Last month, my family went on the Carnival Glory, a Carnival “fun ship” that is leaving out of Boston on a seasonal basis. We’d never cruised as a family before, and I wondered whether or not the cruise ship would be appropriate for my children, aged 6 & 7. However, I had no cause for concern – as you can see in the photo, they had a great time – both on the ship and during the excursions in Canada.
Carnival Cruising with Kids
Carnival fun ships really do seem to appeal to everyone. While you’ll find PG-13 and R rated shows, along with a casino on board, there’s also a fabulous kids’ club (separated by age group, so activities are appropriate to your kids), an arcade, sporting activities, pools, family-friendly shows, and more. There are also great kid’s menus in the restaurants, and high chairs/boosters available. Most importantly, many of the staterooms easily accommodate families. Our room had bunk beds (the top bunk came out of the ceiling) which my kids loved sleeping on, and there was plenty of room for the four of us – more than I expected.
There are also lots of excursions available for port days – with many choices for families with children. My kids loved exploring the cities, and there are more adventurous options for older children. I’m especially excited for the Fun Ship 2.0 concept – which includes a cruise version of my kids’ beloved show “Family Game Night”, with live-sized versions of popular board games. Many ships have already converted to this, and the Carnival Glory, which we sailed on, is changing over in November.
Visit the Carnival website to learn more. The Carnival Glory will be sailing out of Boston again in the summer of 2013.
Disclosure: Carnival and the ports hosted us for the cruise and the excursions. All opinions are my own.Check prices for your vacation on Expedia, Southwest Airlines Vacations, and Hotels.com.