From a family reading club to a recreational fitness program and even youth spa treatments, a host of new activities have been added to Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleetwide children’s program, “Camp Carnival.”Ê
The new activities complement the wide variety of family-friendly amenities available on Carnival’s 20 “Fun Ships,” which are expected to host a record 450,000 kids this year - roughly half of all children carried by the North American cruise industry (CLIA member lines).
“‘Camp Carnival’ is already number one in the cruise industry and we’ve made this popular kids program even better, with more fun-filled activities and hands-on projects than ever before,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “Children have their own unique vacation expectations and these new activities, combined with a huge diversity of family-friendly amenities, should further bolster our position as the leader in family cruising,” he added.
Included among the new activities is a youth spa program, recently introduced on Carnival Miracle, whichÊallows kids ages 12-14 and their parentsÊto experienceÊluxurious body and beauty treatmentsÊtogether on port daysÊat discounted rates in the ship’s expansive Spa Carnival health and fitness center.Ê
Packages, which are available in mother/daughter and father/son combinations, include hair and nail treatments, health evaluations, and foot and scalp massages. Following the trial run on Carnival Miracle, the program is expected to be expanded to other “Fun Ships” by the end of the summer.
Also new is “ExerSeas,” a recreational fitness program designed to encourage kids to “get out and play” through intense physical activity.Ê The program encompasses a diversity of fun, supervised outdoor activities, everything from obstacle courses and basketball to popular games such as “steal the bacon” and “capture the flag.”
There’s also “A-B-Seas,” a new reading program in which the youth counselors read popular children’s books aloud to parents and kids in the ships’ libraries. The program also includes nightly bedtime stories in the children’s play rooms.Ê Following the readings, parents and kids, with the aid of the youth counselors, present their own creative interpretations of the stories through puppet shows, skits and other group activities.Ê Also planned for this program are writing workshops where kids can hone their writing skills and express their creativity while penning short stories and essays.
A new science program, H2Ocean, features a wide variety of fun, hands-on science projects. Conducted under the watchful eyes of the youth counselors, the program allows kids to partake in such activities as making their own ice cream and creating custom-made helicopters and miniature hovercrafts.
The line’s popular EduCruise program has also been expanded to include even more interactive projects focusing on the cultures, landmarks, history and geography of the destinations to which the “Fun Ships” sail.Ê Through this program, kids can make their own “dream catchers” popularized by various Native American cultures and create colorful maps of various Caribbean nations.
Also in the works is a new art program that goes beyond typical arts and crafts, enabling kids to create their own artistic masterpieces - paper mache, oil paintings, and watercolors, for example - while learning the techniques employed by professional artists.
All of these new activities are included in the complimentary “Camp Carnival” program, which is available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.Ê
Every “Fun Ship” also features an indoor play area, many of which house arts and crafts centers, computer labs and video walls showing movies and cartoons. Outdoor play areas feature jungle gyms, mini-basketball hoops and other playground equipment.
Kid-friendly dining options, including special children’s menus in the main dining rooms and a program in which kids can dine with the youth counselors on Lido Deck, are also available on every Carnival ship.Ê Other fleetwide dining options include 24-hour pizzerias and ice cream stations and the “Fountain Fun Card,” which for a one-time fee, provides kids with unlimited soft drinks during their cruise.
Carnival ships also feature at least three swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool, and a corkscrew water slide. Babysitting services, stroller and “bouncy chair” rentals are also available fleetwide.
Recently the line has been increasing its emphasis on teens, with new teen shore excursions and “Action Alley” teen clubs on its 110,000-ton “Conquest-class” ships.
Carnival is the world’s most popular cruise line, with a fleet of 20 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe. The line currently has two 110,000-ton “Conquest-class” ships - Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty - with an estimated value of $1 billion scheduled to debut between now and August 2005.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit www.carnival.com.