Carnival Family Reunion Cruises 2015 - 2016

Ever been interested in spending a family reunion somewhere out of the ordinary? Something that’s not too expensive, hassle-free and offers activities for all age groups? How about having all of your meals taken care of? You can take advantage of all this and more with a Carnival Cruise family reunions. It is actually becoming more and more common for family reunions to take place on Carnival cruise ships since ships are available from several ports throughout the country. As a matter of fact, Carnival currently offers 22 ports between the U.S. and Canada including Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Galveston and Los Angeles. This means you are bound to find a port within driving distance.

Carnival has also stepped up with many exclusive amenities and incentives. You not only receive discounted prices and free cabins depending on the size of your group, but you can also purchase amenities such as private cocktail parties, T-shirts, exclusive shore excursions, and amenities that are rarely encountered at land-located resorts.

How Many Cabins do you need for a group?

A group is the reservation of eight staterooms or more through the Groups Reservation department on a sailing of a Carnival Cruise ship. Anyone is allowed to be included in a group because the more the merrier and more benefits there can be. Common groups, other than Family Reunions, are class reunions, weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate incentives and professional seminars, but the possibilities are endless. Group rates are often much better per room than individual bookings and added amenities can certainly add to a great vacation.

Can I travel for free since I am organizing the group?

Yes. Not only does the group benefit from better prices, a payment plan and onboard amenities, but for every 8 cabins, you get one free bed. All you have to pay is port charges and taxes. The cabins have to have a minimum of 2 people to count towards the free cabin.

So for example, here how it would work:

Book 8 cabins (16+ people) and you get 1 Free bed
Book 16 cabins (32+ people) and you get 1 free Cabin for 2
Book 24 cabins (48+ people) and you get 3 free beds (1 cabin + 1/2 of another)
Book 32 cabins (64+ people) and you get 2 free cabins
Book 48 cabins (96+ people) and you get 3 free cabins

When Should I Plan my 2015 or 2016 Carnival Family Reunion Cruise

There is no deadline when to book, however if it is 50+ people, it is best if you start planning 9 to 12 months in advance. This is going to ensure you the lowest prices and that there will be enough cabins to accommodate your group.

You can already book groups through April 2016 with Carnival.

How Much Money do we need to put down?

That's one of the best parts, instead of having to give the typical $200 to $500 per person deposit, when you book early, groups give just $50 per person to hold a cabin. The rest of the money is paid over time in payments.

An example for a cruise that is a year away would be:

$50 pp initial deposit
$100 pp 9 months prior to travel
$150 pp 6 months prior to travel
Full payment due 90 day prior to travel

Of course payment could be more or less depending on the length of your cruise, the type of cabin you select and when you travel.

Ocean View Cabin
Ocean View Cabin

Your Home Away from Home

Carnival cruise ships offer a variety of cabin options from inside and ocean view to suites. They even have several adjoining stateroom options. The best part is that you can fit 3, 4 or even 5 people in select cabins. This means you can add family members as roommates without spending a lot of money.


Family friendly dining is Carnival’s specialty. Eat as much as you’d like – it’s all included in the cruise price. Choose from the variety of buffets daily including burgers, hot dogs and pizza by the pool and wonderful 3 and 4 course meals dinners at night. Children’s options also include pasta, chicken nuggets, fresh fruit and ice cream.

But the options don’t stop there – choose form sushi, surf & turf, bbq, Mongolian wok, Guy's burger joint, Indian tandoori or a European style café. You also have 24 hour room service available at no extra charge.

Onboard Fun

Casino, mini-golf, movies by the pool, twister waterslide, Las Vegas style shows, exciting nightclubs, live entertainment throughout the ship and more. Day or night there is always something fun to do onboard.

Carnival also offers children’s programs from ages 2 to 17.

Camp Carnival

Kids ages 2-11 have their own space, games, paints, crayons, pool area and everything else that young cruisers love. Carnival makes sure they have so much fun, they don't even notice they're being supervised. Groups are split for ages 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. Activities include Sing-alongs, bingo, cartoons, face painting and arts and crafts for the smaller children. For ages 6 to 8 activities include t-shirt painting, trivia, puppet shows and outdoor games. For the 9 to 11 years old they play ping pong, video games, scavenger hunts, dance classes and talent shows.

Circle "C"

Circle "C" is where kids 12-14 can connect with friends or simply chill. All activities, events and parties are supervised and were created just for this age group. They'll mix and mingle, laugh and giggle and rave about all the fun they're having. You'll know they've discovered Circle "C." Sample activities include the latest game consoles, board and card games, trivia and scavenger hunts, music hangs, dance parties, Lido Deck activities, sports and pool parties.

Club O2

Teens 15 to 17 years of age can hang out around the clock. This special space blends friends, music, entertainment, sports and style for a teen-themed cruising experience unlike any other. All supervised events, parties and activities are just for them. This amazing place is full of things to do, people to meet and stories to create. Sample activities include the latest game consoles, board and card games, sports, music hangs, teen-only shore excursions, karaoke, dance and pool parties.


Custom T-Shirts

To some, it may be corny, but to plenty of others it is an addition with good taste: the ability to get your own family’s Family Reunion T-shirts. For a small additional price, Carnival can give its customers not only the ship to make a memory, but a way to put it in the form of a shirt that you can keep forever! When planning a family reunion aboard a Carnival cruise, you are able to design and make large amounts of custom t-shirts, polo shirts, and tank tops that can say and have pretty much what you want on them although the usual/obvious choice would be something along the lines of “(Your Family Surname) Family Reunion 2013.”

Group Shore Excursions

As you grow up, you begin to realize just how different and “special” your family is in comparison to others and at Carnival, you can have your own special shore excursions exclusive to just your family reunion group. There are many options that vary from very relaxing to very exhilarating to a combination depending on the group’s preference. Booking through the specific Group Reservations department at Carnival Cruises gives their agents the go for booking shore excursions to fit your party and booking a group of 50+ people allows agents to custom-make shore excursions based on your demands. It’s actually very easy to do; whoever is booking the cruise simply tells the agents what they want to see or do and they’ll give options to choose from or combine.

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