100 Carnival Cruise Tips and Tricks

Carnival Cruise Tips and Tricks
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Are you planning on going on a Carnival cruise, or are you just a cruise lover looking to learn more cruising tips? Then you are at the right place. We have gathered 100 Carnival cruise tips and tricks which you can benefit from for your next vacation at sea with the cruise line.

These tips and tricks are meant to help you enjoy your cruise without sweating the small stuff. When used wisely, these tips help you have an unforgettably smooth and enjoyable cruise. So, read on to find out more.

Embarkation and Debarkation Carnival Cruise Tips

Arriving and the cruise ship terminal for the very first time can be confusing and stressful so we’ve got some quick tips to help you out. You can also read our full guide on Cruise Ship Embarkation.

Departing the ship and going back can be just as stressful and likely depressing because the Carnival cruise vacation is over! Here is a dedicated page for Disembarking the cruise ship.

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1. A Driver’s License is Not a Traveling Document

Remember to carry your passport and any other important travel documentation. Carnival cruises do not admit anyone on board their cruises, without a passport and the necessary traveling documents.

2. To Avoid Delays, do Your Online Check-in Beforehand

Do your online check-in the night before to avoid unnecessary delays at embarkation. Also, keep your appointment time, if you want to be processed fast.

3. Onsite Parking is Convenient but Costly

Parking at the port of embarkation is convenient because of the short distance between the car and ship, but it’s rather expensive. Save a lot more by parking at an offsite parking lot. Try also renting a car from airport services to drive to the port and do the same when returning from the cruise. This will save you a lot of parking problems.

4. The Long and Short Story About Porters

Porters are great allies, tip them well and your bags receive royalty treatment. They also help you disembark fast because they have a direct disembarkation line. If you can find one the night before debarkation and tip them well, then you can save yourself disembarking headaches.

People on cruise forums have sighted, however, that if you don’t tip them well during onboarding, you may find an “accidental” spill of shampoo or other liquids on your clothes in the suitcase. We are not sure of this, but better be safe than sorry.

5. To Start Your Vacation in a Relaxed Manner

You are going on vacation for relaxation purpose, so, why not take Carnival’s airport shuttle or car services? It will save you the hassle of unloading or loading your luggage.

You will be met by the cruise staff at the airport or the point where they pick you, and won’t have the stress of parking. The same will be done when going back home after your cruise ends.

6. To Save Money Skip the Option Above

Instead of Carnivals air and ground transportation options go for other means of transport that are cheaper like Uber or Lyft.

7. Change in Itinerary

Carnival can cancel and change a port schedule anytime. They, however, only do this for your safety and convenience. There could be an outbreak of a virus or unrest in a port of call and others. Note, however, that this doesn’t happen regularly either.

8. Skip Queueing and Get to the Fun Faster

The last thing you want to do on your vacation is to queue for anything. Invest in the Carnival first to the fun (FTTF) package to avoid this. The price ranges from $50 to $ 80 for short to long cruises. This price covers everyone in your cabin. You get priority check-in after VIFP’s. You get access to your stateroom as soon as you are onboard. Your luggage is boarded first and you don’t queue for guest services or disembarkation.

9. Don’t Miss Your Cruise Due to Flight Delays

Avoid falling into the same pitfalls that previous sailors did. Take a flight at least a day or two earlier to avoid missing your cruise trip due to flight delays.

10. Get Proper Luggage Tags

The stapled paper tag you use on your luggage can get lost during onboarding. Airport staff may also remove it, to place their own. Therefore, get a proper luggage tag for your suitcases and bags. Pack valuable items in your carry on and not in your checked luggage. Find the best language tags for your cruise from Amazon.

11. Take a Picture of Your Luggage and Where you Park

It is easier to show a photo of a lost suitcase than to describe it. Take a photo of a landmark where you park. The cars next to yours might move leaving you in confusion as to where you parked.

12. Pack Your Clothes in Each Other Suitcases

This helps if one of you loses a bag or gets their bag delayed at customs. It ensures the other person has clothes to wear, while they await their suitcase.

13. Carry Your Own Luggage if You Want to Get off the Ship Faster

Granted getting off a ship with bags and suitcases is not the easiest thing, but if want to exit fast, go the self-assist way.

14. Want to Change Your Room?

Carnival mostly sails at capacity and doesn’t make room changes once onboard. Keep a lookout for previously booked rooms, which become available before the cruise begins. Then proceed to book these rooms, if they are in your category, or be ready to part with more cash for upgrades.

Cost Saving Carnival Tips

Saving money is big aspect during the voyage and before when booking. There is money to be saved if you know the right way, take a look at a post on how to buy a Carnival cruise.

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15. Avoid cruising during holidays and when kids are out of school

If you want to save yourself some money, then book cruises during low seasons. Such cruises are found in between holidays and summer break.

16. Research and book your excursions with the right party

Carnival offers shore excursions with its own tour operators. This is a good deal for you if you are foreign to the ports being visited. But if you know your port of call well, then book with a third party travel operator to save up to 50% on price.

17. Mind your spending onboard

There are many fun activities onboard a Carnival cruise such as classes, events, excursions, spa’s, casinos and eating delicious treats at specialty restaurants. Mind your spending by checking your balances using the stateroom’s smart T.V. or sail card kiosk.

18. Old ships are budget friendly

If you want to go on a cruise on a low budget try some of the older Carnival ships. Sure, they might miss some of the newer fun activities such as the sky ride, or giant water slides but they still have other fun activities.

19. Booked your ticket early

A good trick is to book your ticket early, but make payments in installments. That way if prices decline, you can ask Carnival or your tour agent to match your ticket price to the lower price and they will honor. If you have an early saver ticket from Carnival that is fully paid and the same happens request for a refund and Carnival will honor it provided it includes a price assurance protection.

Carnival Beverage Tips and Tricks

If you do research online the CHEERS Beverage program on Carnival is probably the most asked about. We’ve got several quick tips to help you out when it comes to all things drink with Carnival Cruise Line. When it comes to taking Alcohol onboard the ship there are some rules to follow which you can find out here.

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20. No bottled water or soda on board!!

Carnival doesn’t allow bottled water or soda onboard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t carry these items. Buy a 12 pack of can or carton soda, water or milk. Only one pack is allowed per cruiser.

21. Wine is accepted

You are only allowed to bring onboard one 750ml bottle of wine. Provided you are an adult above or 21 years of age.

22. Pack a corkscrew

Park a corkscrew for your wine. The corkage fee onboard Carnival is $15.

23. CHEERS Beverage Program

Carnival has an alcohol drink package which goes for $52 per day per person. It includes a wide range of alcoholic beverages such as whiskeys, spirits, beers, cocktails and more.

Find out more about Carnival’s CHEERS program.

24. Unlimited soda

If you don’t drink alcohol, go for Carnival’s bottomless bubbles soda and juice package. This package allows you to drink all the soda and juice you want from the soda fountain at a cost of $25.88 for a 3day trip up to $146.20 for a 17day cruise for adults.

25. Keep your wine in the dining room

Not planning to consume all your wine in one night, no problem. Give it to the waiters in the dining room, they will label it with your name and store it for you for another night.

26. Choose regular glass over souvenir glass

You are not obliged to drink from the souvenir glass, the drink of the day is served in. Request for a regular glass and save on the cost of the souvenir glass.

27. A souvenir glass is nice to have

On the other hand, if you have a souvenir glass, go for drink-of-the-day refills at a cheaper price.

28. If you consume a lot of water while on board

Do you drink a lot of water? Then consider pre-booking Carnival’s water package which includes 12 bottles of water at $4.50 each delivered to your room. If you wait to book while on board, a 15% gratuity will be charged for each water bottle.

29. Pack a refillable bottle

Another water tip is to carry a refillable water bottle and refill water at the water fountains and taps. Yes! Cruise ship’s tap water is safe for drinking but consult with guest services.

30. Pack a coffee mug

Carry your coffee mug. It will help you carry good amounts of coffee or tea to your room, without spilling during movement.

Carnival Dining Tips

Dining on a Carnival cruise is a big thing especially with all the options available including Guys Burger Joint, the dining rooms, steakhouse and more. We’ve got even more detailed Carnival cruise tips for dining here.

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31. Create your own customized menu

Get the main dining and Lido restaurant’s menus online or at guest services. Plan your meals to include the best of every place including specialty venues like Guy’s burger joint, blue iguana canteen, Ji Ji Asian or Bonsai sushi and many more. Do your research before the cruise and book seats at the specialty venues you would want to eat at.

32. Eat at the specialty restaurants on the first day of the cruise

A selection of specialty restaurants offers meals at a discount on the first day of the cruise. You can skip the dining room and it’s masses to enjoy a peaceful, delicious dinner at the specialty venue of your choice.

33. Eat as much as you want

If you liked an entrée, you can order two or more plates of it. You can also have your favorite appetizers served as the main course. The chef makes special requests as well, just let the head waiter know.

34. Different food types are available

There are vegetarian and gluten-free meal options. Ask a waiter and they will bring you, your desired meal.

35. Ice cream all day
You can have ice cream and frozen yogurt all day long from Swirls. Most venues that sell hot drinks will accompany them with free pastries as well.

36. Order in

Order room service it’s free from 6.00a.m to 10.00p.m. Catch those extra Zzs by sleeping in and order breakfast in.

37. Unlimited pizza

Eat as much pizza as you want. Head over to the pizzeria del Capitano or pizza pirate and get a slice or more of freshly baked pizza.

38. Underutilized breakfast options

Most people don’t know this, but the dining room serves breakfast too and they are delicious.

39. Dinner time seating

Choose a convenient dinner appointment, but if you are like me and hate rushing to dinner, choose the ‘your time appointment’ and be seated whenever you like. You are on vacation after all so take your time. Dinner at the main dining starts from 6 p.m to 9.30p.m.

40. Consider Brunch

Did you miss breakfast while sleeping in? Don’t worry go for the sea day brunch. It runs between 8.a.m to 1 p.m and has a variety of tasty food options.

41. Taste bars help you choose specialty venues

You can sample different foods at the taste bars. Since these samples are from different venues, they give you a chance to discover a specialty venue you would like to try out. Taste bars are open around dinner time.

Stateroom/Cabin Tips

You’ll spend a lot of time here unless you’re like us and party all night long! Here are Carnival cruise tips on the best staterooms to book.

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42. Cabins that help with motion sickness

If you suffer from motion sickness then pick a cabin in the lower decks amidship. Cabins in this part of the ship experience less swaying, because they are more aligned with the center of gravity.

43. Balcony cabins

Do you love the view of beautiful sceneries, landscapes, and towns? Then pick a cabin with a window or balcony. If you don’t mind the expense, choose one, that’s near a secret deck, to enjoy private peaceful moments.

44. Carry a night light

Interior cabins don’t have access to natural light, so, switch to the lido or aft facing cameras to have a view of the deck. This camera will tell you when the sun is up. Pack a night light to light your path at night.

You will get a wakeup call from the ship but you can still carry an alarm clock to make sure you don’t miss the activities you are interested in.

45. Get comfortable in bed

While Carnival tries as much as possible to provide you with a comfortable bed if you don’t feel comfortable then ask for an egg crate foam and sleep better.

46. Keep your valuables safe

Use the safe in your cabin to keep your valuables safe.

47. Carnival offers a non-stocked mini bar

This saves you the hassle of removing or accounting for minibar items at the end of the cruise. Store all the items you need to be cooled, in it.

Family Cruising Tips

Carnival Cruise Line is all about family fun and making memories together. To go along with our quick tricks and tips below you can also take a look at this post on cruising with kids.

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48. Babysitting services

Want to spend an evening alone as a couple? Send your kids to camp Carnival or camp oceans which offers night owls. Your children will be well taken care of by the youth staff there. They accept all children between ages 2-11 years. (please check with your specific ship if this is offered).

49. Lose the extra weight from the baby stroller

Lose the extra weight of the baby stroller. The cruise ship will provide you with one for $8 per day. Just make sure you book in advance in case they run out.

50. Get permission to travel with a kid

When traveling with your kid(s) only without their other parent, ensure you get a written permission from the other parent to travel with them. Avoid the legal drama of trying to prove that you are not skipping town with your kid(s) without the other parent’s approval.

Port and Excursion Tips

A major part of a Carnival cruise is getting off in port and experience the destinations on your own or on a shore excursion. Take a look at the best Carnival cruise ships for shore excursions here.

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51. Book your shore excursions in advance

Research and book shore excursions in advance. Once on board, you might miss out on an interesting shore excursion because it’s booked to full capacity. 52. Don’t miss the ship

The biggest advantage of booking excursions with your Carnival cruise line is that you won’t be left by the ship or have visa hassles at the port. The alternative, however, is much cheaper, book your shore excursions with a large and reputable tour company and save yourself at least 50% in price.

53. Explore with a person who works for cruises

Another option is to explore port with a cruise staff; they know the best places on the port. If you know a cruise staff that is off duty, explore the city with them.

54. Or stay onboard during a port day

You can remain onboard on a port day to enjoy discounted deals at the spa, the specialty restaurants and get the best photographs taken or enjoy peaceful moments without the many people around you.

55. Wear good walking shoes

Port visits involve a lot of walking, wear comfortable walking shoes, or invest in innersoles for your favorite walking shoes, this will offer your feet comfort while walking and your feet will thank you later for this.

56. Pack a dry bag

Going for shore excursions that involve water sports? Carry a dry bag; they keep all your valuables dry. Get one from Amazon from $10.

57. Wear a watch when on port

If you end up deciding to venture out on your own on port visits, remember to wear a watch which tells the right time to ensure you don’t miss the ship.

58. Cheaper taxis

Skip the taxis and souvenir shops at the port and venture a little bit into the town for cheaper taxi and souvenirs.

59. Keep documents safe when at port

Keep your travel documents and cash safely in a money belt during port tours. Locals can tell you are a tourist and so will the pickpockets.

60. Get the number of the port agent

During port days, get the number of the port agent in charge. This number could come in handy in case of an emergency.

61. Group travels

When traveling with a group and you want to experience the shore excursions together ensure you disembark together on port days. This makes it easier for the tour operators to sit you together in the transport available.

62. Get the facts right before booking excursions

Before booking shore excursions, research the requirement information like health requirements for a scuba, snuba or diving activities. Consider weight requirements for different activities and the costs associated.

Carnival Spa Tips

Now it’s time to take it easy forget about the world and just think of treating yourself with these Spa tips on a Carnival cruise ship.

63. Spa passes

Are you a spa person? Get daily spa or weekly spa passes instead of getting a spa stateroom. It is cheaper.

64. Say yes more

Attend spa seminars if you are into those sorts of things. Volunteer to participate when they call out for a volunteer for treatment demonstrations and get a free treatment.

65. Spa deals

As with all other things, spa treatments are discounted on port days and towards the end of the cruise. Go for them then. You can also use the sauna and Jacuzzis on some decks in the evenings for free.

Casino Tips

Wish we could all win money while in the Casino, maybe these Carnival cruise tips can push us in the right direction.

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66. No complimentary drinks for new casino players

You only get free drinks and complimentary stuff at the Carnival casino if you have hit 1000 points and above. Use your sail card to accumulate this points.

67. The odds of winning on a cruise ship are stack against you

Cruise casinos have nothing to lose. They know there are no other casinos around, so they are not incentivized to give you good odds.

68. Winning big the first or last night of the cruise

There is an unconfirmed claim that you are likely to win big the first day of the cruise when the cruise opens or the last day. But because machines can’t be programmed this way, others call this hogwash. You can try your luck though.

69. Get your sail card punched and a lanyard

Get your sail card punched and a lanyard to wear around your neck at the casino. This is meant to keep you from losing your keycard at the casino.

70. Cheaper cash

Carnival ATMs charge a $6 service fee. To save on this cost, buy chips at the casino at just $3, hold them and exchange them later for cash without extra charges.

Outdoor and Entertainment Cruise Tips

Now when it comes to Carnival outdoor activities and onboard entertainment are just so good. There is plenty on offer for any type cruiser and here are some great cruise tips to help you out.

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71. Want to ride a bicycle in the sky?

Carnival’s horizon and vista ships have an 800-foot sky ride outdoor fun sport. All you need is to be above 54 inches tall and less or equal to 300pounds in maximum weight to ride it. It will give you a flying experience, and a good view of surrounding sceneries.

72. Wait out the lines by engaging in other cruise events

There are many fun activities onboard Carnival cruises. Try the ones which are least crowded during the first days of the cruise and move on to the more hyped ones, when the queues decline.

73. Towel clippers

It’s very breezy on the ship’s deck invest in towel clippers to keep your towels in place when sunbathing. You will thank us for this one.

74. Movie time! Where you sit matters

Watching a big screen movie in the open sea, under the stars is a lot of fun. But one thing that can destroy this fun is to have constant interruptions from movements and noises around you. Arrive early and sit in the seats around the pool to avoid interruptions.

75. Secret Decks

Discover quiet deck spots on Carnival ships. Carnival ships have other outer decks not commonly known to most people. These outer decks are quiet and abandoned, offering you peaceful spots, to read a book or have an intimate conversation. Depending on which ship you are on, locate deck 5,6, 7 and 10 by walking straight and out of the side doors or doors marked emergency only at the end of long hallways.

Technology and Communication Tips and Tricks

Don’t think anyone can do without Wi-Fi onboard the cruise ship. Carnival does offer packages to deal with that. Cruisers can also make things easier for themselves while onboard, take a look at the tips below.

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76. Switch to Airplane Mode

Switch to airplane mode the moment you arrive onboard. Avoid getting a huge roaming charge bill, once you get back home.

77. Download Carnivals Hub App

Download Carnivals Hub App to get your daily activities on the go, to view your folio and see the menu offers from different specialty restaurants. If you are with family or friends, purchase chat service for $5 to communicate with them. The app uses the ship’s free Wi-Fi.

78. Get Walkie Talkies

If you are traveling as a large group, or have kids with you, then invest in walkie-talkies to communicate freely while on board. However, use the walkie-talkies away from people, so as not to disturb them with the noises. Find the best Walkie Talkies on Amazon for your next cruise.

79. Ship’s Data Access and Movie Packages

You can purchase the ship’s data access if you really need to get online, or movie packages ($4.5 per movie) when bored. The Ship’s internet is expensive, so if you are a movie and music streaming fanatic. Download movies, Netflix series and music on your laptop or tablet, before the cruise.

80. Pack a Power Strip

Pack a power strip to get additional power outlets for your electronic items, most cabins only have one or 2 outlets. Find travel power strips from Amazon.

81. Photos by Professional Photographers

You will have plenty of photos taken by professional photographers at the pixels photo gallery or dreams studio for free. View these photos on the digital gallery available on the Hub App and delete the ones you don’t like and order the ones you like either in soft or hard copy at a small cost.

82. Another Photograph Tip

Don’t be in a hurry to get each and every single photo every time your photos are taken, Wait until towards the end of the trip and choose the ones you like and delete the rest.

83. Pack a Small Portable Fan

Pack a small portable fan, the AC in the cabins doesn’t work, they maintain a standard room temp of about 68 to 70 degrees. Purchase small travel fans right here.

Gratuity and Tips

Tipping on the cruise is a big topic and the debate will never end. Just be prepared and follow some of these cruise tips to help you out. You can also check our dedicated section on Cruise Hive for gratuities and tipping.

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84. You are allowed to modify gratuities according to service levels

You may be unsatisfied with the level of service you have received. Don’t worry you can modify your gratuities before the end of the cruise using guest services. Carnival recommends a gratuity rate of $12.95 to $13.95 per day, per person depending on the room status.

85. Carry a stack of $1 bills

Carry a wad of small dollar bills, preferably one dollar bills to use for tipping and buying things at the port.

86. Be generous

Be generous with the cruise staff and you will be treated like royalty. They work hard, 7 days a week barely getting a good break.

Cruise Safety Tips

No question that safety onboard the cruise ship is no.1. Make sure you’re aware of the safety rules on your Carnival cruise. Anything can impact your cruise including Hurricanes, bad storms, sickness and more. We’ve got many articles on how to stay safe on a cruise which you can read.

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87. Cruise Insurance is Important

Carnival offers a vacation insurance protection plan, which is basically a cruise insurance that will cover trip cancellation, luggage protection, medical and emergency services. It is, however, better to get travel insurance from an independent, recognized and reputable travel insurance company. They offer a wider comprehensive package. Accidents are called so because no one saw them coming… be prepared, be safe.

88. Don’t Ignore Boat Drills

Participate in the boat drill at the beginning of the cruise no matter how much it bores you. It could save your life in case of an emergency.

89. Carry a Hand Sanitizer

Cruise ships carry up to 4000 people. Since you share many public surfaces with these people carry a hand sanitizer to keep from getting sick.

90. Carnival Vacation Guarantee

A bonus point is if you don’t like a cruise or change your mind within the first 24hrs once on board, you can get the Carnival vacation guarantee. Which gives you 100% full refund of your fares and $100 onboard credit for a future cruise, plus they will get you back to the port of embarkation.

Even More Carnival Cruise Tips and Tricks

91. No Buying with Cash on Carnival

Carnival has a sail and sign card which you load with a deposit upon boarding. The minimum deposit per person is $100. Every purchase you make is charged to the card and you get a statement at the end of the trip.

92. Pack What You Need Only

Don’t pack so many clothes, you will not need them all. If going on sunny and warm cruises, pack light clothes and only 3 pairs of shoes. Pack a jacket and umbrella, some ports and sea days are rainy, not sunny.

Check this page for 100 cruise packing tips.

93. Carry Plenty of Sun Protection

Destination regions like the Bahamas and the Caribbean are really hot. Make sure you carry plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

94. Inexpensive Souvenirs

If you know your port of call well, venture into it and buy souvenirs from local grocery stores where prices are not hiked. Also, wait for souvenir sale offs and discount deals at the ship’s gift shop.

95. Ask for Clean Towels, Bathrobes and Extra hangers

Call a room attendant and request clean towels, bathrobes or extra hangers if need be. They will get you some ASAP.

96. Run out of memory card space on your camera?

If you run out of space on your camera’s memory card, get your photos burned on a CD at the photo studio and create space for more photos.

97. Book shows and events in advance to get the best sits

You should book cruise events such as comedy shows and concerts early to get the best sits in the house.

98. Pack Ziploc bags

Do yourself a favor and carry Ziploc bags. You will use them to carry snacks, to carry your valuables such as electronics and documents to keep them dry when engaging in water activities. Carry large ones for dirty laundry.

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99. Notify your credit card company

Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling to the ports on your itinerary, to keep them from flagging your credit card as stolen. Also, carry their number, and call them to freeze your card in case it’s lost or stolen.

100. Carry a medical information card always

Emergency medical conditions could occur, always carry a medical information card. Put important information on it such as allergies, existing conditions, the current medication you are on, personal information and contact information for an emergency contact.

Also Read: 15 Mistakes to Avoid on a Carnival Cruise

Take it Easy on Your Next Carnival Cruise

You are going on a cruise to relax, so relax. We have provided you with a 100 Carnival cruise tips and tricks, but feel free to look for more.Some of this tips keep vacations from going sour such as remembering to carry required documentation, so, pay attention. Use any of the tips you have noted above to enjoy a smoother cruise. Happy cruising.

MSC Lirica to Sail From Dubai Including Calls in India

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Forget about the Caribbean, how about a cruise from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates including visits to India? now this sounds like my kinda cruise. MSC Cruises has announced that MSC Lirica will become the second ship in the fleet offering cruises from the UAE. The ship will sail extended itineraries which will start in November 2018.

MSC Lirica United Arab Emirates Deployment

The MSC cruise ship will begin sailing 11 and 14-night itineraries in November 2018. This will be the first time MSC Lirica has sailed from the UAE where the vessel will join MSC Splendida which will offer shorter 7-night cruises during the 2018/19 winter season. The new Liricia cruises will include two overnight stays in Dubai and calls in India. if you book shore excursions early 20% discounts can also be taken advantage of.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said:

“This will be our seventh season in the UAE and we have seen strong demand for our quality product offering from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”

“Our modern ships and distinctive, quality cruise experience are an appealing way for travelers to explore the rich and diverse experiences that the UAE can offer.”

“Introducing India to MSC Cruises’ winter 2018/2019 itineraries demonstrates how our significant investment plan is enabling us to expand our global footprint and establish a presence in a high-potential market, one that we expect to grow considerably over the coming years.”

MSC Lirica Sailing to India

The MSC Cruise ship will sail to India offering new experiences and options in the region. The ship will first call in Abu Dhabi and then on to Muscat before sailing across the Arabian Sea. The first port of call in India will be the thriving Mumbai along with calls in Goa and Mangalore.

Exclusive MSC Sir Bani Yas Resort

On the 11-night itineraries, the vessel will include calls in the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Resort, a stunning island which will be just for MSC guests the days the ship visits. other calls on the itinerary will include The Pearl-Qatar, Khasab, Oman and Manama, Bahrain.

Also Check: All the latest MSC Cruise Deals and Top 10 Price Drops.

Even Longer Grand Adventure Sailings

There will be two repositioning cruises so as expected they will be pretty long with the 17-night voyage getting to Dubai the kick off its new season and then the 20-night sailing heading back to Italy. The 17-night cruise will depart Venice, Italy on November 2, 2018, and end in Dubai UAE on November 19, 2018. The 20-night Grand Voyages cruise will depart Dubai, UAE on March 15, 2019, and arrive back in Venice, Italy on April 4, 2019.

MSC Lirica is currently based in Asia but will spend time out Italy starting in April. The ship will then sail its 17-night voyage to Dubai to kick off its new winter season. The ship is 65,600 gross tons and can carry over 1,900 guests at double occupancy.

The London Cruise Show is Coming, Don’t Miss Out!

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The London Cruise Show is almost upon and just for Cruise Hive readers we have something special for you! One of the biggest cruise industry events of the year will be held in February and for a change, those of your based in the UK can attend for free if you’re fast enough.

The annual show which showcases the best of the cruise industry will take place on February 17 and 18 at the Olympia, London. The show will feature cruise experts, leading cruise lines and experiences where you can learn more about the inspiring cruise destinations on offer. There will be stalls and booths set up all around where you can browse and take everything in. You can also attend an event in any of the three theaters to experience even more from experts and leaders in the industry.

You’re in For a Treat!

For Cruise Hive readers only you have the chance to get free tickets for the two-day event in London. All you need to do is head on over to the London Cruise Show site, click on “Book Tickets” located on the top left then keep following the instructions. You’ll see a Promo Code area and here just type in CRUISEHIVE2018 which will get your free tickets for the exclusive event. There are only 25 pairs of free tickets available so you need to do it right now.

The regular price to attend the London Cruise Show is £6 so still pretty cheap but of course free is always better!

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More About The London Cruise Show

According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), there has been a 65% increase over the past five years. this means we can expect some more cruising catered towards this growing trend. Also, expect to see luxury cruising at its very best during the London Cruise Show. Cruise enthusiasts will be able to be inspired by destinations like Alaska and throughout Europe not just on cruise ships but also river cruising too.

Inspections Haven’t Gone Well for Three Carnival Cruise Ships

Carnival Funnel
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Carnival Cruise Line has been in the news again recently for all the wrong reasons. Three of the cruise line’s ships have recently failed USPH inspections and one of the ships is the newest in the fleet. The Carnival ships in question are Carnival Triumph, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista which we’ll detail one by one in this post.

First, let’s just tell you what all these USPH (United States Public Health) inspections are all about. They are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and take place on cruise ships calling at ports in the U.S. The inspections take place unannounced when the ship is docked at a U.S. port twice a year and many aspects of the vessel are looked at related to sanitation, hygiene, and general public health.

Carnival Vista

This Carnival cruise ship is the newest in the fleet and joined in 2016 so you would expect it to pass inspections. Sadly it didn’t when CDC inspectors went onboard last month announced. The vessel received a score of 79 which is under the pass mark of 85 and meaning there were issues found related to sanitation and other things on the checklist.

In the report by the CDC there were several violations onboard related to medical records and reporting, food preparation and more but what kept coming up is the violation found at the Deck 9 crew hallway and cabin. Found here was “several containers and trolleys of food equipment, utensils, spices, potentially hazardous food items, raw produce, and decorations to a crew cabin hallway and a crew cabin in order to avoid inspection by VSP staff.” Obviously, this wasn’t the crew’s fault but their supervisor or someone higher up.

There was a major effort to hide all of this away from the inspectors, Carnival will no doubt learn from this and make sure procedures are followed correctly so that the Carnival Vista doesn’t fail again in the future.

Carnival Vista is based out PortMiami, Florida and offers Caribbean cruises. The ship is 133,500 gross tons and can carry over 3,900 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Vista Cruise Ship in Port
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Carnival Breeze

This ship also failed USPH inspections which took place on December 10, 2017. Just like Carnival Vista, the CDC released a report on the violations done. The Dream class vessel received a score of 77 which isn’t good at all. Issues found included food waste found overflowing next to food transport areas and a wide range of problems related to food preparation areas.

Carnival Breeze is based out of Galveston, Texas and sailing 7-day Western Caribbean cruises. The ship is 130,000 gross tons and can carry over 3,600 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Triumph

Carnival Triumph has been in the news a lot recently, just yesterday we posted some great news the Carnival cruise ship will be offering a wide mix of new itineraries including New York in 2019. The bad news is that Carnival triumph also failed recent USPH inspections. The ship received a score of 78 when CDC inspectors arrived unannounced on November 11, 2017.

Violations were found in food preparation areas and the ship’s galley. You can read the report here for all the details. It is important to note that most of the violations weren’t major and many issues were just small mistakes made by hard-working crew members.

Carnival Triumph will undergo a major refurbishment in 2019 so expect the ship to get some much-needed attention with new features and enhancements. The Carnival cruise ship is 101,500 gross tons and can carry over 2,700 guests. The ship is based out of New Orleans offering cruises to Mexico in the Western Caribbean.

Carnival Triumph in Port
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Most Carnival Ships Passed

It is important to remember that even though these Carnival ships failed CDC inspections the other 22 vessels passed in 2017. Carnival Elation, Carnival Inspiration, and Carnival Valor all received full scores of 100 which is really impressive. Carnival Pride is the most recent in the fleet to undergo the USPH inspections on January 3, 2018, and the ship got a score of 95.

Carnival Cruise Line Offering Big Savings and Incentives

Carnival Cruise Ship in Caribbean Port
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The cruise lines are always having different promotions and sales throughout the year but for Wave Season there is usually something special. Carnival Cruise Line has some impressive sales right now which we want you all to know about so you can save money and take advantage of the rates.

What Sales Does Carnival Cruise Have Right Now?

At the moment Carnival has the Onboard Credit Sale, Early Saver Sale, and the Cozy Winter Sale. Now each sale offers something different and it also depends on the sailings available. You’ll be able to find something for sure but you shouldn’t hang around as they are only running for a limited time.

Let’s take a look at each promotion in detail from Carnival Cruise Line. Readers can also see huge saving on our dedicated Carnival Cruise Deals page where there are price drops and deals on every Carnival cruise ship.

Onboard Credit Sale

Carnival Cruise Line is running the “Onboard Credit Sale” the name pretty much says it all! This deal ends on January 22, 2019, so there isn’t much time. Cruisers can find cruises from $269 per person and $50 of onboard credit. This will be for select sailings through Spring 2018.

Early Saver Sale

This is probably the best promotion Carnival has right now but you’ll have to book early. You can get 50% reduced deposits, free room upgrades and just like the Onboard Credit Sale you get $50 to spend onboard the cruise ship. That’s a lot of ways to make you book and you’ll have to find the right ship and itinerary. This deal is for select sailings through April 2020.

Cozy Winter Sale

We are well into winter and those on the U.S. East Coast know this more than most! This is a pretty basic promotion where cruisers can get good rates starting from $259 per person. This is for select sailing through April 2020 and the offer ends on January 31, 2018.

Also Read: How to Buy a Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line

More Carnival Cruise Sales

if none of the offers above interest you just wait until February or when one of the current sales end. Carnival will launch something new to entice you for that sunny vacation in the Caribbean or even beyond.

Why Choose Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is the biggest cruise line in the world and if you’re looking for fun then it’s the one to choose. there are other great cruise lines but having a family is perfect as there are tons of things to do onboard a Carnival ship. Carnival is constantly upgrading ships with the latest features and enhancements. In fact, as of writing this, the Carnival Victory is undergoing a major multi-million refurbishment in Freeport, Bahamas and another ship named Carnival Fascination which is Fantasy-class vessel will be upgraded in February.

No matter what we hope you have the chance to take a cruise this year and get to relax and have some fun!

More Cruise Passengers Can Help Hurricane Hit Caribbean Destinations

Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel
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Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel are expanding offering for those wanting to not just help in Hurricane hit destinations but also popular cruise islands throughout the Caribbean. Fathom which is owned by Carnival and even though the cruise brand no longer operates a cruise ship it does, however, offer unique hands-on experiences on Carnival owned cruise lines including Princess Cruises.

The first Fathom Travel group experience is being held on Crown Princess which departs its homeport on January 20. These guests in the Fathom experience will get to help locals in Caribbean destinations and make an impact by making a difference. This isn’t like your regular kind of shore excursion. This sailing is sold out thanks to Fathom and now Princess Cruises is adding more sailings so that cruise passengers booked with Fathom can help more islands impacted by Hurricanes which hit in September 2017.

What Cruises Are Being Added?

Due to the record sell out on Crown Princess the cruise line and Fathom are adding two additional sailings. This is so cruisers can help Hurricane hit destination with a hands-on approach. Regal Princess will depart on March 18, 2018, and Caribbean Princess will depart on May 26, 2018, both vessels will be for Fathom departing from Fort Lauderdale.

Tara Russell, Fathom president & Carnival Corporation global impact lead, said:

“I’ve always believed there is an appetite among travelers to combine their passion for adventure with their desire for meaning, purpose and deep connection.”

“Now more than ever, our friends in the Caribbean need us to show up to support kids and families as they return to school and build normalcy in their daily lives. These cruises offer guests a transformative opportunity to make an impact in these communities.”

The Inaugural Crown Princess Fathom Cruise

Those who have booked the Fathom sailing on Crown Princess will make the first sailing for this experience since Fathom was actually a cruise line in 2016 with just one ship. During the January 20 sailing guest in the Fathom group will experience special activites, connection with expert guides, special shore excursions and more. The ship will be calling in Antiqua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Amber Cove on the 8-day itinerary. St. Maarten and St. Thomas was badly impacted by Hurricanes last year and have been rebuilding ever since.

Are You Interested In Fathom?

If you’re interested in the upcoming sailings on Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess head on over to the Fathom site to find out how to join the Fathom group on those ships. You can also keep in touch for future cruises with Fathom experiences.

Big Changes Coming to Carnival Triumph Including New York Cruises

Carnival Triumph in Port
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Carnival Cruise Line has now decided what to do with Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship which recently failed USPH inspections and hasn’t had such a good time in the past. The Carnival cruise ship will mark a new era in its service offering a mix of options from multiple ports including New York for the first time.

This will be the first time Carnival has offered mixed itineraries and deployments for one ship like this. They are trying this new approach with the Carnival Triumph and the this brings plenty of new choices for cruisers in the United States and beyond.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph which will operate an array of cruise durations and varied itineraries departing from three convenient homeports along the East Coast.”

“With such an array of cruise choices vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, valued-packed getaways to tropical destinations to longer length departures visiting spectacular ports of call.”

New Carnival Triumph Itineraries

Let’s get down to the details of Carnival Triumphs new itineraries and schedules which will begin in 2019. The ship will be sailing to popular destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, New England, Bermuda and the Panama Canal. The ship will be based from several ports including those in New York, Fort Lauderdale, and Norfolk.

Carnival Triumph New York Cruises

The Carnival cruise ship will offer 4 – 14-day itineraries from the Big Apple starting from May 2019. The itineraries will be a wide range sailing to Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada and New England along with Panama Canal.

Carnival Triumph will start with five 4-day sailings to Bermuda departing New York on May 23, June 20, July 18, Augst 15 and September 12, 2019.There will also be a 6-day cruise to Bermuda departing on September 16, 2019. With a mixture of options, Carnival isn’t stopping there with even an 8-day cruise departing on June 24 which will also include a call in Grand Turk.

Starting on September 22, 2-19 the vessel will kick off the first of three 7-day cruises from the Big Apple. The other two will depart on September 29 and Oct 6 with calls to New England and Canada.

Carnival Triumph will be providing an option for two different exotic 8-day Caribbean cruises. These sailings will depart on various dates starting on July 2 and the last departing New York on September 4, 2019. Expect popular cruise destinations including Grand Turk, San Juan, Amber Cove, and St. Thomas.

The cream of the crop from Carnival cruise line will be the 10-day and 14-day itineraries from New York. These are both one-time voyages with the 14-day a Carnival Journeys special. The 10-day cruise will depart on June 10, 2019, and sail the Eastern Caribbean, the 14-day voyage will depart on May 27, 2019, and includes a call in Colon so that guests can see the Panama Canal.

Also Read: Tips for 3 Port of New York Cruise Terminals

Carnival Triumph Fort Lauderdale Cruises

Carnival Triumph will also be deployed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a range of short sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The ship starts these cruises in April 2019 and then continue again of its New York Deployment in November 2019 through April 2020. The ship offers 4-day cruises from Fort Lauderdale calling in Nassau and Carnival’s private island resort of Half Moon Cay, both in the Bahamas. The 5-day cruise departing on Saturdays will call in Grand Turk, Nassau, and either Half Moon Cay or Princess Cays in the Bahamas. Another 5-day itinerary which departs on Mondays will call in Jamaica and the Cayman islands in the Western Caribbean.

Also Read: Port Everglades Tips for South Florida Cruising

Carnival Triumph Norfolk Cruises

The Norfolk deployment will be more limited than cruises out of New York and Fort Lauderdale but will become a great choice for cruisers in the region. Carnival Triumph will offer 5 and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas and will depart between May 12 to October 20, 2019.

We’re excited about these itineraries for Carnival Triumph, readers can check out the latest ship deals and price drops along with all itineraries coming up.

What Does Carnival Triumph Offer?

The ship isn’t one of the newest but still offers the latest FUN 2.0 features including the hugely popular Guys Burger Joint. Other features onboard include the Alchemy Bar, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar, and the BlueIguana Cantina. The ship will also undergo a major multi-million dollar refurbishment before these new itineraries in 2019. That means to prepare for even further new features and upgrades which will no doubt make Carnival triumph among the best in the fleet.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s North American Deployment to be Bigger Than Ever

Norwegian Escape
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Norwegian Cruise Line has just revealed its cruise ship deployments for the 2019/20 winter cruising season in North America. The cruise lines biggest and newest cruise ship to lead the way out of New York along with major NCL ships sailing from across the United States and beyond.

Some highlights in the North America deployments by Norwegian Cruise Line includes Norwegian Bliss cruising from New York, Norwegian Getaway based out of New Orleans, Norwegian Breakaway offering cruises out of Port Canaveral and Norwegian Epic sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We’ll get to the details shortly but first, we must mention that other smaller ships are also offering great option from ports in North America.

Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line said:

“We are delighted to unveil this curated rich mix of our guests’ favorite itineraries with new deployment to exotic destinations that will bring new ships and new experiences to almost all of our homeports.”

“Whether a guest has sailed with us many times in the past or they are a first-time cruiser, there is something new for everyone to experience in 2019 and 2020 aboard a Norwegian cruise.”

Norwegian Bliss Sailing From New York

Norwegian Bliss which will join the NCL fleet in the Summer of 2018 and for the 2019 Winter season the new cruise ship will sail a range of cruises from New York. The third Breakaway Plus class vessel will begin sailing from the Big Apple on November 24, 2019. Norwegian Bliss will offer a total of 18 cruises which will be 7-day and 8-day itineraries to Bahamas and Florida. Port of calls includes Port Canaveral, NCl’s private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.

The ship will also sail 12-day and 14-day itineraries to the Southern and the Western Caribbean during the Winter season starting on December 1, 2019.

We actually detailed this newly announced deployment of Norwegian Bliss a few days ago.

Norwegian Getaway Sailing From New Orleans

The second Breakaway class ship will be deployed to New Orleans during the 2019/20 winter season. The ship will sail a range of 7, 9 and 9-day cruises starting from November 8, 2019. Norwegian Getaway will sail the Western Caribbean from New Orleans with calls in Costa Maya, Mexico; Harvest Caye, Belize; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica on 9-day voyages. 7-day itineraries will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize. The longer 12-day cruise will feature calls on Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize.

Norwegian Epic Sailing From San Juan

This unique NCL cruise ship which is in a class of its own will have a busy winter season offering Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Norwegian Epic will begin its deployment from December 8 through March 15, 2020. The vessel will sail 7, 10 and 11-day cruises. The 7-day cruise will call in Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Castries, St. Lucia; and Basseterre and St. Kitts. The longer 10 and 11-day sailings will include calls in Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Even More Winter Cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line

Readers can check the official site for even more deployments for the 2019/20 Winter cruising season. Another large ship Norwegian Escape will be returning to Miami for the winter season from November 23, 2019. Norwegian Breakaway will be repositioning from Miami to Port Canaveral with new sailings starting on November 23, 2019.

You read up on the Norwegian Breakaway deployment here.

All the new deployment itineraries will be open for booking for returning NCL guest on January 17, 2018. For everyone else bookings can be made from January 18. 2018. Cruise Hive readers can also check all Norwegian Cruise Line deals and prices at our dedicated Cruise Deals section.

Princess Cruises Offers a Way Out of Those Freezing Temperatures

Princess Cruises Flee the Freeze Sale
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It’s freezing outside for many in the United States and Princess Cruises is coming to the rescue offering a way out where you could be enjoying a nice cocktail on a hot Caribbean island! The cruise line is launching a new promotion called “Flee the Freeze” to take you away on a cruise at lower rates than usual.

Princess Cruises “Flee the Freeze” Sale Details

So let’s get into the real deal here because that’s what you want to know. We know you can’t take those freezing temperatures any longer and need to get some hot weather.

Princess Cruises is offering the best fares of the season for 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day sailings to the Caribbean this year. The new promotion has already started through January 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST, so there isn’t much time to take advantage. The sale includes 32% off cruise prices and $32 of money to spend onboard per passenger.

But wait, there is even more from Princess Cruises. The cruise line is also offering in addition to what we mentioned above the Flee the Freeze sale can be combined with the current Anniversary Sale promotion. The Anniversary sale includes up to $300 of onboard spending money, just think of what you can purchase with all of that!

Also Check: Princess Cruises Top 10 Deals and Price Drops.

Don’t forget to always check the terms and conditions before booking any promotion. Hopefully the next time you read one of our posts you’ll be relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean.

Why Should You Flee the Freeze?

Nobody wants freezing cold temperatures which are even below zero. The United States east coast has been suffering from a whiteout. Snow Storm Grayson recently hit which caused widespread travel disruption, power cuts and more. Norwegian Breakaway was also sailing through this winter storm or nicknamed “Bomb Cyclone” to the anger of many passengers onboard at the time.

The Caribbean will be smooth sailing throughout the voyage and a nice chance to get away from the depressing Winter freeze. Princess Cruises has many ships sailing in the region including some of the newest and largest ships which are Royal and Regal Princess.