Barbies were a huge part of my childhood. Huge. They were some of the first characters I used to tell stories — although I was also a D&D kid and only had two Ken dolls, so my Barbies had a lot of orc boyfriends — and a great outlet for creativity. I would build them houses from crates, knit clothes for them and gave them haircuts (it took me a while to realize that it didn’t grow back). When you disregard the negative aspects of Barbies, whether it’s the unrealistic body image it may give children or that it’s historically non-diverse as a whole, they actually offer a pretty lovely contribution to most peoples’ childhoods.
But what if as a child, you were able to have a vacation that was entirely devoted to Barbies? And what if that vacation took place on a boat?
Well, it is.
Royal Caribbean has announced that they will now be offering the “Barbie Premium Experience” on select cruises. For an extra $349 per person, children 4-11 can enjoy activities such as tea parties, lessons in etiquette, dance classes and fashion workshops. Additionally, Barbie guests can stay in cabins decorated with dolls, costumes, toiletries and bedding. (I imagine if you squint your eyes, it will appear you’re swimming in Pepto-Bismol.) The new theme will begin being offered in 2013. Perhaps Carnival, one of Royal Caribbean’s competitors, will be creating a Barbie package of their own; they already have the doll covered, after all.
But Barbie isn’t the only odd cruise theme. There are some even stranger ones offered all over the world, including a SAW themed one for… I don’t know who for, actually.
“Your tricycle is blocking my sun, dude.”
I’m a huge horror lover but do I want Jigsaw all up in my margaritas? Doubtful. But if I could afford a cruise, I wouldn’t be too picky as to the decor and activities, though preferably not gore porn. But if I could dream up any wonderful theme, it’d have to be a cats cruise. (Not the musical Cats; musical theater freaks me out.) There would just be tons of kittens and cats to play with, kitty decor and a hot tub shaped like a feline. (To answer any potential questions: indeed, I am already a crazy cat lady.) Check out the gallery for cruises weirder, or at least equal, to mine.
Lovelies, would you go on the Barbie-themed cruise or any of the others? If you could choose any cruise theme in the world, what would it be?