How To Enjoy Dive-in Movies on Carnival Cruise Ships

Last Updated on December 2, 2022

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. 

Seaside Theater with Dive-in Movie on the Carnival Panorama
Dive-in Movie at the Seaside Theater on the Carnival Panorama

What Dive-in Movies are playing on Carnival?

The following movies will be showing on Carnival cruise ships for December 2022.

  • The Batman
  • Bullet Train
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Dr. Suess: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Elvis
  • The Holiday
  • Jurassic World Dominion
  • Lightyear
  • Love Actually
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Top Gun: Maverick

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. 

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. 

Carnival Liberty cruise deck with LED movie screen at the seaside theater
Watch a Dive-in Movie at the Seaside Theater on the Carnival Liberty

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?

You can also find pool-side movies on some Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Disney cruise ships. 

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Randy Young

Randy Young has been in marketing for 18 years and has been cruising for just as long. He founded Cruise Spotlight in 2020 to merge his passions and to help people better understand all aspects of a cruise vacation.

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