2024 Christmas Holiday Season

2024 Christmas Holiday Season

Published 02/18/2016 04:45 PM   |    Updated 12/27/2023 10:12 AM

Please note: The activities below are from the 2023 Holiday Season; activities for the 2024 Holiday Season will be announced in November 2024.

With a festive on-board atmosphere, elaborate decorations and an array of traditional cuisine, entertainment and activities, Carnival’s ‘Fun Ship’ holiday cruises are the ideal option for reconnecting with friends, families and loved ones.

A festive mood is created as soon as you arrive on board - public areas throughout our fleet are adorned with oversized Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, mistletoe and other traditional touches.

Naughty? Nice? Only Santa knows! Write out your holiday wishes and drop them in the North Pole mailbox located in the atrium lobby .. and some letters will be read on our live Morning Show.

For the holiday season, our Spirit of the Season Moments and Holiday Show will be featured on several sail dates prior to Christmas.

'Tis the Season
On the Carnival CelebrationCarnival Jubilee and Mardi Gras, there will be one show combining the events from the Spirit of the Season Moments and the Holiday Show all into one evening.

Spirit of the Season Moments
'Tis the season for traditions, loved ones and fun-filled celebrations. The Spirit of the Season Moments is made up of magical celebrations filled with holiday fun:

  • Gather your friends and family for our traditional holiday kick off, the lighting of the Christmas tree in the atrium lobby. This event takes place on the first evening of the cruise. Hosted by the Cruise Director, a magical moment where the grand Christmas tree will be lit with spectacular lights and synchronized with wonderful, heartwarming holiday music.
  • Celebrate the magic of the season with our very own Caroling event - sing-along to holiday classics! And a surprise visit from Santa!
  • Put on your most festive ugly sweater and get ready to compete for a prize!  Hosted by the Cruise Director, we celebrate the spirit of the holiday season as we combine holiday magic with a little Carnival fun! Guests of all ages are encouraged to bring their ugliest Christmas sweater for this fun competition.

Holiday Show
A magical show that’s sure to make your heart grow three sizes, with singers, dancers and a surprise guest flown in from the North Pole!  A highlight of the cruise, this wonderful spectacular show in the main show lounge evokes a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere with its cozy set featuring a Christmas tree with decorations created by the children from Camp Ocean, and of course, a visit from Santa. And be on the look-out for the iconic and beloved Dr. Seuss character, The Grinch!

A Special Christmas Guest
All of us here like Christmas a lot.
But there’s someone on board who surely does not!
He’s mean and he’s green, he’s quick and so slick.
Try to spot him playing one of his tricks!

The Grinch is a character that appeals to guests of all ages, those young and young at heart. His story is a heartwarming journey of how the vengeful Grinch learns the true meaning of the holiday season, thus triggering a powerful transformation of this character as he grows his heart 3 sizes. The Grinch will make surprise appearances throughout the cruise.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Included in this event will be a retelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with the CD as the narrator and the String Trio performing songs throughout. Great for the whole family.

* Only on Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee and Mardi Gras

Operation Happy Holidays 

Want to share the spirit of the season with the amazing team members on our ships? Drop a card in the holiday collection box addressed to “Carnival Team Member” and help bring holiday joy to our crew. Cards are available for purchase at Cherry on Top.

Christmas Service
Join us for a special non-denominational Christmas service as we celebrate the season with warm stories, uplifting hymns and prayer. This service will take place on December 24th or December 25th (depending on your ship's itinerary; day, time and location will be listed in Carnival's HUB App).

Family Pajama Jam
We invite families to dress in their most festive pajamas and join us on Lido for games, a craft, and holiday treats! All leading up to a Dive-In Movie!

Guess That Song: Holiday Music
How well do you know your holiday music? Join us for a festive and merry music trivia. We play the song; you do all the guessing!
* On cruises 5 days and longer

Holiday Trivia
Find out how much you know about the most wonderful time of the year with our cheery holiday trivia - the line-up includes Holiday Trivia, Holiday Radio, Holiday Movie and TV Trivia.

Holiday Movies
Popular holiday-themed movies will be shown on ships that feature the Carnival Seaside Theater.
Movies will be shown in a lounge on ships that do not feature Carnival Seaside Theater

Holiday Bingo
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for BINGO! Wear a holiday sweater and get an extra card, free with Bingo card purchase!

Wishes For Santa
Naughty? Nice? Only Santa knows! Write out your holiday wishes and drop them in the North Pole mailbox located in the Atrium Lobby.

Holiday Snow Friends Hunt
These jolly snow friends are hidden all around the ship! Get into the holiday spirit and spot our hidden friends and you could win a prize!
* On cruises 5 days and longer

Holiday Arts and Crafts
Our Arts and Crafts class will feature a paper snow globe craft kit and a menorah diamond art kit.

Youth Programs
There will be a variety of activities throughout the month including decorating their space in Camp Ocean, games and Arts and Crafts, The Playlist cast will be visiting various age groups to teach dance classes and songs for an appearance in the Holiday Show.

Christmas Gala Dinner
The holiday menu features the traditional fare with all the trimmings, among other selections.

  • Appetizers: Baked Brie, Deviled Eggs, Crab Salad and Beef Tartare, Short Rib, Lobster and Crab Soup, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, BLT Wedge Salad and Ceasar Salad
  • Entrees: Roasted Tom Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, Cauliflower and Cheese Pie, Grilled Black Tiger Jumbo Shrimp, Oven-Baked Salmon, Pappardelle Pasta, Flame-Grilled Striploin Steak, Ahi Tuna Salad and Featured Indian Vegetarian dish
  • Dessert: Eggnog Cheesecake, Classic Bourbon Pecan Pie, Buche de Noel (chocolate log), Fresh Tropical Fruit, Ice Creams and Sorbet and Cheese Plate

Religious Services
If a clergyman of any faith wishes to perform a religious service, it is on a ‘volunteer basis’ only.  For those ships docked in port on Christmas Day, the Guest Service Staff can provide you with a list of local churches that are conducting services.

2024 Holiday Decoration and Holiday Festivities Schedule

Have you ever dreamed of celebrating Christmas at sea? You should — And it’s no wonder — every ship is decked out, bow-to-stern, with wreaths, lights, Christmas trees… and ooh, mistletoe! Holiday festivities and events will be featured on each ship, starting with the cruise departures listed here and through the Christmas cruise departure.

  • Ships and sail dates: to be announced in November 2024