My family and I were guests aboard Carnival Cruise. All opinions expressed are my own.
When my kids first heard we were going on a Carnival Cruise they were ecstatic. The idea of swimming all day, all you can eat frozen yogurt and an abundance of new friends was more than they could handle. I knew from the start that we would be taking advantage of Camp Carnival because not only would that give us adults a chance to relax kid-free but it would also give my kids a chance to hang out and have fun with kids their age.
If your not familiar with Carnival Cruise Camp Carnival Program, It’s basically a safe place where your kids can go and play games, finger paint, make crafts and watch movies. The counselors, all have education or childcare experience, and are on the clock making sure everyone in the small groups of kids are having fun. Camp Carnival is separated into three different groups. You have the younger kids (ages 2-5), the middle aged kids (ages 6-8) and then the older kids (ages 9-11). There are also options for teens as well. The kids must be checked in and checked out by a parent and the older kids have the option of checking out by themselves with a parents permission. Camp Carnival is a free service that is there to help families make the most of their vacation.
When you drop your kids off at Camp Carnival you can rest assure that they will have lot’s of activities going on. There is a schedule given out at the beginning of the cruise which goes over each days events. Kids will do things like make bracelets, color t-shirts, watch movies, play video games and even have scavenger hunts.
On select nights your kids can enjoy special themed parties just for the kids for an extra fee. You can also take advantage of the Night Owls program with runs around $6.75 per hour each child. This is normally until 1:00am and gives parents a chance to see some of the adult-themed shows for ages 18 and up.
There are also ways that parents can get involved with Camp Carnival as well. On select days you can join your child to make a special stuffed animal. This does cost extra but it’s a fun experience and a great souvenir for your child.
Both of my kids loved Camp Carnival. The only issue we had was getting them to leave! They wanted to stay all day because they were having so much fun. They were actually really sad the last day of the cruise because they knew they would be leaving Camp Carnival and the friends they made behind. It was such a great feeling knowing that we could take a family vacation where everyone can have a good time. It was nice to get to spend some one on one time with my husband without having to worry about my kids. To Learn more about Camp Carnival you can visit http://www.carnival.com.