October 18, 2002
Cruise lines continue to tweak and innovate their onboard offerings for kids. Of late, Royal Caribbean has launched a new program in conjunction with Crayola -- the crayon folks -- called Adventure Art. Part of the line's existing Adventure Ocean program, the program will go beyond crayons, of course, and use a variety of Crayola's artsy-craftsy products -- like Model Magic, a soft, spongy modeling material, along with glitter, glue, pain, and markers -- to create unusual (and in some cases we fear ambitious) projects. These vary depending on itinerary, but some of the crafts Adventure Ocean's staffers have developed for kids to create include include, for instance, making a Mexican Huichol Mask whilst sailing the Caribbean, a Greek Theater Mask while onboard a European trip, and, for those in Alaska, an Eskimo oil lamp. Not to be left out, Carnival has announced a few new kid-friendly features on its most recent ship. Carnival Conquest will be the first ship in the fleet to have a new teen rec area, complete with game room, dance club-with-video-wall influenced by Paris' Montmartre (think "Moulin Rouge") and a mocktail lounge. Carnival has also expanded offerings for the younger set; it's Camp Carnival will feature the fleet's largest "Children's World" facility. Beyond the larger space, Carnival will introduce a new on-board science education program on Conquest.