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Celebrating Holidays

Published 03/11/2015 10:44 PM   |    Updated 06/22/2020 04:48 PM

What better way to celebrate the holidays and sporting events but on a Carnival Cruise with family and friends. You will enjoy specially-planned events, timely decorations and special seasonal dishes.

Events and activities may vary by ship and are subject to change.

Super Bowl Sunday
February 7, 2021
It’s America’s biggest sporting event and the reason for America’s biggest party! Join the fan zones, grab a bucket of beer and get ready for a tailgate bash, Fun Ship-style!

  • Sailgate Party featuring the VIP Seating Challenge - we moved the tailgate party from the parking lot to the high seas!
  • NFL Trivia and Bingo
  • The Main Lounge is the primary viewing location for the big game. 
  • Bar specials will be available as well as finger foods 
  • Support your team and wear your favorite football attire! 

Valentine’s Day

When: February 14

Love is defiinitely in the air this time of year! Come join us for a fun-filled day of love and activities.  

  • Valentine's Day Vow Renewal, Duck Hunt, Romeo Contest, ChooseLove Raffle, Kiss Cam and Free Hugs
  • Steakhouse Valentine's Day Lunch $ (offered on select ships)
  • Wear your red and pink attire!

Mardi Gras
When: February 16, 2021
It’s time to celebrate Fat Tuesday and party New Orleans style!

  • Mask Making workshop
  • Mardi Gras Parade and Party 
  • To celebrate, don't forget your beads and wear your favorite purple, green and gold attire!

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

When:  March 2
Hooray, hooray! It’s Dr. Seuss’ big day! Join The Cat in the Hat and your Cruise Director for a fun, family Seussian birthday celebration. Hurray, the cake is on the way!

March Madness
When: March/April
March Madness Basketball is finally here! It's bracket time! Grab a bucket of beer and join us for the buzzer beaters, upsets and the Cinderella stories!

  • March Madness Trivia and Prediction Challenge (final 4 games and championship) 
  • Support your team and wear your favorite team's attire!
  • Games will be televised in select bar locations; the Final Four and Championship Game may also be shown at Carnival's Seaside Theater™.

St. Patrick's Day
When: March 17
It's time to celebrate the luck of the Irish! Come join us for a day filled with St. Patrick's Day festivities. 

  • St. Quackie's Day Duck Hunt, Trivia and Luck o' the Irish Bingo
  • St. Patrick's Day Party (18+ years of age)
  • Specialty drinks and special entree and dessert at dinner
  • Wear something green and be all things Irish for a day!

  April 4, 2021
Activities for guests of all ages and some specific for children and their families will take place on Easter Sunday. If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only. To learn more about our clergy policy, click here

  • Golden Egg Hunt
  • $750 Easter Egg-Stravaganza Bingo
  • Youth Programs will feature an Easter Hop N Stop and Family Easter Party
  • Non-denominational Easter Service (not on ships that are in their home port on Sunday)

When:  March 27-April 4, 2021
A limited Passover menu will be offered on board all ships during the Passover holiday which is observed for eight days. If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only. To learn more about our clergy policy, click here.

Earth Day
When:  April 22
Happy FUN Earth Day! Today the whole Carnival family is celebrating Earth Day. Please join us in “caring for our awesome planet” each and every day by saving energy, reduction water consumption and minimizing waste.

  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Earth Day Trivia
  • Earth Day Talk and Presentation
  • Youth Programs will feature activities associated with caring for our planet. 

Cinco de Mayo

When:  May 5
Spanish for 'fifth of May' - This date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over French forces. Yes, it’s a fun and festive celebration!

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Deck Party
  • Cinco de Mayo Scavenger Hunt
  • Mexican-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Themed Youth Activities
  • Dress in your most colorful, festive Mexican attire!

Mother’s Day
When:  May 9, 2021
Time to show Mom some love! Come join us as we celebrate Mom with fun for the entire family.

  • Mother's Day Appreciation Event featuring Mom/Daughter, Mom/Son Look-a-Like Contest, Mummy Wrapping, Dress Dad Like Mom and Message to Mom recordings
  • Mother's Day Cards - Make it With Michaels 
  • Mother-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Themed Youth Activities

NBA Basketball Finals
When:  June
A month of playoffs and it all comes down to this final game series to determine, who is best, the east or the west?  Let’s get together and “hoop it up” for these awesome teams!

  • NBA Basketball Trivia 
  • Prediction Challenge
  • NBA Finals Games

World Oceans Day
When: June 8
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean which links us all. Be a part of this growing global celebration!

  • World Oceans Day Celebration
  • World Oceans Day Fish Hunt, Ocean Trivia and Puzzles
  • Themed Youth Activities

Father’s Day
When: June 20, 2021
Time to show Dad some love!  We have lots of fun for the entire family, Dad-worthy activities planned so come and join us. 

  • A Day with Dad Event featuring Dad/Daughter, Dad/Son Look-a-Like Contest, Dress Mom Like Dad 
  • Dedications to Dad 
  • Father's Day Cards - Make It With Michaels
  • Father's Day trivia
  • Themed Youth Activities

Independence Day/4th of July
When:  July 4
Come celebrate the red, white and blue with us today! We aren’t just talking about Carnival… we are talking about the good ol’ USA! We are having a party in honor of Independence Day! 

  • 4th of July Bash - Evening Lido Deck Party
  • Independence Day Fun outdoor activities include ice cream eating contests, been bag challenges and pool games
  • Line dancing class
  • Independence Day Bingo, Trivia and Slot Tournament
  • American-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater 
  • Youth Program will feature a Family Scavenger Hunt and 4th of July Family Party

NFL Football Season
When: September-January
You won’t want to miss the live sports action, so put your game face on, grab a drink and get ready to cheer!  We moved the tailgate from the parking lot to the open decks! 

  • NFL Trivia
  • Sailgate Party
  • NFL Games (select games on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays)

National Teddy Bear Day
When:  September 9
As part of Carnival's partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop® and our on board program, Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea, we will celebrate this special day with our guests - the young and young at heart. 

  • Cruise Director Welcome featuring the heart ceremony
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea Party
  • Youth Program Build-A-Bear themed activities

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

When:  September 19
Scouring the seas for a good time? Weigh anchor! X marks the spot! Celebrate Pirates' Day with our Fun Squad ...yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

  • Pirate Day Duck Hunt, Pirate Bingo and Pirate Trivia
  • Pirate Deck Party with Games
  • Pirate-themed movie shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Youth Programs will include Pirate Arts and Crafts
  • Pack your black, white and red attire and don't forget your eye patch! 

Rosh Hashanah 
When: September 6-8, 2021
If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only. To learn more about our clergy policy, click here.

Yom Kippur 
When: September 15-16, 2021
If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only. To learn more about our clergy policy, click here.

World Series
When: October 
Calling all baseball fans! Come cheer for your favorite teams as they go head-to-head in the Fall Classic of America’s Favorite Pastime. Play Ball!

  • World Series Trivia
  • World Series Prediction Challenge
  • World Series Finals Games 

When: October (select sailings)
Halloween is always an exciting time aboard Carnival and this year we’re taking it to the next level with ‘Frightfully Fun’ activities that guests of all ages can enjoy. For details, click here

Thanksgiving Day
When: November 26, 2020 | November 25, 2021
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday evening, featuring roasted turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, giblet gravy and pumpkin pie.

  • Thanksgiving Duck Hunt
  • Thanksgiving Trivia

Hanukkah (Chanukah)
When: December 10-18, 2020 | November 28-December 6, 2021
Hanukkah, otherwise known as the 'Festival of Lights' is the Jewish celebration of miracles, whereby oil that was only supposed to last for one day, burned for eight days. Join us for the lighting of the menorah and a special service in honor of the Jewish celebration of miracles.

  • Services will take place in the atrium lobby. In addition to the lighting of the Menorah, prayers and songs, Latkes, sour cream, apple sauce and Manischewitz wine will be served.  
  • Youth Programs will partake in Hanukkah related Arts & Crafts, games and books.
  • If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only. To learn more about our clergy policy, click here

Christmas Holiday Season
When: December 25 (early December through Christmas)                                                      
With a festive on-board atmosphere, elaborate decorations and an array of traditional cuisine, entertainment and activities, Carnival’s ‘Fun Ship’ holiday cruises are the ideal option for reconnecting with friends, families and loved ones. A festive mood is created as soon as guests arrive on board, with the ship’s atrium and promenade areas lavishly decorated in the spirit of the season.      

New Year's Eve
When: December 31
It’s time to start over. For it’s a new year!  Get ready to throw the biggest party of the year. Festive music, a great rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a fun-filled celebration. Join us for this smile-inducing, iconic celebration as we ring in the promise of the new year.
  • New Year’s Eve Parties - Excitement is in the air! You’ll be smiling and dancing your way through awesome festivities throughout the ship, celebrating the end of one year and the promise of the next. What a feeling! 
  • New Year’s Eve Bash on Lido Deck - There’s no better way to celebrate the end of one year and the promise of the next  - join in for the countdown with your Cruise Director and bring in the new year with your loved ones and a ship load of new friends!
  • Our Youth Programs will host New Year’s Eve parties within their areas.
  • New Year’s Eve After Party (adults 18+) - This iconic evening is known for endless festivities lasting into the wee hours. This party is just getting started! Celebrate in the swankiest New Year's after party on the high seas as we move this party into the Night Club!

Religious Services and Clergy Policy

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