(Closed) Carnival Cruise Advice?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2701 posts
Sugar bee

If they still do it, Carnival allows you to prepay your alcohol or sodas in a package. It is MUCH cheaper to do it that way. Other than that, you will have a blast. We loved our Carnival Cruise.

Post # 4
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Palma Sola Botanical Park

I’ll be watching this thread, too – we’re going on our first cruise, and on Carnival too, for our honeymoond as well!

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Bring Dramamine and ginger snaps! Even if you generally don’t get seasick, being out to sea on a windy day can be craptastic… good idea to be prepared. 😉

Post # 6
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Went on my 1st Carnival Cruise last year!

YES!! Previous posters gave good advice. I am NEVER motion sick but for some reason on the way back to port, with the faster speed I was nauseous, so I had ginger snaps and they were perfect.

Yes!! Pre-pay beverages and TIPS!

Make sure you keep an eye on your cruise funship card, I noticed that they had charged me for tips when I had already prepaid. Or if you want to pay at your leisure make sure you don’t have a pre-pay charge. I hate when people dictate how much I want to tip someone.

Definitely read the daily itineraries and see some shows. The comedy show was funny and the game show was funny too. My fiance did the gameshow and it was lots of fun.

EAT, EAT, EAT!!! We ate soooooo much food it was amazing. I had ice cream at 3am, steak, burgers, EVERYTHING, LOL..

Read about the ports beforehand. We went to Atlantis for a day and a half and we did the day pass and it was amazing. We also went to Freeport and did a little shopping.

Post # 7
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We got engaged on our Carnival Cruise vacation this March!  We had a blast.  We took Bonine for motion sickness each night at bedtime.  That if it makes you drowsy you are sleeping anyway!  It’s a once a day pill so you are good to go.  Start it the night before you get on the ship, no motion sickness for either of us!  Enjoy!!!

Post # 8
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club

Have a great time!  I’ve been on a handful of Carnival cruises and suggest to bring a sweater or hoodie, the show room and casino and sometimes the dining rooms can get chilly.  Also bring an extension/adaptor cord that allows for more outlets.  I think there’s only one or two (if you need to charge an ipod or curl your hair)

Post # 9
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Love, love, love Carnival cruises! You’ve already got some great tips (especially about bringing a sweater – they keep those ships COLD!) I’d definitely say that you probably don’t need to pack as much as you’re going to want to. Most of the day you’ll be hanging out in your bathing suit, so you don’t need a ton of clothing…I always overpack by a long shot! 

My biggest piece of advice is not to be shy when you’re ordering at dinner. They won’t bat an eye if you ask for two (or even three) different entrees, and you’re allowed to basically get whatever you want – or however much you want! When we went on a cruise with my sister and her family, Mr. Cardy and my brother in law ordered about five lobster tails between them one night, and our waiter didn’t seem even a little annoyed with us! 🙂

Post # 10
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second Elephant’s suggestion! The last cruise I went on, my dad ended up buying me a Carnival sweatshirt from the gift shop. Not a souveneer we planned on getting!!

Investigate the excursions before you go and based on what you guys enjoy, you can plan one/port or if you like to just lay on the beach, research your options and relax!!

Post # 11
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Downtown 202

Also recommend bringing Dramamine even if you don’t get motion sick — we got stuck in the middle of a storm during one of the sea days on our honeymoon, and man the boat was moving!

We definitely went the pre-paid soda card, and that was a great deal even though it seems kind of expensive at the start ($38). But we used it CONSTANTLY.

Love the main dining room – the food is SO good and if you don’t like what they bring you, just ask for something else! Seriously amazing meals. We didn’t want to come back knowing we’d have to start cooking for ourselves!

Post # 12
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Went on a Carnival cruise this past January and we had a great time!  Some excursions book fast so you may want to pre-book if there is something you really want.  But once you’re on the ship you can always change things around.

Also at dinner (and on any cruise) you can order how ever many apps and/or entrees/desserts that you want, just to taste a little.

We went to the western caribbean and we didn’t bring an underwater camera and wished we had!  We ended up getting them on the ship but could have saved if we got them onshore.

You can check your charges from the TV in your room at any time to keep tabs on what you’re spending or being charged for.

…OK and 1 more.  there are definitely a lot of large groups/families/young people so it may get rowdy or noisy at times. 

Have a great time 🙂

Post # 13
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

@hyena: YES! The pre-paid soft drink card is a lifesaver if you drink cokes at all. We calculated it once and I’m pretty sure that if you drink at least 3 a day it will pay for itself.

Post # 14
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I took my honeymoon on the Carnival Fantasy.  My advice: get a room with a balcony.  I know people say not to spend the money because you won’t be in the room that much (although it turns out that my husband gets horrible seasickness, so we were in the room a lot more than I expected) but it is so fun to order room service breakfast and eat it on your balcony!

I recommend SeaBands (to wear on the pressure points on your wrist) instead of Dramamine. Dramamine knocked my husband out cold, but the SeaBands saved our honeymoon.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee

I never knew about the prepaid drink cards! That was literally the ONE draw back I think of when I think of cruises! The one I went on, it was $10 for an alcoholic drink!

Post # 16
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been on two carnival cruises and I love them! I get so annoyed when I hear people who have never been on one say that Carnival is the party ship and you shouldn’t choose them. I have had a great experience and love being taken care of while there!

Just remember people don’t generally dress up that much on the ship. Most nights are what they call smart/casual and women can generally get by with capris and a nice shirt and guys can probably wear khakis and a polo. I personally like to wear my dresses while on the cruise. On a 7 day cruise, there are two more formal nights where you do dress up. Take advantage of the captain’s reception before the first formal night’s dinner. You get free alcohol! Last time I made friends with the bar waiters the night before that I had 5 drinks in front of me at the captain’s reception.

Also, there is a lot to do on the ship, but try to relax. After planning a wedding, you will need time to relax. And when in port, you don’t have to always be doing an excursion. I know people who have gone on cruises and did an excursion at every stop and were so tired after it was all done. Some ports you don’t have to book an excursion because you can just explore on your own. I don’t know what ports you are doing, but check out cruisecritic.com and you find out all the information you want about cruising. It’s a great site!


Have fun!



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