What’s for breakfast? Green eggs and ham,
of course! You know your kids are in for a colourful treat when a cruise
company offers events like the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast with The Cat in the
Hat and Friends.
Carnival Cruise Lines goes overboard in
delivering the whole Dr Seuss at Sea experience which, as well as the
breakfast, includes on-board character parades, interactive story time, plus arts
and crafts activities.
The company’s two Australian-based ships – Legend and Spirit – are arguably the best places at sea to abandon your
children. To be truthful, your children will probably abandon you, or at least
knock you over in the rush, to get to the kids’ club.
Carnival’s kids’ club programs cater for
all ages with youngsters from 2-11 in either Camp Carnival or Camp Ocean; 12-14
year-olds get to hang out in Circle “C”; and the older teenagers have Club O2
This age-based segregation means children
are safe with like-minded explorers as they discover a treasure trove of
The Carnival Ships are famous for their
water parks – and in particular the Green Thunder water slide. The ride takes
just 6.5 seconds and you are travelling at about 65km per hour as you hurtle downwards
screaming your lungs out. There are serious bragging rights to be had for kids
willing to take the plunge, but if your courage doesn’t extend to Green Thunder,
then you can try the slightly gentler options in the WaterWorks splash park.
For the budding Jordan Speiths and Stephen
Currys of this world, Carnival also boasts a nine-hole mini-golf course and a
basketball court. It’s not all fun though, most days there are organised
competitions and the action gets pretty hectic and serious.
If you get too hot, you can make a splash
in one of the two pools available to children or grab a delicious soft serve
ice-cream at the poolside vending machine which operates 24-hours a day.
After all this sporting action the kids can
hit the pizza parlour, create their own pizzas, and flame their own MasterChef
ambitions. The kids get to decide what cheese goes on the pizza and what
toppings they want to create a gastronomic masterpiece. It’s fun and it’s a kid’s
only event – so no parents can force the kids to pick unwanted, healthy choices.
At Hasbro, The Game Show, lucky kids are
invited on stage in front of a crowd to play giant oversized games of Simon,
Yahtzee, Connect 4 and Operation for the chance to win great prizes. If your
kids liked “The Voice Kids”, then they will love taking the karaoke stage to
perform live with the house band. Singing live with the band takes karaoke to
the next level and causes a few hearts to miss a beat.
Did we mention the video arcade, the
dive-in poolside movies, the towel animal workshops and the Cherry on Top
sweetie shop? Your children will probably need at least a week to explore everything
on offer on Carnival’s Fun Ships.