This article provides a detailed overview of the Carnival Cruises kids programs, including, Camp Carnival, Circle "C" and Club O2.
It is no surprise that Carnival is a favorite amongst kids. There is so much for kids to do onboard a Carnival Cruise ship and Carnival makes it easy for them to connect with people their own age in a safe and fun environment. For the adults, this means the peace of mind and a little extra time for couples to reconnect as well. However, while there are plenty of ways for the kids to "do their own thing", there is ample opportunity for family time as well.
Carnival's youth program is divided into groups based on age ranges: Club O2 for ages 15-17, Circle "C" for ages 12-14. Additionally, the Camp Carnival group covers ages 2-11, but, there are age appropriate divisions within Camp Carnival for toddlers, juniors and intermediate age kids. Each group has their own Camp Director overseeing the program, their own dedicated space, and age–appropriate planned activities for their group. Carnival's camp "Directors" have experience and/or education in child-care, are trained in first aid and CPR, and have passed a background check.
This information is provided as a general overview. Please check with the Carnival Youth Program Staff for current pricing and operating hours pertinent to your cruise.
Carnival Cruises Kid's Program Costs and Operating Hours
There is no cost for the youth programs between 9 AM and 10 PM. For "after hours" programs starting at 10 PM, the cost is $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per hour for each additional sibling.
Club O2 (Ages 15-17)
Club O2 feature a more casual way for teens to hangout and connect in an environment that suits them. They can watch movies, listen to tunes, play video games and participate in karaoke. There are teen-only shore excursions so the young adults can enjoy a day onshore with their peers. Back onboard, of course there is even more to do including basketball, volleyball, ping pong, pool parties and even their own dance club.
Circle "C" (Ages 12-14)
Kids in the Circle "C" program also have their own dedicated space that gives them a place to call their own. They can enjoy watching movies, video games, air hockey, foosball, and karaoke – just to name a few. There are also special activities planned for them including pool parties and dance parties. Like the Club O2 group, the Circle "C" group also has their own optional shore excursions just for them. Under the watchful eye of the Circle "C" Camp Director, they will have plenty of fun making new friends in a safe environment.
Camp Carnival (Toddlers Ages 2-5, Juniors Ages 6-8, Intermediates Ages 9-11)
Children are supervised by staff who have experience and/or education in child-care. You'll see your child's excitement grow as soon as they meet their counselor and get assigned to their group. And when it's time to eat kids get their very own menus, featuring all their favorites like hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers and more. From finger painting to cartoon time, arts and crafts to puppet shows, your little ones will have a blast! Carnival also provides babysitting services in the evenings. So plan a "date night" or "quiet time" just for two. Toddlers do not have to be potty-trained in order to be part of Camp Carnival; parents simply need to provide the youth staff with diapers and toiletries for their child.
Babysitting On Carnival Cruises
Carnival does not offer in-room babysitting. Instead, an after-hours program is available to take care of kids after 10 PM.
Carnival Cruises After Hours Programs For Kids
Carnival does not offer in-room babysitting. There are after hours programs for children ages 2-11 starting at 10 PM that include slumber party sleeping arrangements. After 12 a.m., juniors and intermediates (ages 6-11) will join the younger cruisers for the Slumber Party service until 3 a.m. If your child is under 8 years old, you will be provided a beeper in case the Camp Director / Counselors need to contact you. The cost for the after hours services is $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per hour for each additional sibling. There are late-night / after-hours programs for Circle "C" and Club O2 participants, however, they vary by ship and you should consult with the youth program staff for details.