Carnival Cruise Line says that it is “evaluating its plan going forward with respect to the aft pools” that were recently converted from adults-only to family-friendly in a statement provided to Travel Agent.
The change, which was announced by Carnival brand ambassador John Heald on Facebook over the weekend, converted the aft adults-only pools to family-friendly pools on the following Carnival ships: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor and Carnival Victory.
Additionally, Carnival Conquest is slated to get an adults-only Serenity pool deck during the ship’s upcoming dry dock, which is scheduled for October.
“There were number of ships in the fleet on which all pools were already family friendly,” Carnival explains in its latest statement. “The change on the particular ships in question was made based on the high volume of families on board at this time of year although we very much appreciate the view of those who like having an adults only pool option.”
The move drew some criticism from travel agents in a discussion Monday on our Facebook page. Certain agents pointed out that children already have their own dedicated areas, such as Camp Carnival. Other travel agents noted that other family-friendly cruise lines still maintain adults-only areas.
In its latest statement Carnival pointed out that the line does maintain the adults-only Serenity area on its ships.
“With limited exception our ships have adults only Serenity decks which we very much encourage those guests who want a kid-free environment to enjoy,” the line says.
The adults-only Serenity areas have a deck and their own dedicated bar, and are available on several of the cruise line’s ships, including the upcoming Carnival Horizon.