From Dr. Seuss interactive storytelling to dancing to the latest pop tunes in one of several clubs where adults (other than Carnival staff) aren't allowed, Fantasy's cruises are packed with activities for babies to teens that offer a summer camp, vacation-style atmosphere, both free and for a nominal fee, from the morning until the wee hours of the night.
Carnival's decision to partner with the Dr. Seuss brand several years ago was an excellent one. No matter one's age, everyone loves Dr. Seuss, and characters that include Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2 are a bright, welcome sight during their onboard parade and the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast.
Supervised, organized activities for children are available daily for kids ages 2 to 11. Children are grouped by age and participate in activities such as arts and crafts and games. Most kids' activities are free from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. At mealtime, kids are cordoned off in the buffet area with their own menus featuring favorites such as chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and ice cream. Activities such as building a customized teddy bear are available for an extra fee.
Located right behind the Majestic Bar on Deck 9 is Camp Carnival, which, at night, offers a "slumber party" atmosphere for kids ages 6 months to 11, with movies, toys, video games and snacks; children sleep on pillows and blankets. It's called Night Owls, and is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. The cost is $6.95 per hour, plus a 15 percent gratuity per child. The charge is double for children left past 1 a.m.; in-room babysitting is not offered.
Also for the little ones are events such as the Towel Animal Theater (where the ship's signature towel animals come to "life" and sing and dance) and the Dr. Seuss Seuss-A-Palooza Parade and Story Time.
For those ages 12 to 14, there is Circle C, where dance parties take place, games are played and movies are shown. Both here and in the teens-only Club O2, parties with themes such as Mexican Fiesta and Dress to Impress are held -- socials, if you will, for the younger set.
The ship's youth program staff supervises all activities, other than the video arcade behind the casino on Deck 8, which is open to passengers of all ages 24/7.
Club O2, right off the Grand Atrium on Deck 9 is a place for 15 to 17 year olds to hang out in a dance party atmosphere with activities such as dance lessons, movies, video games and pizza parties. Club O2 is generally open from 10 to 1 a.m.