For a family-friendly cruise line, it’s quite a surprise that Carnival Cruises hasn’t had a deal in place to feature renowned characters that younger passengers would be familiar with. That is, until now. It’s just been announced that Dr Seuss characters will be on-board, beginning with the Carnival Splendour in February.
It’s an exclusive partnership and it’ll see the programme rolled out across the entire fleet by 2015, with characters including the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two. Themed meals will be offered along with special events for kids to take part in on the family cruises.
If I’m honest, I think most people in the UK aren’t too familiar with Dr Seuss characters, so it’s more of a story that will interest US passengers, where the books are much more popular. Over here we’ve heard of the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, and more recently Horton and the Lorax from movies.
But if you want to book one of our family cruises where children can meet characters there are other options for you to enjoy. Starting with Disney Cruise Line, which is the most obvious, which hosts many of the same features you’d expect in the theme parks such as character breakfasts. Children can dine with Mickey, Donald, Goofy et al, and get photos around the ship.
Marvel characters and themes have also been added recently, something we’ve covered in other blog posts. People enjoying family cruises can meet Captain America, and the children can sign up for the Avengers Academy to become superheroes themselves.
Then there is Royal Caribbean, which has a deal with DreamWorks characters including those from the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda films. The Barbie experience is also available on-board for family cruises, including various events and gifts that young ladies (and some young men) will love.
And finally Norwegian Cruise Line features characters from Nickelodeon, such as Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants, he who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Music parties, breakfast events and more can be enjoyed.
I’m beginning my campaign for P&O Cruises to get Roald Dahl characters on-board right now. Imagine how fun family cruises on-board would be with non-alcoholic Marvellous Medicine cocktails for kids to try, characters from James and the Giant Peach to meet, and of course chocolates straight from Willy Wonka himself.