Water slides, magic shows, pizza parties, scavenger hunts, karaoke, kids-only shore excursions, and disco parties; who said parents get to have all the fun on a cruise? Well-trained staff, extensive facilities, and coordinated activities, mean cruising with kids can be smooth sailing for the whole family.
Most cruise lines offer private and group babysitting options from around 9am until the wee hours of the morning. They also provide age-specific, organized programs run by trained professionals. Although there are slight variations by cruise line, age categories for organized programs are generally geared to 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17 year olds.
100,000 kids were kept entertained last year on Carnival Cruise Lines with 114-foot water slides, video tournaments, talent and puppet shows, ping-pong, and scavenger hunts.
Celebrity Cruises features a full children’s program during the summer and on holidays. All other times of the year, they offer a reduced program
The Princess kids’ program on Princess Cruises offers young cruisers their own deck space complete with the whale tail splash pool. Teens get their very own jacuzzi and sunning area. There’s also the video arcade, computer games, and other activities such as bingo, name that Disney tune, ring toss, and mini-Olympics.
Club HAL on the Holland America Line provides fun and games for cruisers ages 5-17 and serves up movies, putt-putt golf, late-night pizza, and disco parties.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Youth program offers its unique brand of Edu-tainment where participants enjoy educational and culture-based activities blended with the daily itineraries, ports of call, games, and team sports.
With Norwegian Cruise Lines, your kids can be circus trained and present a show for the proud parents. Other activities range from magic shows and poolside root beer float parties to wacky cooking classes, pajama parties, line dancing, and volleyball.
Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line also offer supervised shore excursions ranging from an afternoon on the beach and gold panning to canoe trips in Alaska.
Whether you are cruising with your toddler, tween, or teens, your Cruise Consultant can help you select the perfect family vacation. Best of all, you’ll never hear the phrase “I’m bored” while you’re away!
To learn which family cruise is best for your family, contact Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Roswell at 770-415-1030 or [email protected]