The most reliable place to find cheap deals on Carnival cruises is on the company's website under the "Your Cruise Deals" section. Travel aggregator and booking sites, such as Travelocity and Priceline, also offer discounted Carnival cruises.
In addition to standard travel booking websites, a number of cruise-specific sites offer cheap tickets on Carnival ships. Cruise Sheet allows travelers to see the best deals for last-minute trips, specific destinations or short cruises. The site also compiles listings of repositioning cruises – trips with different start and end points. Vacations to Go specializes in sailings within 90 days, while Cruise Deals focuses on the best deal for any given date. Both Vacations to Go and Cruise Deals enable users to narrow the search to include only Carnival trips.
Travelers who are flexible in terms of dates, locations and ships have the best chance of finding the cheapest cruises. Carnival operates numerous routes in the Caribbean, making it easier to find a cheap berth. Passengers should also consider looking for deals during a destination's low season, when ships are not as full. It is also a good idea to avoid Carnival's family-oriented ships during spring break, summer and the Christmas holidays. Cruises tend to get cheaper as the departure date draws near, since Carnival does not want to send a half-full boat out to sea.