Ports of Call

Catalina Island

Discover a sunny Southern California playground hidden beyond the Los Angeles horizon with Carnival cruises to Catalina Island.

Catalina Island

Just 22 miles from the mainland across the emerald-green Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island is a getaway for savvy city hikers and sun-seekers. Cruise to Catalina Island to see California as it once was – from seaside Avalon and tiny Two Harbours to the undeveloped parkland of Catalina’s interior.

  • Snorkel through thick kelp forests at Casino Point Marine Park
  • Glide into protected coves and hidden beaches by kayak
  • Twirl through the famous Art Deco ballroom at the Catalina Casino
  • Hit the road by bike for views over the Pacific and bustling Avalon harbour
  • Climb the hills above Two Harbours, bordered by the Pacific Ocean on two sides
  • Dive to shipwrecks and artificial reefs off Catalina Island
  • Window shop along the Avalon waterfront
  • Opt for the Buffalo Eco and Yellow Sub combo tour

Fun Facts
  • The Catalina Casino circular ballroom dance floor can accommodate more than 6,000 dancers
  • Chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr regularly sent his Chicago Cubs baseball team to Catalina Island for spring training from the 1920s to the 1950s
  • Aside from rare native foxes and eagles, a herd of grazing bison also calls Catalina home, brought here as extras for a 1924 film and left to roam the island's wide, open spaces
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Ensenada

Escape to Mexico’s original seaside getaway with Carnival cruises to Ensenada.

Ensenada

Once a favorite hideaway for high-rolling Hollywood stars, Ensenada is now one of Mexico’s most popular ports of call. You can kayak at Punta Banda but the true pleasures of this festive city are culinary. Have your fill of fresh oysters and sip a rich Baja merlot. For lunch, Ensenada’s taquerías serve up fresh fish – grilled or raw – wrapped in warm tortillas. You can taste vintage wine at the Santo Tomás Winery or sample a zesty margarita at Baja’s oldest cantina. There’s so much to do on an Ensenada cruise!

  • Try unique Baja cuisine in Ensenada, the region's seafood and culinary capital
  • Pony up to the bar at Hussong's Cantina for a classic salty margarita
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over grilled fish at an Ensenada taco stand
  • At La Bufadora, watch the sea spout from the rocks on Punta Banda
  • Watch for spouting gray whales on a winter boat tour
  • Explore marine-rich kelp forests on a scuba dive at Punta Banda
  • Commune with the ghosts of Hollywood starlets at the old Riviera del Pacifico casino
  • Shop for silver jewellery and handmade pottery on Avenida López Mateos

Fun Facts
  • Gray whales migrate to Baja in the winter to give birth in the warm waters, many travelling more than 6,000 miles from Alaska
  • Local lore has it that a baby whale is trapped in the sea cave below La Bufadora and calls to its mother with every burst from the sea spout
  • Ensenada has two bars that claim to have invented the margarita: Bar Andaluz at the Riviera del Pacifico and Hussong's Cantina
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The Caribbean

A riot of bold and vivid colours on sea and shore, a natural paradise beyond your wildest expectations and a culture that definitely knows how to live it up!
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Alaska

If you’re looking for a cruise vacation that’s a little out of the way and a little out of the ordinary, take an Alaskan cruise off your bucket list and book one now.
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Mexico

Whether your cruising style is west-coast Riviera with its Pacific charm, east-coast Caribbean with its island mojo, or Baja and its 'down there' other-wordliness. Either way, Mexico is a marvellous choice for a thoroughly enjoyable cruise.
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Mediterranean

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Madagascar

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The Seychelles

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Red Sea

There couldn’t be a bigger misnomer than the ‘Red Sea’, for it is in this Middle Eastern region that a stark desert landscape melds with sapphire waters. This is truly one of the planet’s most fascinating seascapes.
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