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Camp Carnival - Carnival Cruise Lines Kids' Program

Cruising With Your Kids on Carnival Cruise Lines

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Carnival Magic - Circle C Kid's Club

Carnival Magic - Circle C Kid's Club

Carnival Magic (c) Linda Garrison
Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in family cruising, with more than 100,000 kids aboard its ships each year. Carnival's program for kids is called Camp Carnival. Carnival allows infants over 4 months old, but all guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 25 years or older in the same stateroom.

Camp Carnival is a year-round, fleet-wide program that provides daily fun-filled and age appropriate activities for children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. In addition, there is supervised "free play" and babysitting service. The play room on each Carnival ship comes completely stocked with toys, games, and puzzles for children for all ages. In addition, each ship has an electronic game room filled with all of the latest video games.

Camp Carnival is much more than just babysitting. The program is designed so that families are able to enjoy quality family time together, and yet kids also have the choice of being with peers of their own age, whenever desired. Carnival knows every parent wants the best for their children. That's why they've hired youth counselors who are either college-educated in a related field, have professional childcare experience, or both. Carnival performs a thorough background check on each and every one of the youth counselors. And every one on the youth staff is fully trained in CPR and basic first aid.

Carnival's Camp Carnival youth programs are geared to 3 age groups from 2 to 11. These are:

  • Toddlers (ages 2-5) -- Splash pool, fund family games, late night munchies, cartoon time, little tykes toys, learn your colors, can you count, sponge painting, indoor beach parties, mousercize, pizza pig out, drawing contests, sing-alongs, bingo, face painting, arts and crafts, cookie decorating

  • Juniors (ages 6-8) -- Talent show, face painting, cartoon time, indoor fair, sea animals, mousercize, Disney trivia, ice cream sundaes, cookie decorating, button making, puppet show, beach party, outdoor fun and games

  • Intermediate (ages 9-11) -- T-shirt painting, photography, jewelry making, board games, dance class, video tournament, ping pong, talent show, volleyball, show time, scavenger hunts, meet the entertainers back stage, breakfast fun
In addition, Carnival has a youth program called Circle C for ages 12 to 14 and a teens program Called Club O2 for ages 15 to 17. Both these groups have their own dedicated spaces on each Carnival ship.

Carnival has other features that make the ships attractive to kids and their parents. Staterooms on most Carnival ships are more spacious than on many other cruise lines, and some ships have adjoining rooms. Carnival provides babysitting for a fee, and has a special children's menu. Every Carnival ship has a terrific aqua parks with water slides and other outdoor entertainment that adventurous kids of all ages love!

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