Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines. I guarantee that all opinions are 100% my own.
The question I get asked most often when talking with people about my two recent family cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines is - "Is cruising with Carnival a good option for kids?".
My response is always the same - "First of all, cruising is one of the BEST vacations to go on with your kids! REALLY! And two, there are so many ways in which Carnival creates a kid-friendly atmosphere making your vacation fun for the whole family".
Why Carnival is Great For Kids
Pay one price - (Almost) Everything is included
This alone makes cruising with Carnival practically stress-free.
What's Included in your Carnival Cruise Ticket Price
*Shore excursions, tips and gratuities and most drinks are not included in your fare.
- All Camp Carnival (for ages 2-11), Circle C (ages 12-14) and Club O2 (ages 15-17) activities scheduled during regular hours. An additional fee applies to after-hour parties and activities.
- All meals - even FREE room service! An additional fee applies to some specialty dining establishments onboard including the Steakhouse
- FREE 24 Hour Ice Cream - a little and big kid favorite
- Onboard Entertainment - including (where available) Waterworks, Sportsquare, Mini Golf, Sports activities, Pools, Seaside Theater, Live Shows, Pool and Deck Parties and more. An additional charge applies to the Video Arcade
- 24 Hour Fun!
Camp Carnival, Circle C and Club O2
It is not unheard of for couples to bring a teen or young adult along on vacation and pay for their travel expenses in exchange for child care. Carnival understands that couples need a little alone time AND that kids just need to be kids. That's why they offer award-winning youth programs for kids of all ages. The kids are having all sorts of supervised fun, while you finally get some quiet time.
Their counselors, each with education or childcare experience, are on the clock making sure everyone in the small groups of kids are having fun. When it’s mealtime, kids get their own menus, with faves like mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and more. And when the sun goes down, they offer Night Owls (fees apply) so kids get to stay up late having fun, while their parents also enjoy themselves well into the night.
Did I mention that your Cruise Fare includes most Camp Carnival, Circle C and Club O2 activities!!
For the young ones — between ages 2 and 11 (broken up into 3 age groups 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years) — they offer Camp Carnival, where toddlers listen to storytime, decorate t-shirts, and take part in talent shows, while juniors finger paint or enjoy a puppet show, plus spin art, volcano-making and foosball for the older kids.
12 to 14-year-olds graduate to Circle "C", a place for video games, late-night movies and swim parties under the stars.
Then there’s Club O2 for teens aged 15 to 17. Here, they'll find dance parties, sports, and even exclusive shore excursions.
The Staff makes everyone feel special!
My kids made me promise to add this about the Carnival Staff (and I happily did so).
From day one (on our recent cruise), our wait staff, cabin stewards and even the candy store cashier called the girls by name and anticipated seeing them each day. We never experienced anything short of spectacular service and, dare I say, friendship from many, many Carnival staff members. Saying goodbye to everyone, on the last day, was difficult.
Waterworks, Mini Golf, Sportsquare, Thrill Theater, Pools, Seaside Theater, Dive-In Movies, Hasbro the Gameshow, Dr. Seuss at Sea and Cherry on Top (where available)
Carnival is definitely on top of their game when it comes to providing activities and entertainment that satisfy kids of all ages - even the big kid in all of us. Whether your kids are into paying sports with their new found friends or swooshing down water slides in the middle of the ocean, Carnival has you covered. Each of Carnival's Fun Ships provides endless fun and a unique experience that will have your family wanting more (and more and more).
Click on the links below to find out more about these exciting activities and to see which ships include your favorites.
Hasbro the Gameshow
Dr. Seuss at Sea
Cherry on Top
24 Hour Complimentary Ice Cream
Really...need I say more?
Am I missing anything? If so, let me know how Carnival makes sailing kid-friendly and I'll add it to this post.
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