Carnival Cruise Lines announced today it will launch a new experience for young travelers called "Camp Ocean." The new marine-themed children's program will debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, 2014, then spread to the rest of its fleet of 24 "Fun Ships." Aimed at children 2-11, the new program will focus on the wonders of the sea through more than 200 new activities, including things like "Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art, and Create a Penguin from Oreos."
Camp Ocean, which will replace the Camp Carnival program, will be divided into three categories, children ages 2-5 will be dubbed "Penguins," kids 6-8 will be called "Sting Rays" and 9-11 year olds will be "Sharks."
Custom play areas have been designated for each group, from miniature play igloos for the Penguins to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks. The Carnival Freedom begins a multi-million dollar refurbishment tomorrow and Carnival Vista, which debuts in 2016, will have a new Camp Ocean play area that will include Party Reef, a common space to bring the groups together, and Creative Cove, a breakout room for arts and crafts activities.
"While our current children's program consistently gets very high marks, we've challenged ourselves to exceed expectations with a truly dynamic and diverse program for our youngest guests," said Mark Tamis, Carnival's senior vice president of guest operations. "With our new highly tailored age groupings and themed activities connected to the oceans and their fascinating underwater habitats, we're excited to invite kids to Camp Ocean to have an extra special and memorable Carnival vacation experience."
Another recently announced enhancement to Carnival's children's programming is a partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises which will introduce the family-focused Seuss at Sea family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by Dr. Seuss.
Carnival's popular tweens and teens programs, Circle C (12-14 year olds) and Club O2 (15-17 year olds) will continue across Carnival's fleet.
Camp Ocean will begin on Carnival Freedom in May 2014 following a major refurbishment which also includes the first Dr. Seuss Bookville interactive reading venue. Camp Ocean will start on Carnival Magic, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Triumph later this year and with the rest of the fleet by 2016.
For additional information, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.