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Old July 12th, 2005, 01:28 PM
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Default cruising with a 15 month, activities?

We will be on our first family reunion cruise on the Carnival Paradise. Since my 15 month old is too young for the Camp Carnival, are there any activities he can participate in with my supervision? I don't plan to leave him with anyone to supervise, but I can't imagine not a single area that he can play in while on board.

Also, the pool is off limits to kids who are not potty trained or using swim diapers. Is the wading pool also off limits? Can the swim pants be used?
We are becoming very discouraged about this cruise especially since my son paid the same price as an adult and his 7 year old brother.

Any ideas?
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Old July 12th, 2005, 03:19 PM
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I beleive all the pool are off limits to children in diapers. One cruise I was on the parents brought a small blow-up pool and one of the attendants brought a bucket of water to fill it. They brought some water toys and a paintbrush. That kid had a great time "painting" the deck. I haven't been on the Paradise, but have been on the Inspiration and the Miracle. Both have a game room you can visit with your son. There are also the shows in the evening. Given his age you will be his prime source of entertainment. I would bring some of his favorite toys.

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Old July 13th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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You are correct, there are NO activities other than babysitting you pay for.


Is there a program for my children?

Camp Carnival is a year-round, fleet wide program that provides daily fun-filled and age appropriate activities for children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. In addition, there is supervised "free play" and babysitting service. Scheduled activities are planned for the following age groups:

2 - 5 years old

Juniors 6 - 8 years old

Intermediate 9 - 11 years old

Teens 12 - 15 years old

Camp Carnival is not a "Day-Care". The program is designed so that families are able to enjoy "quality family time" together, and yet also have the choice of being with peers of their own age, whenever desired.

The program for children, ages 2-15 Hours on Sea Days: Scheduled activities run from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. This service is complimentary.

Babysitting is provided for ages 2-11, nightly, from 10:00pm to 3:00am. There is a charge for this service (see "Babysitting").

Hours on Port Days: Supervised free play begins 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled ship tour to approximately 2:00pm; scheduled activities resume at 2:00pm until 10:00pm. This service is complimentary.

Babysitting is provided for ages 2-11, nightly, from 10:00pm to 3:00am. There is a charge for this service (see "Babysitting").

Program for infants, ages 4 months-23 months Hours on Sea Days. Infants under 24 months (2 years) may not participate in any scheduled activities taking place in Camp Carnival. THERE ARE NO AGE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.

Babysitting is provided for infants, nightly, from 10:00pm to 3:00am. There is a charge for this service (see "Babysitting").

Hours on Port Days: Care for infants is considered "Babysitting". There is a charge for this service (see "Babysitting"). On port day mornings, infant care begins 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled ship tour to 12:00 noon, or port day afternoons until 6:00pm (for ships arriving in port after noon time).

Sign In/Out Policy

All Toddlers (2-5) and Juniors (6-8) must be signed in at ALL times. The same parent that signs them in must also sign them out. While most of the activities for the Intermediates (9-11) are supervised, there are times when they are divided into small groups for scavenger hunts and are not accompanied by a counselor. The children may attend whichever activities they choose and are free to come and go as they please unless otherwise requested by the child's parent or guardian with the Youth Staff on duty.


All parents with children 2-8 years of age will receive a beeper upon drop-off on the first day, which they will keep throughout the cruise. Parents will be beeped if the child is misbehaving, ill, seriously unhappy, asking continuously for their parents and in case of an emergency. The beeper is used for ship-use only; the range does not extend beyond the ship. If the beeper is lost, stolen or broken, the guest will be charged $75.00 on their Sail and Sign Account.

Safety Information

All children 11 years of age and younger must wear a muster station wristband throughout the cruise. Wristbands are available from the Room Steward or from the Youth Staff. In the event of an emergency, children participating in Camp Carnival activities will be taken to their muster station by the youth staff. During an emergency situation, the parents should collect their child life jacket from their stateroom.


There are no scheduled activities from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on any day. Children are expected to eat meals with their parents during their scheduled dinner seating. The children's menus feature a wide variety of kids' favorites, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries, pepperoni pizza, peanut butter/jelly sandwiches and banana splits, along with a "daily junior special" offering something new and different each day. The new menus are included on the back page of a fun coloring/activity book featuring word finds, mazes, tic-tac-toe, crossword puzzles, connect the dots and other games. Crayons are also provided.

Children's Dining Program (ages 2-11)

The children's dining program provides kids with supervised meals with their fellow young cruisers in the ships' casual Lido restaurant while their parents enjoy a night to themselves. The program is fleet wide. Dinner takes place from 6:00pm-7:00pm nightly with the exception of the following evenings:

3-day and 4-day : first night of the cruise

5-day and longer: first night and last night of the cruise


It is not mandatory for toddlers to be potty-trained in order to avail themselves of the Camp Carnival Program. Parents must provide the youth counselors with diapers and toiletries to be used for their child.


Camp Carnival staff do not administer medications to children.

Youth Staff

Depending on the ship capacity, the itinerary and the time of year, we staff between eight and twelve youth counselors on board each ship, year round. Most of the youth counselors are from the United States, Canada, England and Peru. All youth counselors are either college educated in education, child psychology or youth recreation - OR - have professional experience with children, such as teaching, daycare or camp. The youth staff is professionally trained in CPR; they are able to provide basic first aid for cuts and bruises and are fully aware to contact the parents/guardians as well as the infirmary for any medical emergencies.
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Old July 16th, 2005, 01:29 PM
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Default Re: cruising with a 15 month, activities?

Check and see if your particular ship has "under 2 time" at Camp Carnival. On our Carnival Ship there was under 2 time every day at Sea from 12-2 in the afternoon(the Camp was closed at that time for all other age groups. This worked out great for us last Feb. when my son was 15 months old. He loved all the toys and the attention and it kept him out of the sun! There was also a pool specifically for kids in Diapers (a small baby type pool) on our ship, the Carnival Spirit. Good Luck, Sonia
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Old July 18th, 2005, 05:37 AM
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No, he's not supposed to go in the wading pool with diapers
The group babysitting is port days in the morning and evenings after 10 p.m. -- a bit limited.
As mentioned above, at that age, you will be the main source of entertainment. When my son cruised as a toddler, he loved walking around all the public rooms.
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