Christmas Holiday Season
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 you arrive on board, with the ship’s atrium and promenade areas lavishly decorated in the spirit of the season.
The Spirit of the Season Atrium Moments is made up of three magical evenings filled with holiday fun:
Spirit of the Season – Tree Lighting
Tis the season for traditions, loved ones and fun-filled celebrations. Gather your friends and family for our traditional holiday kick off, the lighting of the Christmas tree in the atrium lobby. This event takes place on the first evening of the cruise. Hosted by the Cruise Director, a magical moment where the grand Christmas tree will be lit with spectacular lights and synchronized with wonderful, heartwarming holiday music.
Naughty? Nice? Only Santa knows! Write out your holiday wishes and drop them in the North Pole mailbox located in the atrium lobby .. and some letters will be read on our live Morning Show.
Spirit of the Season – Let it Snow!
Celebrate the magic of the season with our very own Christmas Carol-infused winter wonderland. Sing-a-long to holiday classics and let it snow. Be on time, the snow melts fast! Due to atrium decor, there will be no snow on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Vista.
Spirit of the Season – ‘Tis the Season
Put on your most festive ugly sweater, warm up those vocal chords and gather around to help us welcome the very jolly Santa Claus himself!
Hosted by the Cruise Director and together with the children from Camp Ocean, we celebrate the spirit of the holiday season as we combine holiday magic with a little Carnival fun! Guests of all ages are encouraged to bring their ugliest Christmas sweater for this fun competition. And then it’s time to shake your bells and make cheerful noise to welcome in Santa Claus as he makes his way down the glass atrium elevator. On ships sailing in Australia, there will be a crazy, festive holiday hat competion instead of the ugly sweater contest.
Join us for a special non-denominational Christmas service as we celebrate the season with warm stories, uplifting hymns and prayer. This service will take place on December 24th or December 25th (depending on your ship's itinerary; day, time and location will be listed in the daily Fun Times newsletter).
A magical show that’s sure to make your heart grow three sizes, with singers, dancers, a special performance by the kids and a surprise guest flown in from the North Pole!
A highlight of the cruise, this wonderful spectacular show in the main show lounge evokes a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere with its cozy set featuring a faux oversized fireplace, comfy cushions and throws, a Christmas tree with decorations created by the children from Camp Ocean, and of course, a visit from Santa. And be on the look-out for the iconic and beloved Dr. Seuss character, The Grinch!
A Special Christmas Guest
All of us here like Christmas a lot.
But there’s someone on board who surely does not!
He’s mean and he’s green, he’s quick and so slick.
Try to spot him playing one of his tricks!
The Grinch is a character that appeals to guests of all ages, those young and young at heart. His story is a heartwarming journey of how the vengeful Grinch learns the true meaning of the holiday season, thus triggering a powerful transformation of this character as he grows his heart 3 sizes. The Grinch will make surprise appearances throughout the cruise.
Popular holiday-themed movies are shown on stateroom televisions as well as seasonal holiday music. Additional holiday movies will be shown in Camp Carnival, Camp Ocean and ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater.
Holiday Arts and Crafts
Feeling a little crafty? Join us for a fun and festive arts and crafts session and create a beautiful Holiday souvenir to take home.
Find out how much you know about the most wonderful time of the year with our cheery holiday trivia - the line-up includes Holiday Trivia, Holiday Music Trivia and Holiday Movie and TV Trivia
Holiday Duck Hunt
These jolly duckies are hidden all around the ship! Get into the holiday spirit and spot our hidden ducks and you could win a prize!
It's the most wonderful time of the year for BINGO! Wear a holiday sweater and get an extra card free with purchase!
The holiday menu features the traditional oven roasted turkey with all the trimmings and freshly baked pumpkin pie, among other selections.
Holiday Decorations | Spirit of the Season Atrium Moments | Holiday Show
Public areas throughout our fleet are adorned with oversized Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, mistletoe and other traditional touches including a red mailbox for children to send a letter to Santa. For the 2018 holiday season, our Holiday Show and Spirit of the Season Atrium Moments will be featured on several cruise departures prior to Christmas.
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. For those ships docked in port on Christmas Day, the Guest Service Staff can provide you with a list of local churches that are conducting services.