With so many different cruise lines out there, it pays to do a bit of research, so if you are looking for a family friendly cruise then look no further than Carnival. Any cruise company that calls it’s shipboard newspaper the “Funday Times” is pretty sure it can deliver on it’s promise.
I embarked on a 5 Day 4 night cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and back and I was unsure as to what exactly to expect on a cruise of such a short duration, but once aboard I soon realised that there were a lot of very excited people. As we were only heading to the Bahamas, our American friends did not even require a passport and so many of the passengers were really excited to be on their first overseas trip and many were using this as a test to see if they might like to do a longer voyage in the future.
Carnival prides itself on having lots and lots of entertainment and the day is packed full of various activities. One four hour period one morning included activities as diverse as;
- Towel Animal theatre
- Ballroom dance class
- Jackpot Bingo
- Military appreciation gathering
- Chinese medicine and acupuncture seminar
- Ice carving
When you factor in the 3 different aged Kids clubs, Poolside activities and a huge Gym , there really is something for everyone and the fun doesn’t stop in the evening either. After dinner there were many more choices of entertainment, including cabaret shows, karaoke, comedy club, piano bar and quizzes. When you add in the Casino and nightclub there really is something for everyone, all the time.
The 5 days whizzed passed and I tried to experience as much as possible, from art appreciation to James Bond trivia, body sculpt boot camp to wrinkle remedies seminar and family friendly comedy to ‘Hits & Mixes’ with DJ Spike.
There is so much to do if you want it, but the ship is designed so that you can take things easy and have some quiet time if you wish. I was amazed at the sheer number and quality of the activities, and this was all before we even started on the shore excursions!