Celebrating Holidays

Published 03/11/2015 10:44 PM   |    Updated 11/28/2018 05:15 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 3, 2019
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 Trivia, Duck Hunt, Musical Men and Romeo Contest
  • ‘Free Hugs’, Kiss Cam and Arts & Crafts
  • Steakhouse Valentine's Day Lunch $ (offered on select ships)
  • Love-themed movies shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater    
  • Wear your red and pink attire!

Mardi Gras
When: March 5, 2019
It’s time to celebrate Fat Tuesday and party New Orleans style!

  • Mask Making workshop
  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Mardi Gras 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 2019
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 and St. Paddy's Trivia Power Hour
  • Irish Style Pub Crawl 
  • Specialty drinks and specialty entree and dessert at dinner
  • Wear something green and be all things Irish for a day!

  April 21, 2019 | April 12, 2020
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:  April 19-27, 2019 | April 8-16, 2020
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!

  • Mariachi Duck Hunt and Cinco de Mayo Trivia
  • Cinco de Mayo Deck Fiesta
  • Mexican-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Youth Programs will feature crafting face painting and Mexican themed games
  • Dress in your most colorful, festive Mexican attire!

Mother’s Day
When:  May 12, 2019 | May 10, 2020
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 and Dress Dad Like Mom
  • Message to Mom recordings
  • Mother's Day Arts & Crafts
  • Youth Programs will include crafting and games

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 and Champion Squares
  • 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 Talk and Cake Party
  • World Oceans Day Fish Hunt, Ocean Trivia and Coffee Shop Puzzles
  • Youth Programs will include crafting and games

Father’s Day
When: June 16, 2019 | June 21, 2020
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, Daddy Wrapping, Dress Mom Like Dad and Balloon Stuffing
  • Message to Dad recording
  • Father's Day Craft Session
  • Youth Programs will include crafting and games

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, with music, line dancing, drink specials, an all American buffet and much more. 

  • 4th of July daytime Lido Deck Party 
  • 4th of July Trivia and Line Dancing 
  • American-themed movies are shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater 
  • Youth Programs will feature a 4th of July Family Party and Scavenger Hunt
  • Wear your red, white and blue attire!

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 29-October 1, 2019 | September 18-20, 2020
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: October 8-9, 2019 | September 27-28, 2020
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 31
'Frightfully Fun', our Halloween celebration is always a fun and a memorable time on board a Carnival ship with a variety of fun-filled activities for all. For details, click here.   

Thanksgiving Day
When: November 28, 2019 | November 26, 2020
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 2-10, 2018 | December 22-December 30, 2019 | December 10-December 18, 2020
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. Events and Activities | Sail Dates    

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 Party and Balloon Drop (10pm-11pm) - The new year is almost here. Join us as we drop festive balloons filled with your wishes for the coming year. New Year’s Eve Bash on Lido Deck - Excitement is definitely in the fresh sea air! There’s no better way to celebrate the end of one year and the promise of the next than the swankiest deck party ever, featuring awesome live music with our house band. 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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