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Old June 1st, 2001, 11:07 AM
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We are considering taking our 4 yr old on a Spring cruise on the Triumph. Has anyone else taken little one on this ship? If so, what is your opinion? Or maybe you have little ones but haven't taken them but still have an opinion.

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Donnie,
All Carnival ships have a great childrens program and 4 years old is one of the great ages for this. It seems that those from 4 to 9 are the ones that love Camp Carnival the best. Heck, they may cry when they have to be around you instead of being with all their fellow sailors! <G> They really are great and the staff does a wonderful job of making them happy, go and enjoy.
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Hi Donnie,
I found some information about the kids programs on Carnival:



CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES "CAMP CARNIVAL"

Ships: Carnival Destiny, Spirit, Triumph, Victory, Celebration, Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Holiday, Imagination, Inspiration, Jubilee, Paradise, Sensation


Destinations: Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Alaska, and Hawaii


Groups: Toddlers 2-5; Intermediate 6-8; Juniors 9-12; Teens 13-15.


Counselors: 7 to 9 per ship, depending on the season and size of ship.


Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round. Activities also on port days are free of charge.


Cool Teen Stuff: Alaska cruises feature teens-only shore excursions. All ships have video/electronic arcades


Parent Savers: This is one of the few cruise lines where youth counselors do change little ones' diapers. Group babysitting available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; $5 per hour first child; $3/hour each additional child in the same family. Note that children under two years old can participate in group babysitting (cribs are set up in the youth room). In-cabin cribs available upon request.


Not available: Strollers


Kids' Shore Excursions: Teens-only shore excursions in Alaska are accompanied by a youth counselor and tour escort.


Rates: Special third and fourth passenger rates.


Noteworthy Features: Very spacious family cabins on most ships, many of which can hold up to five passengers. Water slides and wading pools for younger children on some ships. Parents can purchase a card for unlimited kids' fountain drinks during the cruise. The cost is based on length of cruise. While ships do not have dedicated teen rooms, all have video/electronic game rooms. Carnival Destiny, Spirit, Triumph and Victory have largest dedicated children's facilities.


Wow! Factor: All ships have a main pool with trademark Carnival 214-foot waterslide. Many fun family activities are offered throughout the cruise, such as Name that Tune, family craft night, and family deck games.

Here is also a members review of Triumph on a family cruise:

<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/shiptour/memreviews/mr_carnival/triumph10.html>


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Thanks Donna,

Any opinion on similar situation on the Grand Princess?

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Hi Again Donnie,
Acutally cruising during the spring break time, there are usually lots of kids and the programs are in full swing, so everyone has fun. Here is the information on kids program for Princess:

PRINCESS CRUISES "LOVE BOAT KIDS"

Ships: Crown Princess, Dawn, Golden, Grand, Ocean, Pacific, Regal, Royal, Sea, Sun


Destinations: Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska


Groups: Princess Pelicans 2-12; Princess Teen Club 13-17. (Note: Counselors do not change diapers of two-year-olds who are not potty-trained.) Minimum age to sail in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico is six months; Panama Canal and New England/Canada is 12 months; Europe and the Exotics is 18 months.

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Counselors: Full-time Youth Director with staff. Additional staff added during vacation and holiday periods. Dawn, Golden, Grand, Ocean, Sea and Sun Princess all have a full-time Teen Director. Royal and Pacific Princess have youth staff when 15 or more children are aboard. (No dedicated youth rooms on those two ships).


Hours: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 2 - 5 p.m.; 7- 10 p.m.


Cool Teen Stuff: Grand Princess has the most extensive facilities, including a teen center/disco, separate deck area with a teen jacuzzi, and virtual reality center. On Dawn, Ocean, Sea and Sun Princess, teen areas include a juke box, arcade, dance floor with disco lights and booths set up like a diner. On Crown and Regal Princess, teens share the center with the younger children, but their area can be separated by a partition when it is busy. There is a Nintendo in the teen area and a special teen disco night once a week.


Parent Savers: Group babysitting only. When ships are in port, group babysitting/supervised activities are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a charge of $4 per hour. There is also a $4 per hour charge for group babysitting from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night for children ages 2 to 12. Pagers are given to parents of young children.


Not available: Strollers


Kids' Shore Excursions: On Princess Cays, the line's private Caribbean island, supervised programs are offered at Pelican's Perch playground.


Rates: Third and fourth persons in cabin pay 50% of Love Boat Saver advance purchase discount rates.


Noteworthy Features: On Dawn, Golden, Grand, Ocean, Sea and Sun Princess, the children's play area has a ball pit, separate splash pool, computers and toddlers' play area. Kids-only pizza party offered one evening per cruise. Special "Save Our Seas" educational programs teach kids about marine life. In-cabin television includes children's programming from Nickelodeon.
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