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Why Your Next Group Vacation Needs to Be on a Cruise

Why You Should Take a Group Cruise

  1. Groups Enjoy Loads of Options for Dreamy Travel Destinations
  2. Onboard Activities Offer Something for Everyone
  3. Cruisers Fulfill Their Bucket List With Exciting Shore Excursions
  4. Delicious Dining Options Satisfy Even the Pickiest Palate
  5. Staterooms Offer a Comfortable Home-Away-From-Home
  6. Booking a Group Cruise Vacation Couldn’t be Easier


If you’ve ever traveled with a group, you know it’s an art form to keep everyone happy. When Uncle Joe wants to explore, Grandpa needs a burger and fries, and all you want to do is relax on the beach, someone ends up disappointed. Enter a group cruise vacation: a travel adventure perfect for an extended family reunion, a trip with your closest friends, or a festive wedding party.

The best group vacations allow members to come together for certain activities and to go off on their own for others. Learn how cruises have a way of satisfying every traveler, no matter how big the group.

friends giving each other a high five as they throw a football around in the ocean

Groups Enjoy Loads of Options for Dreamy Travel Destinations

When it comes to the ideal travel destination, cruises deliver loads of options. If you’re looking for sun, sand, and surf, a cruise to The Bahamas, Caribbean, or Hawaii offers group travelers access to some of the best beaches in the world and opportunities for hiking, biking, sightseeing, and water sports.

Make Mexico your group cruise destination if you’re craving a mix of relaxing beach time, authentic local cuisine, and colorful cultural activities. If you’re looking for something different, discover majestic mountains and quaint seaside towns in Alaska or find sun-drenched villas, cathedrals, and charming outdoor cafés in Mediterranean ports of call.

Onboard Activities Offer Something for Everyone

With loads of onboard activities, Carnival cruises never leave travelers lacking for fun things to do. If you live by the philosophy “the more extreme, the better,” try your hand at SkyRide®, a pedal-powered activity that takes you riding high above the deck. For additional enjoyable exploits, channel your culinary chops with a cooking class or a lesson in mastering the perfect martini.

Satisfy your competitive side with a game of dodgeball at Sky Zone, or get the whole family involved in a spirited volleyball tournament. While kids might enjoy mini golf or getting their game on at the arcade, parents often find their happy place at the spa or sipping a margarita on deck. For the ultimate in nighttime entertainment, win big at the casino, check out the comedy club, or bring out your inner pop star with karaoke.

Onboard activities vary with each ship, so have your group choose the ones they love the most and climb aboard.

father teaching his son how to play mini golf as his parents play next to them

Cruisers Fulfill Their Bucket List With Exciting Shore Excursions

Nothing makes long-lasting memories like a cruise. Just bring your bucket list and check it off along the way with exciting shore excursions. If you’re heading to The Bahamas, swim with dolphins, ride horseback through the surf, or take to the sea on a luxury sail.

In the Caribbean, beautiful ports of call like Antigua, Cozumel, and St. Thomas offer abundant adventures, from parasailing and helmet diving to zip lining through the forest. On a cruise to Mexico, make your way through ancient ruins and explore the wine country by ATV. In Alaska, try your hand at dogsledding, go whale watching, and fish for halibut.

If you have 25 travelers or more, you can set up private on-land excursions just for your group.

Delicious Dining Options Satisfy Even the Pickiest Palate

When it comes to satisfying hungry tummies, all the delicious stories you may have heard about cruise ship dining don’t compare to the real thing. From big, juicy burgers to sizzling steaks, meat-loving cruisers never leave the table hungry, and vegetarians enjoy all kinds of choices, from salad bars and sushi to veggie-packed pizzas.

Got a craving for seafood? Sit down to a scrumptious lobster roll, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp, or some crab cake sliders. Tasty international dishes include selections like Kung Pao chicken, zesty pappardelle pasta, and build-your-own burritos.

From early morning till late in the night, the kitchen and wait staff work to bring you the very best in onboard dining, whether in your room or in a ship restaurant or lounge.

family eating italian food from cucina del capitano onboard a carnival cruise

Staterooms Offer a Comfortable Home-Away-From-Home

Whether you prefer the ship’s lower decks, upper decks, aft, or forward, there’s a comfortable stateroom to satisfy every whim on a cruise. Travelers enjoy options for an ocean view, a balcony, or a suite, and groups often appreciate connecting rooms or deluxe staterooms that can sleep five people and include an extra half-bath.

All staterooms come with soft signature linens, a bathroom and shower, a television, a telephone, and a personal safe. Unexpected extras include nightly turndown service, room service, and a 24-hour steward.

Booking a Group Cruise Vacation Couldn’t be Easier

When you’re sailing with Carnival Cruise Lines, booking a group voyage is fast, easy, and convenient. Visit and use the handy cruise search tabs to find your dream vacation based on your date preferences, your home port, your desired destination, the number of travelers, and the duration of your trip.

Choose the preferred staterooms for all members of your group, and enter passport numbers if traveling internationally. If you want assistance booking your cruise, set up a phone call with one of Carnival’s personal vacation planners by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.

For extra convenience and security, vacation protection, travel insurance, and 24/7 worldwide travel assistance are included in the cost of your cruise.

friends drinking cocktails and looking out to the ocean onboard a carnival cruise

Whether you’re planning a trip for your family or a fun-filled friends’ vacation, a cruise makes the perfect option for an enjoyable group getaway. In addition to dreamy destinations, oodles of onboard activities, and plenty of bucket-list excursions, cruises serve up delicious dining options and comfy accommodations.

From the littlest pint-sized traveler to your great-grandma Millie, every member of your group finds plenty of ways to have fun on a cruise vacation.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.