Last Updated on July 26, 2021
Pool-side movies first started back in 2004 when Princess cruise line introduced their first big movie screen by their main pool on the Caribbean Princess. The following year, Carnival took up the idea and made their first Seaside Theater on the Carnival Liberty for Dive-in Movies. Since then, every Carnival ship has had this theater, and the screens have just gotten bigger and bigger. The movies run the gamut, from kid-friendly features, to action flicks, to Oscar-nominated films; you have quite the selection.
What Dive-in Movies are playing on Carnival?
The following movies will be showing on Carnival cruise ships for August 2021.
- Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
- Captain America the First Avenger
- Independence Day
- News of the World
- Raya and the Last Dragon
What movies will be showing during your sailing? Typically the movies being shown are ones that come out on-demand or on DVD that month. They’re relatively new at-home releases but are out of theaters.
How much do Carnival’s Dive-in Movies cost?
Dive-in Movies are included in the cruise fare, so there’s no additional fee. Carnival gives you everything you need to make it a movie night, freshly popped popcorn and blankets to keep you warm. The popcorn does lack any butter and has very little salt, so you might want to grab some from the Lido Buffet or bring some seasoning yourself.
Update July 2021: When Carnival resumed cruising in July 2021, they started charging $3 for a box of popcorn. They have received a lot of negative backlash against this and they have said they are not sure if it will continue in the future. If it does, they really need to upgrade the popcorn, as their box of plain, unsalted popcorn is not worth $3.
When do the movies play?
The daily Fun Times schedule will list the movie times for each day. Typically, the first movies starts around 7 pm. A second movie usually shows between 9 pm and 10 pm. Some sea days, there might be a 4:30 pm matinee and other days there might be a midnight showing. R-rated features usually play at the later times.
Where do the Dive-in Movies show on a Carnival ship?
The movies take place at the Carnival Seaside Theater, which is at the main lido pool area on the cruise ship. You can’t miss it, it’s the area with the big screen where all the main activities and events occur during the day.
How are the Dive-in Movies different from the IMAX Movies?
Two Carnival ships, the Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, also have an IMAX theater onboard. These venues show new movie releases that are currently playing in theaters onshore. It’s set up like a traditional movie theater with stadium seating and concessions. There is an additional fee for these movies.
Which Carnival ships have Dive-in Movies?
- Mardi Gras
You can also find pool-side movies on some Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Disney cruise ships.