49 Things Carnival Cruise Line Guests are Missing

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Ask cruise lovers what they miss most about sailing, and they’ll likely respond “everything.” Ask Carnival Cruise Line fans in particular what they miss and you’ll get a much more specific response… and it’ll almost certainly include warm chocolate melting cake.

Happy Birthday, Carnival Cruise Line

As it happens, March 11 is the 49th birthday of Carnival Cruise Line, marking the day when the original TSS Mardi Gras first set sail out of PortMiami. (This is not to be confused with the soon-to-debut Mardi Gras, which will begin sailing out of that very same port later this year.) As part of those celebrations, the company asked past and future guests what they miss most about cruising.

The responses ran the gamut from sunsets at sea to stargazing on the top deck, and from hitting the Alchemy Bar to lounging by the pool.

carnival cruise line lido deck
Ranking high on the list of things we miss? Being able to hang out on the lido deck!

In other words, to bring things full circle, pretty much everything about the experience that is cruising in general and doing so aboard a Carnival Fun Ship in particular.

The Things You Miss Most

Here, as reported by Carnival Cruise Line, are the 49 things people miss most about setting sail on one of the company’s ships.

  1. Sailaway
  2. Late Night Movies
  3. Guy’s Burgers
  4. Meeting New People
  5. Ocean Views
  6. Punchliner Comedy Club
  7. The Spa
  8. Half Moon Cay

    Half Moon Cay
    Of course, Half Moon Cay made the list… who doesn’t love spending a day in paradise?
  9. When You First Walk On Board
  10. RedFrog Pub
  11. The Casino
  12. Not Having to Cook or Clean
  13. The Sound of the Ocean at Night
  14. The Crew
  15. Bingo
  16. Room Service
  17. Water Slides
  18. Waiters Singing and Dancing During Dinner
  19. Chocolate Lava Cake
  20. 80s Night
  21. Cocktail on the Balcony
  22. Piano Bar

    piano bar carnival cruise
    Apparently, a whole lot of Carnival cruisers enjoy singing the night away at the piano bar.
  23. Elegant Night
  24. Sailaway Party
  25. The Free Ice Cream
  26. Being Able to Unplug
  27. Sea Days
  28. Alchemy Bar

    carnival horizon alchemy bar
    Meet you at the Alchemy Bar? You don’t have to ask us twice!
  29. Sunsets and Sunrises
  30. The Shows
  31. Cruise Director Announcements
  32. Visiting the Bridge
  33. Drinks on the Serenity Deck
  34. Exploring the Islands
  35. Chef’s Table
  36. Havana Club
  37. Star Gazing from the Top Deck at Night
  38. Funnel Horn
  39. SkyRide

    carnival cruise line sky ride
    Bet if the ask this same question for the 50th anniversary, Mardi Gras‘ roller coaster will rank right up there with the SkyRide.
  40. Pizza Any Time
  41. Partying With the Fun Squad
  42. Trivia Games
  43. Seaday Brunch
  44. Blue Iguana
  45. Family Time
  46. Excursions
  47. Lounging by the Pool
  48. Waking Up in a New Destination
  49. Late Night Strolls

Bracing for the Big 5-0

Meanwhile, planning is already underway for next year, when Carnival Cruise Line will turn 50. While many of us sort of dread hitting that particular landmark age, Carnival is ready to party heartily with everything from special sailings aboard several of their ships to the launch of the appropriately named Carnival Celebration, a sister ship to Mardi Gras.

READ MORE: Construction Begins on Carnival’s Next Ship

There are a slew of special events planned aboard Carnival ships during the 50th birthday bash, including special sail away parties at which guests will be encouraged to wear the line’s signature colors, throwback sea days featuring classic activities once regularly featured on the ships, and a special take on the popular Groove for St. Jude Dance Contest.

Carnival 49th birthday

The 50th birthday “sailabration” will also include special menu items in the main dining room (cherries jubilee, anyone?) as well as a limited-time return of the classic Midnight Buffet Extravaganza, complete with carved ice sculptures. For more on all the special events planned during the 50th anniversary sailings, click here.

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