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Kid Friendly Cruising on Carnival #cruisingcarnival

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Being miles and miles off shore on a cruise ship is one of the most exciting things to happen for my kids. They absolutely love cruising and have been lucky enough to have experienced it twice now.  I get asked a lot if cruising is truly a kid friendly vacation. My answer is an emphatic YES when it comes to Carnival Cruise Lines. Your kids will never be bored when it comes to #CruisingCarnival.Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Camp Carnival

We were able to register them online so their information was on hand and name tags were ready. When we first boarded we had to hunt done the locations of camp so that when they were ready to go they knew where to go. Shaun was able to come and go as he pleased due to his age. That isn’t the rule but something we allowed him to do. Shae had to be checked in and out by an adult or Sabreena. This is a level of security that I appreciated. Even on the last day the camp counselors were checking out Sign and Sail cards as ID. You can never be too sure!

Camp Carnival is specially designed  with crafts, activities and games for different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. The daily schedules are available each night before we were able to check off all the things the kids wanted to participate in the next day.  This let the whole family plan their day around lounging, activities, spa treatments or even exploring the ports. Shae spent lots of her time working on crafts, playing board games and and painting. Shaun of course spent lots of time playing video game and EPIC rounds of dodge ball.  I was never worried about them having a good time while at camp.  Carnival also offers a Night Owls segment. From 10-12pm they had special activities and movies for the kids so the adults could plan time at the casino, clubs or just alone on the Serenity Lounge. Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Games and Chess

This was one of the first things we noticed when coming aboard. Rob and Shaun like to play chess and little did we know Shae knew how to play too. The spent lots of time challenging each other and other kids with a game or two. Regular chess in the Library was a great way for Rob and Shae to spend a little quality time together too.
Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation
Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Video Arcade

We tried to stay as unplugged as possible while cruising but the flashing lights and high tech graphics drew the kids in for one night only.

Mini Golf

With 360 degree views of gorgeous blue ocean there was no wonder mini golf is a popular activity for the kids.  The wind can make it a little tricky sometimes but it also made it super fun when trying to race against it.Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Circle C and Club O2

Hangout spots for the older kids too are needed when they need some downtime away from the family. Carnival organizes movies, club nights and activities for the big kids too.

Punchliner Comedy Club

The comedy club makes cruising truly family friendly by offering swear word free sets. Shae joined us for one show before heading off to her nightly activities.


This waterpark overlooking the ocean is a site to be seen. Kids can splash and slide while parents lounge on the sidelines.Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation
Pool & Deck Parties

The Lido Deck is the party hub especially when there are Hairy Chest contests to watch and pools to jump in. The cruise director and their staff along with a DJ keep the people moving, laughing and entertained with goofy games and lively music. Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

Stage Shows

Shae was called up on stage during the magic show but was so shy she couldn’t participate. During the next show and Hasbro, The Game Show she insisted on sitting farther away from the stage just so she could watch.

The list goes on and on with activities the kids and families can participate in each day. Don’t forget about the excursions available when you arrive at each Port of Call too. Those adventure are once in a lifetime. Know one thing, your kids will never be bored on a Carnival Cruise.
Your Kids Will Never Be Bored on Carnival Cruise #cruisingcarnival #familytravel #kidfriendly #vacation

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  1. I never really thought about taking my kids on a cruise, but it looks like there is a TON of fun stuff for them to do, so maybe we should!

  2. I love cruising on Carnival. Sounds like the kids had a great time. I would love to take our kids someday.

  3. I’ve never been on a cruise at all, but I would love to go. If I did I would go with Carnival because they are autism friendly.

  4. This looks like it would be a BLAST! I love that they are also very secure with smaller children. I’d definitely want that extra level of security.

  5. Lisa Bristol says:

    Sounds like a great way to get everyone together doing things. With so many activities plus stops at different ports there would be plenty for everyone to do.

  6. I went on a Carnival Cruise when I was young – maybe high school- and I loved it. We went to the Bahamas and had a ton of fun! This looks great and like it would be even more fun now!

  7. That water slide is pretty impressive. I’ve got to take my family on a cruise one of these days. We’d definitely cruise with Carnival. I love what I’ve been reading and hearing about them. My girl friend just went with her family, and had a blast.

  8. Mickey says:

    I went on a few Carnival cruises when I was younger and never planned to go on them again. It looks like they’re much nicer now. Maybe I’ll have to give them another try.

  9. Wow. Is there anything that Carnival doesn’t have? Seriously… is there?

  10. I have never been on a cruise because I’m a little scared. I would feel nervous my kids would try to jump off or something!

  11. I’ve always wondered if taken a cruise with young kids was a good idea, as my daughter has been asking to go on one! I will have to look into Carnival, thanks for sharing!

  12. Looks like there’s so much to do with kids! I’d love to take mine on a cruise.

  13. I love the idea of a cruise but it also scares me. I found myself looking at the barriers in the pictures thinking hmmm these at leat would contain the toddler.

  14. That looks like a real good time for kids. Love the pics!

  15. We are going on our first Family cruise with Carnival in one week! the kids are so excited.

  16. I’ll have to keep this cruise in mind. We’ve been talking about taking a family trip and I was looking at the Disney one but this one looks fun too.

  17. Catherine S says:

    What a great family vacation. I am going on a Carnival cruise next month with my girlfriends. I would loved to go on a family cruise.

  18. I’m totally taking a cruise next year. I think my son will be JUST old enough!

  19. That last pic is priceless! I hope to take my kids on a cruise one day!

  20. I would really love the mini golf. The shows sound like a blast too!

  21. She looks like she was having an absolute blast! I would love to take my family on a cruise.

  22. looks like your family had a blast. I’d love to go on a cruise again.

  23. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have always wanted to go on a cruise. I love that there are so many to choose from. The family packages are so great. Thanks for sharing.

  24. We cruised on Carnival out of Baltimore and had a blast. We don’t have kids, but they have a “kid free zone” on most of their boats in case you don’t want all of this fun, child-friendly stuff 😉

  25. We have never been on a cruise. I would definitely love to take my kids on a Carnival cruise – they would have so much fun!

  26. How incredible fun!! I love all your pictures that bring the trip to life. I’ve never on a cruise but one day I hope I can take my family

  27. That is awesome. We loved cruising with Carnival just us, and look forward to bringing the kids along!

  28. I’ve never been on a cruise. I’d sure love to at some point…I have no problem with all of my little cousins coming too. Judging from the looks of your pics…they’d have ball!

  29. Cruises are a lot of fun. One of my great friends takes her kids and entire family every year on a cruise. I know there are alot of excursion that may not fit for kids, but if you can make it work, go for it!!

  30. That looks like so much fun! Great for the whole family.

  31. aww, that looks like so much fun! I’d love to take my family on a cruise sometime!

  32. It looks like your family had an amazing time! It seems like kids would never run out of things to do on Carnival cruises!

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