Carnival Cruise ships host both onboard weddings and shore-side destination weddings when a ship is in port. Professional wedding coordinators can help a couple design their wedding package and weddings can accommodate up to 50 non-sailing guests.
Note: You can't merely get married on a Carnival ship; you'll also need to sail with the line on your honeymoon right after the ceremony.
On-board wedding package prices are separate from the cost of the cruise. After the ceremony, couples can opt to have anything from an open bar and hors d’oeuvres reception to a sit-down luncheon in a ship’s formal restaurant. Island destination weddings can be performed in venues on the beach, island resort, or garden.
Onboard Wedding Package
If you wish to get married on the ship, Carnival can provide:
- Pre-cruise wedding planner
- Priority check-in assistance on embarkation day
- Private wedding ceremony venue
- Wedding Coordinator
- Recorded wedding music
- Ceremony décor
- Two-tiered wedding cake and cake server
- A bottle of sparkling wine
- Honeymoon dinner for the couple
- Chocolate-covered strawberries for two
Hors d'oeuvres, beverages, lunch, photo packages, videography, tuxedo rental, and live music are extra.
Destination Wedding Packages
Get married in a beautiful setting, and Carnival can supply:
- Wedding Coordinator assistance
- Recorded ceremony music
- Transportation to and from the location (where applicable, transportation to and from the courthouse)
- Wedding cake
- Bottle of sparkling wine
- Champagne toast
- Chocolate-covered strawberries for the couple
- Photography service (photos sold separately)
Call the Wedding Department at 1-800-933-4968. It's best if you call two months before your wedding date as reservations are provided on a first-come basis.
What's a Carnival Cruise Like?
Carnival exhorts passengers to "choose fun," and that's the emphasis. Passengers on Carnival skew younger than those on typical ocean cruises. And that doesn't take into account the throngs of children that people bring aboard (Carnival boasts that it carries more children than any other brand.)
If Carnival were a store, it would be Wal-Mart: big and low-priced. Is it for you? Take the Guy Fieri test (the new Carnival Horizon has added Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse): If you think he's a cool guy who makes flavor-packed fare, Carnival is for you. If you consider him a no-talent buffoon, choose another cruise line.
Honeymoon Cruise Packages
The "His and Hers" Honeymoon gift package features a foldable bag that includes two pair of beach sandals that leave "Just Married" footprints in the sand, Black baseball cap for him, white visor for her, black XL T-shirt with "Groom" printed in white and White XL T-shirt with "Bride" in gold embroidered on the front. Also, his and hers keyrings in a black case.
Anniversary Cruise Packages
This cruise line offers a number of ways to celebrate an anniversary. The Happy Anniversary Sweet Package includes romance-themed cabin decorations, a picture frame, a beach towel (just one!), and cookies. You can add a bottle of bubbly or wine. The kitchen can also produce a six-inch Happy Anniversary cake.
The basic Carnival Cruise onboard vow renewals package for up to eight guests includes a ceremony conducted by the officiant in a ship lounge, a keepsake certificate, long-stemmed rose and rose boutonniere, sparkling wine toast, recorded music for the ceremony, photography, and two-tier wedding cake. A deluxe package for up to 20 guests adds an hour's open bar and hors d'oeuvres.
The Carnival Cruise Lines Fleet
Contains 27 ships at this writing (December 2019), including the following:
- Carnival Breeze
- Carnival Conquest
- Carnival Dream
- Carnival Ecstasy
- Carnival Elation
- Carnival Fantasy
- Carnival Fascination
- Carnival Freedom
- Carnival Glory
- Carnival Horizon
- Carnival Imagination
- Carnival Inspiration
- Carnival Legend
- Carnival Liberty
- Carnival Magic
- Carnival Miracle
- Carnival Panorama
- Carnival Paradise
- Carnival Pride
- Carnival Sensation
- Carnival Spirit
- Carnival Splendor
- Carnival Sunrise
- Carnival Sunshine
- Carnival Valor
- Carnival Victory
- Carnival Vista
The new ship scheduled to launch in 2020 is the Mardi Gras.
Friends and family members may purchase Carnival Cruise in-room gifts and cash credits for the couple to enjoy onboard.