Finding activities for children, teens, and families to share while cruising can sometimes be a challenge. Carnival Cruise Line is doing something about that.
Carnival is introducing an expanded youth program in spring 2023, introducing some new activities as well as an update to the Dr. Seuss Bookville program.
Some of the updates will apply to particular cruises and some will be fleetwide changes.
“The updates we’re making to our youth programming ensure our young cruisers have even more to be excited about when they come aboard,” Melissa Mahaffey, director of youth experiences for Carnival Cruise Line, said in a release.
The Turtles Program is designed for children under the age of 2. It includes several activities, including turtle playdates, turtle band, baby turtle trek, and other activities about sea turtle conservation.
The program allows children to crawl across an ocean mat as they re-enact the journey of a baby sea turtle.
The program also offers evening babysitting for parents who want dinner to themselves.
Nautical Explorer Program
This program allows children to take part in maritime-themed activities. They will design a cruise ship, learn about and play with nautical flags, learn to use a compass, and more.
Dr. Seuss Bookville
This popular program has been part of Carnival for a long time and it’s getting a new twist. The Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am, Thing One, and Thing Two are all part of the activities as youngsters conduct science experiments, hunt for green eggs and ham, and create a circus.
For older children, Carnival has programs focused on cultural events. The newest is inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan.
Those aged 12 to 14 will get drawing lessons and play pop culture games, while older teens will have an authentic tea ceremony, work on Japanese crafts, and play games.
A slew of other activities will take place on several Carnival ships, including a program with NASA, a top-deck roller coaster, a suspended rope course, and a three-slide water park.
“I’m looking forward to expanding the reach of our new additions to families sailing with us across our fleet,” Mahaffey said.
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