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SUPERLINER ECSTASY IS FUN FOR ALL AGES
I could hear the pirates long before
I saw them with their fiercely painted
faces and paper hats, marching along
the corridor in search of treasure.
They paused in front of me as their
leader studied her map. "It says 'ere"
she told them in a fair pirate
imitation, "It's a place wot glitters..."
The kids looked about them - out to
the sparkling Caribbean, up to the
twinkling chandeliers, then decided
to head for the Blue Sapphire Room
to continue their hunt.
Carnival's thirteen Fun Ships hosted 200,000 youngsters last year. I can
understand why, having just witnessed participants in Camp Carnival's
programme catering to 5-7 yr olds, here aboard the Ecstacy. Other groups
range in age from 2-l7 years. A children's menu served in the dining room
offers all of junior's favourites. If he doesn't want to get out of his swim-shorts, no problem, the pizza place and self-serve buffets are great for casual
dressers. Unlimited soft drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers, seven make-your-own ice cream sundaes - no wonder youngsters are hooked on these Fun
EVERYONE HAS FUN HERE
It shouldn't have surprised me to see youngsters having a good time because
this is what the megaships are all about. EVERYONE is kept happy: the young
women gyrating to a calypso band beside the pool, the bingo players and slot
machine enthusiasts. The contestants and the country line dancers, the spa
customers and aerobics devotees. Even, I suppose, the passengers attending a
weight-loss seminar. (Six meals a day for four days, and we want to know
about weight loss?) For most of us, it is heaven to simply relax on deck with
our sun bloc and shades, ignoring news of snowstorms back home.
Cruises used to be for the rich and idle, but not any more. Savvy cruise lines
are proving that a few days away does wonders for the stressed-out executive,
busy parents who just can't find time alone at home, Snowbirds looking for a
break from their Florida break. And grandparents wanting to add an exciting
mini-trip to their grandchildren's visit. A mini-cruise is also an excellent
introduction to life at sea on a modern ship, for novices contemplating a longer