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Carnival Cruise With Teens

Article By:  Claudia Laroye

Our teenage son lobbied to choose our family’s vacation for this year’s spring break. He had two proposals: go on a cruise or visit the Caribbean. Since my husband and I loved our Alaskan cruise and we had always wanted to visit the Caribbean, our teen didn’t have to do too much convincing. Much to our son’s delight, we booked an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines for our family holiday. Here’s what to expect when you embark on a Carnival Cruise with teens.

Carnival Cruise with Teens

Fun ships, indeed!

Carnival Cruise has a reputation for fun and free-spirited adventures. Our ship departed Miami packed with families, college students and young people. It was a ‘carnival-like’ atmosphere, celebrating the Caribbean sun and spring break. It’s a popular cruise line with families, young adults, and the young at heart. They have FunPoints to collect, FunShops on board, and offer a Great Vacation Guarantee. Carnival is that sure you’ll have fun and enjoy your cruise holiday, and they really want you to come back again.

Carnival's Teen Hangout: Club O2 (Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Lines)

At Sea teen clubs

Our teenager was able to cut loose, relax, and socialize with the many other teens on board. As with other age groups, Carnival offers an activity club for teenagers – Club O2 – on all of their ships. For the 15-17 year old set, Club O2 is a teen-only hang out space; no adults allowed. It’s a great place for kids to break the ice and meet each other, without any parental pressure or interference. Parents have to sign a consent form to allow their teens to come and go as they please, but once they’re in the Club, you may not see them for several hours, or until the next morning.

There is a daily itinerary for Club O2, ranging from Karaoke and dance and trivia-themed parties to island excursions. Kids can join in as they wish; the structure is loose and just hanging out is encouraged. The Club was a hit with our teen, who met some great new friends with whom he spent time exploring the ship when they weren’t doing specific activities.

For the younger teen set (ages 12-14), there is the Circle C club. The C stands for ‘chill’ or ‘cool’ and the club includes activities such as dance and pizza parties, games, outdoor movies, and scavenger hunts. The Circle C is supervised by fun-loving counselors who want to ensure that the kids have an awesome time.

Teen-pleasing dining options abound aboard a Carnival ship

Teen-pleasing dining options

Teens will find plenty of totes tasty dining choices on board a Carnival ship. Our ship, the Carnival Liberty, boasted Guy’s Burger Joint (fabulous fries), the Blue Iguana Cantina (delish fish tacos), a 24-hour pizzeria (with surprisingly tasty pies), self-serve ice cream, a late-night deli, Cherry on Top candy store, daily buffets at breakfast and lunch, and several dining rooms for more formal or anytime dining. Our casually formal dinner time offered the chance to connect with our teen over a family meal together before he headed out for a night of fun and adventure.

Waterslide fun on Carnival Liberty (Photo: Claudia Laroye)

Other Carnival fun for teens

Many Carnival ships have a wide variety of teen-friendly activities to pump up the fun. Our ship offered a water slide, while other ships have a more extensive Carnival Waterworks, such as the Speedway Splash on the Carnival Sunshine.

There Seaside Theatre is where to go to watch cartoons, classic TV shows plus comedies and action movies—complete with free popcorn and blankets. Or watch movies from the pool or one of two hot tubs in the middle of the ship!

The Punchliner Comedy Club offers a rotating roster of comics that perform several shows nightly, including at least one ‘family-friendly’ show in the early evening that teens would definitely enjoy. The big stage shows by on-board entertainers and special performers may also be a teen draw. Ours wasn’t keen on the musicals as much as he was spellbound by the hypnotist, who showed off his skills at getting people to do anything and everything.

Caribbean Carnival cruise with teens

Why cruise with teens

Traveling with teens presents challenges that are very different from when you traveled with little ones to grandma’s house. They like to eat a lot more (cha-ching), sleep in, share strong opinions, and can be…shall we say…surly and not the most talkative traveling companions. All-included food aboard a cruise ship presents a definite budget bonus to parents of teens. If you and your spouse and younger children want to sit by the pool or hit the breakfast buffet, you can sneak out of the stateroom without having to wake a cranky teen. The ability to split up and pursue varying activities and come together over a family meal in the evenings may prove a good way to keep the eye-rolling to a minimum too.

Teens are able to explore a contained environment while cruising. Our teen really enjoyed that sense of freedom, even to just eat pizza at midnight while trading jokes with friends (and keeping an eye out for young ladies too, I’m sure).

Traveling with happy teenagers is much preferred to the alternative; it’s worth the time and effort to work with them and plan out a holiday that will meet their needs, as much as your own. Who knows? Away from the pressures of school and work, a relaxed cruise vacation just might draw you and your teen closer together!

Have you ever taken a cruise with teens? What did they enjoy the most? Share your comments below!

Source: Claudia Laroye from TravelMamas.com

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Coastal Travel Vacations Club and the Benefits of a Travel Club Membership!

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The Internet consists of an affiliation of businesses and individuals who work together for the profit and benefit of all parties involved. Such is the case with the online travel industry and wholesale travel clubs like the Coastal Vacation Club.

Groups of individuals running their own travel businesses work together as part of a consortium or club that uses a variety of vendors or sources for information and online bookings.

These online travel clubs are your best source for discount week-long condo stays, Carnival & Royal Caribbean Cruises, airfare specials, hotels,and Golf packages.

Though the individual sites are not connected, and independently owned they use the same strategies and often go through common vendors to obtain discounts and other benefits.

Each person who runs their own business was trained by the central agency and a team of directors.

Club Benefits

This results in three benefits for the business owners. First, it obviously generates income. Each time they sell a

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discount vacation membership, they earn money. Considering the boom and appeal of discount travel, income potential in this industry can be quite high. Some business owners use it as a source of a little extra money, others find that they can earn a very nice living with minimal effort.

The second benefit to business owners is discount travel rewards. Members can take advantage of the club’s discounts on their own travels. Since most people who go into this line of work are already passionate about travel, this is a very nice bonus. People are typically able to save up to 75 percent off their own vacations.

The third benefit to business owners is that they can offer travel rewards and incentives to their best customers and employees. Retail business owners love to give away 2 night 3 day get-a-ways, plus cruises on Carnival or Royal Caribbean, or week-long condo stays.

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Do You Like Cruises? Coastal Travel Vacations at it’s Best!

Cruises are like vacations where the scenery keeps changing, but you stay in one place. Cruises are like having your own private food court–only way classier. Cruises are like small villages where you and the other passengers and the crew and staff become acquainted and share all the public spaces–restaurants, bars and lounges, showrooms, the pool deck, the casino, the library, the boutique. Cruising is like going on an adventure but having friendly “guides” to help you along the way. Cruising is like looking out at a never-ending horizon or a glimpse of everyday life going on along the shore or riverbank. Cruises are a chance to make your vacation what you want. You’re never really alone, so you feel safe, but you can have as much privacy as you’d like. No one knows you so you can take on a new persona and be the life of the party, shedding inhibitions in a way that you’d never dare in your “real life.” Since there are so many different kinds of cruises and ships, you can find one that fits your desires and expectations and make yourself right at home.

There are activities going on all day. The activities are so varied, you’ll probably find something for you to do! There are

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contests like survivor, belly flop competitions, scavenger hunts, etc. Then there’s trivia, bingo, game shows, karaoke, etc. In addition, whenever you win anything, you gain points for you team. Basically, the ship is divided into three teams: red, white, and blue. If you win, you let them know what team you’re on. The winners also usually get a coveted “ship on a stick” trophies.

The food is also great on Carnival. Most ships have a deli, 24-hour pizza station, Chinese station, and a couple more buffet options. Then there is the dining room. Some ships also have supper clubs, which serve food made-to-order using finer ingredients than in the dining room. There is usually live piano music, and a limited number of guests, so the environment is much more intimate.

Everyday you’ll get the newsletter, the Carnival Capers, which explains everything above, and provides a rip-out list of the day’s activities.

There’s a whole lot more to know! The best way to learn it all is to just go on a cruise and experience it for yourself.

Coastal Travel Vacations offers 3 different Travel memberships. With the Basic package you are given 6 Complimentary Cruises.  With the Premier package you are given an unlimited amount of complimentary cruises. With these cruises, you are only responsible for taxes and port fees.

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