Carnival cruising: how to choose your cruise
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There’s no better way to switch off than at sea, aboard a cruise. But with so many destinations and cruise styles to choose from, you might need a little help deciding where to go and when.
A fun-packed and family-friendly Carnival cruise has something for everyone. With more than 45 activities on offer each day, you can relax by the pool in the morning, ride the fastest waterslides at sea before lunch, unwind in the spa in the afternoon, sit in the front row at a Broadway-style musical or comedy show, or simply take in the sea view from one of the ship’s many bars, pubs and restaurants. Consider yourself more of an adventurer? Choose from a list of action-packed shore excursions or, if you’re in need of some adults-only quiet time, spend the day in the Serenity™ Retreat: your calm-inducing go-to zone.
Find a cruise that’s right for you
Whether you’re dreaming of a short or long getaway, the best place to start is online at Carnival Cruise Line Australia. From here, finding the perfect cruise itinerary is as easy as following these four simple steps: choose where you’re departing from, where you’d like to cruise to, your rough departure date and your ideal cruise length.
If short and sweet is your family’s style, go straight to the short cruises section for all Australian destinations. Here you’ll find three-, four- and five-night cruises departing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and sailing to Moreton Island, Tasmania and Airlie Beach.
For just a taste of life at sea, opt for the weekend sampler option to experience three nights of cruise-loving bliss. For a longer holiday where you can truly relax, there are cruise itineraries ranging from seven to fifteen nights on offer. Carnival’s amazing cruise destinations include the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii and Singapore.
More for your money
You’ll likely know all too well how easy it is to overspend on eating out, entertainment and other hidden extras while on holiday. Not on a Carnival cruise; they offer amazing value for money with all-inclusive quality accommodation, a huge variety of meal options and entertainment. A lot of kid-friendly amenities come at no extra cost, too – think water parks, arcades, slides and a supervised (and free) kids’ club to amuse them all day long.
Spontaneous and thrifty travellers interested in bagging a bargain should look to Carnival’s top cruise deals for a rotating roster of the latest cruise promotions, or check out their last-minute cruise offers. Some of the best holidays are those taken at a moment’s notice, and Carnival conveniently packages their last-minute cruises to make these spur-of-the-moment trips truly effortless.
More than one ship, any time of year
In December this year, Carnival will launch their newest (and largest) ship, Carnival Splendor, to homeport in Sydney, bringing the total fleet to two year-round Carnival ships in Australia.
At a length of three football fields and an impressive 14 decks high, Splendor has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 3700 guests. The ship will offer fun-loving families and couples a range of long and short cruise itineraries to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne and Tasmania, plus shorter weekend sampler cruises to Moreton Island and other Australian hot spots.
Guests can choose from a wide range of thrilling shore excursions but, with countless onboard activities, staying on the ship is easily done. From pools featuring a retractable roof, to tranquil spas, a sports deck complete with mini-golf course, and a jogging track and sports course, there really is something for everyone. And did we mention the tremendous water park with MiniRacer slides, splash toys, tipping buckets and two jaw-dropping waterslides towering 50 metres above the waterline? Take on 104 metres of twists and turns on the Twister Waterslide™ or brave the 11.3-metre free fall on the white-knuckle Green Lightning slide when the capsule floor drops away beneath your feet.
If some quality alone time with your loved one is what you’re after, pop into the Serenity™ Retreat or literally float on Cloud 9, which offers premium spa-themed accommodation exclusive to Carnival Splendor. Complimentary access to Cloud 9 Spa’s thermal suites and thalassotherapy pool – a special adults-only hydrotherapy pool – provides guaranteed rest and relaxation.
Food-lovers are spoilt for choice with the introduction of Masala Tiger, Fahrenheit 555, Pizzeria del Capitano and Seafood Shack dining options. There’s also an enticing selection of bars, pubs and the all-ages Guy’s Burger Joint. Check out a Broadway-style show or a comedy night while onboard, drop into the casino for a sneaky punt or savour world-class cocktails crafted by a magician mixologist at Alchemy Bar.