Carnival Conquest for Families
New for the Conquest class is an expanded game room and teen area on Deck 12. Called Club 02 and decorated to resemble the back alleys of the infamous Montmartre district of 19th-century Paris, the room sports brick walls with peeling stucco decorated with rock concert posters and graffiti, building facades and wood fences. The facilities for teens include a dance floor, video wall, lounge, soft-drink bar and state-of-the-art video games.
The 12- to 14-year-old "tween" set also have their own dedicated space (Deck 8), with video games, a touch-screen jukebox and plasma TV's.
Camp Carnival continues to evolve and Conquest offers the line's EduCruise program. There are science and geography educational components that focus on the cultures of the islands the ship visits.
Camp Carnival has daily activities for several age groups; 2- to 5-year-olds can make magnets, build sundaes and create sand art pictures. Particular afternoons during the itinerary are devoted to "family fun" and encourage parental involvement. Same goes for the 6- to 8-year-old group, which participates in similar activities geared to their particular demographic (for instance, there's even a "homework help" activity); 9- to 12-year-olds have their own club, group dinners, talent shows and family events.
This facility, beyond its multiplex of plasma-screen TV's, computer center and PlayStation 2 area, also has an outdoor wading pool and jungle gym. There is, of course, the traditional Carnival water slide.
Scheduled activities generally run until 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). There are also the occasional theme parties (Beach, Mardi Gras), which run from 10 p.m. to midnight and cost $13 per child (plus 15 percent gratuity).