Carnival Adds Kids Dining

July 23, 2003
In a strategy that’s only partly aimed at giving parents a night off, Carnival has now launched, fleetwide, a children’s dining program. Part of Camp Carnival, the kids-café will occupy Carnival’s lido-deck Seaview Bistro. Menu items will include traditional youngster fare, such as pizza, fish sticks, chicken nuggets and ice cream, and not so usual offerings like a 35-item salad bar.
Dinner, which is available every night (except the first night) on three- and four-day cruises, and on every night (but the first and last) on five-day-plus voyages, occurs between 6 – 7 p.m. and leads into Camp Carnival’s evening schedule. Parents who may think this means they’ll get to spend most nights kid-free may want to heed Carnival president Bob Dickinson, who, while extolling the benefits of kid-free dining in the company’s announcement, also made sure to point out the new program is not meant to be a babysitting service.  “While we expect most children will dine with their parents in the main dining rooms, this new program provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to enjoy a delicious meal with the youth staff and other children on board, while offering parents a leisurely and romantic dinner by themselves,” Dickinson said.
Another new feature of Camp Carnival, which is aimed at kids ages two – 15, is the EduCruise science/geography program. Other aspects include a special children’s turndown service with chocolate chip cookies, computer labs, arts and crafts workshops and video game rooms.