There are bunches of cruise lines out there, and quite a few of them have certain reputations. Disney Cruise Line, for example, caters to families. Virgin Voyages is the “cool” cruise line that’s adults only. Holland America, Princess, Cunard and several others tend to attract senior citizens.
And Carnival? It’s the party boat.
I mean, really…Carnival practically gave birth to the party cruise genre with its “Fun Ship” fleet. They even have their own DJ academy that’s run by famous Las Vegas and Miami DJs.
On top of that, Carnival sometimes gives some amazingly cheap deals, like charging barely over $100 for a 3-night Bahamas cruise on Priceline. Alcoholic drink packages are between $51.95 and $59.95 per day. So for a grand total of less than $300, you can get stinkin’ drunk and party hardy for 3 days straight.
Consuming lots of booze doesn’t always make for the most appropriate behavior, especially for those who don’t hold their liquor well. Unfortunately, although unruly behavior has always happened here and there, it appears to be on the increase on Carnival ships (gee, just like on airplanes, in theme parks, etc). It’s not super unusual to see headlines such as the recent:
- Another large brawl erupts on Carnival Cruise Ship (Sept. 2022)
- Video captures brawl aboard Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation cruise ship (July, 2022)
- Carnival Cruise brawl broke out after alleged threesome sparks cheating accusations: witness (June, 2022)
Carnival has apparently had enough and has now announced new rules regarding unruly behavior.
The cruise line is now warning rowdy guests that they could be hit with a $500 fine and have to cover any costs they cause if they have to be detained or taken off board ahead of time, as per a recent update to Carnival’s ticket contract.
Consistent with our commitment to safety, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and any guest whose conduct affects the comfort, enjoyment, safety or well-being of other guests or crew will be detained onboard and/or disembarked at their own expense and will banned from sailing on Carnival in the future. Any violation of this clause may result in a fine to the Guest in the amount of $500 and reimbursement of expenses incurred by Carnival as a result of the detainment or disembarkation.
Will this stop fights on board? Well, if people are imbibing, they’re probably not going to have the “conduct” clause under “Compliance with rules, solicitation, smoking, drinking, illegal activity, searches, disruptive behavior, beverage policy and environmental policy”in their head. But hopefully if enough people are hit with $500 fines (or are kicked off the ship), it may eventually knock some sense into them.
Feature Photo: Carnival Cruise Line
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