Carnival is a family-friendly line and on our sailing we saw many kids from infants to teens. Children can take part in a number of onboard programs, namely Camp Ocean, an enrichment center on Deck 12 forward; and Seuss at Sea, a series of Dr. Seuss-inspired activities held throughout the cruise. Teens and preteens have their own facilities, Circle C for ages 12 to 14, and Club O2 for ages 15 to 17.
In addition to these enrichment activities, some of the Dive-In Movies (movies shown every evening by the pool) are family-friendly or appropriate for teens. The extra-fee Video Arcade (Deck 5 midship) is open 24 hours and features a number of arcade games and machines to entertain kids of all ages.
Babysitting is available for children ages 6 months to 11 years old through a program called Night Owls. Night Owls is available in the evenings from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $6.75 per hour per child, plus a 15 percent gratuity. There is care available for infants (under age 2) on port days and sea days (at this same rate); on port days times vary according to port arrival, though on sea days care is available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Children do not have to be potty trained in order to take part in Night Owls. Note that this child care service takes place at Camp Ocean and Carnival does not offer in-stateroom services of this type.
Night Owls also offers themed activities on select nights during the sailing. Themes include a Beach Bash or Mardi Gras Party, each carries a cost of $15 per child plus a 15 percent gratuity. At these theme parties kids will enjoy snacks, music, games and crafts.
If you're traveling with a little one, you'll need to bring everything with you as Carnival carries no formula or baby food. The ship can supply distilled water, however. There are strollers, cribs, high chairs and booster seats available onboard for use or rent, and cellphones are available for parents of Camp Ocean participants under the age of 5 and for those with special needs and allergies.
Regarding potty training, infants and toddlers do not need to be potty trained to use Camp Ocean or Night Owls, but they do need to be potty trained in order to use any of the water facilities onboard including kiddie pools, swimming pools and the water slide.
Kid-centric activities aboard Liberty include Camp Ocean, Seuss at Sea and other one-off activities.
Camp Ocean includes an indoor and outdoor play area, organized games and activities like basketball or volleyball games, and arts and crafts. Camp Ocean is divided into three sections: the Penguins (ages 2 to 5), the Stingrays (ages 6 to 8) and the Sharks (ages 9 to 11). Penguins and Stingrays must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian, but while they're at Camp Ocean, there's no shortage of activities. Penguins can take part in sing-a-longs, costume parties, arts and crafts, face painting, movie nights, T-shirt decorating and dozens of other games. For Stingrays, there are arts and crafts, sports and video game tournaments, stars and planets nighttime activities, superhero-themed games and more. Sharks' activities include dance parties, video game tournaments, music trivia, spin art, ocean-themed activities (shark art, scavenger huts, ocean origami) as well as late-night Fun @ Sea activities (10 p.m. to 1 a.m., fees apply) like pizza outings, midnight sports and dance offs. Scheduled activities on sea days run from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; on port days free play begins from port arrival to around 2 p.m. when scheduled activities continue until 10 p.m.
Camp Ocean provides Kids Only meals for all three groups (they're supervised, so don't worry about a food fight) every evening except the first evening from approximately 6 to 7 p.m., but times vary. Menus are kid-friendly. Note that this is for dinner only, parents will need to pick up their kids for lunch and other meals except on Port Days when Camp Ocean participants will be provided lunch (if their parents are ashore).
Seuss at Sea includes several activities, from a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast ($5 per person) held on the morning of the final day at sea, to the Seuss-A-Palooza Story Time and Seuss-A-Palooza Parade. At each Seuss-themed event, expect costumed characters, opportunities for photos and chances for parents to participate with the kids. The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast is especially popular due in part to the fun names of the menu items and those costumed Seuss characters.
Circle C (Deck 4 midship) serves kids ages 12 to 14 with opportunities to socialize and take part in activities from basketball, volleyball and table tennis games; to movie viewings and video gaming; to karaoke, dance parties, trivia and scavenger hunts. Teens taking part in Circle "C" must be registered, but they don't need to sign in or out as Carnival aims to provide them with a space where structured activities are balanced with teen independence. Activities go on every day of the sailing, and times vary; check the Fun Times newsletter and the Circle "C" activity schedule for specifics on your sailing.
Club O2 (Deck 5 midship) is designed for teens ages 15 to 17. Each ship has a Club O2 director who develops its particular programming and on Liberty that programming was robust. For starters there's a teen-only lounge where both children and adults (other than crew) are not allowed. There's also a gaming area as well as a dance-club type area. But it's not all lounging around and hanging out idly, there are organized games on the sports deck (basketball free throw competitions, volleyball, table tennis), dance parties, pool parties, karaoke and even theme parties. Theme parties happen in the evening (times vary) but include things like glow-in-the-dark parties and wacky outfit get-togethers.
In addition to Circle C and Club O2 the ship's Dive-In Movies are often family friendly or appropriate for teens, as are the early comedy shows, though while they are rated PG are better suited for older teens.
On our sailing there were no teen-only shore excursions.