Carnival Cruise Line Remains the Best Family Cruise Line and Value by Carmel L. Mooney

Traveling families can make quality, lifetime memories on the Carnival Freedom, sailing from

Galveston, Texas. The Legend’s currently-fabulous Caribbean itinerary is perfect for those wanting to

experience a taste of the Caribbean.

As if that isn’t enough, Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa on Galveston Island, provides the perfect

beginning or ending point for vacationing families who like pampering and unlimited fun before or

after their sailing.

242 acres of lush tropical gardens, luxurious hotel, premier seaside golf course, aquarium, paddle-

wheeler, spa, zip line, Magic 3D theater, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, and Texas- sized

pool are just a tiny sampling of the spectacular beauty of Moody Gardens. Entire families and multi-

generational clans from around the world have discovered the unique majesty and endless activities for

all ages at Moody Gardens. What better way to prepare for the sheer luxury awaiting you on

embarkation day, or to decompress before you face reality after disembarking the majestic Carnival


Once on board your sailing city, the Carnival Freedom, true 24/7 fun at sea begins. Families

traveling with small children will love Camp Carnival where the most qualified camp counselors on the

ocean, will treat the kids with complete pampered attention and care while offering fun and educational

activities and projects, art, music, movies, scavenger hunts, contests, dancing, games and impeccable

childcare and dining.

Parents can completely relax and enjoy every moment of their vacation entrusting their little ones

into the best hands knowing they are enjoying quality youth experiences and that close to a million kids

travel with Camp Carnival every single year. Teens and tweens will relish every moment of a tailored

program that ensures fun and safety from supervised dance parties, competitions, sporting events,

social gatherings, movies, teen-themed crafts, dining and more.

The Carnival Legend was recently refurbished into grandeur and is a gleaming beauty of endless

activities tailored to suit every taste and interest. When not at the Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and

Cozumel ports of call, this floating Funship is brimming with relaxing, pampering, and exciting



For family members who love music, you can dance or sing the night away at discos and piano bars.

Musical trivia contests provide challenging fun and nostalgia. Live bands and gifted singers belt out

Jamaican, Latin, and Calypso melodies under tropical sunny days and star-filled nights aboard the Lido

deck to help you get your groove on. Outstanding theater performances of musicals, Broadway style

glitz, and Vegas-caliber shows grace the stage almost nightly.

Does someone in your family like to play the odds? Texas Hold ‘Em, Bingo, a full casino, and slot

tournaments are a few more options.

Anyone like to eat? An empty stomach is an impossibility on a Carnival sailing. The dining options

are literally endless with room service in your cabin, Lido deck buffets, endless ice cream and pizza, a

completely themed and immersive Seussical Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, the elegant Sun King Steakhouse experience, tea time, deli, Guy’s Burger Joint, and the standard dining room experience for

breakfast lunch or dinner, which doesn’t even begin to encompass all the choices available day and

night. Dining cruise casual or cruise elegant in the dining room or poolside while soaking up the sun

and water are only two more of dozens of possibilities for fabulous dining atmosphere.


One ships, two ships, it’s the Cat in the Hat on Cruise Ships—as the magic of Dr. Seuss at Sea

brings the fun and whimsy of its beloved tales and characters into dining, storytime, photo ops, and

zany fun anytime throughout Carnival’s entire fleet.

Water babies, anyone? A huge, curling water slide and multiple swimming pools will provide just

the way to float the afternoon away in total relaxation as the dolphins, seagulls, pelicans, and waves

pass by.


Art collectors, movie buffs, fitness gurus, or spa lovers in your bunch? Carnival Legend has it all

dialed in and in such a way as to entertain and appeal to all generations of your family.

Mom and dad will appreciate that they can spend a romantic date-night relishing in culinary

delights at the private Sun King Steakhouse or chill in the cabin with some room service while little

ones are safely entertained and cared for. Or they may become addicted to the Serenity Deck where

only the over-18-cruisers can pull up a romantic cabana chair or soak in the private spas while watching

the sun dip into the horizon with the sky ablaze as far as the eye can see.

Kids will love the all-inclusive fun and friendship they experience through Camp Carnival and the

youth activities. The entire family will enjoy big screen togetherness from movies on the Lido deck

during dine-in movie gatherings, to ice carving and towel animal presentations, and live shows with the

cruise director. Young cruisers enjoy wearable art and other challenging projects that not only build

skills and self-esteem but provide cherished souvenirs to take home and remember the fun for years to


Grandparents can appreciate art auctions, internet cafe, spa treatments, fitness classes, health and

wellness seminars, shopping, and tasting events. And should anyone want exciting night life, George

Lopez has partnered with Carnival’s Punchliner to bring top notch comedy shows throughout the

sailing, not to mention onboard ballroom dance/salsa lessons, and late night live music, all of which

may keep you wondering if anyone ever wants to go to sleep and chance missing the endless fun.

You’ll never have to wonder what to do when ashore as Carnival has all the ports of call and shore

excursions tailored specially for Carnival guests. There are magical Jeep tours, fishing and naturalist

excursions, hikes to ruins, snorkeling and scuba treks, fabulous all-inclusive family resort days,

waterfall hikes, tubing adventures, shopping tours, and literally something for everyone’s tastes and

sense of adventure.


Every concern and need has been attended to. A full medical center on board, gluten free options for

dining, professional family portraits, “Behind the Fun” on board tours, and outstanding shore

excursions are available to vacationing families as well.