Carnival Cruise Line Makes Some Aft Pools Kid-Friendly

They say that the family the plays together, stays together. But for many cruisers, the best part of a family vacation is carving out a little time away from the loved ones who can sometimes drive you nuts. That’s why on many Carnival cruise ships, the adults-only Serenity area has proved so wildly popular. It’s also why a whole lot of people seem to hate the idea of spaces previously designated kid-free zones becoming family friendly ones.

Families Welcome

Given Carnival’s position as a wildly-popular cruise line with families, it’s not surprising that you’ll find a boatload of kids — pun intended — on nearly every sailing. But on many of the fleet’s ships, aft pools have in the past been designated as adults only, offering a peaceful reprieve for both parents able to carve out a little alone time and passengers traveling without children. But in recent weeks, ships without Serenity areas are seeing the aft pools transformed into family-friendly areas.

When earlier this week Carnival’s senior cruise director John Heald broached the topic on his Facebook page, many were not pleased by the change. “Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Freedom, Splendor and Victory all have the aft pools now as family-friendly pools,” he posted, adding, Conquest will get a stunning new Serenity deck during her October dry dock.

Ships Include 

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Splendor
  • Carnival Victory

Cruisers Not Impressed!

What followed was a heated debate, with the vast majority of commenters indicating their displeasure at losing an adults only area on the ships. Several hours later, Heald posted a comment he’d received from a cruiser named Robbie who wrote, in part, “Just give us one adults-only ship! You have so many ships that the adult one would sell out [quickly]. We pay good money to cruise and should not have to put up with rude children.”

Closing Comments 

Thanks to his closing comment about rude children, the focus wound up being lost as many respondents took Robbie’s attitude to task rather than focusing on the question at hand. “Carnival,” said Heald in reaction, “is a family cruise line, we are massively proud of that and this will never change.” The cruise director then went on to ask, “Would you cruise on an adults-only ship if we had one?”

Responses to this question ran the gauntlet, with many suggesting the real solution was better parenting of unruly children, and others saying that it wouldn’t be an issue if some areas remained kid free (and these areas had Carnival staff enforcing the rule). “Thank you for all your comments and posts on the aft pools,” Heald posted later in the day, adding that they would be gathered and passed along so that “the right people read your thoughts on both sides of the discussion.”

Would you book an adults-only cruise? Is it important to you that a ship has an adults-only pool area?

25 Responses

  1. Yes, I don’t have children nor do I want top be bothered by those of others.

  2. I’ve been on more Carnival Cruises than any other cruise line. If you take away the only “adults only” area for relaxing on the ship, I will consider going elsewhere for our cruises. Are you willing to lose faithful past guests to accommodate families? There are other pools for families. Leave it alone!

  3. Bad enough they take over the whole ship…..if I don’t have an adults only place to go, I will probably consider other options for my vacations. Bad move Carnival. There are plenty of kid friendly pools……we need an adults only escape from all the screaming and splashing. If you can’t accommodate that, I probably will not be cruising with you again.

  4. Absouletly
    I’m on a back to back right now on the splendor.
    When I booked it splendor said the aft pool was adult only.
    The first leg of the trip was horrible with kids jumping in the hot tubs, hitting balls in the pool, hitting other people.
    Haven’t been to pool yet on second leg of trip, but you can bet if it’s a repeat I will be talking to parents and let carnival know what I think!

  5. We’d be the first ones to book the adults only cruise! We don’t have kids & don’t enjoy when people let them run wild someplace like a cruise. If they remove the adults only area of Carnival ships we will no longer be sailing with them.

  6. We dont need adult only cruises. We need an adult only pool! Im sorry the Serenity deck is fine but most do not have pools. If Carnival chooses to go this route, as a Platinum member, I will choose to go all inclusive.

  7. Disney is starting Adult only cruises. We are Platinum cruisers with Carnival, but…..I may be switching to Disney for that.

  8. We are Platinum also. But adult only pools are needed and enforced. Serenity decks are full by 9am. That should tell me something.

  9. The aft adult only area was nice, real nice of Carnival to change it with no warning to anyone. Need a space away from the kiddos at times. Very bad move Carnival.

  10. I hope he changes him mind. Yes the aft pool was nice without the little ones. Adults need time just like camp carnival for children but adults need the aft pool for sometime without the noise. People need to speak up to Carnival.

  11. Would I book an adults only cruise? YES. Yes yes yes yes YES. Would I sail on a ship without a dedicated child-free zone? No. There are other cruise lines.

  12. I love children, however, an adult only area with a pool is a major plus on any ship! Adult conversation, mingling with others without worrying about your conversation topics or children jumping over you.. yeah, come on Carnival, get with it on this one!

  13. ABSOLUTELY!! IN A MINUTE!! And if you have no Adult only areas on your ships anymore, we will book our cruises elsewhere!! C’mon man!!

  14. I have no problem with children on the ships. I just wish the parents would control them. Can’t blame the kids.

  15. I would definitely book the adults only cruise. Kids are great…..but more and more parents can’t be bothered to teach them what used to be common manners. Having a place to go and not deal with that is important to me. I get that Carnival is and will always be family friendly….but so is Disney and they do a great job of providing kid free zones for adults to take advantage of. The fact that it is often nearly impossible to get a spot in the serenity area is proof that folks want a kid free space. Perhaps occasional adult only cruises would work? (one per quarter on each ship?) I’d certainly book those. Would be worth scheduling a few to see how it plays out….I bet they sell out fast! I don’t expect Carnival to cater to my personal desires….and I do understand their commitment to being family friendly. We have two more cruises booked on Carnival during which we will reach the platinum loyalty level. With the reduced focus on adult only areas and the decline of customer service in general over the last few years we are likely to seek out another cruise line that better meets our needs. We’ve never cruised with anyone but Carnival, but it seems that Carnival is going in a direction that we are not interested in tagging along for. It was a good run. LOL Remember that it’s adults that pay the fares and if you focus only on the children you may find the numbers start to not be in your favor. There are many off season staterooms to fill and if you encourage everyone that don’t bring the kids along to sail elsewhere eventually it will affect your bottom line. Everything in moderation…..including letting the kids run wild all over the ship. One pool with a poolside bar would go a long way in keeping loyal adults on your ships.

  16. yes I would book and adults only cruise! I don’t use the serenity area much because they do not allow smoking and I smoke

  17. exactly, we are the ones who freaking pay for the damn cruise, not the kids. the entire freaking ship has kids running all over the place.

  18. Oh yeah, adults only cruise would grab our attention. We love well behaved kids but those seem to be the exception.

  19. I book my cruises by where they go and from where they leave from, so no I would not go out my way to get on an adults only ship. I don’t mind the kids on the ship as long as there is an adults only section on every ship to be able to relax. There is plenty of room on the ships that the kids can go to. So leave the aft pools adult only or my friends and I will change cruise lines.

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