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The stuff of Legend

“Again, again” shouts my three-year old daughter as she splashes her way down the hot pink slide in Carnival legend’s SplashZone for the fifteenth time, her six-year old brother equally gleeful as he drenches himself under an enormous bucket of water.

What better way to spend a sunny Sydney day than with shipboard shenanigans on Carnival Legend. Though we won’t be setting sail today, we have been invited for a taste of the family-friendly treats onboard. That tasting starts as soon as we embark with a very special Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. While my son takes Sam I Am’s advice and delves into verdant scrambled eggs, my daughter dines on a colourful stack of Cat in the Hat pancakes. There is moose juice and goose juice, yoghurt parfait schlopp and a visit from Sam, that cat and Thing One and Thing Two who lead the giggling kids on a noisy Seuss-A-Palooza Character Parade along the promenade.

Carnival’s whimsical Seuss at Sea program brings the magic of the timeless tales to life with opportunities on every cruise to meet and interact with Dr Seuss favourites, plus books, movie screenings, toys and loads of themed activities. But the tasty fun doesn’t stop with the zany antics of Dr Seuss. Even the sweetest of sweet tooths will find their happy place at Cherry On Top, a swirling maze of giant pick-and-mix lolly bins and novelties.

Carnival Cruise Lines carry more families each year than any other cruise line in the world and it shows. They get it so right. There are kids clubs for every age, including a just-for-teens hang-out and Night Owls, a kid-friendly night activities program. Family-friendly entertainment includes the surreally funny Towel Animal Theatre and Hasbro, The Game Show with life-size versions of favourite games, plus loads of activities that range from pirate adventures and waterslide races to towel animal workshops. Then there’s my son’s all-time favourite, the 18-hole mini-golf course, three pools, four spas, Carnival WaterWorks and that SplashZone.

My kids play happily in the Splash Zone, slipping this way and sliding that while I eye with distrust two larger water slides including Green Thunder, a free-falling, 65 km/h slide that snakes out and over the side of the ship, yes over! While my littlest is keen to give it a go she doesn’t make the height restrictions and my eldest balks at attempting the thrill slide so it’s up to me!

Shouting something that sounds astoundingly like ship when I first drop into the tube, my vocab further deteriorates as I hit the overwater bend. By the time I reach the bottom the slide isn’t the only thing rocking such a vivid shade of green. But I’m off to do it again. And again.

All this without even setting sail? Sign us up.

When she’s not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World

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