A Carnival family cruise is a perfect getaway with loads of fun and excitement for the kids...

Can you believe Carnival family cruises are expected to host a record 600,000 kids this year – roughly half of all children carried by the North American cruise industry?

Camp Carnival” for younger kids and “Club O2” for 15- to 17-year-olds, combined carry the most in cruising!

Carnival Cruise Lines with 22 “Fun Ships”, 114-foot water slides, video tournaments, talent and puppet shows, ping-pong, and scavenger hunts and qualified youth staff offer family cruises to satisfy all age (including the adults).

From toddlers to teens, Camp Carnival's year-round, fleetwide children's program provides daily fun-filled and activities for children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 15 years old.

Carnival Family Cruises allow everyone in the family to do something they want to do while allowing the rest of the family to do their own thing!

Toddlers Ages 2 -5

Carnival family cruises have a supervised "free play" and baby sitting service (for a nominal fee).

Camp Carnival offers evening babysitting services allowing parents time to enjoy a fun-filled nightlife without having to worry about their little ones.

Babysitting service is available every evening from 10:00pm to 3:00am in the children's playroom, for children from 4 months to 11 years of age. In port, group daytime babysitting is available for infants two and under, from port arrival until noon, for a fee.

Parents must sign up in advance with the Carnival family cruise Youth Staff. The cost is $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per hour for each additional child in the same immediate family.

Payment must be made to your shipboard account and is due when the child is picked up.

All babysitting is done in a "slumber party" atmosphere, where kids can enjoy watching movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be provided. Any toiletries or diapers must be provided by parents.

Little ones enjoy everything from finger painting to cartoon time, arts and crafts to puppet shows.

Toddlers do not have to be potty-trained in order to be part of Camp Carnival. Parents simply need to provide the youth staff with diapers and toiletries for their child.

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

Carnival Cruise Lines is always looking for ways to make family vacations more enjoyable. They have even eliminated the need to bring a stroller. Stroller rentals are available on all ships for a nominal fee.

Youngest cruisers must be signed in at all times while attending Camp Carnival. The experienced youth staff will give them top-notch care and supervision.

Parents will be given beepers so they can be contacted immediately if needed.

You can down load a free sample copy of the detailed on-board Carnival Cruise Lines Toddlers Program here! Requires Adobe Reader .

Juniors Ages 6 - 8

Junior cruisers ages 6 through 8 will delight in Camp Carnival's fun-filled and age-appropriate activities.

From "Make Your Own Sundaes" and spin art, to candy art and movie time, your kids will have the opportunity to participate in fun events and make new friends from all over the world.

Activities for juniors on a Carnival Family Cruise include:

  • PlayStation 2 and IMac time
  • Spin Art, Sand Art and Candy Art
  • Cartoon Time
  • Face painting
  • Pizza parties
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cookie decorating
  • Talent shows
  • T-shirt painting
  • ExerSeas - Kids' Fitness Program
  • EduCruise - Educational activities
  • Prize Bingo

...and many more Fun Ship activities

You can down load a free sample copy of the detailed on-board Carnival Cruise Lines Juniors Program here! Requires Adobe Reader .

Intermediates Age 9 - 11

While most of the Camp Carnival activities for this age group are supervised, there will be times when they are divided into teams for a game or other such activities, and will not be accompanied by a member of the Carnival youth staff.

Activities for kids 9-11 on a Carnival Family Cruise include:

  • PlayStation 2 and IMac time
  • Board games
  • Bingo
  • Coke-tail parties
  • Pizza Pig-Out
  • EduCruise - Educational activities
  • Talent show
  • T-shirt decorating
  • ExerSeas - Kids' Fitness Program
  • Movie Time
  • Swimming Under the Stars
  • Inters After Hours
  • Dance parties
  • Spin art, sand art & candy art
  • Arts & crafts

You can down load a free sample copy of the detailed on-board Carnival Cruise Lines Intermediate Kids Program here! Requires Adobe Reader .

Teens 12 - 14

Camp Carnival makes sure teens have lots of social events with kids their own ages. Dances, talent contests and sports tournaments are offered.

A Carnival Family Cruise even has a special shore excursion program designed just for teens.

Building upon its distinction as the family cruise leader, Carnival Cruise Lines has introduced a new on-board program called “Circle C” aimed specifically at the 12- to 14-year-old age group, with expansive new clubs, a full schedule of activities and trained staff.

The “Circle C” program complements the line’s other youth-oriented programming, including “Camp Carnival” for younger kids and “Club O2” for 15- to 17-year-olds, which combined are expected to host 600,000 kids this year – the most in cruising.

The facilities feature a dance floor with high-tech sound and lighting system, along with 42-inch plasma-screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, and a touch-screen jukebox stocked with the latest hits. Also featured are gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles, with 20-inch plasma-screens positioned throughout the room and used exclusively for video gaming.The facilities offer a sleek modern design created especially to appeal to younger teens, with a vibrant motif, oversized picture windows, and plush comfortable seating -- perfect for hanging out with new friends.

The “Circle C” program also offers a full schedule of activities, which include everything from sports such as basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and various water games to late-night movies and “swimming under the stars” pool parties. “Circle C” activities are listed in a special edition of Carnival Capers printed daily.A new logo and branding campaign incorporating the “Circle C” theme of “cruise.chill.connect” has also been created.

“Circle C” is just the latest enhancement to kid-friendly amenities aboard the “Fun Ships.” Children ages 2-11 can enjoy diverse activities and dedicated facilities of “Camp Carnival,” which continues to evolve with new 1,600-square-foot play areas on “Fantasy-class” ships and new programming fleetwide. For older kids, there’s the “Club O2” teen program featuring teen dance clubs, just for teens shore excursions, and more.

Also new is Carnival WaterWorks, an aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long twister water slide, dual-lane racing slides and water spray apparatus, currently rolled out as part of the “Evolutions of Fun” refurbishment program on select ships. Carnival Splendor, set to debut in July, will boast Carnival’s largest play area to date and a water spray park.

Other fleetwide features include babysitting services, stroller rentals, children’s menus, and a variety of spacious accommodation categories, with dozens of inter-connecting cabins -- ideal for large families or family gatherings.

You can down load a free sample copy of the detailed on-board Carnival Cruise Lines Teens Program here! Requires Adobe Reader .

Carnival Cruise Lines Age Restrictions


Infants must be at least four (4) months old to be eligible to travel, due to their vulnerable health.

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages:

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served alcohol on board. Proper I.D. with birth date is required.


Guest must be 18 years of age or older to play the tables and the slot machines. Guests under 18 years of age are not permitted in the casino.

Spa Carnival and Gym:

Guests under 16 years of age are not permitted in these facilities. Guests between the ages of 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Lounges, Shows, and Disco:

Guests under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult in all public areas of the ship. Guests under the age of 16 must vacate the disco by 10:45pm.

Use of the Waterslide:

Guests must be at least 48" inches in height to use the waterslide on the following ships:

  • Holiday
  • Jubilee
  • Celebration
  • Fantasy
  • Sensation
  • Elation
  • Paradise
  • Inspiration
  • Imagination
  • Fascination
  • Ecstasy

Guests must be at least 42" inches in height to use the waterslide on the following ships:

  • Destiny
  • Triumph
  • Victory
  • Spirit
  • Pride
  • Conquest
  • Legend
  • Glory
  • Miracle
  • Valor

Guests under 13 must have their parents permission.

Use of the Pools:

Due to United States Public Health (USPH) Regulations, we do not allow children in diapers or those not toilet-trained in the pools. Lifeguards are not on duty.

Use of the pools by guests under 13 without adult supervision is prohibited.

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