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Now it's Barbie's turn to set sail aboard Royal Caribbean cruises

September 13, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Allure of the Seas and all Royal Caribbean ships will offer a Barbie-themed experience next year.
Allure of the Seas and all Royal Caribbean ships will offer a Barbie-themed… (Michel Verdure )

Barbie joins Princess Fiona and the "Shrek" clan as the latest kiddie character to invade Royal Caribbean International cruises. The iconic doll from Mattel will become the centerpiece of a "cruise experience" for girls 4-11 on the entire 22-ship fleet starting next year, the company said.

The Barbie Premium Experience starts with staterooms decorated with Barbie pink everything -- pillows and blankets, toothbrushes and tote bags. Then there's a dress-up fashion show, mermaid dance class and a Tiaras & Teacups party featuring pink pastries and pink lemonade.

Girls also take a fashion designer workshop to learn how to sketch and create clothes for Barbie. And of course, there's a keepsake doll with outfits too (but no mention of Ken).

Royal Caribbean has been courting little-cruisers since it partnered with DreamWorks a few years ago. Princess Fiona from the "Shrek" series in 2010 served as the godmother for Allure of the Seas, and cruises featuring "Madagascar" characters are making the rounds. 

Date: The Barbie experience will be rolled out on ships between January and March. Reservations will be taken starting in October.

Price: It costs $349 per child besides the cabin cost. The cruise extra includes all Barbie-themed activities, a Barbie movie night and more.

Info: Royal Caribbean, (866) 562-7625, or contact a travel agent.

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