodations to babysitting options, Carnival Cruise Line goes out of its way to facilitate amazing family holidays. Camp Ocean is Carnival’s kid’s club for children aged 2-11, and is divided into three sections: Penguins (2-5), Stingrays (6-8) and Sharks (9-11). Teens and tweens aren’t forgotten either: Circle C is a supervised space for 12-14 year olds with plenty of things to do, and Club 02 caters with 15-17 year olds with plenty of socialising, dancing and competitions - Club 02 also continues on into the evening so teens don’t have to give up the fun times when night falls.
Carnival has also put a lot of thought into providing family friendly accommodation. Quad and triple cabins are popular choices, plus there’s family suites for those looking for the very best. Many Carnival Cruise Line vessels also feature interconnecting cabins - for example, the Carnival Legend has 53 different sets of cabins with connecting doors.
Indulge your taste buds
Whether you’re savouring a poolside cocktail or going back for seconds at the buffet, cruise life serves up plenty of opportunities to discover new taste sensations and sample old favourites. Carnival makes sure that when you’re ready to indulge, excellent options are waiting for you.
The Alchemy Bar should be the first port of call for anyone who loves cocktails. Specially trained mixologists will note your preferences and make up a drink designed especially for you. The experience of picking out ingredients you like and waiting for a cocktail to come back and pleasantly surprise you really adds an element of fun to ordering a drink.
The BlueIguana Cantina is a relatively new casual eatery to make an appearance on Carnival ships but it’s already proven a huge hit. This build-your-own-burrito/taco bar gives guests the chance to construct their ideal Mexican meal in a matter of minutes. One of the best features of BlueIguana (aside from its tastiness) is that it’s entirely included in your cruise fare.
If you really want to go all out with your culinary cruise experience, booking a spot at The Chef’s Table is the right way to go. Limited to 14 people per group, booking is essential for this gourmet evening. Hosted by the Master Executive Chef, The Chef’s Table will see discerning foodies treated to an elaborate multicourse dinner, preceded by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This books out fast every time, so look into securing yourself a seat as soon as you’ve booked your cruise.
If, after finding out a bit more about just how fun a Carnival cruise can be, you’re intrigued by the idea of sailing with Carnival Cruise Line, take a quick look at the local sailings this cruise line is offering. You never know: you might end up stumbling across the holiday of your dreams before you even realise it.