Families are a major demographic for Carnival, especially during the summer, and Carnival Dream works hard to keep kids and parents happy. The ship feature's the line's Dr. Seuss and Build-a-Bear partnerships, as well as a robust kids club divided into three age groups. Kids also get their own menu in the main dining room, with staples like chicken nuggets, mac 'n cheese and spaghetti.
Branded Dr. Suess activities include a once-per-sailing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade that winds its way from the Deck 5 Burgundy Lounge down to the Deck 3 level of the Encore theater. The Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2 lead the parade, while kids and their parents wave streamers and banners and yell "Dr. Seuss is on the loose." The parade culminates with an interactive reading of "The Cat in the Hat" by the entertainment crew and parent and child volunteers. The Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2 also make an appearance at the once-per-sailing Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (see For-Fee Dining).
Pop-up Build a Bear workshops are scheduled once or more per sailing (dependent on demand) and cost $20 for a bear with an outfit, and $5 and up for accessories.
Waterworks and the extra-fee Warehouse Arcade are two other spaces kids enjoy. To enter the pool, hot tubs or use the water park, kids must be toilet trained; swim diapers are not permitted. To ride the Twister and Drainpipe slides, kids must be 42 inches or taller.
Camp Ocean (Deck 11) is for kids ages 2 to 11 years old, but the program further divides daily activities into three groups, one each for 2- to 5-year olds, 6- to 8-year olds and 9- to 11-year olds. Children do not need to be toilet trained, and camp counselors will change diapers. Age-appropriate activities begin about 10 a.m. on sea days (varied hours on port days, depending on demand), and can include arts and crafts, dancing, movies, sports contests and video gaming. Parents (or pre-assigned guardians) must sign kids ages 2 through 8 in and out; kids 9 and older can sign themselves in and out. Most organized programming ends at about 10 p.m.; the Camp is also typically closed for an hour during lunch and dinner.
Babysitting (for kids 6 months to 11 years) is available from 10 p.m. through 1 a.m. though the "Night Owls" babysitting program. The cost is $6.75 per hour, per child, plus a 15-percent gratuity.
Tweens (ages 12 to 14) and Teens (ages 15 to 17) also get their own hangout spaces on Deck 4. With a mostly open-space design, you'll find gaming stations, a foosball table and dance floor in both Circle "C" and Club O2.
Circle "C" (Deck 4, aft) is for the tweens, and they can come and go as they like. In fact, you'll often find them hanging out in the chairs outside Circle "C" clogging up the walkway. Daily activities might include dance classes, karaoke, scavenger hunts, Ping-Pong or Wii tournaments, magic classes, late-night pizza parties, after-hours movies and more. On our sailing, Circle "C" was open on sea days from noon to 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and on port days from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Teens have Club O2 (Deck 4, aft), a nightclub-esque space right next to Circle "C" (much to their chagrin). Activities begin around noon on sea days and might include mini-golf or dodge ball tournaments, karaoke sessions, video gaming and dance-offs.