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Carnival Elation®: Kids’ Activities and Family Fun

The beautiful, sunny, fun-filled islands of the Caribbean and The Bahamas are perfect destinations for a family cruise. Of course, cruising from Orlando to those destinations should be just as enjoyable as your time exploring exotic ports of call.

On Carnival Elation®, countless onboard activities encourage endless fun for kids and grown-ups, guaranteeing a fun time for the whole family from tots to teens. And don’t forget all that amazing cruise dining! After working up an appetite, you’ll find everyone’s favorite foods available day and night.

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Family Fun Activities

The decks of Carnival Elation are packed with attractions and activities for all ages. Whether you want to go go go or just relax in the sun – or perhaps a bit of both – there are many fun things to choose from.

kids looking out of the deck onboard a carnival cruise ship


Zumbini®, a music and movement class for kids ages 2 to 5, is a collaboration between Zumba® & BabyFirst™. Little ones get to play special instruments, join in with songs and get their wiggles out during these fun and free 30-minute sessions.

Twister Waterslide and WaterWorks

Many families on Carnival Elation happily spend the whole day at WaterWorks, the ship’s expansive water park. The park features fun slides and splashing areas for the whole family

Alongside WaterWorks is the Twister Waterslide. Soar, swirl, slide and splash your way from sky to deck on the Twister Waterslide, grinning the whole way down.

twister waterslide and waterworks onboard the carnival elation


Video Arcade

The on-board Video Arcade is open 24 hours, so you’re sure to find time for a few rounds of air hockey or a virtual side-by-side motorcycle race, just a few of the games available at this hot spot for all ages.

two people enjoying a game from the video arcade

Mini Golf

What fun is a family cruise without a little friendly competition? Take it to the links – that is, the Mini Golf links, where golfers of all ages putt around obstacles like windmills and treasure chests. Perhaps a hole-in-one is on the horizon.


ZSpa is a space just for teens (ages 13 to 17) who want to experience the relaxing side of a cruise vacation. Check out a menu of beauty and wellness services, such as hair-styling, pedicures and fitness classes, all designed with teenagers in mind.

teenage girls enjoying some time at the zspa

Build-a-Bear Workshop at Sea®

If you’re looking for a souvenir from your cruise that the kids will love forever, stop by the Build-a-Bear Workshop at Sea®. They can choose their favorite friend to stuff, customize and hug.

Playlist Productions

Carnival Elation presents world-class musical entertainment for every member of the family with Playlist Productions. Whether the evening’s show features classic rock, soul, movie soundtracks or vintage pop, incredible singers and dancers bring down the house while getting the audience up on their feet.

playlist productions onboard a carnival ship

Dr. Seuss Activities

The whimsical, wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has jumped off the page and onto the decks of Carnival Elation. Throughout the ship, little passengers enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed activities that make up the delightful Seuss at Sea program.


Join the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and other Seussian friends spreading joy throughout the decks of Carnival Elation during the SEUSS-A-PALOOZA Parade!


At SEUSS-A-PALOOZA Storytime, iconic costumed characters from Dr. Seuss books bring those beloved silly stories to life. It’s an interactive experience that’s sure to feature funny rhymes, colorful creatures and lots and lots of giggles.

seuss-a-palooza story time

Kids’ and Youth Programs

A family cruise is a wonderful way to spend time together, but the kids probably want to spend time with new friends as well. Carnival’s kids’ and youth programs are perfect for age-appropriate fun with professional supervision.

Camp Ocean (ages 2 to 11)

For the youngest passengers on Carnival Elation, Camp Ocean is a chance to enjoy arts and crafts, music, dancing, toys and games with experienced counselors. Kids are grouped into Penguins (2 to 5 years), Stingrays (6 to 8 years) and Sharks (9 to 11 years) so they’re sure to make new friends while having fun.

child making crafts at camp ocean

Circle “C”® (ages 12 to 14)

Dance parties, video games, outdoor movies and a really cool space to hang out with new friends make up Circle “C”, the club exclusively for 12- to 14-year-olds.

Club O2® (ages 15 to 17)

Club O2 is a venue for teens ages 15 to 17, a place for them to hang out with other high-schoolers and enjoy activities like karaoke, video games, sports, dancing and even a prom.

Night Owls®

Carnival’s Night Owls program provides professional childcare for ages 6 months to 11 years during evening and night hours (as late as 1 a.m.). While parents get to enjoy some time alone – perhaps a date night at sea? – the kids will have lots of fun playing and dancing at their own Night Owl party.

Family-Friendly Dining

From the fussiest kids to the most discerning of adult appetites, Carnival Elation’s many restaurants cover every culinary desire. A few venues stand out as appealing just as much to kids as grown-ups.

Guy’s Burger Joint

Guy’s Burger Joint, created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, is inspired by a roadside burger shack. Pick one of Guy’s signature options loaded with toppings or go for a plain burger and hit up the toppings bar for a custom creation. They all come with amazing hand-cut fries on the side.

juicy burger from guys burger joint


When you spend all day having fun in the sun, you will definitely want to cool off with a sweet treat every now and then. Become a regular at Swirls, where frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream are available 24 hours a day.

Pizza Pirate

There’s nothing like a pizza fresh out of the oven to satisfy the biggest appetites of kids and grownups alike. Luckily, Pizza Pirate is open 24 hours a day. Options include minimalist Margheritas to fancier pizzas topped with prosciutto, mushrooms and more.

pizza from pizza pirate

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Start the day with a dining experience the kids will never forget – the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. The menu features colorful Dr. Seuss-inspired creations like Truffula Tree Pancakes, Horton’s Cereal-Crusted French Toast and of course, Green Eggs and Ham. Will you try them?

BlueIguana Cantina

Craving Mexican food? BlueIguana Cantina has you covered. House-made tortillas and an expansive salsa bar ensure that every taco and burrito is muy bueno.

tacos from blueiguana cantina

Ready for Carnival Elation?

For a family vacation, you simply can’t beat a cruise on Carnival Elation. From racing down water slides to watching amazing stage shows, there’s so much to do day and night while you cruise from Orlando to The Bahamas or the Caribbean. Book a family cruise today and get ready to have the time of your life.

mother and daughter dancing by the rail of a carnival ship

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Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.