Fun For All
Aboard today's modern cruise vessels, there's a major
focus upon having activities and facilities for every age group.
For Mom there are luxurious spa facilities on many of today's ship. For
the kids there are always friends to meet and things to do.
For every member of the family, there are a wide variety of things to do.
You can relax knowing that your children are being
well taken care of. With a dedicated youth staff, great facilities and
lots of other kids, your children are bound to have a dream
Shipboard activities for children are both educational and fun.
Royal Caribbean has a program called "Mad Science" that allows kids to take part
in fun and cool science experiments and activities, like building rockets that they launch when
they go the cruise line's private island. Princess has programs designed by the
California Science Center and the National Wildlife Federation that focus upon
environmental education about the areas they are visiting. Princess's
environmental education program in Alaska even won an award from the National
Each cruise line's children's program has its own unique flavor, but the
standard for shipboard care for kids is quite high. Counselors are
typically Education or Physical Education majors in college with
training in first aid and CPR. Activities are well planned in advance,
with activity programs published in detail. These published program sheets
allow parents to see what their kids are doing, allowing the family to plan
their daily activities if they choose to do so.
Here's some info on each cruise line's youth programs:
On a Carnival "Fun Ship" one low price covers just about everything including
their award-winning Camp Carnival� children's program for ages 2-15. You don't
have to worry about all the expenses which add up when traveling with children.
The Camp Program includes specially designed programs for four age groups,
evening babysitting (for a nominal fee), specially trained staff, youth
playrooms including computers, children's menu and a waterslide and kids wading
pool. During the cruise, your kids will have tons of fun exploring their
Carnival "Fun Ship", enjoying all kinds of games, parties, talent shows and
other fun - all under the friendly supervision of Camp Carnival counselors. This
is a family vacation they will never forget!
There is nothing like the Magic and Wonder of a Disney Cruise Line vacation.
Adults find excitement and indulgence. Children have the time of their lives.
Families unite and everyone makes memories to last a lifetime. There is
something special for everyone who boards Disney's grand ships. The ships were
designed with separate areas and themed activities for all age groups so
everyone has their own kind of magical experience. The best part is
when they all meet up again at the end of the day, they're renewed and relaxed
with lots of adventures to share!
Of course Disney has designed their ships with family travel in mind.
In fact, more than 15,000 square feet of space is dedicated to
children's programs. Staterooms are larger than average and have a unique
layout that is particularly family friendly. And with ingenious design and
a wide variety of activities aboard Disney vessels, there's truly something for
everyone. Spas are open to adults, pool facilities for families and play
areas open to children. Disney also has fantastic entertainment that
includes special production shows that can only be seen aboard a Disney
vessel. It's a great mix of multigenerational activities that's
NCL's Kid's Crew� is a program of things to do, places to go and kids to
meet. It's like recess, only longer.
You can enjoy a massage while they're on a treasure hunt. Play roulette while
they're camping out or head for the Chocoholic Buffet� while they're having a
pillow fight at a pajama party. Every minute they spend in Kid's Crew� is
carefully supervised by a staff of youth counselors from leading universities
and organizations. There are circuses, crafts, parades, sports, games, stories
and parties. Campouts with flashlights and tents and cooking classes where they
can make pizza or pancakes with funny faces. There is T-shirt painting, face
painting and poolside root beer floats. Treasure hunts and sand castle
competitions on our private island. And even shore excursions designed just for
families. Of course we promise we'll give them plenty of time to spend with you,
With Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean� program, the family vacation concept will never be the same again.
If you're a kid, then the Adventure Ocean Youth Program is just for you. Adventure Ocean is a specially
designed complimentary program for infants age 6-36 months (must be accompanied by a parent) kids from 3
to 11 and teens from 12 to 17. Age groups for the kids program include 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 14 to 17.
Royal Caribbean ships have great facilities for kids that include separate areas for each age group and
a professional staff of youth counselors to make sure there are always fun things to do.
Using what's known as "Edu-tainment", Adventure Ocean blends educational activities, daily itineraries,
ports of call, games, individual and team sports, art, performance and a general good time into a unique
onboard experience for children, teens and parents. With Adventure Ocean, there are activities for the
whole family, plus parents get a bit of free time to themselves. Even on a vacation for the whole family,
Royal Caribbean understands that Mom and Dad sometimes need their own time together. The Adventure Ocean
will stimulate your kids by day and further entertain them by night with their Late Night Party Zone.
And now parents can relax during lunchtime with Adventure Ocean's new Lunch and Play program which provides
Adventure Ocean kids with lunch, movies, cartoons and free-play time between noon and 2 p.m. Have younger
children and want them cared for in your cabin? The Sitters at Sea program offers professional
individualized childcare in your stateroom at a nominal charge (this is arranged onboard via the pursers
Desk 24 hours in advance). With Adventure Ocean, kids get some time together to have all kinds of fun.
That fun includes special meals, a TV station with programming dedicated to kids and lots of great play
areas. Royal Caribbean cruises are designed to bring families closer together and for EVERYONE to have the
time of their life!
The goal of the family vacation is simple: find that elusive experience that allows both parents and
children to enjoy their favorite activities as well as spend quality time together. Love Boat Kids is
Princess' program for children ages three to 17 years. The Fun Zone accommodates kids 3-7 (Princess Pelicans)
and kids 8-12 (Shockwaves) and the Remix Teen Center is perfect for the 13-17 year olds.
While youth facilities vary by vessel, children are welcomed with a myriad of games and activities on all
Princess ships including arts and crafts, pool games, scavenger hunts, deck parties, bridge and galley
tours, afternoon ice cream, videos and cartoons. Teens can enjoy dancing in their own private disco, video
games and giant screen TV's, in addition to murder mystery games, theme parties, shipboard Olympics,
karaoke and lip sync shows, hip hop dance classes, pizza parties and movie fests, which are supervised
by a dedicated staff of youth activity professionals.
The kids program also enables young cruisers to participate in a special environmental program called
"Save Our Seas," created by the California Coastal Commission. Throughout the cruise, children will enjoy
activities designed to teach them about the oceans and marine life. On Alaska sailings, the National Park
Service teaches kids about glaciers, endangered wildlife & other animals native to the region, allowing
kids the opportunity to earn their Junior Ranger badge.