CCL-Carnival Cruise Line announced a partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in order to design a children’s space program with special activities inspired by NASA science.
The Space Cruisers curriculum is created “to be as educational as it is fun.” Kids, ages 2 to 11, will be given “missions” to complete through hands-on learning experiences. Children who complete their missions can earn a themed mission patch.
Space Cruisers program features activities for kids and families with highlights including:
- Optimal Orbit (ages 2-8). The littlest ones will learn about the pull of gravity as well as how planets and satellites move through space in an experience with a giant trampoline.
- Design Your Own Mission Patch (ages 6-11). Kids can join the tradition among astronauts and design a take-home mission patch.
- Space Cruisers Rocket Workshop (ages 6-11). Kids in this workshop can learn how to build high-flying paper rockets.
- ASTRO! (family-friendly). Participants in this space-themed bingo have the opportunity to call out constellations as they are displayed on a star projector.
- Mars Base Connect (family-friendly). Together with their families, children can build a Mars base.
In addition to the new kids program, an area of Camp Ocean will offer an illuminated space wall showcasing the solar sistem's planets, and a display of light-up constellations designed on the ceiling.
Space Cruisers is expected to debut onboard Carnival Celebration when she sets sail on her inaugural voyage from PortMiami Florida this November. It will then be rolled out to Carnival Mardi Gras just in time for the holiday season. Activities from the program will later roll out fleetwide for spring break 2023.