NYC Traveler on a Cruise: Intro to Carnival Cruise Line

March 24, 2021

Into to...Carnival Cruise Line

Typical stateroom. (Carnival trademark, editorial use only)
Carnival is a British-American cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation PLC based in both Miami, Florida and Southampton, England. The corporation owns 9 lines, among them Carnival, Holland, Princess (of "The Love Boat" TV show fame) and Cunard. As part of a corporation that offers different brands, Carnival can retain its party and fun reputation since other more luxurious offerings are on their sister lines.
From the start, Carnival provided cruises that were shorter and less expensive, thus taking cruising from the privileged and making it more accessible to the middle class. Many people still look down on Carnival because they think it is a lower class line, even if they have never sailed it. Don't knock it until you have tried it.  
5 Reasons to Consider Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Pride (editorial use only)
1.    Entertainment: The shows are provided by Playlist Productions, showcasing Broadway quality musical revues. Stand-up comedy comes in two ratings, family and adult. Throughout the ship, musicians perform various genres. Be assured, this is still the party cruise line, with good DJs and the fun contests on the Lido deck. Be nice, don't forget to Groove for St. Jude (the children's hospital). It's one of the the only times you'll be allowed to use cash on the ship.
Theatre on the Pride (editorial use only)
2.   Branded eating experiences: such as Guy’s Burger Joint, the RedFrog Rum Pub, the BlueIguana Cantina, EA Sports Bar and the various clubs are on more ships, not just the higher classes. Two very nice features are the longer sailings are the sea day brunch and and tea time.

Tea Time on sea days (editorial use only)
3.   Pool side movie screens (Drive-In Movies): many of the ships feature popular movies at certain times . Free popcorn may be available at the poolside bar. 
4.   Families activities: such as Seuss at Sea (character appearances) and the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (additional fee) and the Hasbro Game Show where the popular board games come to life with you as the game piece.
Carnival Freedom (editorial use only)

5.   There are special live concerts are on selected ships. They have had major acts such as Journey, Gladys Knight and KC and the Sunshine Band. This activity costs extra.
Towel art (editorial use only) 

So, there you have it: Carnival looks like it is dedicated to still being a lower-priced cruise line with more amenities. 
Happy Travels.
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