A change is as good as a holiday, they say. But nothing beats the real thing. So now that the kids have left home – or at least figured out how to look after themselves – it’s time for you and your partner to enjoy a bit of well-deserved time to reconnect. And where better to do that than on a Carnival Fun Ship?

Here are nine reasons a Carnival cruise is the perfect way for couples leaving the kids at home to relax:

You can eat what you want, whenever you want

Whether you fancy a poolside burger or an a la carte dinner, there are options aplenty onboard Carnival. Yes, your days of kids’ meals are behind you now – unless that’s what you’re craving, of course.

You can relax and unwind completely in the adults-only Serenity Retreat

Spend some one-on-one time with your partner, finish that book you started years ago or just watch the world float by – strictly no children allowed.

You’ll sleep in the epitome of comfort

Get the spark back in your spacious and well appointed stateroom or suite, the perfect place to begin and end each day of cruising. Then let someone else make the bed while you sun yourself on the deck.

You can travel with friends (or make new ones)

Carnival Cruise Line’s ships are extremely social places, so whether you’re bringing your own friends or meeting people in one of the 16 bars and lounges, it’s the perfect place to hang out with other like-minded couples.

You can fit cruises in around your busy social life

With a range of shorter cruises available, you can take a ‘3 Days Off’ cruise for a few days of relaxation at sea. Or, if you have a bit more time (lucky you!) take a 10 day trip to the Great Barrier Reef or New Zealand.

You deserve to treat yourself

At the onboard Cloud 9* Spa, you can indulge in massages, facials, body wraps, the thermal suites and the thalassotherapy pool – whatever it takes to help you relax after a hard day of cruising. *Onboard Carnival Splendor; Carnival Spirit features Spa Carnival.

You can enjoy some exciting cocktails

Let the mixologist at Alchemy Bar expertly mix you up a remedy, enjoy the bespoke Thirsty Frog Summer Ale craft beer at RedFrog Pub, or head to the RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar or dedicated sports bar – and that’s just to name a few of the 16 bars and lounges onboard. You’ve earned it!

You’ll get to enjoy a variety of destinations (but only unpack once)

A Carnival cruise is the perfect way to reach multiple islands, cities and scenic destinations with ease. Whether you want to check out new ports in your own state or go further afield, now is your chance to do the exploring you’ve always wanted to do, on your own schedule.

You’re still young at heart

And don’t think you can’t enjoy some of the features that give the Fun Ships their name. The Green Lightening waterslide is packed with adrenaline, while the mini-golf course is the perfect place to let your competitive side come out. Or head to the Warehouse Arcade for all the best and latest video games, 24 hours a day. Who said fun and games were only for kids?