Traveling is all about having fun experiences and getting a break from our stressful work lives, but planning a vacation away from San Diego isn’t always easy. (Actually, with so many fun things to do here, it’s extremely difficult!) Carnival Cruise Line has a variety of destinations to travel to so they’re providing first-time cruisers and returning guests, tips to maximize their time at sea. In addition to Carnival’s tips, they also have some sailings over Labor Day and Columbus Day right out of the Long Beach port, not far from San Diego. Each sailing can be booked on In 2019, Carnival will bring Carnival Miracle to San Diego to provide West Coast travelers with the chance to enjoy exciting new itineraries right from their backyard.

Labor Day Sailings*
$289/person – 3 day cruise to Baja Mexico
 from Long Beach, Carnival Imagination (8/30/2018)
$444/person – 3 day cruise to Baja Mexico
 from Long Beach, Carnival Imagination (8/31/2018)

For those who are really looking to get away, look into these options for Columbus Day! Join the FUN.

Columbus Day Sailings*
$274/person – 3 day cruise to Baja Mexico
 from Long Beach, Carnival Imagination (8/30/2018)
$1,354/person – 2 week cruise to Hawaii from
 Long Beach, Carnival Splendor (10/13/2018)

*These prices are starting rates per person, and are subject to change due to taxes and fees. View rates here.

Here are the tips for enjoying your cruise to the MAX!!:

Tip #1: Pack Light

Pack on the lighter side. If you forget a pair of sunglasses or need to take out your beach towel to make room, there’s no need to worry! Carnival offers a variety of retail outlets should you need to pick up any last-minute accessories or clothes.

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Tip #2: Plan Ahead and Pre-Book Everything

If you’re looking for a more intimate dining experience, or craving non-stop fun and entertainment, take some time before your trip to book dining reservations, activities, excursions and more all online. Once your sailing is confirmed, head to Carnival’s homepage to manage all of your planned activities. Bonus tip: If you book dinner at The Steakhouse on embarkation night, you’ll be able to enjoy a free bottle of wine!

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Tip #3: Fun Starts Immediately

You don’t need to set sail for the fun to begin. Once you’re onboard, get into your bathing suit and head on down the waterslides or jump in the pool! If you’re feeling hungry, head on over to Guy’s Burger Joint and dive on into one of the best burgers at sea.

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Tip #4: Take Advantage of All Offerings

Traveling with the family? Take advantage of the handful of kid-friendly and parent-approved amenities that will satisfy the right kind of fun you’re looking for. Carnival’s Night Owls offer a service where kids 11 and under can fun it up with others their age until 1 AM, while Mom and Dad have their own fun at Havana Bar or a late-night comedy act (hourly rates apply). Bonus tip: If you’re staying in a Family Harbor stateroom or suite, you get a free evening of Night Owl babysitting service!

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Tip #5: Land Fun, At Sea

Not only does Carnival offer the most fun activities at sea, but it also brings unique land experiences right onboard! Catch a movie at the IMAX theater, or take a behind-the-scenes look at how Carnival’s craft beers are made with a tour at the only brewery at sea!

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Tip #6: Don’t Miss Out On the Fun

Download the free Carnival HUB app so you can enjoy all the free activities onboard a Carnival Cruise. Each day you can check in and fill your day with fun, free activities for kids, teens and adults.

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Don’t miss out on traveling to new places. Carnival Cruise Line gives you the chance to start a new adventure with an assortment of available sailings. Start your new journey with your family or friends and book your next sailing on a Carnival Cruise ship. (It is right in your backyard!) Have you been on a cruise before? How was your experience?! Would you go again?