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Family Cruise News: Camp Carnival Introduces Night Owls Programming on Fun Ships

Have you been on a family cruise and wished there were late night activities for the kids, so that the adults could enjoy a late night evening enjoying a comedy show, dancing, or just walking together under the stars? In the past, the only option for supervised activities during the late hours was to bring grandma or a nanny along on the cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines listened to the parents of the 67,000 kids who cruise annually on their Fun Ships and has officially announced Camp Carnival Night Owls.

During each cruise, Camp Carnival will hold at least three nights of Night Owl parties, filled with age appropriate supervised activities such as video game tournaments, late night movies, and pizza parties. All Night Owl parties will include midnight munchies and fun giveaways of plush toys, flashlights, and more.

Camp Carnival Night Owls logo

The Night Owl parties will be held for each age group:

  • Owl Jams – a night of high-energy fun that runs from 10 p.m. to midnight and aimed at two- to 11-year-olds. Cost is $13 per child plus gratuity.
  • Fun ’Til One – this action-packed night caters to six- to eight-year-olds and takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $20 per child plus gratuity.
  • Fun at Sea…’Til 3:00 – aimed at kids ages nine to 11, this late-night extravaganza offers activities throughout the ship and runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Participants are escorted to their staterooms after the party. Cost is $33 per child plus gratuity.

During a press conference onboard the Carnival Magic, CEO and President of Carnival Cruise Lines, Gerry Cahill, mentioned that Carnival would be introducing this new addition to the Camp Carnival programming. It’s been hard for me to keep quiet about this fun new programming for family cruisers. Here’s the latest word from Carnival:

“Carnival is all about creating a lifetime of fun memories for guests of all ages and that even includes nighttime experiences for kids,” said Mark Tamis, Carnival’s senior vice president – guest operations. “Night Owls is a wonderful addition to our award-winning Camp Carnival children’s program, providing kids with a bunch of late-night activities, chances to make new friends, and branded presents that will remind them of their unforgettable Carnival vacation.”

The Night Owls program also includes a revamped babysitting program. Designed as a fun-filled slumber party at sea, babysitting is available nightly from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at a cost of $6.75 per child per hour plus gratuity. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities, with complimentary pillows and blankets provided, along with light snacks and refreshments.

Night Owls is just the latest addition to the line’s top-rated Camp Carnival program which offers a full schedule of supervised activities from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, all available on a complimentary basis

Carnival also offers its popular programs for young teens and teens with Circle “C” and Club O2, catering to 12-14-year olds and 15-17 year olds, respectively. Each of these programs offers spacious and modern facilities for their respective age groups with a dance floor, DJ, and plasma screen TVs – the perfect spot for chilling and making new friends.

Carnival’s ships are the most kid-friendly at sea with a wide range of activities, facilities and features. Guests of all ages can enjoy the line’s exhilarating Twister corkscrew waterslides and water parks that offer a splash-tastic good time. Carnival “Fun Ships” also offer outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, video arcades, miniature golf courses, swimming pools, and poolside LED screens showing movies, sporting events and other programming.

The line’s newest ship, Carnival Magic, takes family fun to another level with SportSquare, an open air recreation complex with cruising’s first-ever ropes course, along with the Power Drencher, a 300-gallon water bucket dubbed the largest at sea.

Carnival also offers a variety of cabin categories, including some ships with staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests, along with a wide range of kid-friendly dining options, from 24-hour pizza and ice cream to children’s menus in the main dining rooms.

Camp Carnival Night Owls is available on all 23 Carnival “Fun Ships,” which operate three- to 16-day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The new Carnival Magic debuted in Europe May 1 and the 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze is scheduled to enter service in June 2012.

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