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4 Reasons to Celebrate Your Veteran with Carnival Cruise

Looking for ways to honor and celebrate your favorite veteran? Embark on a journey with Carnival Cruise Line for a special military family vacation! We’re grateful to have the chance to give back to the heroes in our nation’s Armed Forces, and regularly pull out all the stops to make sure it’s an experience they and their families will never forget.

Keep reading to learn how cruising benefits veterans and their health, plus a closer look at the lineup of military cruise discounts, events and activities you can expect on a fun-filled Carnival cruise vacation.

Cruising is Good for Mental Health

It almost goes without saying that mental health— and particularly that of veterans— is a complex and nuanced topic that goes far beyond the scope of a cruise-related blog post. With that in mind, we think there’s something to be said for the simple joy of a stress-free vacation with the people you love most!

According to psychologist Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Ph.D., a cruise vacation can be just what the doctor ordered. Many Americans are craving true leisure time where daily stresses are taken care of, but they’re also looking for things that make them feel truly alive— live music, time in the Great Outdoors, good food, dancing, social interaction, disconnection from social media, etc. Now’s the time to escape the ordinary and treat your veteran to a getaway unlike any other!

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Carnival Supports Our Nation’s Heroes

When it comes to honoring our Armed Forces, Carnival cruise walks the walk. We’re proudly partnered with Operation Homefront, a non profit organization that offers various ways to help veterans and military families like rent-free housing, care for wounded veterans and assistance in getting their loved ones back on their feet. We couldn’t be happier to raise these funds, helping veterans and their families get the support they deserve!

Veteran Events & Gathering Places

We like to think that Carnival Cruise Line goes above and beyond when it comes to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for veterans onboard our ships. Raise a glass to your heroes at the Heroes Tribute Bar and Lounge, found on nearly half of our fleet, where we donate $1 to Operation Homefront for every souvenir pint glass sold. This is the place to enjoy our exclusive Heroes American Pale Ale, a delicious concoction of Veterans Blend Hops and refreshing tropical flavors.

Swap a pint of cold beer for a comforting cup of tea at our complimentary tea service, held in the Main Restaurant at the exclusive Veterans’ Table from 3:00pm – 4:00pm on Sea Days.

We also proudly hold our Military Appreciation Gathering every year on Military Appreciation Day (on every single ship!). All members who attend will leave with a commemorative pin. In addition, the longest-serving military member in the room gets a special recognition and a special hero coin! Service members can also enter to win a free cruise. If you’re a veteran, entering is easy— just swipe your Sail & Sign card at the Military Appreciation Gathering and you and a guest could be back at sea before you know it.

Military Cruise Discounts

The good folks here at Carnival Cruise Line understand the importance of making military cruises affordable for veterans and their families; we know you deserve a getaway that doesn’t break the bank! The good news is that with Carnival Cruise Line, U.S. and Canadian military members, active and retired, can always get a military cruise discount when booking their journey. We also offer various deals throughout the year for our nation’s heroes! Click here to learn more about our military cruise deals.

We know that honoring veterans goes far beyond a simple gesture; it’s a continued pledge to support and recognize our nation’s heroes! With dedicated veteran spaces onboard, military cruise discounts, donations to veteran-centered nonprofits and clear mental health benefits to cruising, we think a Carnival cruise vacation is the perfect seaside salute to those who serve.


Book your Carnival cruise vacation and give your veteran the celebration they deserve!