Carnival Cruise Debuts New Marine-Themed ‘Camp Ocean’ Kids Program
Exciting new additions to Carnival! The cruise line just introduced their new marine-themed children’s program to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” The program is set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, and will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences. More than 200 new ocean-inspired activities will range from educational games such as Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art, and Create a Penguin from Oreos.
Camp Ocean, which will replace the line’s existing Camp Carnival program and will welcome youngsters in with light blue and white underwater colored spaces and friendly, experienced staff. Three age-related categories will each have their own identity: children ages 2-5 will be dubbed “Penguins,” with those ages 6-8 called “Sting Rays” while 9-11 year olds will be “Sharks.”
Having sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines several times, I am so incredibly impressed with their continued effort on improving their product. They’ve come a very long way and are forcing ahead with bigger and better improvements! Even though they had the Camp Carnival for years, they decided to redo the spaces to tailor them even more. This new update is in addition to their new program Seuss at Sea.
Distinctive areas and activities have been custom-created for each of the new age designations – from miniature play igloos for the Penguins to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks. On Carnival Freedom, which begins a multi-million dollar refurbishment and Carnival Vista, which debuts in 2016, a new purpose-built Camp Ocean play area will include Party Reef, a common shared space that brings each of the groups together, as well as Creative Cove, a breakout room for arts and crafts activities. They will also introduce a new badge challenge that will give kids the opportunity to collect badges while learning about the vessel, trying new foods and experiencing onboard adventures.
Carnival will be introducing the Carnival Play Panel as well which is comprised of experts in child education, media and play to develop and curate the more than 200 new activities to resonate with today’s children and to continually review and guide updates to the children’s programming.
The new Camp Ocean activities span across 11 key categories of play, including the core themes of active play, games, free play, arts and crafts and digital, coupled with additional categories such as role play, music, party time, science and discovery, social and food fun, all designed to find the ideal combination of activities catering to children’s varied interests.
The new Camp Ocean program builds upon Carnival’s leadership position in family cruising with more than 700,000 kids expected to sail on Carnival ships in 2014.
Carnival’s popular programs for tweens and teens, Circle C (for 12-14 year olds) and Club O2 (for 15-17 year olds) will continue across the fleet.