Planning a Girls’ Trip? A Cruise Will Make It Your Most Relaxing and Entertaining Getaway

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There’s practically nothing more exciting than planning a girls’ trip. You’ve been keen since your annual leave was approved. You were beside yourself when your luggage was finally packed. Let’s face it — there’s just something inimitably special about going full “Thelma and Louise” and leaving all the stresses of home and work behind for a little bit. You know you deserve it.

But sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what you and the girls want the trip to look like? Do you want adventure or do you want to relax? Do you want to indulge in delicious banquets or do you want to drink your way through premium cocktails? Are you looking for thrills or for laughs?

This doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario — the solution lies at sea! Taking a cruise with the girls, like on one of Carnival’s cruise ships, can give you everything you need all in one place, while still filling that wanderlust void your feet are itching for. In case you’re not convinced, here are five reasons why a cruise is a top-tier choice for the girls’ trip you’re absolutely desperate for.

You’ll Never, Ever Get Bored

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Look at a cruise ship like a floating city that is stacked with amenities from port to starboard. A Carnival cruise is decked out with enough activities and things to do that you won’t have to worry about boredom. If you’re looking for entertainment, you and the girls can get dressed up to see a Playlist Production show on the ship. It’s Broadway on board. Or you can head to the Punchliner Comedy Club to leave yourself aching with laughter. 

But if you’re after something a little cozier, you can even rug up with some popcorn while watching a classic romcom as part of Dive-In Movies

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time on board, one thing’s for sure: a cruise is never short on entertainment. 

You Can Get That R&R You Truly Deserve

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Watching a stage show or a stand-up comic is great, but we all know you can’t do that all day, every day on your cruise. A great part of any holiday is having zero obligations and allowing yourself the time to really relax in ways you just can’t at home. Sure, you can stay in your bed for hours on end. But you’re on holiday — indulge a little. Carnival Cruises’ Cloud 9 Spa promises a pamper that’s truly heavenly. 

Most of us are lucky to squeeze in the odd massage in your day-to-day life. But Cloud 9 Spa has every amenity you could ask for, offering a relaxation experience that means you can truly enjoy your girls’ trip. We’re talking massages, facials, body wraps, stone therapy, acupuncture, thermal suites, steam rooms, and more — all a walk away from your bedroom! You can also hit up the  Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, the perfect sanctuary for you to sit by the pool and get lost into that book you’ve been putting off reading in peace. 

Eat Up — You Won’t Find Food Like This on Land

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All cruise ships are stacked with options for food, but only Carnival houses the must-see Fahrenheit 555. To put it simply, Fahrenheit 555 isn’t just a place to eat; it’s an immersive dining experience. It’s the type of restaurant that serves food that is almost too good to eat… almost. We’re talking the most premium cuts of beef and seafood so fresh that it’ll only enhance at at-sea experience. 

And no girls’ trip would be complete without that essential glass of wine. Luckily, Fahrenheit 555’s wine-list is so extensive that you might just have to book two visits to taste enough of them. 

But if that’s not enough to satiate your appetite, you can find pretty much any restaurant you could imagine onboard. Pizza, burgers, seafood, sushi and more!  

You Can’t Cut the Cocktails

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There is quite literally nothing on this earth that can match the exact type of euphoria you feel when clinking cocktail glasses with your best friends and savouring that first sip. Now, imagine that happiness except you’re on holiday. Now, imagine that happiness except you’re on holiday on a cruise with a colossal range of bars ready for you to conquer. 

That’s not just some farfetched fantasy — that’s the cruise experience, and Carnival deliver drinks for all tastes. You’ve already yearned for Fahrenheit 555’s wine list, but don’t stop there. Alchemy Bar can concoct the cure for whatever ails you, and make it taste delicious. It’s literally decorated as a vintage pharmacy — and they’ve got your prescription ready, alcoholic or not. 

If your script has already been filled, you can enjoy those well-earned bevvies in plenty of other places. The RedFrog Rum Bar is a Caribbean-themed hangout that embraces your oceanic surroundings.

You can always hit up the on-ship nightclub as the night draws on. Your bedroom is only a few steps away, after all — don’t call that Uber. 

And You Can Still Explore

You can explore every last corner of a cruise ship and still might not have uncovered all the fun possible. But the trip’s all about the destination, right? You can spend 20 hours cooped up in a plane with minimal sleep and kiss the ground you land on just because you’ve finally had the chance to stand up. Or you can relax on a ship as it glides through the ocean, before realising that fun doesn’t have to stay on board. 

Carnival has many routes that cruise all around the world, so your options are almost endless. From Sydney and Brisbane alone, you can cruise to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Asia, the South Pacific and even Alaska. The sights you can see will help seal the memories of this girls’ trip for many more trips to come. 

To get started on planning your next girls’ trip, head to Carnival’s website to see all the latest deals before they depart. 

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