The average age I would say is younger than other cruiselines.. but it also changes according to the time of the year. Holidays and summers, there are going to be a lot more children to pull the average down.
I have seen a lot of young families .. and people up in their 90s. But its not like HAL where most of the people are older, but there is always a good mix of ages. All ages.
I was only on Carnival once ,in 1994 . At that time it was a party ship . Carnival is I believe the only cruise line traveling from NYC and returning to NYC .Friends and I are considering a cruise this year .
It's really a shame that Carnival cannot seem to shake the "party" cruise image, which is just, so long ago and far away.( Remember it was RCI that had George Smith go overboard, which the media and all connected, with the situation, mentioned how much drinking went on. But to my point, any ship can have a group of passengers that fit the party hardy crowd.
I think on NY to NY cruises, which are usually a bit longer, I think the demographic will skew a bit older, but a nice mix, which is what I usually have found on my Carnival cruises.
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Carnival is I believe the only cruise line traveling from NYC and returning to NYC.
Explorer of the Seas (RCI) does a nice 9 nighter roundtrip Bayonne.
NCL Gem does a 9 nighter roundtrip New York. Only until April 2013 then starts again in October.
I think it's more the weekend 3 night cruises that may have that party atmosphere.
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For sure I would as long as it's a nice ship. What ship and do you like the itinerary and not just the idea of port location. You also need to keep in mind it's not Celebrity or an upscale line but I like the price of Carnival and enjoy the line. Never had a problem and I'm not a party girl. (Anymore)
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We've done 10 Carnival cruises over the years, and the mean age has varied according to the length of the cruise and the time of the year...Holidays like New Years and March Break bring out the families with young children, a generally younger demographic.
Shorter cruises bring out the college students and party types, but longer (7-14 days) Caribbean cruises seem to be pretty stable with an older demographic. There are always exceptions, but we found Carnival not such a young, party crowd as it has the unfortunate reputation for.
I was on my first Carnival cruise in Dec of last year. It definately did not feel like a party ship (I was on the liberty) The Ceneter of the ships Lido Deck gets most of the action. but there is plenty of room in the Aft and Stern areas if you want peace and quiet.