When you’re wanting to escape the bustle and noise of the real world, nothing sounds more enticing than an exclusive getaway. Picture it: you’re indulging on delicious, world-class meals, pampering yourself with a serene day at the spa, and recharge your soul away from the crowds. Best part? It was a breeze to plan. Doesn’t it sound spectacular – and expensive? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Afford your own version of luxury on a budget with Carnival Cruise Line (Carnival) no matter what you’re into.
For the Foodie
Dining can really make or break a vacation especially when you’re seeking that premier experience. When sailing with Carnival, look no further than The Chef’s Table (available onboard all ships). This one-of-a-kind culinary experience includes an exquisite multi-course private dinner hosted by one of the master chefs, along with a private champagne reception and a personalized tour of the galley.
Made for a small group of up to 16 people, the evening begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, personally hosted by the ship’s chef de cuisine. Then, the guests will be taken on a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour of the galley where they’ll be privy to Carnival’s extensive food and beverage operations. Once the tour concludes, the full-service dinner, with appetizers, entrees, and desserts, can commence. Our favorite part? The meal is paired with unlimited glasses of red and white wine.
Price: $75 – $95 per person
For the Self-Care Advocate
Vacations are for total relaxation, right? Revive your body, mind, and soul with a day
(or several) at the spa. Carnival offers Cloud 9 Spa room accommodations which includes access to the spa and exclusive spa packages and discounts. Guests can experience the Relaxation Room and the Thalassotherapy pool, which is gently heated to body temperature with a series of hydro-jets to completely relax the body. At the Cloud 9 Spa, you’ll also find a thermal chamber that includes two steam and two sauna rooms with heated chaise lounges and has an ocean view. Make sure to act fast because the Cloud 9 rooms sell out quickly. If you missed your chance, you can always purchase a day pass.
Price: Starting at $950 per person for Cloud 9 Spa Room Accommodations; $40* per day per guest for Spa Pass. *The price on Carnival Horizon, Carnival Panorama and Carnival Vista is $20 more per guest; the price on the Carnival Sunshine is $10 less per guest.
For the V.I.P Seeker
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be away from the crowd and seeking your own private, exclusive escape. With Carnival, you can still get this! Any of their extensive shore excursion program can be turned into a private getaway for you and your party. If you’re just headed for the beach, you can rent a cabana for the day. These air conditioned spaces come outfitted with showers, floats, and service for the day. If you’re in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, we recommend renting the over the water bungalow. Inside, you’ll find a mini-fridge, wifi, cable tv, and an outdoor shower. A dedicated server will always be at hand to take food and drink orders. The bungalows are for 8 guests and include an all-day pass for the zip-line close to the port.
For the ultimate Cabana experience, you and your close ones can enjoy the day in the Private Oasis, an exclusive 1,620 square foot grand cabana. Perched on a point, partially over water, with a walkway into the crystal clear turquoise water, this grand cabana includes a large covered deck, an eight-person hot tub, a barbecue area, full wet bar, indoor and outdoor showers with heated fresh water, and a 100-foot walkway with misting stations and privacy gate.
Want something more luxe? Carnival also offers private houses and villas for rent for the day that include your own chef, bartender and friendly host. Live the island dream and join a small, select group for a relaxing day of sun, to savor the flavors of the islands with unique cuisine and cocktails away from the crowds.
Price: Starting at $259.99 for beach cabanas; starting at $1,595.99 for the Private Oasis; and vary for house and villas rentals.
With Carnival, you can still create a one-of-a-kind, exclusive experience without sacrificing convenience or your bank account.