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Five For Family Fun On A Carnival Cruise
Cruises deliver tons of fun for families with kids of all ages. Today’s cruise ships offer programs, amenities and attractions for every interest and age group, all at a great value. Carnival understands the family market well. The cruise line carries nearly 800,000 children per year and has been a perennial family favorite for decades. With its latest ships, Carnival has introduced its own brand of fun including some attractions and experiences that can be found only on a Carnival cruise.
If you’re looking for a great family cruise, here are five “only on Carnival” features that are sure to be a hit with families and multigenerational groups:
1. Racing each other on SkyRide. Carnival Vista’s free SkyRide is a cool attraction that lets families ride along an elevated 800-foot-long track above the ship at speeds up to 18 miles per hour, providing gorgeous views of the sea 150 feet below. Parents and kids have fun racing each other on SkyRide’s dual tracks. Riders must be at least 52 inches tall and SkyRide’s weight limit is 300 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required, so make sure everyone has on the proper footwear before getting to the front of the line. Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will offer SkyRide as well.
2. Enjoying the Seuss-A-Palooza Parade & Story Time together. As part of an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that began in 2013, Carnival Cruise Line launched Seuss At Sea – a series of shipboard family focused dining and entertainment experiences. Families have fun participating in the free Seuss-a-palooza Parade & Story Time event. Bookville, a colorful area located in the Camp Ocean space on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, is the perfect place for parents and grandparents to read with children and play together. While Carnival Cruise Line’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends is not free, at just $5 per person it’s easily the best value character breakfast on land or sea.
3. Watching an IMAX movie at sea. Carnival Vista features the first IMAX Theatre at sea as part of its new Carnival Multiplex. Cruisers can watch IMAX classic movies and documentaries on the big screen along with recent Hollywood blockbuster movies and family favorites. The popular Carnival Thrill Theater is also located in this area, too. Both the IMAX Theatre and Carnival Thrill Theater will be available on Carnival Horizon, too. Families also have fun watching nightly Dive-In Movies together on Carnival’s flat movie screens overlooking the ships’ pools. These shows feature both family-oriented and action themes and they’re very popular with families and multigenerational groups.
4. Getting soaked at a Dr. Seuss-themed water park. Water parks are a favorite family feature on Carnival cruise ships. On Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, guests will be able to take family fun to a whole new level at the ship’s Dr. Seuss WaterWorks featuring two cool slides. Carnival Horizon’s top-deck Dr. Seuss WaterWorks waterpark will feature The Cat in the Hat twisting 450-feet-long enclosed raft slide and the Fun Things tube slide with polka dots and special lighting effects. Little ones will love Carnival’s kiddie splash zone water play area with water spray features and a 150-gallon tipping bucket emulating The Cat’s hat.
5. Chilling out in Family Harbor. Parents and kids usually need more family room on vacation. With this in mind, Carnival designed a new area called Family Harbor on the Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, featuring an innovative set of 96 “family ergonomic” accommodations. Some are family suites for five people with two bathrooms, a must for many families. Guests staying in Family Harbor can use the Family Harbor Lounge, a cool hangout with large screen televisions, board games, and complimentary breakfast and snacks. The lounge is available exclusively to Family Harbor guests. A family concierge is available daily to provide assistance with dining and shore excursion reservations, youth program activities, and age-specific recommendations. Family Harbor rooms and suites come with special amenities including free meals for children under 12 in specialty restaurants, one free evening in the late night Night Owls kids program at Camp Ocean, and more.
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