Capturing young cruisers with imaginative activities has become the latest battleground. Nobody knows this better than the crew aboard Carnival’s fun ships, as Tim Faircloth found when he joined a cruise with his 12-year-old daughter, Charli.
The Carnival Cruises fun ship knows just how to please its youngest passengers as Tim Faircloth discovers.
There’s an art to creating great kid-friendly cruises. As Dr. Seuss himself might advise, you have to embrace a Seuss-ism or two such as: “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere…”
Carnival’s ships certainly have. It’s only five years since Carnival Spirit arrived in Australia to quickly establish a reputation as The Fun Ship. Since then, the line has become the go-to cruise experience for young families. The Green Thunder and WaterWorks, mini golf, the Cherry on Top, and did we mention Dr. Seuss? They can all be found on Carnival Spirit or Carnival Legend.
But becoming a firm favourite among the youngest passengers takes more than a flash franchise and a waterslide. It comes down to two things: value for money (a major draw card when deciding on a holiday with kids) and an incredibly well-trained, happy and attentive crew.
Being permanently based in Sydney does give Spirit an advantage over other interlopers that call either Asia or the USA home for half the year. It means Spirit’s crew knows Australians really well. They know what makes us tick, our likes and most importantly our dislikes, which makes us feel like home when we’re on the ship.
As for value, Spirit definitely stacks up. Constantly swiping your sail-and-sign card for items such as ice-cream, poolside burgers and onboard adventure programs on other cruise