(Closed) Carnival Cruise Advice?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
1535 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We went on a Carnival cruise 2 years ago and LOVED it!  They didn’t offer an alcohol card, but they did have the soda card.  It was definitely worth it.  I agree with others about not being shy when you eat.  If you want to try 4 different things, try them!!  The food is awesome and the entertainment was great!

Post # 18
2689 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve only been on 3 cruises sadly (being regnant stoped my 4 this year,LOL) but bring sea bands. I never get seasick, but if the captain is rolling it to a ort, you MAY get sick. We got sick when the captin was literally jumping waves to get to PR.LOL

Also, book excursions beforehand online. Go to Cruise Critic.com LOTS of info and you can meet people on your ship if you’d like. Don’t pack all the stuff they list either, might not need it all.

Post # 19
159 posts
Blushing bee

i’ll be re-visiting this thread as we also are going on a Carnival cruise for our honeymoon next August….Carnival Breeze……its a new ship due to sail its maiden voyage in June 2012…….(why do i keep humming the Titanic theme?) 

Post # 20
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Everyone has great advice -Carnival is an awesome cruise line in my opinon, i’ve been on several and each one was better than the last.

not sure where you are going but we skipped excursions in Cozumel and were able to rent a jeep wrangler for $60 for the whole day, we drove around the island and found several little beachside bars/private beaches with hardley anyone on them! so much fun and super romantic to just explore by yourselves.

I never get seasick, and i have yet to on a cruise but on my last there was one night where you could def feel the ship moving (which normally i never do) i suggest bringin the wristbands – easy to use and they wont make you pass out like dramamine will. My husband gets terribly sea sick and he used them all week and they did wonders.

EAT A LOT! dont forget about room service! i always do on cruises.

buy a bottle of alcohol from the duty free shop – they let you open it your last night on the ship and its cheaper than buying drinks from the bar.

** days at sea – set your alarm for early..like 7 if you want a chair by the pool because you will be fighting for one (i prefer the back deck with cusioned lounge chairs “the adult section” as opposed to the pool but they fill up fast!)…i made myself get up and go put towels and stuff on our chairs so we could save them then came back and climbed in bed for a bit.

Post # 21
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been on several cruises on carnival. 

Soda Cards: The soda card is about $50 per person so when you get there you just have to do the math and see how many you drink per day and see if it is worth it for you.  For me it was.

Water: Bring your own bottled water.  This is allowed and is very very nice to have while you are in the room.  Anywhere else on the ship you can get water but if you just want some at night DONT grab the one they put in your room.  It is $8!!

Alcohol: Each person can bring 1 bottle of champagne or wine!!  I suggest this because alcohol is not cheap on board and it is fun to have some wine or champagne in the room =) In my college days we filled our one wine bottle with liquor and got the soda cards and saved a lot of money on drinks :p 

Seasickness:  I got it the first time and being on the balcony in my room was a huge help.  For my following several cruises I got the behind the ear prescription patch it really helped but warning – it made me feel very dehydrated.

Dress code:  it really is whatever you want!  Every cruise I have been on I wore a dress every night to dinner.  And on the formal nights the fiance and I went for a suit and formal dress.  It was a lot of fun to dress up every night.  But if you dont want to there will be women in capris and such.  Pretty much you wont be alone no matter what you wear.

If you want anything just ask.  I have always found the carnival people to be very very nice and helpful.  The shows at night at usually fairly entertaining and sometimes a little silly =)  At ay given time on the ship there is something going on.  So look at the itinerary for the next day when you get it the night before and maybe highlight the big things you want.  But it is also very fun to relax in the room.

Shore Excursions:  so many can be a huge rip off and you can definitly find them cheaper through other sites online than through Carnival. 

Cruises are very fun and relaxing!!! Enjoy =)

Post # 22
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My fiancee and I are having a Carnival wedding cruise and it will be my fifth and her third cruise. These are really excellent advice, but I’d say pre-pay the tips. They’re split between the room stewards and dining staff and they all do a really excellent job. If their service isn’t up to snuff, then you can go to Guest Services and have them altered or removed.

My only other tidbit would be to book your excursions through Carnival, especially in foreign ports. They do upcharge a bit, but that extra money does guarantee that if something prevents you from getting back to the ship on time, they will hold the ship until you get there. If you miss the ship, it is your financial responsibility to join the ship at the next port.

The senior cruise director for the Carnival fleet, John Heald, also has a hilarious blog and he gives a lot of advice and tips for cruising.

Post # 23
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re going on Carnival in November for our first cruise for our honeymoon – 4 days in the Bahamas! We can’t wait!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
5879 posts
Bee Keeper

If your interested in booking any spa treatments, do so as soon as you get on the ship by going to visit the spa. They usually also do tours the first day so you get an idea of the facilities.

I recommend booking any spa services immediately, however, schedule towards the tail end of the cruise (so for a 7 day cruise book for  5-6) and/or on the Port Days.  There are a few advantages for this:

1) The Port days the spas always offer promotions.

2) Price – the cruises always start discounting treatments and offering more add-ons the as the cruise comes to an end. For example Days 1-3 a 50 minute body massage might be $110; by days 4-7 it will either drop to $80 or they’ll offer a 40min body massage with 15 min scalp for $85. These specials are always advertised in the daily newsletters.

3) The slots fill up quickly, so even if you end up wanting to cancel, its better to have the slot on hold than trying to get one later on.

4) I think is best to get your kinks knocked out after you’re done with all the excursions and running around from the activities. By booking on the 6th night its great way to wind down from the entire cruise experience.

Post # 25
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re going on a Carnival Cruise for our honeymoon as well AND we’re getting married the day before you! Where are you cruising to?  We may end up on the same ship!

Post # 26
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely bookmarking this thread! For our honeymoon we’re sailing on a 7 day Carnival cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, and Nassau. I’m having a hard time with the clothes. I’m sure I’m overthinking this, but all I really have are court clothes, and don’t want to wear a pencil skirt or suit on board! Everyone seems to say you can be as casual or as dressed up as you want to be which is good. I think I’d like to wear dresses for dinner, since I don’t get to dress up much other than suits. Where do you guys like to shop for your cruising clothes if you’re dressing up for dinner?

Post # 27
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.Elivs: I just went on my cruise and Carnival was extremely casual. The only nights you really have to dress up are the elegant nights and there are 2 for a 7 week cruise. I still dressed up a little bit cause I like to, but you certainly don’t have to. I made sure I was comfortable at all the ports, because it was super hot and humid and also because we did a lot of walking. Definitely don’t over think clothes, because if you have tanktops and shorts/casual skirts and of course your bathing suit, you will be fine during the day. It can get chilly at night, so take a pair of jeans and maybe a sweatshirt or light jacket if you think you want to go outside at night.

Post # 28
19 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m looking at carnival cruises right now for our honeymoon. What kind of room do you guys suggest that we look into booking??? How much spending money do we need to bring?

Post # 29
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Second to what many posters said above about the getting up early on sea days.

They do allow you to bring on one bottle of wine of champagne a piece. We both brought champagne and would order orange juice (free with our soda card which I believe was $35 for the week) and then make mimosas in the room— much better than the $7 a pop at the bar! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you bring on wine or champagne and want it with dinner they chrage you a corking fee!

Have a blast—- don’t forget the sunscreen just because it’s breezy on the top deck and feels cool doesn’t mean you’re not getting sun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 30
1434 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

@December2011Bride: We’re going for our honeymoon Thanksgiving week. We decided it was the best option because it’s so cost-effective! We went back and forth between a window room and a balcony, and ended up choosing window. FI’s mom has gone on tons of cruises, and she convinced us it just wasn’t worth it. That savings also allowed us to do the excursions we want, so there’s always next time for a balcony ๐Ÿ™‚

In terms of spending money, that depends on what you want to do and what you book prior to sailing. We plan on getting the soda cards and bringing two bottles of wine on board. We figure we each may have one-two alcoholic beverages a day (not big drinkers, but it’s a celebration). Apart from that, food and entertainment are included. You’ll need money for any gifts or traveling within the ports if not arranged by an excursion.

I’m excited to go!!

Post # 31
6414 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t know if anyone asked but if you tell them it’s your honeymoon on carnival do they do anything nice to decorate your stateroom? I noticed on other cruise lines they had a box to check off if it was your honeymoon but carnival did not =(

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