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What to Expect on a St Patrick’s Day Cruise with Carnival

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to flock to pubs, clubs, and restaurants and enjoy fine company and drinks, all while wearing a bit of green to commemorate the holiday and show their Irish spirit! But if you want to partake in a St. Patrick’s Day experience that is far more memorable than just a night out at the bar, why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on a cruise?

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on a cruise ship gives you and your family and friends the opportunity to enjoy the holiday in a truly unique and exciting way. Plus the fun lasts more than just one day, since you’ll be able to enjoy many Irish themed events and activities during the cruise. With fun parties, games and activities designed for all ages, not to mention all the other activities you can enjoy onboard, it’s bound to be the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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Activities and Events You Can Expect on a Cruise During St. Patrick’s Day

Carnival has put together a number of entertaining and enjoyable activities for everyone to partake in during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Whether you’re traveling to The Bahamas, Caribbean or Mexico with your family, sharing a romantic adventure with a significant other, or together with a group of friends, you’ll find plenty of fun to keep you in a festive mood.

two women wearing green sunbathing on a cruise

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia: Test your knowledge with friends and family and compete against other teams! Play a few rounds of trivia in the Promenade/Atrium area while being treated to Irish music in the background to help enhance the holiday spirit.

St. Quackie’s Duck Hunt: A fun activity suitable for all ages, the duck hunt is a Carnival classic during St. Patrick’s Day and will have you searching for ducks that have been hidden in various locations around the ship. Be the one that finds the most ducks and win yourself a prize!

Pots o’ Cash Drawing in the Casino: Try your luck in the casino with these Irish-themed games of chance, and you could be one of five lucky guests that will win $1000 in casino cash!

The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl: What St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without at least one trip to the local pub? On a cruise with Carnival, you’ll get to hop from bar to bar across the ship (18+ to participate, 21+ to drink), enjoying a variety of themed drinks at each location. Starting and finishing in the beautiful Atrium, you’ll enjoy specialty drinks such as Green Beer, the Pot of Gold, a Ginger Shamrock and Baby Stout.

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Participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl will only cost $20, and if you purchase the Cheers! drink package, you can enjoy alcoholic beverages throughout your stay.

Photo Opportunities: Photos onboard and in various ports of call in the Caribbean, Bahamas or Mexico are always great souvenirs for you and your family. During the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you’ll get the chance to take several cheerful and celebratory photos in front of compelling and cheerful St. Patrick’s Day themed backdrops. Take the photos with your friends and family, or have a Leprechaun join you in some of the photo shoots to capture once in a lifetime moments of magic and mirth!

Irish-Themed Activities for all Youth Programs: Face painting is always a kid-pleaser! Children ages 2-11 can have their faces painted with Irish themes for the special day. Carnival will also have arts and crafts activities for the children and teens. During the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, they can enjoy making a variety of fun Irish-themed crafts during their stay at Circle C (ages 12-14) or Club O2 (ages 15-17). In addition to sharing in the opportunity to learn some new artistic skills, the children and teens will be able to create a unique keepsake to bring home from the cruise. They’ll also receive Irish-themed treats like cookies and other snacks.

teenager wearing green shirt serving in a volleyball game on a cruise

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day themed events, aren’t the only activities to be enjoy on a cruise ship. From the many delicious and eclectic dining options, themed bars, adult only retreats, luxury spas and world-class entertainment, you can plan every moment of your cruise to be as exciting or relaxing as you desire. Make plenty of new and lasting memories with your family, share special romantic moments with your significant other, or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a group of your friends like you never have before!

So what are you waiting for? St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but it’s never too late to book a cruise to The Bahamas, Mexico or the Caribbean. Don’t forget to pack your green!

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