What to Expect on a New Year’s Cruise with Carnival

Sea breezes? Check. Great weather? Check. Fresh new start to the year? You can check that one off, too. On a special New Year’s Eve cruise with Carnival, you can expect all the great food, drinks, relaxation and recreation you’d get from a regular Carnival cruise.

But there’s more – to celebrate the New Year, you can expect parties, parties, and more parties. We’ve got everything you need for the big night. All you’ve got to do is show up.

Start your new year off a little different this year. On this family cruise, there’s no stress, no planning, and no cooking. There’s just fun! To make sure New Year’s Eve is a night to remember, we’ve got three huge celebrations planned for you. Choose one or choose them all.

group of friends drinking and dancing at the carnival night club during new years

New Year’s Eve Party

The Atrium is the heart of the ship and the life of the party! So, of course it’s the perfect spot for our grand New Year’s Eve party. The multi-level, 360-degree event hall promises a fantastic atmosphere and one amazing view. Gear up for 2019 with the company of your friends and family.

Make a wish – but be careful, it just may come true! Before the big party, complete your own “New Year Wish” slip and drop it in a balloon. Our crew will collect and hang them in time for the big balloon drop at 11pm. Then, cross your fingers, because some lucky cruisers will have their wishes granted.

Keep your eye out for members of our Carnival fun squad. They will be going around granting wishes and giving out awesome prizes.

balloons dropping at carnival’s atrium during new year’s eve party

New Year’s Eve Bash

After the New Year’s Eve Party, it’s time for the Bash! Ring in the New Year in a big way from atop our sparkling open-air Lido Deck. Dance under the stars as the clock strikes twelve, at our fabulous New Year’s Eve Bash.

We’ll commemorate the night with music, refreshments, party favors and giveaways. And as for that special moment – we’ll have an official countdown at midnight, of course! With all the makings for a memorable new year, this poolside mega party is where it’s at.

New Year’s Eve After Party

Hey party people, the fun doesn’t have to stop after midnight. The beat goes on and on at our Carnival New Year’s Eve After Party. Join us in the Nightclub and get ready to dance the night away. Your party-pumping DJ will be on-hand all night long with awesome music.

Whether you’re dominating the dance floor or just enjoying the beats, the Nightclub will keep everyone in good spirits. It’s the place to be until the sun comes up. Or at least until last call. See you there!

woman dancing at the new years eve after party in carnival’s nightclub

Other Onboard Activities

Every Carnival cruise is a special event. But for New Year’s Eve, we’re going overboard in the best way possible. These onboard activities will keep things worry-free and help you bring the season to life.

Live Music

Do you love concerts? So do we! Insanely talented musicians will be playing sweet music all across the ship. So make sure you explore every corner, because you never know what you’re going to discover.

woman playing the trumpet in a carnival ship during new years

Drink Specials

To keep the beverages flowing without having to worry about the bill, may we suggest our Cheers! prepaid bar package. A convenient daily rate per person that lets you concentrate on your friends, family, and the beautiful surroundings – not the cost.

Photo Opportunities

If you don’t have a few memorable photos from your cruise vacation, did it even really happen!? Of course it did – and thanks to our onboard photo opportunities, you’ll have the pictures to prove it. Our fun photo stations are complete with wacky props and stunning backdrops, so you’ll have no problem getting a few images worth sharing.

Kids Camps

When it comes to the kids, we’ve got plenty of excitement for all ages. There’s even a special kids camp celebration for the New Year. Come and see why kids’ camps are making a big splash!

little boy crawling around and playing games in camp ocean

Camp Ocean is one of our most popular activities for the younger crowd. It’s all the best of summer camp, even in December. Groups are supervised and age-based for maximum enjoyment. Club O2 is the onboard spot where teens aged 15-17 can meetup and hang out together.

Listening to current music, watching movies, singing karaoke, and making new friends are all in store at Club O2! Meanwhile, the 12-14 year olds are chilling at Circle “C.” Think dance parties, games, outdoor movies and more.

This holiday season, tell your friends and family you’ll be sailing into the New Year. Then tell them they can come along, too! A holiday cruise is the antidote to cold winters, and a recipe for fun.

Could a family cruise be the perfect answer to that eternal question – where will you be for New Year’s? With December cruises setting sail for sunny destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and The Bahamas, there’s only one way to find out.