On Thursday I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Carnival Cruise Ship, the Glory. It was a gorgeous ship, and the whole idea of Carnival is to serve families, so we are going to talk about all the kid activities there are for you and your families. But first…
We sat down in a private dining room to see a slide show selling us on Carnival Cruises. You know it worked on me. One reason it worked is that they served me the most delicious lunch during the presentation. Shrimp, scallops, lobster, and filet mignon. After all, if one is going to learn about a cruise line, one must sample the food. And if that meant I had to try 2 appetizers and 2 main courses to get you folks the best review possible, then I am up for the job! I cannot talk about the dessert, suffice it to say, I am not quite sure if it was real or I dreamed it! It was delicious x 10!
One of the main things Carnival is known for is that it is the most family friendly cruise line. What impressed me the most was their kids club set up. Instead of breaking the age groups down to toddlers, pre-teens, and teens, they further broke down the groups and made 5 different age groups. I have a 7 year old son who likes to hang with older kids and that rarely works well. This satisfies me as a safer way to leave him with the carnival staff, knowing he will not have the chance to be guided by 12 year olds. That is important for our family.
Carnival has all the latest games for the toddlers, video accessories for the older kids, and a place to hang out for the teens. The older kids can sign themselves in and out and know that they have a place to return to if they do not want to hang with their parents (and vice versa). My 7 year old will like the choices afforded him from games to movies to electronics. And he is gated in! I am a worry-wart helicopter dad, I need to know all safety procedures are in place!
The activities for children and families extends far beyond the kids club. There are massive water slides, 1-2 mini golf courses, and of course pools. There is a steak house on board, and a huge auditorium for shows every evening. The kids club is open quite late, so the parents can relax and enjoy night clubs, gambling, dancing, and comedy shows all night.
Again, I was sold. As a parent, this cruise line had everything I wanted to keep the whole family busy and happy for our vacation. And it is all inclusive except for the alcohol and soda as is the case with every cruise. It is a nice break not to have to go into my wallet all day long while on vacation, especially when I usually feel like I have spent enough (do you hear that Disney!). I want to walk around this ship without my wallet! And the cost of a cruise is quite reasonable these days, check it out!
Please see the slide show above, these are gorgeous ships, with all the activities and amenities you can hope for. Carnival is the most kid friendly cruise line and leaves from 20 North American ports. You can practically design your own cruise, 4 day Caribbean, or 7 day European! You can go to Alaska, or you can go to Nova Scotia. Whatever your taste, check out http://www.carnival.com/ and ENJOY!
Disclosure: I was not paid for this post, but I was fed a delicious meal!