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Carnival Cruise Line Makes Some Aft Pools Kid-Friendly



They say that the family the plays together, stays together. But for many cruisers, the best part of a family vacation is carving out a little time away from the loved ones who can sometimes drive you nuts. That’s why on many Carnival cruise ships, the adults-only Serenity area has proved so wildly popular. It’s also why a whole lot of people seem to hate the idea of spaces previously designated kid-free zones becoming family friendly ones.

Families Welcome

Given Carnival’s position as a wildly-popular cruise line with families, it’s not surprising that you’ll find a boatload of kids — pun intended — on nearly every sailing. But on many of the fleet’s ships, aft pools have in the past been designated as adults only, offering a peaceful reprieve for both parents able to carve out a little alone time and passengers traveling without children. But in recent weeks, ships without Serenity areas are seeing the aft pools transformed into family-friendly areas.

When earlier this week Carnival’s senior cruise director John Heald broached the topic on his Facebook page, many were not pleased by the change. “Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Freedom, Splendor and Victory all have the aft pools now as family-friendly pools,” he posted, adding, Conquest will get a stunning new Serenity deck during her October dry dock.

Ships Include 

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Splendor
  • Carnival Victory

Cruisers Not Impressed!

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What followed was a heated debate, with the vast majority of commenters indicating their displeasure at losing an adults only area on the ships. Several hours later, Heald posted a comment he’d received from a cruiser named Robbie who wrote, in part, “Just give us one adults-only ship! You have so many ships that the adult one would sell out [quickly]. We pay good money to cruise and should not have to put up with rude children.”

Closing Comments 

Thanks to his closing comment about rude children, the focus wound up being lost as many respondents took Robbie’s attitude to task rather than focusing on the question at hand. “Carnival,” said Heald in reaction, “is a family cruise line, we are massively proud of that and this will never change.” The cruise director then went on to ask, “Would you cruise on an adults-only ship if we had one?”

Responses to this question ran the gauntlet, with many suggesting the real solution was better parenting of unruly children, and others saying that it wouldn’t be an issue if some areas remained kid free (and these areas had Carnival staff enforcing the rule). “Thank you for all your comments and posts on the aft pools,” Heald posted later in the day, adding that they would be gathered and passed along so that “the right people read your thoughts on both sides of the discussion.”

Would you book an adults-only cruise? Is it important to you that a ship has an adults-only pool area?

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Carnival Raises Faster to the Fun Price



The good news: When sailing on most Carnival Cruise Line ships, you can still purchase the Faster To The Fun package. The bad news? On many of those ships, taking the happiness highway’s express lane is gonna cost you a little extra.

How Much Faster To The Fun Went Up

Carnival quietly boosted the price earlier this week, although news of the change spread quickly across social media. Some proclaimed that they didn’t mind paying the extra fee for the program — which offers numerous benefits, including priority embarkation — while others thought there were better ways in which they could spend the money.

So how much did the price go up? Previously, the cost — which is per cabin, not per person — ran between $49,95 to $79.95, depending on the ship and the length of the sailing. The price has now gone up to between $69.95 and $99.95.

The Breakdown


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  • The program will cost $69.95 on 5-day sailings, except on the Sensation, where the price is $59.95.
  • For 4-day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista is $69.95.
  • For 6- and 7-day sailings, Faster To The Fun will cost $89.95.
  • On sailings lasting 8 days or longer, the package will now cost $99.95.

When Carnival first rolled Faster to the Fun out in 2012, it was $49.95 per stateroom across the fleet. In 2016, the line switched to the tiered pricing system which remains in effect to this day.

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What does Faster to the Fun include? 

A limited number of Faster To The Fun passes are sold, which is one of the reasons many believe it to be worth the price, as it allows for faster boarding thanks to separate security screening lanes and an express boarding lane upon embarkation. Those who purchase FTTF also have immediate access to their staterooms, which generally are not available immediately upon boarding. The perk also includes priority luggage handling, access to priority tendering in ports where applicable, a choice of disembarkation times and priority dinner-time assignments.

Do you generally purchase Faster To The Fun? Will the change in price impact your decision to do so in the future? 

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Queen Latifah Named Carnival Horizon’s Godmother



The newest ship to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet also just became the coolest with the news that Queen Latifah has been named the Carnival Horizon’s godmother.

When The Queen Will Reign

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Beloved by millions, the actress/singer/author/businesswoman said it was “an honor” to be selected, especially given the line’s longtime association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.”

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said that “with her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to Choose Fun in everything she does. Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed on and won Lip Sync Battle made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother on our newest ship.”

READ MORE: Sneak Peek At The Carnival Horizon [Photos]

Latifah will officially assume her duties at the naming ceremony, which is set to take place during an invitation-only overnight gala being held on the Carnival Horizon in New York City on Wednesday, May 23. During the ceremony, St. Jude will be presented with a check representing funds raised at various Carnival events, both on ships and on shore. The atrium-grounding Dreamescape funnel will also feature artwork created by dozens of St. Jude patients.

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The gala will also see Latifah taking part in a special event titled Lip Sync Battle: Horizon which will showcase the ship’s authentic reproduction of the hit TV series.

Over the past few years, Latifah has… well, pretty much done it all. She’s won awards from groups as diverse as the Teen Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild, not to mention a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and two NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now runs a production company — Flavor Unit Entertainment — which produces a wide variety of programming.

After The Gala

Following the naming ceremony and Gala on May 23, the Carnival Horizon will spend the summer sailing out of New York City before relocating in September to Miami, where she’ll sail year-round cruises to the Caribbean.

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Carnival to Offer New Cuba Cruises in 2019



Carnival Cruise Line will be offering 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019. The five-day voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in other popular ports.

The voyages complement a series of sailings to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise taking place in 2018 and 2019. Sensation‘s Cuba schedule includes:

  • four 5-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019
  • five 5-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019
  • a 5-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019
  • seven 5-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019

A Cuban taxi driver, piloting a vintage car, pulls up to the El Morro Castle while the Carnival Paradise cruise ship is docked in Havana, Cuba. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

The 2,052-guest Carnival Sensation underwent a massive dry dock last year and a variety of venues were added, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry on Top. Already onboard was a Serenity adults-only area, 24-hour pizza, the WaterWorks aqua park, and the Seuss at Sea program.

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Guests sailing on Carnival’s cruises to Cuba can choose from almost 20 shore excursions that showcase the island’s culture, beauty, and architectural landmarks. There will also be Cuba-themed parties, games, and activities onboard. To learn more, visit

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