Carnival Fantasy for Families
Carnival's Camp Carnival program, based on the Promenade Deck (Deck 9) just behind the Majestic Bar, offers daily supervised activities for children ages 2 to 11. Kids are divided into groups by their ages: 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. Circle C, which is located on Atlantic Deck (Deck 8), offers a space dedicated to 12- to 14-year-olds. Club O2, situated on Promenade Deck (Deck 9) in the Grand Atrium, offers a place for 15- to 17-year-olds to hang out. Teens and tweens are also supervised by youth program staff. Young children enjoy activities like dance lessons, movies and pizza parties, while older kids and teens compete in Guitar Hero tournaments and attend parties with themes like "Glow" and "Mardi Gras."
Beyond the organized children's programs, an arcade is also available on Promenade Deck (Deck 9) in the Grand Atrium. Several types of games are offered, including racing games, snowboarding simulators, an air hockey table, and games that involve guns and zombies. Tokens are needed, and they can be obtained from the nearby vending machine, which will put the charge on your (or your child's, so beware) onboard account.
Baby-sitting services are available nightly from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Children from 2 to 8 years of age are taken to the Playroom for movie time, snacks and drinks. Those ages 9 to 11 can take part in the "Night Owls Rule" program, during which they'll play video and board games, watch movies and have snacks. The cost is $6 per child, per hour, for the first child and an additional $4 per hour for all others in the same family. No in-room baby-sitting is available.
My early summer sailing was overrun with children -- more than 600 younger than 18 -- and it showed. Kids seemed to come from every angle, darting through corridors and between crowds on the pool deck and on the promenade. Despite the ship's stellar children's offerings, you still feel their presence, so if you'd rather be among a slightly older set of fellow cruisers, book a sailing when school is in session.