Carnival Splendor for Kids

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Why Choose Carnival Splendor?
  • Pro: Have fun and unwind with comedy acts, lively shows, a huge spa and great kids' programming
  • Con: Pink-splashed ship decor can border on tacky, and staterooms could use an upgrade
  • Bottom line: This "Fun Ship" delivers with ample activities and entertainment, at great-value pricing

Carnival Splendor for Families

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It's difficult to imagine how Splendor's programming for kids and teens could get much better, with three dedicated spaces for younger kids, tweens and teens and a Dr. Seuss partnership.


Camp Carnival, for ages 2 to 11, is a 5,500-square-foot playroom on Deck 10 that has an arts and crafts component, a plasma movie screen and video and board games. Scheduled activities typically run from around 8 or 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., and dinner accommodations can be made. Just above the playroom, connected by a private, secured stairway, is a fun-filled water-spray park. Age groups for supervised activities are 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. Specialty programs include H2Ocean, a science-based program that involves hands-on projects; SeaNotes, which introduces kids to different musical instruments and genres; and ExerSeas, a recreational fitness program. Note: Unlike many other lines, Carnival does not require that children be potty-trained.

With the line's popular "Seuss at Sea" program, families can expect character encounters with interactive Dr. Seuss story times, parades, a themed "Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast, photo ops and more.

Splendor also offers babysitting services -- infants through age 11 -- in the Camp Carnival playroom from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. and during specified hours on port days. The cost: $6.75 per hour, per child (plus a 15 percent gratuity). For under-2s, there is also paid babysitting services (from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on sea days and select hours on port days) at the same rates. Parents and guardians are also free to use the Camp Carnival facilities under their own supervision during 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on sea days only. In-cabin babysitting is not provided.


Circle C, catering to ages 12 to 14, is a club on Deck 4 that features gaming consoles, late-night movies and a state-of-the-art sound system. Activities include dance parties, karaoke and a Wii Sports showdown.

With its hip decor, Club O2, a lounge serving 15- to 17-year-olds on Deck 5, could easily be mistaken for an adult lounge. Activities include dance classes, smoothie and ice cream socials, teens-only parties with professional DJs, and mini-golf and foosball tournaments.

Activities for both teen spaces are typically scheduled from mid- to late afternoon through to late night.

Adjacent to Club O2 is a 24-hour video arcade, loaded with plenty of games (though at an extra fee). The on-deck basketball court, Ping-Pong tables and water slide are also quite popular with teens. Even the spa caters to teens via its ZSpa concept, with special salon and spa treatment geared specifically toward cruisers ages 12 to 17.

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