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5 Reasons Why a Carnival Cruise Vacation is Perfect for Families

Last month the family and I headed down to Galveston to take part in a media tour of the area as well as a tour of the Carnival Cruise Magic.  It had been a while since we’d been to Galveston so we were excited to see the area and step onto the ship for a few hours before it headed out to sea.

We aren’t new to cruising as we’ve taken three cruises over the last 10 years.  We really enjoy being on the water and visiting the different port of calls.  The last cruise we went on was in 2012 when my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! It was such a nice, relaxing time.  BUT, we’ve been with the children too and even the littles have so much fun aboard a Carnival Cruise ship.

5 reasons to go on a carnival cruise vacation

1. It’s Affordable. All right. I did it. I started with money because, well, lets face it, the economy pretty much stinks right now and money is the forefront on everyone’s minds these days when it comes to vacations.

For us, cruising is almost like an all-inclusive resort.  My husband and I don’t drink alcoholic beverages, so for us the price of admission is pretty much our only expense on the ship.  There are of course added expenses if you do shore excursion at the varying port of calls.  You also have the option of purchasing photos taken by ship staff, the Bottomless Bubbles Soda Card that allows you unlimited sodas and juices at selected beverage stations, and if you are in need of a little pampering, most ships offer a full service spa!

When we book our cruise vacations, we always pay our taxes and gratuities at the time of booking so that we aren’t having to budget during our vacation.  We do bring along extra to tip those who go over and beyond their normal duties.  The staff has always been incredibly kind and they work hard to make sure you are happy and safe while onboard.

children on a cruise

2. Carnival is the Most Popular Cruise Line in the World with 24 ships in operation.  We’ve been on three separate ships all that sailed out of Galveston.  In 2016, the Vista will join the lineup.  Carnival offers 3 to 18 day cruises to varying ports of call around the world.  Some ships have been upgraded to Fun Ship 2.0 and Carnival has spent $500 million in upgrades to dining and entertainment options on these ships.

children on a cruise

3. Something for people of all ages.  Whether you’re young or whether you’re old, there is something for you on a Carnival Cruise.  During daylight hours, there is always something going on.  You like playing Bingo? Or maybe you like singing karaokeDo you like pulling the lever on the slot machine? You can do all these things on the ship plus so much more!

baby on a cruise

4. Complimentary childcare. Where else can you get free childcare (ages 2+)? The only other time I get free childcare is when my parents or in-laws watch the kiddos. But when you cruise with Carnival and enroll your children in one of the Camp Carnival programs, you can enjoy the ship kid-free while they are in the care of highly-trained staff. The programs vary by age group and there are no charges for childcare activities until after 10pm.  With 5,500 square feet for child activities, you can rest assured that your child has ample room to play board games, video games, and arts & crafts.  After hours, you can still get childcare for $6.75/hour plus 15% gratuity.  If your child is under 6 months, they are not eligible for Camp Carnival programs.  Children between the ages of 6 months to 2 years old will be required to pay the after hours rate of $6.75/hour plus 15% gratuity.

children on a cruise

5. It’s truly a fun time to hang out and relax. We been on three so far and are planning our next one now.  We’ve had nothing but phenomenal experiences on the three ships we’ve been on.  With so much to do onboard the ship, there is always something to keep you busy.  If you want to just sit back and relax, there are plenty of areas to do that as well.

Now that my children are older, I’m interested in seeing how much more they enjoy cruising.

What does your family usually do for vacation?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    We went on our first Carnival cruise this year and totally agree, we are working on another one and I can’t wait to go, we are looking at taking the Carnival Breeze.

  2. 2

    As you know, we love to cruise! Carnival is always a favorite as there is so much to do and the food is great.

  3. 3

    We have never been on a cruise as a family but I would love to take my kids one day.

  4. 4

    I was just looking up rates for a Carnival cruise for the boys and I yesterday. It is amazing how incredibly affordable it is!

  5. 5

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’d be looking for a kid friendly line like this if I do.

  6. 6

    I went on my first cruise last year. I can not wait to do it again. My kids have done nothing but talk about going again. They are teenagers so I was worried about them whining and being “Bored”, but after the first day I hardly even seen them. They stayed busy in the Circle C club I was worried because my son is special needs so they gave me a cell phone to use on the ship if they had any problems but he didn’t . It was the best vacation we have ever had.

  7. 7

    I’d love to take a cruise someday.

  8. 8

    I ~think~ I might want to go on a cruise someday. 🙂

  9. 9

    We have not done a cruise yet, I’m not sure we ever will. I think if we did, I’d try one with just my husband first to make sure it’s something the kids would like. We priced out a Disney cruise last year and I seriously choked on my drink when the total price came up.

  10. 10

    I love going to Florida or down the shore. I love the idea of a cruise but can’t do to my claustrophobia and being surrounded by water…

  11. 11

    I love that they offer something for everyone in the family. I hope to get my family on a cruise very soon!

  12. 12

    We’ve never been on a cruise. I’ll have to check this out.

  13. 13

    They are soooo affordable it makes it painful to cruise with any other line! We’re taking a Disney Cruise in December for various reasons, but the whole time I’m planning I think “Sheesh I could double for my money with Carnival!”

  14. 14

    I love going on cruises. I’ve been on two this year and I’ve already planned on going on at least one next year.

  15. 15

    I’ve never been on a cruise! I definitely plan on changing that asap!

  16. 16

    Look at how little your kids are in those pics! I definitely want to take the fam on a cruise. I love that it is all inclusive.

  17. 17

    I’d love to take a carnival cruise! Can I just say I love the old pictures – those baby thighs!! Is that a Mei Tai carrier?

  18. 19

    I was just telling my husband yesterday that I want to take a family cruise one day! It’ll be quite awhile before we make it out but it’s definitely on our list!

  19. 20

    We are hoping to go on a cruise next year!

  20. 21

    We love cruising, but we can’t help it even though we’ve tried to book on other lines (not Carnival however) we always come back to the Disney ships. Our daughter just loved the kids club on those ones. I imagine now that we’re in TX we’ll drive down to Galveston and do something different to save one airfare, and since Disney won’t be porting out of there after this year anymore. It’s our 20th anniversary next year and our daughter’s 18th birthday so we’ll have to check out what Carnival and others are offering in the spring for cruises!

  21. 22

    When we’re lucky we go to Las Vegas (where we are not too terribly lucky). I would love to go on a cruise and visit some islands. Or some European cities.

  22. 23

    My husband and I are looking forward to taking a cruise as a family. We have a goal to take our trip in about three years, since our children will be the perfect ages!

  23. 24

    I could only hope to go on a Carnival Cruise one day.

  24. 25

    I’ve been wanting to take the family on a cruise for a looong time but unfortunately my boyfriend is deathly afraid of water. Maybe one day.

  25. 26

    I haven’t done the cruise thing yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get round to that eventually. Look how cute your little ones were. 🙂

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