Hello all, it seems that these Cruise posts are quite popular and to get excited about my upcoming big cruise at the end of August, I’ve decided to create this series of Ship Vs. Ship. You see, I’ve been on 4 different cruise lines at different times of year and I would like to share those experiences with you so you may enjoy cruising like I do.
In this series, I’m really comparing Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruises. To have a little more background, I first went on the Norwegian Cruise in April 2007, Disney Cruise in October 2014, Carnival August 2017 and Royal Caribbean February 2018. They were mostly post kids, so I can give you a pretty good idea how the kids felt about the cruises too.
Let’s say this, I NEED a kids camp on the cruise, so the kids camp better be good if they want my money.
Side note: I really have to apologize that I did not take that many pics on my Disney cruise. If I knew I was going to do Cruise posts, you better believe that I would be clicking away. Sadly, I was taking a hiatus from blogging and those pictures just didn’t happen.
Disney Wonder– I’m going to start with the one that I was most surprised about. I went on the Disney Wonder and they have refurbished the ship since I had last gone, but the kids camp is ABYSMAL. That means it was total crap. Not only did they not have separate rooms for the different age groups, the supervisors there just stood on the sides looking at the kids gone wild. At the time I went, Hotdog Bun was 4 and he was in a room with 12 year olds going crazy. This is one of the biggest reasons why I probably will not do a Disney cruise again.
Carnival Sunshine– This camp I can tell you at least separated the age groups from 3-5 and 6-8. I’m not quite sure where the slightly older ones go to, but I’m sure they are all probably doing the same thing, watching TV and playing video games. They did have a locked gate playground for the kids if they felt they needed the fresh air, so it’s not all loss. I had dropped Hotdog Bun and Pineapple Bun on 3 occasions to do specialty dining and excursion and 2 of those times, they did not want to go to camp. Keep in mind that specialty dining was 2 hours and my excursion was 3 hours. So I would use Carnival’s kid camps, but sparingly.
Anthem of the Seas. This is Royal Caribbean’s cruise and their camp was PHENOMENAL. The camps were broken up my age groups 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13+ was teen lounge. Pineapple Bun was in the 3-5 group and I caught them doing a volcano experiment and playing slime. Royal Caribbean is so smart, they gave a bigger room to the 6-8 year old group and they constantly played dodgeball, chicken tail (running around with a flag in your butt) and other games that were a bit more active. You know they are having fun when the room looks like that below.
My kids begged to go camp EVERYDAY. I would drop them off at 9, pick them up after a workout at 10 and they were wondering why I came for them? I dont know, maybe because its a FAMILY vacation. They love this camp. It’s really like daycare where the counselors are super interactive with the kids.
So those are my thoughts on kid camps. You don’t have to drop them off, but it is free. What do you think of kid camps? Let me know below.
Until next time, Happy Cruising!