When young couples plan a vacation, they look for getaways that are exciting, versatile and easy on the budget. For two days or 12, few travel experiences excite like a Carnival cruise. On this sea-faring journey, travelers discover cruise ships packed with enjoyable activities and exciting shore excursions in exotic ports of call.
Thrill Seekers Never Have a Dull Moment on a Cruise Ship
Those looking for ways to get their blood pumping are rarely disappointed aboard a Carnival cruise ship. Daring duos can have some serious fun at sea riding twisty-wet slides at WaterWorks™, playing dodgeball on trampolines at Sky Zone™ and pedaling carts suspended high above the sea on SkyRide®.
Couples on Cruises Enjoy Lots of After-Hours Action
For some young adults on vacation, the real action begins after the sun sets. An array of bars and lounges like Alchemy Bar™ and RedFrog Pub and Brewery™ offer couples a chance to relax and sip on adult beverages. For a more festive ambiance, the Mega Deck Party at the Lido Deck Pool features live music, food and tropical cocktails. Couples who are feeling lucky can stop in to the casino to play the slots and afterward, dance till dawn at the nightclub.
Cruise Cuisine Tickles the Taste Buds
When tummies start to grumble, there’s something to satisfy every traveler onboard a Carnival cruise ship. Pairs looking for a casual lunch can stop in to Shaq’s Big Chicken™ for a fried chicken basket and a side of jalapeno slaw or head to Guy’s Burger Joint for a big, juicy burger with hand-cut fries. At BlueIguana Cantina™, cruisers enjoy lunch their own way with build-your-own tacos and burritos featuring house-made tortillas and fresh salsa.
Dinnertime offers couples the chance to get gussied up and enjoy dining in style. For authentic trattoria-style dishes, Cucina Del Capitano® offers a taste of Italy with appetizers like antipasti and hand-made meatballs and mouthwatering entrees like grilled shrimp with pappardelle pasta. For additional delicious dinner options, Steakhouse serves up an assortment of savory beef and seafood dishes, and Ji Ji Asian Kitchen® tickles the palette with global cuisine like Singapore chili shrimp and Kung Pao chicken.
Vacationers Do Things on Cruises They Might Not Do at Home
A cruise presents passengers of all ages an opportunity for engaging in special activities like mixology competitions, bingo games and art exhibitions. Many young couples enjoy playing life-sized versions of their favorite board games at Hasbro the Game Show® and competing for prizes in front of a live audience. Talented duos that enjoy taking center stage always have a good time singing karaoke or competing in a spirited Lip Sync Battle™.
Couples Can Stay Healthy and Fit on a Cruise
Vacation doesn’t mean having to give up on a healthy lifestyle. Carnival offers amenities for fun and fitness like SportSquare™ featuring convertible courts for soccer and volleyball, elliptical machines, punching bags, a jogging track and much more. Indoors, the fitness center provides the latest in treadmills and weight-lifting equipment, and couples who like group exercise can find a stellar lineup of yoga, Pilates, boot camp or spinning classes. When the weather is extra-warm, inviting outdoor pools offer relief in the form of soaking and splashing.
Cruises Deliver Breathtaking Scenic Beauty
On a cruise, the opportunities for natural beauty are endless. From a stateroom window or the ship’s deck, travelers can watch the sun setting or rising over the ocean. Caribbean and Hawaiian ports of call offer picture-perfect views of the sea, sand, palm trees, rain forests, mountains and waterfalls. For a destination of a different sort, a cruise to Alaska promises glimpses of glaciers, fjords, forests, lakes and meadows and a cruise from New England to Canada delivers images of lighthouses, historic harbors and charming seaside villages.
Shore Excursions Create Long-Lasting Memories
When couples are seeking out cruise tips for their first voyage, experienced travelers often recommend booking a group of shore excursions. Vacationers looking for memorable adventures can find their happy place exploring ancient cities, shopping at outdoor markets, touring beautiful port cities via bicycle and tasting local cuisine. To satisfy a sweet tooth, the Caribbean Cacao Experience allows Costa Rican travelers to learn all about cacao beans and get hands on with preparing (and sampling) local chocolate.
For action-packed excursions, activities like snorkeling, kayaking, zip lining and horseback riding offer day-long excitement. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the ultimate thrill enjoy sea trek helmet diving in St. Maarten or Belize.
Options for Romance are Endless
When it comes to romance, few vacations deliver like a cruise. While some traveling couples enjoy stargazing from the ship’s deck with a glass of fine wine, others find their bliss at Cloud 9 Spa with a couple’s massage featuring seaweed or hot stones. More options for intimacy might include:
- Ordering up a private dinner from Carnival’s 24-hour room service
- Martini tasting at Alchemy Bar
- Watching a dive-in movie under the stars
Romantic pairs looking for an enjoyable getaway that won’t break the bank can’t go wrong with a Carnival cruise. Not only does travel by sea offer a new and exciting mode of transport, but cruises keep vacationers occupied from dawn till dusk doing exactly what they want to do, whether relaxing by the pool or off on an outdoor adventure. Not surprisingly, once they experience a vacation at sea, couples often return again and again.
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.