37 Free things to do on a Carnival Cruise. These are also some of the best things to do on a Carnival Cruise ship.

37 Free Things to do on a Carnival Cruise

There are so many fun free things to do on a Carvial Cruise, certainly something for everyone in your family. Check out these 37 Free Things to do on a Carnival Cruise.

The amenities and activities vary cruise ship to cruise ship and some activities aren’t offered everyday, and may not be offered at all on your sailing, however this list will give you a good idea of some of the free things to do on a Carnival cruise. If something is of particular importance to you be sure to research your ship before booking.

37 Free and fun things to do on a Carnival Cruise. These free things to do are also some of the best things to do on a Carnival cruise.

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What is free on Carnival Cruise?

There are plenty of free things to do on a Carnival cruise, plus a big variety of food options. Here are 37 of those free things on Carnival to keep you busy and entertained.

37 Free things to do on a Carnival Cruise

1 – Mini golf

Mini golf is a fun free daytime activity that you can enjoy alone, as a couple or as a family.

Mini golf course on the Carnival Celebration
Carnival Celebration

2 – Lounge by the pools

Soak up the cruise ship atmosphere poolside.

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3 – Trivia

Try to win a Carnival trophy – the ship on a stick. Trivia is usually offered often. We have seen different themes including geography, human anatomy, fairy tales, sports, television, one hit wonders, Big Bang Theory, and Harry Potter just to name a few.

4 – Dive In Movies

Dive In Movies are available on many Carnival ships and are usually offered a couple nights during a cruise. Movies are shown on the big screen while you lounge poolside.

Popcorn is available for $4. The towel station has fuzzy blankets you can borrow if it is a little chilly out.

This is one of my favorite free things to do on a cruise.

Outdoor movie on large screen above the pool on a Carnival cruise ship

5 – Waterslides

Don’t let the fact that you are an adult deture you from taking a turn on the waterslides. Just try not to squeal as badly as I do 🙂

Carnival Waterworks is a free amenity offered on many of their ships and one of the best things to do on a Carnival cruise.

Carnival cruise ship water slide

6 – Savor a delicious Carnival chocolate melting cake

If you are cruising on Carnival then you must try their chocolate melting cake. It is warm ooey gooey goodness. You can order this dessert in the main dining room.

Chocolate melting cake with a side of vanilla ice cream

7 – Outdoor games

Here are some of the games you can play for free on a Carnival cruise. Keep an eye on the daily FunTimes or the Hub app as sometimes they will have tournaments that you can join in on too.

  • Ping pong
  • Foosball
  • Beanbag toss (corn hole)
  • Billiards
  • Shuffleboard
  • I have seen large chess games on some ships too

Foosball on a cruise

8- Fitness Gym

All Carnival cruise ships have a fitness gym that guests 18+ can use at no additional charge. Some ships, like the Vista class ships (Vista, Horizon, Panorama) have an outdoor fitness area by the sports court.

Fitness center on Carnival Horizon
Carnival Horizon

Carnival Panorama outdoor fitness area
Carnival Panorama

9 – Relax at the Serenity Adult Only Area

The Carnival Serenity area is the perfect place for adult (21+) to relax and read a book. The comfy loungers are so inviting.

Carnival Serenity deck clam shell day beds

10 – Basketball/Volleyball

Shoot some hoops and practice your free throw on most of Carnival’s ships. The basketball court is always a popular area. At different times they will also offer volleyball, pickleball, and even soccer.

Carnival Panorama basketball court

11 – Enjoy a burger from Guy’s Burger Joint

Guy’s Burger Joint is available on all of Carnival’s ships and the burgers are seriously delicious! You cannot cruise on Carnival and not try at least one Guy’s burger. Don’t forget to stop at the toppings bar – lots of yummy choices.

Guy's burger and fries

12 – Laugh out loud at the comedy club

All of Carnival’s ships feature a comedy club, admission is free of charge. Before venturing in for a comedy show with your kids be sure to check the Fun Times or the HUB app as some of the Carnival comedy shows are family friendly and some are adult only.

Punchliner Comedy Club on Carnival Celebration.
Carnival Celebration

13 – Sail Away Party

The sail away deck party is a fun way to start off your cruise vacation.

14 – Soak in one of the ship’s hot tubs

After a fun day of vacationing, soak those muscles.

Hot tub on the Carnival Celebration cruise ship

15 – Start your morning with a breakfast burrito

A breakfast burrito from the Blue Iguana Cantina is the perfect and very yummy way to start your day.

BlueIguana Cantina on Carnival Celebration

16 – Watch an evening production show

Catching a musical production show is a great free way to spend your evening on your Carnival cruise.

17 – Take a stroll around the promenade deck

This is especially enjoyable in the morning with a tea or coffee or at sunset. Sunrise I’m sure is great too, however, I just can’t ever get up that early.

18 – Enjoy live music on Carnival

Throughout your cruise there will be different types of live music to enjoy. The Fun Times and Carnival HUB app will list who is playing where and when.

19 – Carnival Kids Clubs

A free thing that the kids and teens can enjoy are the Carnival kids clubs. Carnival offers different programs based on the child’s age. All the programs offer age specific activities.

Camp Ocean is Carnival cruise line’s supervised kids club for ages 2-11.

Carnival Circle C teen area
Cool Circle C room on Carnival Horizon

20 – Ropes course

Several Carnival ships have a ropes course which is a great fun free activity. We especially enjoyed the ropes course on the Carnival Celebration. There was a mini zipline and a plank as part of the course.

Carnival Celebration ropes course
Carnival Celebration
The track you see on the left is the zipline portion

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21 – Evening deck parties

Joining in on the fun of an evening cruise ship deck party is another fun free thing to do on a cruise. On our last 7 night Carnival cruise, there were 2 different evening deck parties offered (in addition to the sail away party).

Carnival Panorama silent deck party

22- Watch an ice carving

Watch as a crew member amazingly turns a big block of ice into a beautiful sculpture.

23 – Night Club

ancing and soaking up the atmosphere is free in a Carnival cruise night club, however drinks are not. You have to be 18+ to enter the nightclub, and 21+ to drink there.

24 – Sea Day Brunch

Carnival’s Sea Day Brunch is offered at no additional cost in one of the main dining rooms on, you guessed it, sea days.

25 – Live game shows

Watch or join in on the fun of giant board games being played in the theatre. On our last cruise vacation, Family Feud was played.

26 – Browse the onboard shops

While not quite as fun as actual shopping, browsing and window shopping can be fun too.

27 – Attend a port talk

Learn all about the stops your cruise will be making including things to do there. Prizes are often given out to a few in attendance.

28 – Ladies spa pamper party

Certain spa products are featured as they offer free applictions of these products. The Carnival Fun Times will give specific information.

29 – Attend a cooking demonstration

Watch for a cooking demonstration to be offered a time or two during your cruise. This is becoming less common as they offer hands on cooking classes now in Carnival Kitchen for a fee, but keep an eye out on the Carnival FunTimes.

30 – Poolside games

Watch or even partake in the fun organized poolside games. These are so fun to watch.

31 – Dance lessons

Attend a dance class or join in on one of the line dances poolside. Cruisers of all ages take part, it is fun to watch, and even more fun to join in.

32 – Attend a health or beauty seminar

The cruise ship spa will offer different health and beauty seminars that are free to attend. However, keep in mind that they are hoping to then sell the produts to you.

33 – Play organized board or card games

The Fun Times or HUB will list the game as well as the time and location it is offered. Some of the games offered when we last sailed on Carnival were Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Scategories, and Jenga. Remember that your sailing will likely be different however this gives you and idea of what could be offered.

Watching a towel folding demonstration on a Carnival cruise.
Cute towel animal on Carnival Cruise

34 – Afternoon tea

Carnival’s afternoon tea is usually served in one of the main dining rooms and is included in your cruise fare.

35 – Attend a towel animal folding demonstration

If you want to see how the cabin stewards create those adorable animals out of folded towels, consider attending this demonstration.

36 – Partake in an organized game or tournament.

Bocce, bean bag toss and free throw are just some of the games or tournaments that may be offered on your Carnival cruise.

37 – Karaoke

Show off your vocals or lack there of in a fun karaoke session as your fellow cruisers cheer you on.

I hope this list has given you an idea of some of the free things to do on a Carnival cruise. One of the great things about a cruise is that you can be as busy as you want to be or as relaxed as you want to be.

Remember that amenities and activities can and do vary cruise ship to cruise ship, therefore this is meant only as a guide to show you some of the possible free things to do on a cruise. So, always do your research before booking a cruise.

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Happy cruising!