Carnival Victory for Families
The only negative we heard about the program came indirectly, from a parent shrieking at their unyielding child: "You're going to Camp Carnival, and you're going to like it!"
Other than the single incident, it's quite clear that the youths really have an enjoyable time aboard Victory. Carnival has activities set up for every age group, from toddlers to teens. Children's World (Spa Deck), Victory's dedicated kid's spot, features arts and crafts, movie nights, Gameboys, PS2 and music. Carnival breaks down the groups as follows: Under 2's, kids between the ages of 2 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 11, 12 -14 and 15 - 17.
All age groups are supervised by hip counselors, with regularly scheduled activities taking place between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., after which Night Owl parties -- late-night group baby-sitting with a more fun name -- are available for $6.75 per hour, per kid (plus 15 percent gratuity per child).
Up on Sun Deck (12), there's an outdoor area with a kiddie pool and playhouse for the younger kids, though despite walking past this area every day, I honestly never saw any kids there.
Also on Sun Deck, there's a spot just for the teens (No Grownups allowed!) called Club O2 where 13 - 17's may be found playing cards and talking about things that interest them, namely dating, music and video games. There was also a daily teen disco in Club Arctic, available two hours before the club became adults-only.
Many of the daily age-appropriate activities, such as Outburst!, ship drawing contests and "name that tune" took place in Club Arctic.
Note: Many kids also seem more than content roving the ship in packs, playing games of their own invention (and of Camp Carnival's invention, like the unsupervised scavenger hunt), or peering covetously through the glass windows into the adults-only Club Arctic.