Carnival's Youth Program
Carnival’s youth experience provides activities and entertainment for all kids 17 years and younger. It is broken down into specific age groups which work as follows:
The little ones will enjoy the best parts of summer camp, such as arts and crafts, dancing, video games and more, with their new awesome friends! Our youngest cruisers can participate in fun activities based on three age categories: Penguins (Ages 2 to 5), Stingrays (Ages 6 to 8) and Sharks (Ages 9 to 11).
- Camp Ocean - Penguins: Our youngest campers, ages 2 to 5, will go on all sorts of adventures as they explore daily fun activities such as arts and crafts, singing, dancing, and more!
- Camp Ocean - Stingrays: There’s something for everyone in our Stingray group, ages 6 to 8, from movie watching, science experiments to video games, these campers are sure to have a blast!
- Camp Ocean - Sharks: Our Shark group, ages 9 to 11, is built on fun and age-related exciting activities such as dancing, sport games, scavenger hunts and more! Kids can connect with new friends and try out all the activities that Camp Ocean has to offer.
- Teens (ages 12 to 14): The best place to be for teens ages 12 to 14. Meet new friends, play sports, play video games, watch movies and more! You can also enjoy the exclusive Circle “C” lounge where you can Cruise, Chill and Connect.
- Teens (ages 15 to 17): Hang out at Club O2, the best spot for teens 15 to 17 where it’s all about what YOU want to do. You can watch movies, listen to music, dance, jam out at karaoke, and maybe even attend Carnival’s version of prom!
Our Youth Programs are year-round, fleet wide programs that provide daily fun filled and age appropriate activities for children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 17 years old. In addition, there is supervised ‘free play’ and Night Owls services for those children 11 years and under. Camp Ocean is not a ‘Day-Care’. Our Youth Programs have been designed so that families are able to enjoy quality family time together, and yet also have the option of being with peers of their own age.
Carnival’s policy is to group children together according to their age. Our Youth Program age policies are in place so that we can provide participants with age appropriate activities and so they can mingle with other minors of similar age. The age is determined according to the child’s birth date which is provided from documentation received at embarkation.
A child cannot be moved to another age group as it is a strict policy set by Carnival and cannot be deviated from, regardless of the situation, such as moving into a camp of different age range so the child can be with a family member. There are many times that the different age groups are together so that those families with children in separate groups can be accommodated.
Carnival reserves the right to change the groups' age limits and to deny admission to a child for unruly behavior and/or the child's or guardian's violation of a Carnival or Youth Programs policy. Children under 2 years are not allowed to participate in the regular Camp Ocean programs. There are no exceptions to this rule.
As legal adults, 18 year olds are not permitted to participate in or use the Club O2 facilities or any other Youth Program facilities. This rule applies to all 18 year olds regardless of situation.
Families can register online for Camp Ocean, Circle ‘C’ and Club O2 before they start their cruise. By pre-registering, children and teens (6 months to 17 years of age) are able to participate in their respective youth programs once they arrive on board. Registering in no way obligates them to participate in any of the activities.
The deadline to register online is 24 hours prior to the departure date. If within 24 hours, a message will appear letting guests know that the pre-registration time has ended and that they must register their children and teens on board with the Youth Staff.
Once the booking is under deposit, guests can register on Carnival.com by accessing 'Manage My Booking'. Under the 'To-Do-List', guests need to click on ‘Youth Program Registration’ and complete the online form. The form includes questions, whether the child or teen has food allergies, diet restrictions or special needs that our Youth Staff should be made aware of. If the answer is 'yes' to any of these, the form needs to be printed and given to the Youth Staff during the Youth Program Orientation on the first day of the cruise.
Youth Programs Orientation
The Youth Programs Orientation is held by the Youth Director to give the parents as well as the children/teens a chance to become familiar with the activity based program, policies and procedures. The parents and children/teens also get the opportunity to meet the Youth Staff and Teen Directors in their child’s age group as well as meet perspective friends. The Orientation takes place the first night of the cruise. Time and place is listed in the Carnival Fun Times - ships may vary due to itineraries.
Staffing depends on the ship capacity, the itinerary and the time of year.
All of our Youth Staff have to meet important educational and professional requirements, as well as pass an extensive background check. All Youth Staff is either college educated in education, child psychology or youth recreation - OR - has extensive professional experience with children, such as teaching, coaching or daycare.
The Youth Staff is international and all are certified in CPR and are able to provide basic first aid. Additionally, should there be a medical emergency, all Youth Staff are instructed to contact the parents immediately as well as the shipboard Medical Center.
Leaving Children On Board While in Port
If parents decide to leave their children in the care of the Youth Staff while in port, we ask that parents show their tour ticket to the Youth Staff so in case of emergency, the Youth Staff can contact the appropriate Tour Operator who will inform the parents to return to the ship. For non-Carnival tours, the Youth Staff will not have a way to contact the guests in case of emergency.
Getting Off the Ship in Port
Minor children 16 years of age and older may debark the ship in port without a parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian wishes to raise this age limit, they must contact the onboard Security department.
Minor children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) within the same travel group in order to debark the ship in port.