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Carnival Horizon: Kids’ Activities and Family Fun

By taking you to incredible destinations across Europe and the Caribbean, Carnival Horizon® promises an unforgettable cruise vacation for the whole family. Adding immeasurably to the mega ship’s mega appeal, is its diverse array of onboard activities, entertainment and dining options designed to please its young passengers, from toddlers to teens.

As Carnival Horizon makes its voyages across oceans and seas, parents can relax knowing there are many fun onboard options to keep the kids happy. Families will discover a perfect balance between spending time together and letting the kids safely roam and play, guaranteeing an amazing time is had by all.

Onboard Action

With the sun shining down as you cruise to your next destination, the kids will be eager to put on their swimsuits and test out the pool. Carnival Horizon takes the fun of swimming and splashing to a new level with its Dr. Seuss WaterWorks water park, which features a giant water-tipping top-hat, spray toys and two big water slides, all with a Dr. Seuss theme. Even teens who’ve long outgrown Dr. Seuss’s books will love racing down the side-by-side Fun Things slide.

 dr seuss themed waterworks onboard carnival horizon

When the kids’ are done splashing and sliding and they’re ready for a different type of fun, they can get out of the water and take to the air on the award-winning SkyRide®. A two-lane track suspended high over the deck means kids (and adults) at least 54 inches tall can race in pedal-powered “go-mobiles” while watching the ocean waves far below. The ropes course is another fun adventure in the air.

Energetic, sports-loving kids of all ages will discover that Carnival Horizon has plenty of space to run around (and a jogging track made specifically for it), as well as SportSquare with its comprehensive sports, games and workout facilities. Among the options are mini-golf, basketball, soccer, volleyball, pool, foosball and ping-pong.

Kids’ Clubs for All Ages

A cruise vacation always means plenty of family time, but the children will also love hanging out with other passengers their own ages at one of three onboard kids’ clubs. Experienced counselors provide supervision, so you don’t need to worry about letting your kids out of your sight. For little ones aged 2 to 11, there’s Camp Ocean, which puts children into different age groups to enjoy appropriate ocean-themed activities and entertainment. They’ll also learn about marine life while having fun. Circle “C”® is the club for kids aged 12 to 14, giving them their own special space for dance parties, games, movies and more. Teenagers 15 to 17 will love to socialize, watch movies, listen to music, play sports and video games, sing karaoke and party at Club O2®.

 teenagers socializing and having fun at club o2 onboard carnival horizon

Family-Friendly Entertainment

Many of Carnival Horizon’s onboard entertainment offerings are designed with the whole family in mind. There’s Playlist Productions, with dazzling song and dance shows enjoyed by all ages; Dive-in Movies, which are blockbuster films shown on a huge poolside screen under the stars; and finally, fun games throughout the cruise, such as the Battle of the Ages trivia game that pits kids against adults. Karaoke and Lip Sync Battle also bring out the performer in passengers of all ages.

lip sync battle carnival participants performing

Entertainment provided with the little ones in mind includes Seuss at Sea, which brings to life the whimsical, colorful world of Dr. Seuss and his beloved characters. Wave at The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and others as they go on parade. Enjoy story time and arts and crafts, and spend some quiet time reading in Dr. Seuss Bookville.

Favorite Foods and Sweet Treats

Cruise dining on Carnival Horizon is just as enjoyable for kids as it is for adults, with all tastes catered to at different dining venues. Most offer a kids’ menu featuring fresh fruits and vegetables alongside kid-friendly favorites. Cuisines from all over the world at the 24-hour Lido Restaurant are customizable, and the 24/7 room service menu includes such classics as PB&J and milk and cookies. Pizza is also available at all hours.

Guy’s Burger Joint has burgers to suit all tastes. The popular restaurant’s toppings bar means kids can order a plain hamburger or cheeseburger and make it exactly how they want. The ice cream creation station at the Cherry on Top candy store, and Swirls machines lets kids customize their desserts as well.

kids picking their favorite candies inside cherry on top onboard carnival horizon

For a special breakfast made just for little ones (parents will also find regular breakfast food on the menu), opt for the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. Dine in a colorful Seussical restaurant where the breakfast menu offers concoctions such as red and white pancake stacks resembling the Cat in the Hat’s hat, Horton’s cereal-crusted French toast, and of course, those famous green eggs and ham (will you try them?).

Carnival Horizon: The Perfect Ship for Kids

When you travel to amazing destinations in Europe and the Caribbean on Carnival Horizon, you never need to worry about keeping the kids happy, because the ship has it covered. You’ll look back on your cruise vacation photos and see big smiles on your children’s faces — that is, if you can get them to sit still long enough for a snap.

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