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Celebrating Holidays

Published 03/12/2015 02:44 AM   |    Updated 01/26/2018 08:14 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 | Valentine's Day | Presidents' Day | The Academy Awards 
Mardi Gras | Dr. Seuss' Birthday | March Madness | St. Patrick's Day | Easter
Passover | Earth Day | Cinco de Mayo | The Triple Crown | Mother's Day
Memorial Day | NBA Basketball Finals | World Ocean Day | Flag Day
Father's Day | Independence Day/4th of July | NFL Football Games
Patriot's Day | Pirates' Day | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur
Halloween | Veterans' Day | Thanksgiving Day | Hanukkah
Christmas Season | New Year's Eve

Super Bowl Sunday
February 4, 2018 | 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!

Presidents' Day

When:  February 19, 2018 | February 18, 2019 | February 17, 2020
Did you know Presidents’ Day originally honored Presidents Washington and Lincoln, both born in February? Find out how much you know about them in fun patriotic trivia!

The Academy Awards
When:  March 4, 2018
It’s time to roll out the red carpet for the annual Academy Awards! Join us for some buzz-worthy TV viewing as Hollywood dukes it out for those precious golden statues.

  • Oscar Trivia and Prediction Challenge
  • The Academy Awards show will be televised in a lounge

Mardi Gras

When: February 13, 2018 | 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
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!

  • NCAA Basketball Trivia, Championship Squares and Prediction Challenge
  • Final Four Championship Games
  • Support your team and wear your favorite team's attire!

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 1, 2018 | 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
  • Non-Denominational Christian Easter Service: Join us for a celebration of music and prayer (not on ships departing on Sunday)
  • Youth Programs will host a Family Hop N' Stop Easter Egg Hunt and Family Easter Party

When:  March 30-April 7, 2018 | 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.

  • Youth Programs will have various activities for kids 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 Pub Crawl
  • Mexican-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Dress in your most colorful, festive Mexican attire!

The Triple Crown Horse Races

When: May and June
And they’re off! Come join us as we watch the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes - what promises to be a photo-finish in the “most exciting two minutes in sports”. 

The Kentucky Derby is held every first Saturday in May in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Preakness Stakes is held every third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. And the Belmont Stakes is held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York -five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.

  • Watch Parties including 'Best Hat' contest and 'Guess the Winner'
  • Horse Trivia
  • Horse Racing
  • Pack your derby attire including those crazy hats and bow ties

Mother’s Day

When:  May 13, 2018 | 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 Arts & Craft project for their moms

Memorial Day
When: May 28, 2018 | May 27, 2019 | May 25, 2020
Today is a day to reflect and thank those who have lost their lives in battle fighting for our freedom. Join us as we take a moment to do this.

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
World Oceans Day is a global observance celebrated every year to honor the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life iself for aquariums, pets and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.

  • World Oceans Fish Hunt
  • Cake Party including Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Ocean Trivia

Flag Day
When: June 14
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Come join us as we celebrate this day.

Father’s Day
When: June 17, 2018 | 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 Arts & Craft project for their dads

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!

NFL Football Games
When:  September through January
Excitement is definitely in the fresh sea air! You won’t want to miss the live sports action, so put your game face on, grab a drink and get ready to cheer your favorite team on!

  • NFL Trivia and Prediction Challenge
  • Sailgate Party
  • NFL Games (select games broadcasted on Miami channels)
  • Support your team and wear your favorite football attire!

Patriots' Day
When:  September 11
A day to extend our thoughts and prayers for all fallen during the 9/11 events. Join us in remembrance with a moment of silence.

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

Rosh Hashanah
When: September 9-11, 2018 | 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: September 18-19, 2018 | 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.

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. Halloween will be celebrated on October 31st on most ships. To read more, click here.  

Veterans' Day
When:  November 11
Come join us for a special gathering to honor all heroes who have served their country and to recognize their families and loved ones.

Thanksgiving Day
When: November 22, 2018 | 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.

  • The Macy's Day Parade will be broadcast on Thursday morning on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Thanksgiving Duck Hunt and 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. On most ships, the holiday season starts early December - for details, click here 

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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