Today I am looking into the family cruising concept with Carnival Cruise Line, who are known throughout the cruising world to be ‘FUN’… Established for over 40 years, Carnival offers fantastic cruising destinations, combined with it’s fleet of fantastic ships and vast array of on board activities, Carnival are sure to keep all the family happy!

Families of all ages find excitement in Waterworks, Carnival’s very own on board waterpark, featuring the Twister waterslide, spanning hundreds of feet, this slide lets you go from high up, and spirals down in a fast and certainly wet slide experience!

Twister Waterslide



Whilst the Drainpipe excites with a fast and swirling finish! Other exciting features include super soakers, and huge water dumping bucket! Younger children can splash in the pool, or have fun on their very own child friendly slides.


For the more energetic, SportSquare is the on board outdoor gym! Here activities include mini golf, basketball courts, table football and ping pong tables, and a fun rope course!


Each Carnival ship boasts two pools, where guests can either splash around, or simply inhale the sea air and relax on a lounger.

A first at sea is the IMAX cinema experience, featured on the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Vista, here various Hollywood blockbusters, the most up to date films, and various IMAX short movies will be shown, for a small charge or alternatively guests can enjoy an outside movie, as Carnival entices guests to watch a movie, whilst lounging around the pool, under the starry sky. As night approaches, Carnival offers guests of all ages, dazzling stage shows, including talented singers, musicians and dancers performing crowd thrilling numbers surrounded by amazing stage sets, and glistening costumes, they are a sure hit with all members of the family.

Stage Shows

The Limelight Lounge showcases, entertainers of all kinds, including musicians, vocalists, and comedians… even karaoke stars and more!

Carnival offers a fantastic cruising experience for children of all ages, with structured age relevant groups, from 2 years up to 11 years, and 12 years to 14 years, known as tweens, right up to teenagers, aged 15 years to 17 years old. They offer unparalleled fun and excitement, with a fantastic variety of family themed activities and spaces, in their fun and energetic children’s clubs, even the most energetic of children can be tired out in the Kids Active Play. Sessions for adrenaline fuelled children include a range of activities that get them up, taking part, whilst burning some energy! Activities include, treasure hunts, energy burning obstacle courses and sports competitions.


Kids Active Play


Camp Carnival is aimed at ages 2 – 11 years, whilst on board their Carnival cruise, children experience the fun and frolics of a summer camp, whilst holidaying with their family. At Camp Carnival, each age specific group is divided into three groups, with ages 2 to 5 years, ages 6 to 8 years, and ages 9 to 11 years.


Camp Carnival


Each member of staff has childcare qualifications and experience, and are committed to ensuring that each child has an amazing time, offering a variety of fun-filled, age-appropriate activities and experiences, including arts and crafts sessions, dancing, movies, toy-time and video gaming! Mealtimes for children are exciting, as children get to choose, and are given their own menus, including child friendly dinners like scrummy mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and other child favourites. In the evenings, Night Owls, is designed for children aged 6 months up to 11 years old, for a nominal fee, here children can enjoy fun filled activities with other children in their age group until as late as 3 a.m, here children can engage in various activities, games and competitions at supervised parties whilst parents can enjoy an intimate meal, or dance the night away


Night Owls


Camp Ocean offers children aged 2 years up to 11 years old, various ocean themed activities and ocean inspired entertainment. The younger members of the group, those aged from 2 years old, up to the age of 5 years old, have the chance to join the Penguin colony and get involved in various activities, such as Musical Icebergs and Ocean Bingo. Children aged from 6 years up to 8 years old are grouped into Stingrays, activities here include Pirate Game Night, making sea salt art or even designing their own aquarium. The older children of the group are the Sharks for children aged from 9 years old, up to 11 years old, activities include Marine Life Trivia, the chance to create a giant ocean mural, or taking part in ocean themed volleyball or football.

Circle ‘C’ is designed for those children aged from 12 years up to 14 years old, here they can meet new friends, enjoy dance parties, or participate in a variety of games. The area is bright and airy, and gives children the chance to ‘chill out’. For those aged 15 years up to 17 years old, Club O2, allows teenagers the chance to relax and engage with other teenagers. Here they can watch a movie, listen to the most up to date music, engage in various sporting activities, or play video games.


Circle ‘C’
Club O2


A unique feature to a Carnival cruise is Seuss at Sea, the stories of Dr. Seuss, are the timeless stories that children have grown up with.


Seuss at Sea


Younger members of the family can enjoy an extra special experience, as the  fantastical world of Dr. Seuss is brought to life, featuring an on board character parade. Children get the chance to enjoy breakfast with Dr. Seuss himself, with the option to book the character breakfast for a small charge.


Breakfast with Dr. Seuss


The on board Video Arcade boasts a huge variety of games, and is suited to players of all ages (including mum and dad!), and is open 24 hours a day.


Video Arcade

Whilst the younger members of the family, are enjoying an all action packed and fun filled experience, mum and dad, can escape to Serenity, an open deck retreat, offering peace and quiet, lounging hammocks, whilst being surrounded by the cool sea breeze and sipping a cocktail from the bar close by.


Serenity – Adult only escape


The adults within the group can enjoy a wealth of ways to chill out, as Carnival boasts its very own thermal suites, offering relaxation and complete rest. Guests have the choice of lounging in dry heat, in the Laconium, or alternatively guests can soak in the soothing moisture of the Oriental or Aroma Steambaths.

Each Carnival ship boasts an impressive running track on board, offering fantastic sea views, whilst the indoor Fitness Centre offers yoga, cycling and personalised classes, that are tailored to suit ability


Carnival Cruises offers a variety of family friendly staterooms, designed to accommodate a family of three, up to larger families and groups, with the option of interconnecting staterooms. Staterooms sleep up to 5 guests, and are light, airy and spacious. Each stateroom category includes benefits such as, 24 hour room service, nightly turndown service, private bathroom and shower, television, and individual climate control.


Family friendly Staterooms


Spacious Family Staterooms



Inside Staterooms – Carnival’s most affordable way to cruise, whilst still experiencing the fantastic on board facilities and in stateroom comfort.


Interior Stateroom
Interior Stateroom Layout

Ocean View – Offering the same on board facilities and all the comforts of the interior staterooms, but boasting a window offering fantastic views out to sea


Ocean View Stateroom


Ocean View Stateroom layout


Balcony Staterooms – Offer sumptuous surroundings and features, with a private balcony to sit and engage with sea views and spectacular views


Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom Layout


Suites – Offering VIP status, including priority embarkation and disembarkation, suites offer ultimate space and added extra benefits


Suite Stateroom


Suite Stateroom Layout


Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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