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Carnival's Kids Program

Camp Carnival is a year-round, fleet wide program that provides daily fun-filled and age-appropriate activities for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years old. In addition, there is supervised "free play" and evening babysitting service (for a nominal fee). Scheduled activities are planned for the following age groups: Toddlers (2 - 5 years old), Juniors (6 - 8 years old) and Intermediates (9 - 11 years old).

Carnival also offers programs for teens between the ages of 12 and 17. Circle "C" is for the 12-14 age group and features games, parties and other supervised activities. Club O2, for the 15-17 age group, provides teens with amazing games, music, dance, movies and sports.

Here is more information and a sampling of activities offered for each age group:

Toddlers (ages 2 - 5)
From finger painting to cartoon time, arts and crafts to puppet shows, toddlers ages 2-5 are sure to have a blast. And, Carnival provides babysitting services in the evenings (for a nominal fee), so Mom and Dad can get in some "quiet time," too.

Children also get their very own menus, featuring all their favorite foods. Hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, macaroni & cheese and spaghetti & meatballs are all available on a Carnival cruise, so even pint-size guests can feel pampered on their "Fun Ship" family vacation.

Carnival provides stroller rentals fleet-wide, for a nominal fee.

Activities for toddlers may include:

  • SeaNotes Sing-a-longs - Music and Movement Activities
  • H2Ocean - Make your own Playdoh
  • Picture Bingo - Bingo for prizes/candy
  • A-B-Seas Reading and Story Time
  • Kid's Talent Show
  • Face Painting
  • Soft Play Equipment
  • ExerSeas Indoor Ball Games, Parachute Games
  • Mini Late Night Parties - Including Candy Art, Dancing, Games & Sno Cones
  • "Fun Ship" Freddy Theme Activities
  • Movie Nights
  • Kids Dance Parties
  • T-Shirt Decorating
Note: Toddlers do not have to be potty-trained in order to be a part of Camp Carnival; parents simply need to provide the youth staff with diapers and toiletries for their child.

Juniors (ages 6 - 8)
Junior cruisers ages 6 through 8 will enjoy Spin Art, Dodgeball, Candy Art and more, and have the opportunity to participate in fun events and make new friends from all over the world. And parents can take advantage of evening babysitting services (for a nominal fee), because Carnival understands that Mom and Dad need some time alone to enjoy the adult entertainment on board.

Children get their very own menus, featuring all their favorite foods. Hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, macaroni & cheese and spaghetti & meatballs are all available on a Carnival cruise, so even pint-size guests can feel pampered on their "Fun Ship" family vacation. Camp Carnival provides "Children's Only" dinner most nights. These dinners take place in the Lido Restaurant. On Port Days, Carnival will provide lunch for children whose parents are ashore.

Plus, to make it even easier for parents to enjoy their vacation, Carnival has implemented fleet wide stroller and Game Boy rentals for a nominal fee. That's one less thing to remember to pack!

Activities for juniors may include:

  • The latest game consoles
  • Game Boys
  • Spin Art, Sand Art and Candy Art
  • Face Painting
  • Prize Bingo
  • Late Night Party - Can you stay awake until 1 am?
  • T-Shirt Decorating
  • Dance Class with a professional Carnival Dancer
  • Jewelry Making
Intermediates (ages 9 - 11)
From dodgeball and pool parties to video games and scavenger hunts, young cruisers ages 9 through 11 will have the opportunity to participate in fun events and make new friends from all over the world.

Parents can take advantage of the evening After Hours services from 10 p.m. till 12 a.m. At this time kids can come and chill with their friends while their parents enjoy the adult entertainment on board. Whether it is arts & crafts, board games or just hanging out with friends and listening to music, it is their choice. From 12 a.m. - 3 a.m. they can join the younger cruisers for the Slumber Party service.

Activities for intermediates may include:

  • The latest game consoles
  • Game Boys
  • Bingo for prizes
  • Kids Disco
  • T-Shirt Decorating
  • Swimming Under the Stars
  • Spin Art, Sand Art & Candy Art
  • Air Hockey
  • Foosball
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Video Arcade Tournaments
  • Freaky Fear Factor
  • Camp Carnival Survivor Challenge
  • Capture the Flag
Circle "C" (ages 12-14)
Circle "C" is the ultimate Teen Program for kids ages 12 to 14 years old. Cool activities, awesome facilities and lots of rad new friends to add to their e-mail lists. Now young teens have a place of their own to connect with friends or simply chill. Circle "C" is the place to be for parties, games and other supervised activities created just for them (think dance parties, movies and more).

Teens must be registered with Circle "C" in order to participate in the activities, but it's up to them how many -- or few -- they choose to attend. Teens can come and go as they want, with activities running until the early morning hours. For teens that love to dance, Carnival has great news. Every night aboard a Carnival cruise 12- to 14- year-old guests will have the opportunity to "mix and mingle" at the shipboard dance club to the latest hits. Some ships feature a Circle "C" Lounge, where movies, music videos, a touch-screen jukebox and gaming pods are available.

Activities for Circle "C" may include:

  • The latest game consoles
  • Talent Show
  • Dance Parties
  • Late Night Teen Hang and Late Night Movies
  • Video Arcade Tournament
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Karaoke
  • Freaky Food Fear Factor
  • Camp Carnival Survivor Challenge
  • Make Your Own Pizza
  • Game Boys
  • ExerSeas Activities - Including games like Dodgeball, Basket Ball and Mini Golf
  • Sea Notes - Including games & activities like Name that Tune, Teen Idol and Musical Jeopardy
  • Water Color Activities - Including activities like Mono-Printing, The Great Art Robbery and Decoupage Boxes
  • Spin Art, Sand Art and Candy Art
  • T-Shirt Decorating
  • Carnival Twister Waterslide Races
Club O2 (ages 15-17)
From the moment they step onboard, Club O2 teens are part of a cruise experience unlike anything else. Every activity and event -- like basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, pool parties and high-energy dance parties -- has been specially created with 15-17 year-olds in mind.

Club O2 daytime activities are designed to be a little more relaxed. Teens can hang out with their friends while watching a movie, listening to the latest music, playing video games or joining karaoke jam sessions. Carnival has even set up teen-only shore excursions so young adults can enjoy the sites and sounds of beautiful ports with their peers.

Many Carnival ships feature a dedicated lounge designed just for the Club O2 program. These hot spots feature comfy seating, video monitors, a state-of-the-art dance floor and an area to enjoy Coca-Cola products and other non-alcoholic specialty drinks.

Club O2 Directors are hired and trained to spark the interest of the teens and get them involved. Each director brings their own unique style to Club O2. Their motivation and dedication to the program ensures every teen's cruise experience is unlike any they have ever had before. They are hosts, entertainers and often DJ's for the teens.

Activities for Club O2 may include:

  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Music Hangs
  • Theme parties
  • Lido Deck Activities
  • Reality Games Shows
  • Trivia and scavenger hunts
  • Pool Parties
Younger teens will only be allowed in the onboard disco until 10:45pm. After 11:00pm, any guests under the age of 18 must leave the disco. The Camp Carnival staff will coordinate late night activities for guests 17-years-old and younger. Activities may include a late night movie, Karaoke, "Swim Under the Stars", etc. Program activities and age groups are subject to change.

Carnival would like to note that Camp Carnival is not a "daycare". The program is designed so that families are able to enjoy quality family time together, and yet also have the choice of being with peers of their own age, whenever desired.

Camp Carnival Counselors
Carnival knows that every parent wants the best for their children. That's why they've hired only the best youth counselors to run their Camp Carnival program. Every Camp Carnival counselor is either college-educated in a related field, or has professional childcare experience, or both. Carnival also performs a thorough background check on each and every one of their youth counselors. And every one of the youth staff is fully trained in CPR and basic first aid. Camp Carnival counselors are qualified and dedicated to making sure your children are safe, happy and having the time of their lives.

Babysitting
For your convenience, Camp Carnival offers babysitting services for children ages 6 months - 11 years each evening from 10pm-3am, allowing parents time to enjoy a fun-filled nightlife without having to worry about their little ones.

All babysitting services are offered within Camp Carnival in the form of a "slumber party", where kids can enjoy watching movies and cartoons. Pillows and blankets will be provided and for the younger children cribs are also available. In order to take advantage of this great service, parents should sign up in advance with Camp Carnival. The cost for this service is just $6.75 per hour plus a 15% gratuity, per child. Payment must be made with your Sail & Sign card and is due upon pick up. Carnival Cruise Lines does not offer any in-cabin babysitting services.

For children in the 9-11 year old age group Carnival offers an intermediate After Hours program running from 10pm-12am each night which would also be charged at the regular babysitting fee. During this time Carnival will have a variety of activities available including the latest game consoles, board games, Karaoke, games, theme nights, and Gameboys. After 12am the 9-11 year olds will join the regular slumber party to watch movies, this will run until 3am. The 9-11 year olds must be signed up in advance for this activity and during this time the 9-11's will not be permitted to sign themselves out, parents must return to pick up their children.

Parents with children in diapers will be asked to provide a supply of diapers and wipes and the Youth Staff will be happy to change your children during their stay. If your children have a pacifier or any other item that will ensure their comfort during this time, bring this along.

Children under the age of 2 will also be offered babysitting services on Sea Days in the form of a Family Play Time. During this time parents are welcome to stay with their children to play free of charge or if you choose you can leave your kids under 2 with Camp Carnival for the regular babysitting fee. Carnival also offers Port Day Babysitting for your under 2 year old. The early morning port service will begin 15 minutes before the ship's arrival in port until 12pm and for late ports this will be offered during 'free play' times (see your Youth Staff when you arrive on the ship for details).

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