Cruise News: New Kid-Friendly Fun at Sea

Jul 29, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado


Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with Build-A-Bear Workshop to roll out Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea

The first Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea will be available on Carnival Dream and expected to roll out to the rest of the fleet by summer 2017.



Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line


Kids of all ages can design their own cuddly keepsake—bears, monkeys, turtles and other furry friends—and customize their outfits and accessories. Each bear also contains a sound chip to record a message and comes with a birth certificate and logoed drawstring bag. The workshop will also feature the option of designing a St. Jude Bear—a nod to the cruise line's partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital—where proceeds will benefit the hospital. 

As mentioned above, the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea workstations will be located in Camp Ocean (featured at designated times throughout each sailing), with prices starting at $20 and accessories starting at $5.

Carnival Cruise Line names their second Vista-class ship

Carnival Horizon is her name, and while we don't know just where she'll homeport yet, we do know that she'll debut in 2018 and will include many of the same features that her sister ship, Carnival Vista, provides, like:

  • SkyRide
  • Imax Theatre
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • Seauss at Sea

Additionally, Horizon will offer accomodation categories such as Havana staterooms and Family Harbor cabins.

Want to take part in this ship's inaugural sailing? Carnival is hosting a social media contest on Instagram where one winner is awarded a stateroom for up to four people. Just upload an awesome photo of a horizon, tag the cruise line (@Carnival) and use the hashtag #CarnivalHorizonSweepstakes to enter. 

In the meantime, we'll be uploading our best horizon photo on OUR instagram page (we're not entering the contest—we just want in on the fun.)

MSC Cruises adds new onboard family programs

New family-friendly features on board include:

DOREBRO: This program offers a variety of sports and active games for kids ages 3-17. Each activity is designed for different age groups, with games available for all levels. DOREBRO is broken into two daily sessions and is currently available on most MSC ships sailing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

DOREMI Chef by Carlo Cracco: Kids who enjoy some time in the kitchen (or aspire to train for a future season of MasterChef Junior—follow your dreams, kids), can attend this cooking class led by MSC chefs and the cruise line's mascot, DOREMI. The class was created in collaboration with two-star Michelin chef Carlo Cracco. From learning how to make homemade pasta from scratch to learning useful and kid-friendly cooking tricks, kids ages 3-11 can lead the kitchen with a renowned chef and even receive a mini-chef certificate signed by Cracco at the end of the course. The course kicks off this summer.

The launch of a LEGO® MSC Cruises toy of MSC Meraviglia: As a part of the LEGO Group's ongoing relationship with the cruise line, the toy producer has launched a LEGO model of MSC's new next-generation smart ship, MSC Meraviglia, which sets sail in June 2017.

The toy is available for sail on board each ship's MSC Cruises Logo shop and makes for a fun and kid-friendly souvenir. Here's a peek of the LEGO ship:





Note: Meraviglia isn't the only smart ship rolling out in the cruise line. Read about MSC's newest next-generation smart ship, MSC Seaview!

Norwegian Cruise Line appoints renowned Chinese Artist Tan Ping to design hull art for Norwegian Joy


Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Joy will be the cruise line's first-ever ship specifically built for the China market, so it's only natural that they commission a renowned artist from the region to bring the 3,850-guest ship to life. Tan Ping's abstract painting style lends a simple, yet fluid design to the ship's hull, while the predominantly red and yellow color scheme pays homage to China's two traditionally used colors.


Here's a look at the ship's artistic exterior:


Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Joy will boast amenities such as The Haven suites, a new Concierge category of staterooms, staterooms with virtual balconies and an array of Chinese and Continental cuisine. She's scheduled to begin sailing next summer.

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