Carnival Cruise Lines is the world's most popular cruise line, be it with families or otherwise, and it's easy to see why. Let's start with selection: all told, cruisers have 24 different vessels and 60 different destinations to choose from. Add to that well over a dozen unique eateries and almost as many one-of-a-kind lounges and bars, "dive-in" movies both day and night at Carnival's Seaside Theatre (where the popcorn's always free), and one of the world's largest shipboard spas (Cloud 9, available aboard select "Fun Ships?" including Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, and Carnival Sunshine), and it's clear that a Carnival cruise offers something for passengers of all ages and all tastes.
There are three important factors (beyond budget, destination, and travel dates) for families to evaluate when considering a Carnival cruise: activities designed expressly for children, options reserved exclusively for adults, and mealtimes for the whole crew. Below, you'll find an overview of all three.
Tons of activities (including arts/crafts, talent shows, and video games) specifically tailored for children in three distinct age groupings (2 - 5, 6 - 8, and 9 - 11)
All activities are supervised by Carnival's dedicated Youth Staff (professional counselors with backgrounds in childcare and/or education)
"Night Owls" babysitting service, available between the hours of 10:00 PM and 3:00 AM in your ship's Camp Carnival facility (some fees will apply)
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High-tech spaces (including dedicated lounges with dance floors and gaming pods), cool activities (including late-night movies) for young teens (ages 12 - 14)
Supervision by energetic and experienced Circle "C" Directors, though teens may participate in as many or as few activities as they wish and can come/go as they please
Special program allows teens to go on one shore excursion as a group during their voyage; excursions are chaperoned by Directors (no parents, but parental consent is required)
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An exclusive program for teens (ages 15 - 17); each ship's club features a unique design and unique offerings, including sporting events and theme parties
Dedicated Club O2 Directors, crew members who are hired and trained to spark the interest of teens and get them involved
Shore excursions, supervised your ship's Club O2 Director, that allow teens to enjoy the sights and sounds of each port they visit among peers
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES: ADULTS-ONLY OFFERINGS
Serenity sm, Carnival's adults-only retreat (available to guests age 21 and older); features complete bar service, whirlpools, a separate shaded area, and more (configurations vary by ship)
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES: DINING OPTIONS
Casual dining, fine dining, and 24-hour room service aboard all vessels; a kids' menu, featuring all of the familiar favorites, is available throughout each ship (including Camp Carnival)
Flexible "Your Time Dining" (or "Signature Dining") option allows passengers to forego traditional assigned seating in main dining rooms
Specialty restaurants (Steakhouse and Chef's Table; reservations recommended and some fees will apply), plus Carnival-only offerings including George Lopez's Punchliner Comedy Brunch and Guy Fieri's Burger Joint (select ships)
Our experts would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Carnival cruises for families, and they're standing by to help you select the Carnival ship and sailing that best fits your family's needs.
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