Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with Zumbini, an early childhood education program from Zumba and BabyFirst, to expand its onboard youth programming with high-energy early childhood activities and classes that combine singing, dancing and playing.
Zumbini offers a mixed-age music and movement curriculum with group sing-alongs, activities and musical instruments to keep children engaged and energized while learning.
The fleetwide onboard Zumbini program will be free of charge and will encompass two class options in the Camp Ocean children’s play area and other lounges. On all voyages, there will be a 30-minute drop-off class for the Carnival Penguins age group (two to five years old), and on voyages of six days or longer, there will be a 30- to 45-minute family class, focused on parent – child bonding, for children up to six years old. Both classes will be led by the cruise lines trained youth staff.
In a written statement, Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman said that the company launched the family-focused Zumbini program following the popularity of the company’s Zumba classes. The Zumbini program is designed to promote cognitive, social, behavioral and motor skill development for young children while creating a bonding experience for them and their families. The program encompasses live classes, the "Zumbini Time" interactive TV show on BabyFirst TV, and take-home music, books and toys that families receive when they sign up for a Zumbini class. Zumbini classes can be found throughout the U.S., Canada and UK, with over 1,000 locations worldwide.