Carnival Cruises at Cape Canaveral, Florida

by Katlyn Joy

Carnival Cruise line bills itself as the world's most popular cruise line with 23 different ships offering cruises ranging from as few as three days up to 16 days in length. The company is a member of the World's Leading Cruise Line alliance which also includes Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line. Carnival features cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.


Carnival was one of the first cruise lines to sail out of Port Canaveral. The company has three ships sailing from Canaveral, and the cruises last from three to seven nights.The Carnival Cruise Line offers shore excursions in Port Canaveral to destinations such as the Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and Sea World. Other options include Airboat Tours and Alligators, Orlando Premium Outlets and Downtown Disney Shopping and Surf Lessons at Ron Jon Surf School.

Carnival Dream

The Carnival Dream features seven day cruises to the Caribbean. It is one of the largest ships in the company's fleet, with room for 3,653 guests and carries a staff of over 1,000. The Dream has some adult-only areas such as the Serenity Retreat and the Cloud 9 Spa. However, plenty of family activities can be found, such as the Carnival WaterWorks, mini-golf course, an arcade and special areas separated by age group. Trips are year round and depart on Saturdays. Ports of call include Nassau and Grand Turk, Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya.

Carnival Sensation

The Carnival Sensation carries over 2,000 guests to the Bahamas. Three night cruises leave on Thursdays to sail to Nassau, while four night cruises leave on Sundays for Freeport and Nassau. The Sensation belongs to the Fantasy class of Carnival Ships and has a cruising speed of 21 knots. Adults can enjoy the spa, an adult only section of the ship, or join up with the kids for family fun. Arcade action, mini-golf and a waterpark are among the fun destinations aboard the ship.

Carnival Ecstasy

The Carnival Ecstasy sails to the Bahamas. Guests may choose from four or five day cruises. It is one of Carnival's Fun ships and is among the Fantasy class. It is 855 feet long and holds over 2,000 guests. Besides special adult areas and kids fun spots, there are also lounges, nightclubs and a casino on board.