Carnival is the largest cruise line in the world and was voted USA Today’s Best Ocean Cruise Line as of March 2023. Though each of their 24 ships are unique, they’re all loved for their easygoing atmosphere and endless fun aboard. Trying to decide between Carnival cruises from Port Canaveral to book for your next vacation? Compare Port Canaveral’s top 3 Carnival cruise ships here:
1. Carnival Mardi Gras
The Mardi Gras is one of Carnival’s newest and biggest cruise ships yet — with a capacity of up to 6,500 passengers! Her size is so grand that Port Canaveral constructed a two-story cruise terminal to prepare for her inaugural sailing in February 2021. Though the Mardi Gras’ name is a tribute to Carnival’s first ship, she’s nothing like the rest of her fleet. Her one-of-a-kind features have set an entirely new standard of innovation for cruises to come, starting with her eco-friendly fuel alternative known as liquefied natural gas.
With six original themed zones that pay homage to New Orleans, Italy, and summertime festivities, cruising on the Mardi Gras is like a vacation within a vacation. When it comes to special activities onboard, you won’t want to miss BOLT, the first ever roller coaster at sea! But if zooming above the top deck at speeds of up to 40mph isn’t your thing, perhaps a round of Family Feud Live is. This is another Carnival first, giving guests the opportunity to go head to head in a version of America’s most iconic game show.
Celebrity chefs have met their match with Mardi Gras. Onboard you’ll discover the debut of Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans inspired restaurant, Emeril’s Bistro 1396, as well as Shaq’s chicken joint appropriately named Big Chicken. Don’t forget about Guy Fieri’s BBQ spot, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, where you’ll find craft beers developed by Carnival’s own brewmaster and made right on the ship! With the Mardi Gras’ 6-9 day voyages, you’ll have plenty of time to try them all.
If you’d like to splurge and experience Carnival’s most anticipated ship, ideal for week-long cruises to celebrate any special occasion — treat yourself to a Mardi Gras cruise today! Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for Carnival Cruises from Port Canaveral on the Mardi Gras here.
2. Carnival Freedom
The Carnival Freedom made waves when she joined Port Canaveral’s fleet in April 2022. This ship is able to accommodate up to 2,980 passengers at maximum capacity and is popular among both families and multigenerational cruisers for 2-5 day or 10+ day voyages. In 2019, the Freedom went through a huge refurbishment to include Carnival’s latest Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements that feature a new WaterWorks aqua park, a revamped mini golf course, additional eateries and shops, as well as many other cosmetic updates.
Cruisers can “feel free to have fun” on the Freedom. Get swept away with endless entertainment like four full PlayList Productions at the theater, Punchliner Comedy Club shows, fun in the sun at the nine-hole mini golf course and water park, and Carnival’s Lip Sync Battle competition!
When it comes to casual dining, Carnival Freedom takes the cake. Enjoy complimentary crowd-pleasers such as the notorious Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and Mongolian Wok. For those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime dinner experience, The Chef’s Table spoils guests with a multicourse meal hosted by the Master Executive Chef.
If you’re looking to have a blast on a popular and energetic ship, book your Carnival Freedom vacation today! Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel and transportation packages for Carnival Cruises from Port Canaveral on the Freedom here.
3. Carnival Liberty
The 2,974 passenger Carnival Liberty may be slightly smaller than Carnival’s newer ships, but she’s still just as fun! Since launching in 2005 with Carnival’s first Seaside Theater, the Liberty has been ideal for affordable 3-4 day getaways to the Bahamas. Her roomy cabins and recent overhaul has kept Carnival cruisers coming back for more.
There’s plenty of activities for all ages aboard the Liberty. Highlights include cracking jokes at the Punchliner Comedy Club, playing larger-than-life versions of your favorite board games on stage with Hasbro The Game Show, and catching a game over brews at the SkyBox Sports Bar. For the kids and kids at heart, mini golf, Build-A-Bear Workshop, as well as the Dr. Seuss at Sea parade and character breakfast create lasting memories.
The Liberty also offers plenty of Carnival’s signature dining options, like tacos and burritos at BlueIguana Cantina, hand-crafted sandwiches and wraps at the Carnival Deli, and of course the beloved Guy’s Burger Joint for the best burgers at sea. Guests looking for an elegant and intimate dinner can take full advantage of Carnival’s signature Steakhouse, serving a full selection of gourmet creations.
If you’re searching for a shorter and budget-friendly cruise on a smaller exciting ship, book your vacation on the Carnival Liberty today before she reaches capacity! Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel and transportation packages for Carnival Cruises from Port Canaveral on the Liberty here.
Travel Tips for Carnival Cruises from Port Canaveral
Over the years, thousands of Carnival cruisers have trusted Go Port to take care of their Port Canaveral land-travel arrangements. Check out what they’re booking to complement their cruises and why.
Go Port’s cruise shuttle transportation costs only $29.99 per person, each way compared to Carnival’s price of $35.99 — saving you 17% on cruise transfers from the airport! Our shuttles run regularly between the Orlando Airport and Port Canaveral to get you to your terminal and back.
Cruise Hotel Packages
If you’re flying or driving in early for your Port Canaveral Carnival cruise, Go Port offers affordable hotel packages that take care of everything you need ashore. Our Fly Snooze Cruise packages include a hotel stay, round-trip airport transportation, and cruise transfers for one low price. Our Snooze Park Cruise packages available exclusively for the Carnival Mardi Gras include a hotel stay, cruise parking, and round-trip cruise transfers. Choose from over 30 Orlando and Port Canaveral area brand-name hotels!
Don’t get stuck paying $136 for parking at the port. With Go Port, you can book Carnival Mardi Gras cruise parking for the duration of your sailing with air-conditioned shuttle transfers starting at just $60. Our parking plaza is paved, lighted, gated, and located just a few minutes from Cruise Terminal 3 in Port Canaveral.
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