No more will the pre-teen set have to play with their elementary-school siblings while yearning for the cool factor of Club O2, Carnival's teen hangout. The Circle C lounges, already in place on Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Victory and Carnival Valor, will have dance floors, 42-inch plasma-screen TV's, a jukebox, video games and plush seating.
Dedicated tween activities -- part of a program coined "cruise.chill.connect" -- will include sports and games, pool parties and late-night movies.
Circle C facilities will be added to Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Glory by the end of the year, with the rest of the fleet getting the new clubs by 2010. Carnival Splendor will launch with the new program already in place.
In conjunction with the launch of Circle C, Carnival is offering discounts on third and fourth guests in a cabin. Visit Carnival's family Web site for more details on Carnival's kids' program and its family rates.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor