Festivals of the World

Around the world, in every season, festivals bring people together in colorful celebrations of unique heritages and cultures. We're hosting onboard festivals that originate from every corner of the globe*. Parties, enriching activities, lively musical performances, festival-related movies and specialty shopping are just some of the ways festivals of the world will come to life onboard!

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Fleetwide Cruise Activities


Carnaval de Panama. Man and woman standing on board a Princess ship transiting the Panama Canal


On select Panama Canal cruises

It's been called the "world's greatest shortcut" and cruising to this manmade marvel is certainly cause for celebration. Our Carnaval de Panama festival helps immerse you in the region, with arts and crafts, dance lessons, DiscoveryTM Animal shows, lectures and documentaries on the Canal, a colorful party in the Piazza and much more!

Featured Carnaval Activities:

  • Traditional 'Mola' arts and crafts
  • Salsa dance classes
  • Drum circles and steel pan music classes
  • Lecturers on Panama Canal history
  • Piazza party featuring salsa, reggae, calypso and meringue
  • Documentaries (A Man, A Plan, A Canal)
  • Movies (The Tailor of Panama)
  • DiscoveryTM Animal shows - birds/monkeys/reptiles
Mardi Gras with sea witch logo. Ornate Mardi Gras mask being held in the air next to a pink building with white trim

MARDI GRAS (January – April)

On select Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico cruises

Don a colorful mask, bang the drums in a percussion class and sway to the classic Zydeco beat when you join the onboard Mardi Gras celebration! Translated from the French, it means "Fat Tuesday" – and is traditionally the last day of indulgence before Lent. From the green, purple and gold banners flying high above the Piazza to the crew members' festive garb, this is one fantastic party…and you’re invited to celebrate Mardi Gras with Princess!

Featured Mardi Gras Activities:

  • Culinary demonstrations
  • The History of Mardi Gras presentation
  • Cultural Mardi Gras trivia
Rio Carnival with sea witch logo. People holding large drums and yellow mallet

RIO CARNIVAL (January – March)

On select South American cruises

Delve into the culture and exotic folklore of Brazil with the wildly colorful and exhilarating Rio Carnival! Hailed as one of the greatest parties on earth, the official "Carnival" is held in Rio de Janeiro, four days before Ash Wednesday. Kick up your heels at a Samba dance class, decorate a traditional headdress or mix and mingle with fellow travelers at a themed party!

Featured Rio Carnival Activities:

  • Local dancers perform a 30 minute Carnival show that will include some capoeira and guests
  • Learn the Samba beat with our drum circle class
  • Cultural historical trivia
  • The History of Rio Carnival presentation
King Kamehamhea Festival with sea witch logo. Young girls with flower leis


On select California Coastal and Mexico cruises

Throw on your Hawaiian shirt and get into the "Aloha Spirit" when you participate in this national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawaii, honoring the memory of Kamehameha who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture, make fragrant leis, strum a ukulele, learn to tie a sarong and gain valuable insights into the islands' culture from onboard cultural ambassadors.

Featured King Kamehameha Activities:

  • Hawaiian music and language classes
  • Hawaiian cultural trivia
  • Hula dance classes
Matariki Festival – Festivals of the World – Princess Cruises

MATARIKI FESTIVAL (January – September)

On select Mexico, Hawaii, California Coastal, Australia, Asia and South Pacific cruises

This traditional Maori celebration gives a nod to the heavens. Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades star cluster, or The Seven Sisters, whose appearance marked the start of the Maori New Year. This ancient festival is resplendent with ceremonial harvest offerings and homage to the legacy of the whakapapa (ancestors) who have passed from this world to the next. On select Princess cruise vacations, participate in a colorful variety of cultural events and make wish boxes or watch a vibrant 'Kapa Haka' performance before trying the dance yourself!

Featured Matariki Activities:

  • Cultural trivia
  • Face painting
  • Poi Ball dance class
Mexican Fiesta with sea witch logo. Flowers, a flask, a skull with a sombrero, an ornate cross and painted sugar skulls

(January – April)

On select California Coastal and Mexico cruises

The Day of the Dead, also known as Day of the Innocents or Little Angels, is a colorful and fascinating holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly first days of November. Explore this ancient Aztec tradition on Princess Cruises, with face painting, flower making and sugar skull mask making. Don’t miss the dance-filled variety show, with such enthralling numbers as 'The Procession of the Dead.'

Featured Day of the Dead Activities:

  • Decorate marzipan skulls
  • Aztec flower making
  • Children’s pasta skeleton making
  • Learning traditional dances

*Festivals vary by ship and destination


Carnevale Di Venezia. Person in red costume with mask, holding decorative fan, person in yellow and blue costume with mask holding decorative fan with the canals of Venice, Italy in the background


On select Baltic, Mediterranean and UK cruises

The drama, opulence and lavish costuming of the Venetian festivals take over Princess’ cruise ships in homage to 17th century Venice, Italy. Fantasy abounds when you create your own mask, learn a little Italian, take a spin in a tarantella dance class, and race gondola boats. With dramatic performances and jewel-toned decorations adorning the ship, you’ll be transported back to a romantic time of fantasy and spectacle.

Featured Carnevale Di Venezia Activities:

  • Variety style show with traditional Venetian Carnivale music, dances and comedy skits
  • Cultural Italian trivia
  • Italian language classes
  • Gondola boat building race
Celtic Festival with sea witch logo.

CELTIC FESTIVAL (April – September)

On select UK cruises

Tartan plaid abounds when the spirit of Celtic heritage comes to life on Princess Cruises. Clap your hands in "Scotland," where light-footed dancers and bagpipers perform, and in "Ireland" watch "Gaels Afloat," a Celtic performance of indigenous dance and music. Learn to play the penny whistle, shop for themed items in our retail boutiques, try your hand at turnip carving and enjoy arts and crafts for the wee ones. You'll be wearing a kilt in no time!

Featured Celtic Activities:

  • Scotland (Greenock) Highland dancers
  • Celtic dance lessons
  • Cultural trivia
  • Turnip carving
  • Celtic penny whistle classes
Midsommarfest with seawitch logo. A drawing of a half wreath of flowers

MIDSOMMARFEST (April – September)

On select Baltic cruises

Swirling ribbons weave and dance around the maypole; welcome to the spectacle that is Midsommarfest, where flower garlands complement folkloric costumes. This Scandinavian summer solstice tradition ushers in the longest day of the year with pageantry and color. Join Princess Cruises Midsommarfest celebration in a variety of cultural events on board from traditional dances to flower headbands, face painting, and fanciful foods.

Featured Midsommarfest Activities:

  • May pole dancing
  • Cultural trivia
  • Learn traditional dances
  • Flower head garland making

*Festivals vary by ship and destination


Klondike Festival

KLONDIKE DAYS (April – September)

On select Alaska cruises

The vast Alaskan wilderness holds many stories. Discover the history of Alaska and celebrate Klondike Days, as real Alaskans regale you with tales of early settlers and the native Tlingit tribes. You’ll feel the glory days of the Gold Rush come to life on select Alaska cruises with Princess and learn the symbols and language of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian clans. Youngsters will delight in our interactive Junior Ranger Program, developed with the National Park Service.

Featured Klondike Days Activities:

  • Alaskan Icon and sled racing champion’s
  • Discovery at Sea cultural activities
  • Penny whistle classes

*Festivals vary by ship and destination


World Festival – Festivals of the World – Princess Cruises

WORLD FESTIVAL (January – October)

On select World and Asia cruises

To celebrate Princess Cruises' 50th anniversary, we’re bringing festivals from destinations all over the world on board. A cornucopia of countries come together in a celebration during Princess' commemorative World Festival. Special touches range from onboard entertainment, enrichment opportunities and dining Activities to dining room photo templates and themed gifts in our boutique retail shops, all uniquely designed to showcase these global jubilees.

Featured World Festival Activities:

  • Celtic, Tarantella and Boi Ball dance lessons
  • Global cultural trivia
  • Face painting
  • Mask and bead necklace making
  • Flower and ribbon lei making classes
  • Penny whistle & Ukulele classes
  • Children’s Tlingit art project

*Festivals vary by ship and destination


Oktoberfest – Festivals of the World – Princess Cruises

OKTOBERFEST (September – October)


Pull on your lederhosen and grab a stein of beer. It's time for Oktoberfest with Princess Cruises! More than 6 million people celebrate this 16-day annual fair in Munich, Germany each year, commemorating the 1810 royal wedding of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. On our Oktoberfest cruise vacations, polka music fills the air, leg-slapping dancers perform in Bavarian garb, squeezebox classes are a gas for all involved and the "kinder" can try their hand at pretzel making.

Featured Oktoberfest Activities:

  • Cultural trivia
  • Traditional dance & language classes
  • Beer tasting

*Festivals vary by ship and destination