A Kids Review of a Cruise Vacation on the Carnival Fantasy
By Madison Barry
Another ShipOuts reader comes through with a cruise vacation article contribution. This time, it is from 12 year old Madison Barry, an aspiring dancer and artistic performer... and based on this article, perhaps a future travel editor?
During mid winter break this year me and my family of 4 went on the fantasy cruise for carnival cruise line (look up at Carnival Fantasy to get a better idea). This cruise vacation has activities for all age groups. Both of my parents are in there mid 30's. For them they did things like gamble, relax, and more.
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For the kids they had these clubs that were divided by age groups. The clubs were 2-11, 12-14, and 15-17. Me being 11, I was in the 2-11 year old club. Personally I have always been mature for my age and get along with people older than I am. However, I am not a big fan of hanging out with younger children. I was not allowed to be in the club with the older kids because they like to keep everyone with people in there own age groups, which I do completely understand.
If you were to have a family that has similar ages to mine, I would suggest going on this cruise with another family. Another solution would be to maybe go when your children are older or younger. Even though I didn't like to go to my club, I did have a lot of fun!
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Going on a cruise (or any vacation for that matter), can bring a family together. These cruise vacations have a way of taking away stress about money, the economy, or any other personal problems you are struggling with. I personally feel this cruise vacation brought my family closer together. If I were to go on a cruise again I would bring a friend with me or go with another family with similar aged children. However this being my first cruise and first trip to the Bahamas, it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget!