Carnival has a reputation as a family-friendly line, and Triumph is no exception. During the summer, there can be as many as 1,200 children younger than 18 onboard. The ship has an extensive kids program with events and activities geared for different ages. The minimum age for sailing on Carnival is 6 months.
A nice addition to the Carnival kids programming is Seuss at Sea, a line-wide initiative that -- gasp -- encourages children to read. At least once a sailing, there's a Seuss-a-palooza parade, where kids are given Seuss bedecked banners and noisemakers and are led through the ship by the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, shouting "Seuss is on the loose!" There's also a Dr. Seuss Story Time in the main theater and, for those who want to pay extra, a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast with the characters.
Carnival breaks its kids club, known as Camp Ocean, into the following age groups: Penguins (2 to 5), Stingrays (6 to 8) and Sharks (9 to 11). Parents can check their kids into Camp Ocean starting at 10 a.m. on sea days and 7:45 a.m. while in port; after a short break of a few hours in the afternoon, activities resume at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. Counselors will take kids to a special dinner on the Lido Deck at 6 p.m.
Activities for Penguins range from movies and crafts to song times and pajama parties. Stingrays and Sharks are more active, with dodgeball games and Jenga challenges, scavenger hunts and paper airplane contests.
Kids do not have to be potty trained to participate in Camp Ocean. Children younger than 2 years can go to Camp Ocean during certain hours, but there is a baby-sitting fee.
Baby-sitting is also available from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. through the "Night Owls" program for ages 6 months to 11 years old. The cost is $6.75 per hour, per child, plus a 15 percent gratuity.
Tweens and teens have their own spaces, too, with Circle C set up for ages 12 to 14 and Club O2 the designated hangout for 15- to 17-year-olds. Both are located on Deck 12.
Activities for this age group don't start until noon, presumably so everyone has time to sleep in. They include late-night pizza parties, scavenger hunts, card games, karaoke meetups and mini-golf outings.