One of my favorite features of Carnival Cruise Lines is Camp Carnival-- the complimentary child care program for children ages 2-11.
As much as vacation is family time, it's nice for children to have the option to play with other kids while mom and dad do their own thing...hello, Cloud 9 Spa & Serenity Deck!
I think using these programs is about balance, and they work great for my family.
The regularly scheduled Camp Carnival ends at 10:oo pm. Most nights while cruising, this hour is great for us. It gives us a chance to eat dinner as a family, and then let my daughter play for a few hours before bed. My husband and I use this time to have a drink and enjoy a show. Sometimes though, we find my daughter not wanting to leave camp-- imagine that-- or my husband and I wanting a few extra hours.
For those nights, Carnival introduces the Camp Carnival Night Owls Program.
The Camp Carnival Night Owls program features fun-filled children’s parties, including a full schedule of late-night activities and premium giveaways, along with nightly babysitting services.
The program is being rolled out on all 24 of Carnival Cruise Lines' ships.
Conducted in the children’s play rooms, three different Night Owls parties are held at least once each voyage, all under the direction of the line’s highly trained and enthusiastic youth staff.
In addition to loads of age-appropriate fun – from video game tournaments and arts and crafts to sporting events and late-night movies and pizza parties – kids participating in the Night Owls festivities are provided with premium giveaways that may include specially branded plush toys, flashlights, watches and other items. Late-night munchies and refreshments are also provided.
Night Owls parties are available in three different age groups:
• Owl Jams – a night of high-energy fun that runs from 10 p.m. to midnight and aimed at two- to 11-year-olds. Cost is $13 per child plus gratuity.
• Fun ’Til One – this action-packed night caters to six- to eight-year-olds and takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $20 per child plus gratuity.
• Fun at Sea…’Til 3:00 – aimed at kids ages nine to 11, this late-night extravaganza offers activities throughout the ship and runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Participants are escorted to their staterooms after the party. Cost is $33 per child plus gratuity.
The Night Owls program also includes a revamped babysitting program. Designed as a fun-filled slumber party at sea, babysitting is available nightly from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at a cost of $6.75 per child per hour plus gratuity. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities, with complimentary pillows and blankets provided, along with light snacks and refreshments.
Night Owls is just the latest addition to the line’s top-rated Camp Carnival program which offers a full schedule of supervised activities from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, all available on a complimentary basis
Carnival also offers its popular programs for young teens and teens with Circle “C” and Club O2, catering to 12-14-year olds and 15-17 year olds, respectively. Each of these programs offers spacious and modern facilities for their respective age groups with a dance floor, DJ, and plasma screen TVs – the perfect spot for chilling and making new friends.
Carnival’s ships are the most kid-friendly at sea with a wide range of activities, facilities and features. Guests of all ages can enjoy the line’s exhilarating Twister corkscrew waterslides and water parks that offer a splash-tastic good time. Carnival “Fun Ships” also offer outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, video arcades, miniature golf courses, swimming pools, and poolside LED screens showing movies, sporting events and other programming.
Carnival also offers a variety of cabin categories, including some ships with staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests, along with a wide range of kid-friendly dining options, from 24-hour pizza and ice cream to children’s menus in the main dining rooms.
For more information on the Carnival vacation experience, visit carnival.com.