Thursday, July 18, 2024

Carnival and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unite to bring Space Cruisers program to newest ship

Carnival Cruise Line announced that it is partnering with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to launch a children’s space program with activities inspired by NASA science, which will debut on Carnival Celebration this November.

As part of Camp Ocean’s science and discovery programming, the credible Space Cruisers curriculum supported by NASA is designed to be educational and fun and will enable children of all ages to explore the universe and our home planet in an array of hands-on and learning experiences. Children will be able to complete “missions” (activities) to earn a special, themed mission patch representative of the program.

A summary of the Space Cruisers programming can be viewed here. Highlights include:

  • Optimal Orbit (ages 2-8): learn the pull of gravity and how planets, satellites and other objects move through space in a hands-on experience with a giant trampoline.
  • Design Your Own Mission Patch (ages 6-11): join the long-standing tradition among astronauts and design your own take-home mission patch to tell your story.
  • Space Cruisers Rocket Workshop (ages 6-11): follow in the footsteps of NASA’s talented engineers and build your own paper rocket to fly high to the sky.
  • Mars Base Connect (family-friendly): explore the steps it takes to build a Mars base and come together with family members to create your own.
  • ASTRO! (family-friendly): call out constellations as they’re displayed on a unique star projector in a space-themed BINGO game for the chance to win special giveaways.

“Space Cruisers will truly take our offerings to the next level with the perfect balance of fun and education to give both our younger guests and their families something to be excited about,” said Melissa Mahaffey, director of youth experience for Carnival Cruise Line. “Kids are always looking to explore new things, and this program gives them the chance to discover many of the awesome aspects of space through fun activities while taking away unique learnings.”

“Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where the epic story of the U.S. space program is brought to life through fun and inspirational activities, exhibits and educational activities,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We’re excited to bring a piece of that experience aboard Carnival Celebration for the Space Cruisers program.”

Bringing the fun learning experience to a new dimension, an area of Camp Ocean will feature an illuminated space wall that showcases the planets as well as a display of light-up constellations on the ceiling. Featured will be actual constellations as well as special Carnival-themed constellations such as a ship model and the line’s iconic funnel.

The program will debut on Carnival Celebration when it sets sail on its inaugural voyage from Miami this November, and will then be rolled out to the Space Coast with Mardi Gras in Port Canaveral in time for the holiday season. Various activities from the program will later go fleetwide in time for spring break.

Carnival Celebration will be the second Carnival ship to include an award-winning roller coaster at the top of the ship. The ship will debut from the redesigned Terminal F at PortMiami, the line’s third terminal at the port and its largest in South Florida. The terminal will be among the first at PortMiami to be shore-power ready in 2023.

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