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Best Carnival Cruises for Kids
Kids on Carnival Horizon (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

Best Carnival Cruises for Kids

Best Carnival Cruises for Kids
Kids on Carnival Horizon (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)
Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
By Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
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Carnival Cruise Line has been a leader in family-friendly cruises for decades, and its reputation is certainly well earned. Carnival offers some of the most fun, easygoing voyages for travelers of every age.
Carnival's newest Vista Class of ships, which includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, ups the ante more than ever before; amenities include some of largest at-sea water parks and dedicated kids clubs for every age group from toddlers to teens. Plus, as the cruise line's newest ships, both have a sophisticated and modern feel that parents are sure to appreciate.
Carnival's fleetwide Camp Ocean allows parents time to enjoy their own cruise experience as much as their children do by providing free marine-themed fun with activities and enrichment programs for children ages 2 to 11 (broken down into groups from ages 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11).
The drop-in program is available all day and features activities like scavenger hunts, crafts, cooking classes and more. Counselors even change diapers, so you don't have to worry about interrupting your spa treatment for diaper duty. Late-night hours for all ages and early-morning care for babies younger than 2 are also available for an extra fee.
Additionally, there are dedicated lounges for preteens ages 12 to 14 and teens ages 15 to 17. Called Circle C and Club O2, respectively, these spaces feature televisions, video games, board games and dance floors, along with organized activities like sports competitions and dance parties that are led by each ship's youth staff. There are even special shore excursions available just for teens.
Kids and teens aren't limited to these programs; they also have independent access to multiple swimming pools, the WaterWorks waterpark, an IMAX movie theater, the SportSquare outdoor activity area, Carnival's unique SkyRide elevated cycling attraction, a ropes course and other entertaining onboard activities.
Vista-class ships also feature Family Harbor -- a group of cabins, designed with families in mind, that can accommodate five passengers. Families staying in these cabins will have access to an exclusive family lounge and receive extra perks, including a free group babysitting session and free meals for kids at select specialty restaurants.

Updated October 10, 2019

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