One thing every parent soon learns about vacations: when the kids are happy, everybody’s happy. And when it comes to making kids happy, virtually no one outside of Disney can keep them happier than a Carnival cruise.
Programs: From toddlers to teens, Carnival has the programs and features to keep the younger set engaged and enthused from morning to night. Programs include Camp Carnival, where children 11 and younger enjoy all sorts of age-appropriate activities. While a 4-year old decorates t-shirts, 8 year olds enjoy a puppet show, and 11 year olds engage in a treasure hunt. Circle C engages the 12-14 year olds with video games and late-night movies. Older teens engage in sports, dance parties and even special shore excursions in Club 02. Carnival also offers a Night Owl Club where, for a nominal fee, children aged 11 and younger are entertained from 10 pm until 3 am by childcare professionals in a safe, fun environment with parties, video games and other fun activities. Outside the children’s programs, you will also find an incredible array of activities to enjoy together as a family: swimming pools, movies, water parks, miniature golf, sports courts and ropes courses can all be found on various Carnival ships.
Obviously, it’s not all about the kids. Carnival offers fabulous entertainment options for the entire family. The adults-only Serenity retreat provides a peaceful adult zone of relaxation and comfort. Onboard entertainment abounds, from Vegas-style shows, to pubs to intimate piano lounges – and yes, on most Carnival sailings, you can still take in that requisite Hairy Chest Contest.
Accommodations: Carnival provides a wide array of family-friendly accommodations. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly interior, sunny oceanview, breathtaking balcony, or an expansive family suite, Carnival has you covered. A number of ships have staterooms to accommodate families of five – some with two separate bathrooms. Connecting staterooms offer solutions for larger families, as well as the option for some parental privacy. Whatever your requirements, Carnival provides stateroom options for all budgets and family configurations.
Destinations: Where in the world do you want to go? Sailing to over 60 of the world’s most beautiful destinations, chances are — if there’s an ocean — Carnival can take you there: Awesome Alaska — tropical Caribbean – historic & charming Mediterranean – even the exotic South Pacific. Carnival covers them all.
Inventory: With the June launch of Carnival Breeze, the Carnival fleet stands at 25 impressive ships. While the eight Fantasy Class workhorses are getting up in years, their age isn’t apparent when you step aboard. Carnival regularly invests millions to ensure that these ships are continuously updated and refitted to provide their guests with a first class and unforgettable cruise experience. Their new ships – Dream, Magic and Breeze – are magnificent vessels, with service, cuisine, onboard features and amenities that can stand toe to toe with any other popularly priced cruise ship sailing. In addition, Carnival is one of the few cruise lines that maintains significant Caribbean inventory during prime summer vacation season. Royal Caribbean maintains 3 of their megaships year around, but for the most part, if you want a Caribbean cruise while the kids are out of school, Carnival is your best option.
Easy Departures: Carnival offers more U.S. departure ports than any other cruise line. More than half the U.S. population is within a 5-hour drive of one of their 15 departure ports, making a Carnival cruise an incredibly convenient vacation choice for most travelers. These ports include Seattle, L.A., Galveston, New Orleans, five convenient Florida ports, New Orleans, Baltimore, Boston, San Juan and New York.
Value: Compare any cruise vacation to a similar land-based vacation and dollar for dollar, a cruise comes in as the better value almost every time. Consider that your cruise includes your floating resort, all your meals, snacks, some beverages, and a broad away of onboard entertainment, and the value is difficult to duplicate . Carnival is known for offering some of the best fares in the cruise industry and delivers a great cruise product for the price. They are so confident of their product that they are actually the only cruise that actually guarantees that you will enjoy your Carnival vacation.
Conclusion: Clearly Carnival offers a great family vacation option. Add to all this the incredible convenience factor — board your ship, unpack and settle in for seven carefree days – and the cruise option becomes even more attractive. Three cities – packing, unpacking, kids squabbling in the car – OR three exotic islands, beautiful ocean views, no hassle, kids happy – well, you see what I mean!
If your family is in the market for a fun vacation, why not contact your travel agent to discuss which of the Carnival ships and itineraries might be the best choice for your family’s getaway?
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