Up the wow factor of your next family cruise vacation by using some of these ways to make a Carnival Cruise extra special for your kids.

Ways To Make A Carnival Cruise Extra Special For Kids

11 Ways to make a Carnival Cruise extra special for kids. If you are looking for ways to up the wow factor for your next family cruise then choose a few items on this list to surprise your kids with.

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Activities and amenities vary from cruise ship to cruise ship. If something is of particular interest to you, be sure to check Carnival’s website for the exact amenties and activities on the ship you have booked or are planning on booking.

Ways To Make Your Carnival Cruise Extra Special for Your Kids

1. Decorate your stateroom door

Decorating the outside of your cruise cabin door is becoming more popular, especially on Disney Cruises. Cruise door decorations need to be made of flame retardant materials (not just sprayed with flame retardant).

Use personalized cruise magnets to up the fun on your next cruise.
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2. Order a surprise cruise gift

Cruise vacation bingo cards - a great way to add extra fun to your kids cruise vacation
Cruise ship scavenger hunt and bingo cards

3. Attend Thing 1 and Thing 2 Breakfast

The Carnival’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 Breakfast (formerly called Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast) is fun for the whole family. Try some green eggs and ham or “Who-ville red velvet french toast” and meet and greet some of the colorful characters from Cat and the Hat.

There is an additional cost, currently $15 USD per person for adults and $10.00 for kids, but it’s sure to be a memorable morning. Be sure to reserve ahead of time. Dr. Seuss’ breakfast is available on all Carnival ships.

Dr Seuss breakfast on Carnival Cruise Ships
Photo by Load The Luggage

One of the main dining rooms will be all decorated with Cat and the Hat decor. It is well done and such a fun atmosphere. It will be available on one or two mornings.

Cruise activities for kids - printable fun

4. Carnival Build A Bear Workshop

Your kids (and you if you’d like) can create their own custom souvenier with Carnival build a bear.

Build A Bear Workshop is available on most of Carnival’s ships and does have an additional charge. The price varies depending on the bear or animal you choose to stuff as well as any clothes or accessories used.

One way to make a Carnival Cruise extra special for your kids is to have them attend a Carival Build A Bear workshop.
Carnival Build A Bear Workshop

5. Carnival ZSpa

Carnival Cruises offers spa services just for teens aged 13-17 called ZSpa. The ZSpa services include facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, body scrubs and hair styling services.

A spa treatment is the perfect way to make your teen’s cruise extra special. Who doesn’t love to be pampered.

My daughter had a facial on one of our Carnival cruises and loved it. It was a special feeling for her going to the spa.

Cruise ship scavenger hunt for kids

6. Consider a Family Harbor stateroom or suite

Family Harbor stateroom and suites are specialty cabins found on select newer Carnival cruise ships. Family harbor room can accommodate up to 5 people and include exclusive access to the Family Harbor Lounge.

The Family Harbor Lounge has movies, board games, organized family ativities, as well as continental breakfast, snacks and cookies. In addition to these perks, children in Family Harbor rooms eat free off the kids’ menu in select specialty dining restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult.

Kids will love the Harbor lounge and the convenient access to snacks.

The Carival ships that offer Family Harbor staterooms are:

  • Carnival Celebration
  • Carnival Horizon
  • Carnival Mardi Gras
  • Carnival Panorama
  • Carnival Vista

Carnival Family Harbor balcony stateroom on Carnival Vista
Carnival Family Harbor balcony stateroom on Carnival Vista
Photo by Carnival Cruiise Lines

7. Go on the waterslides with them

Most of Carival’s ships have waterslides on them. Don’t just sit and watch the kids, ride the waterslides. Your kids will appreciate and enjoy it more than you probably know. It’s these little things that count.

My kids still talk and laugh about how I squealed (embarassingly) the first time I went on the Drainpipe slide on Carnival Dream.

The waterslides are a fun free activity on Carnival that the whole family will enjoy.

Carnival cruise ship water slide

8. Treat them to a frozen drink

Treat the kids to a frozen virgin pina colada or one of the other frozen slushy mocktail drinks poolside. They are delicious and probably something they don’t get very often if at all.

These frozen non-alcoholic drinks definitely have a vacation feel to them.

9. Give them input on shore excursions

Giving them input in what to do in one of the ports will make their cruise extra special. It involves them in the planning and pre cruise excitement as well as increases their enjoyment in the excursion knowing it is the one they picked.

Up the wow factor of your next family cruise vacation by using some of these ways to make a Carnival Cruise extra special for your kids.

10. Formal night dinners

Don’t skip eating in the main dining room on formal nights (aka elegant night). The kids will likely feel quite special all dressed up for a fancy dinner. Dinner in the main dining rooms is included in your cruise fare.

The Carnival main dining rooms have a kids menu.

Stop and pose for a family portrait at one of the photography stations. There are several, all with different backdrops. There is absolutely no obligation to buy and no sitting fee. Check the photo gallery the next day, you can choose to purchase the photos or not.

Kids cruise activity placemats.  Printable cruise themed activity sheets to keep kids busy on cruise ships

11. Cherry On Top Candy Store

What kid doesn’t love a candy treat now and then, especially on vacation. Cherry On Top is on most but not all Carnival ships.

Taking your kids to Carnival’s Cherry On Top candy store and saying pick out a treat or two will surely put an even bigger smile on their face. You may just have to put a time limit on the decision making though as that’s definitely a tough decision. 🙂

Cherry on Top candy store on Carnival cruise line

Most of all, just have fun together as a family. That is what is great about cruising, it allows family time, couples time, and the kids can have fun themselves at one of Carnival’s age specific kids clubs.

Kid’s grow up in what feels like a blink of an eye. Travel as much as you can with them, enjoy every minute of it, and take lots of pictures.