Why a Carnival cruise is such great value for money

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There are a million reasons why a Carnival cruise is a fabulous option for your family – and value-for-money is chief among them.

Here’s an interesting exercise: calculate what a week’s land-based holiday in a tropical locale would cost for you and your family – including flights, accommodation, transport, all your food (and snacks) and entertainment.

Then compare that to the cost of a seven-day cruise with Carnival, where almost everything (plus extras like kids’ clubs, a water park, gym and sports facilities) is included.

The maths won’t lie: as far as value for money goes, it’s very, very hard to beat a Carnival cruise.

And it’s not all about money, either – on a cruise, there are no flights to miss, no transfers to make, no booking in and out of hotels, let alone trying to find somewhere to eat, or something to entertain the kids.

A Carnival cruise is a budget-friendly, stress-free break.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Amazing accommodation

There are accommodation options to suit every family on a Carnival ship, but for the best value-for-money, consider an Interior stateroom, especially if you’re an action-loving lot who aren’t likely to spend much time in your room. It’s amazing value: yes, you do sacrifice a window (though that might help your kids sleep better) but you get exactly the same amenities as any other stateroom – or hotel room, for that matter. No corners are cut on comfort: there’s a full ensuite bathroom, desk/table area, flat-screen television, ample storage space and more. Some Interior staterooms can sleep up to four and others interconnect – great if you’re travelling in a larger group or you’ve got a load of kids. Looking for a bit more space and light? Then an Ocean View stateroom is a great budget-friendly upgrade.

Delectable dining

Eating out is one of the most enjoyable things about a family holiday (especially for Mum and Dad, who escape cooking duties for a while at least), but it’s also one of the biggest strains on the budget. But with all of your main meals included, you can dine aboard a Carnival ship and never have to worry about overpriced meals, the kids wanting seconds or ordering dessert. A smorgasbord of dining options means you won’t have to eat in the same place twice, either – though you may want to. Tuck into Asian flavours at Mongolian Wok, a juicy burger at Guy’s Burger Joint or spicy Indian at Masala Tiger. Got kids who are always hungry? They can feast on pizza or ice-cream 24/7. That’s bang for your buck as well as your taste buds.

Endless entertainment

Accommodation and food aren’t the only things to consider when budgeting for a holiday. Just think how much the simplest entertainment costs the family, such as a trip to the movies, let alone a big-production stage show complete with musicians, singers and dancers. On Carnival, it’s as if you’ve scored tickets to the hottest shows in town – every single night you’re on board. Live shows, comedy gigs, poolside movies, musical productions, karaoke and more are all included.

Abundant activities

You know what kids are like on holiday – they want to try everything and feel like they’re doing something new, too. With Carnival’s included activities, your kids won’t have a spare moment to sit down (unless they’re eating that free ice-cream). They can splash in the pools, conquer the waterslides, tackle minigolf, use the basketball hoops, have fun at deck parties, join arts-and-crafts afternoons and participate in the free kids’ clubs. Parents can join in all of those activities, too, but also use the gym and jogging track, and chill out in the hot tubs at the ultra-relaxing Adult-Only Serenity Retreat.

Dream destinations

Cruising is an especially good-value way to see not only your own backyard (hello Great Barrier Reef, Tassie and Moreton Island), but our fabulous neighbours, too – think the South Pacific and New Zealand. And even though you can book great-value shore excursions through Carnival, you don’t have to. You can simply wander fascinating port destinations on your own. BYO masks and snorkels and lagoons, beaches and fish-filled reefs are yours to explore for free.

Peace of mind

Value for money isn’t just about the obvious things. What price would you put on the ultimate relaxing holiday where you don’t have to think about anything except which restaurant to enjoy and which cocktail to order at sunset? You only have to pack those suitcases once, not every day. Once you’re on board, all you have to do is hit the pool. Enjoy the shows. Have a long lazy lunch. Have fun with your kids. Explore a new place, and do it all at amazing value. That’s what you call a proper holiday.