Ted Arison created the Fun Ship concept in 1972 after refurbishing an aging ocean liner. On the ships’ maiden voyage she got stuck on a sandbar, but that unfortunate start for the cruise line did nothing to deter them. Carnival has become the largest cruise in the world thanks to the true entrepreneurial style of Arison and the knack they have for providing ‘fun for all’.
A decade later, Carnival introduced the idea of a super cruise ship and changed the industry for ever. With their signature red-white-and-blue winged funnels, new ships have grown in size and popularity. Carnival has created a pattern of success that has become a synonym for fun.
Every ship features public rooms with unique motifs. The entertainment is designed to, well, entertain. They have lavish Las Vegas-style revues presented in main show lounges by a company of singers and dancers. Other performers might include magicians, jugglers, acrobats, and even passengers taking part in the talent show or stepping up to the karaoke microphone. Live bands play a wide range of musical styles for dancing and listening in smaller lounges. Each ship has a disco, piano bar, and a comedy club.
Arrive early to get a seat for bingo and karaoke. Adult activities, particularly the competitive ones, tend to be silly – hilarious and play to full houses. Relaxing poolside can be difficult when bands crank up the volume or the cruise director selects volunteers for pool games; fortunately, it’s always in fun and mostly entertaining. There’s generally a quieter second pool to retreat to.
Carnival is so sure that passengers will be satisfied with their cruise experience that they are the only cruise line to offer a Vacation Guarantee. Just notify them before arriving at the first port of call if you’re unhappy for any reason. Should you choose to disembark at the ship’s first non-U.S. port, Carnival will refund the unused portion of your cruise fare and pay for your flight back to your embarkation port. It’s a generous offer for which they get very few takers; they aren’t called the ‘Fun Ships’ for nothing.
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