Saturday, September 8, 2012

Barbie Goes Cruising With Royal Caribbbean

Little girls love Barbie. In fact, some of us ladies of a certain age loved her when we were little and we still have our favorite Barbie. The Barbie in this photo is mine and I think she's trying to tell me something...Barbie wants to take a cruise.

Royal Caribbean is making it possible for all fans of the iconic teenage doll to join Barbie at sea with its "Barbie Experience" for girls four to eleven years old (we assume boys won't be interested), featuring Barbie-themed movie nights, story times, and other Barbie-related activities in the children's program.

In addition, girls can sleep in Barbie themed cabins, design Barbie's outfits, have tea together, attend a dance class, and even take part in a fashion show at the end of the cruise. For that full Barbie treatment, Royal Caribbean will offer the "Barbie Premium Experience" at a cost of $349 per child, which also features a cruise ship-themed Barbie doll with outfits, as well as the Barbie-themed blanket, pillowcase, and other Barbie items that decorate their cabins to take home. Since most fangirls already have their own Barbie, we hope the outfits can be purchased separately, but there's no word on that yet.

While the Barbie Experience is tailored for little girls, Royal Caribbean expects some adult fans may wish to participate in the "Barbie Premium Experience" as well, particularly Barbie collectors. There's no Ken in sight, so we still assume little boys probably won't be taking part in the feminine fun.

The new offering will roll out across Royal Caribbean fleetwide between January and March of 2013 and the line will begin accepting bookings in October 2012.

Girls, in case your parents can't quite afford the "Barbie Premium Experience" package, you're still in luck. Royal Caribbean has kicked off the "Win a Barbie Cruise Vacation" sweepstakes. You'll want to read the rules online and have your parents' permission to enter. Sorry, but the sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia ("DC") who are between the ages of 3 and 15 at time of entry.

Bummer. That leaves me and my Barbie out since we're both older than fifteen.

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