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What You Need to Do On A Carnival Cruise Ship

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Have you ever traveled somewhere and wish there were things you knew beforehand so you could get the most out of your time? This recently happened to me when I went on my first carnival cruise ship.

I went on a weeklong retreat at sea and it took place on the Carnival Paradise Cruise Ship. Even though I have cruised many times before, it was never on Carnival. To make sure that you don’t waste time on your next vacation, I want to tell you what you need to do on a Carnival Cruise Ship, so you can get the most out of your time there. 

Thanks to Carnival for partnering with me on this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 Things You Need to do on a Carnival Cruise Ship

These things will help you get the most out of your time so you can maximize your fun!

Stay Connected

For people who want to stay connected while at sea, Carnival provides a discount if you pre-purchase your Internet plan.

I recommend saving time and money simply by visiting the ‘Manage My Booking’ tab on Carnival’s site to buy a plan that will keep you connected (as best as possible) for the whole cruise.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Time On A Carnival Cruise Ship

Know What’s Happening on Carnival

Download Carnival’s HUB app before you board. This app will be your best friend and will definitely help you get the most out of your time on the ship and allow you to experience all the fun.

To use the app is free on board, and you will be able to see what’s happening, food and drinks, deck plans, check your account balance, view photos and chat with other guests ($5.00 fee).

You won’t have to miss any of the food, fun, events and information the cruise has to offer thanks to this app.

Mini Golf on the Carnival Cruise Ship Paradise

How To Spend on the Ship

Get the most out of your time on a Carnival Cruise Ship by not stressing over money. Sign up online, pre-cruise, and activate Sail & Sign®, which is Carnival’s cashless on board credit program.

This will allow you to charge onboard purchases and gratuities directly to your account without having to carry and fumble for cash or credit cards around the ship.

Enjoy a One-of-a-Kind Culinary Experience

Since you are on vacation, why not enjoy a unique and incredible culinary experience while on a Carnival Cruise Ship. Make a reservation for The Chef’s Table, which includes an exquisite multi-course private dinner hosted by one of the cruise line’s master chefs along with a private champagne reception plus a personalized tour of the galley.

I unfortunately had to miss this delicious experience during my recent trip on the Carnival Paradise, but check out the experience firsthand from Michelle of Honest & Truly.

Visit Multiple Islands

Take advantage of the fact that you are cruising around multiple islands and book an excursion or two directly through Carnival. Let Carnival handle all the planning so you can enjoy the entire experience.

During my recent cruise on the Carnival Paradise, a group of us went on a Catamaran in Grand Cayman for an unforgettable swimming with the Stingrays experience that I will never forget.

My friend Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery and I easily booked an excursion, pre-cruise, right on Carnival’s site for a champagne catamaran cruise in Cozumel. We had a fabulous girls day out and really got to experience Cozumel in an exciting and memorable way.

Stingray City in Cozumel

The Carnival Cruise Ship Paradise from Cozumel Mexico

Catamaran in Cozumel Mexico

Have you ever taken a Carnival Cruise before or even planned a girls trip like this that actually works out?

Make sure to also check out my friend Lashawn from Everyday Eyecandy’s post on 10 useful things she learned while on this cruise.

Now that you have know some things you need to do on a Carnival Cruise Ship, it is time to stop dreaming and start booking!

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Lisa | LetsGoSomewhereMcKinney

Saturday 20th of October 2018

Thanks for the tips. We are taking our first cruise together on crnivl in Jan. Now we have a better idea of what to expect. Thanks!!


Friday 26th of October 2018

I am so glad you found the post useful! Have a wonderful time on your cruise.

Kara Johnson Miller

Thursday 11th of October 2018

I love this useful post for planning your Carnival cruise! I loved the Hub app :) So glad we got to spend time on the Paradise together!