Cruise Line Children's Programs

A detailed overview of cruise company kid's programs including amenities, notable rooms, excursions and company policies.

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Stroll & Roll

In the mornings, Stroll & Roll will dedicate the jogging track to guests with infants in strollers, where parents and infants can continue their exercise regimen together.

Kid Sitting

As a vacation for the whole family, Royal Caribbean also provides quiet time for Mom and Dad. That can be during the day, while the kids are at their own Adventure Ocean programs, or at night, while the kids are with babysitters. Babysitting is offered both in a group setting, and individually in your stateroom. In stateroom babysitting must be booked through the Guest Relations Desk (Purser's Desk) at least 24 hours in advance.  It cannot be booked prior to the cruise vacation and there is no guarantee that sitters will be available. The service is offered when personnel is available. Children MUST be at least 1 year old. Approximate Rate: $8.00 per hour for one  or two children within the same family or  $10.00 per hour for three children within the same family. Times and prices are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made in cash. 

Throughout your family vacation, RCI asks that your children respect the other guests onboard by not playing unsupervised on deck, in the lounges or on the dance floor, especially in the evening. Please note: Children who are not toilet trained and diaper and pull-up free are not allowed in the pools or whirlpools.

Family Destinations and Shore & Land Excursions

Royal Caribbean's private destinations, CocoCay and Labadee, have all the makings of a perfect family adventure. Both islands offer pristine beaches and spectacular scenery, but kids will be most fascinated by state-of-the-art Aqua Parks and Labadee Luc's Splash Bash. Older kids might enjoy parasailing and snorkeling as well, or get the whole gang together for organized Family Beach Activities. 

Adventure Ocean 

Adventure Ocean is a complimentary program of fun and educational activities open to all guests ages 3-17. Children are separated by age: 3 to 5; 6 to 8; 9 to 11; 12 to 14; and 15 to 17. Your child will get to learn about local customs, do cool science experiments, and make great new friends. The 12-14 and 15-17 Adventure Ocean groups allow teens the freedom to come and go as they please for sports, themed parties, movie nights and more. Teens can also meet and relax in the laid-back Living Room lounge, or dance late into the night at Fuel, our teen-only nightclub.
To participate in Adventure Ocean, children must be three years of age and potty-trained (no pull-ups or diapers). You can feel confident leaving your children with us because every member of our Adventure Ocean staff holds a college degree in education, recreation, or other related field, or has qualified-equivalent experience working with children ages 3-17. All are certified in CPR. Learn more about Adventure Ocean.

 
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RCCL Kid's Programs

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Onboard Features Educational Programs
Age Groups Dining
Babies and Tots Program Staff Training
Family Program Sitter at Sea
Family Destinations Adventure Ocean

 

Onboard Features and Activities

With some of the most innovative ships at sea, Royal Caribbean offers plenty of ways to keep kids entertained. Kids and their parents can get together and participate in fun onboard activities like ice-skating and karaoke, talent shows and bingo tournaments. Foster friendly competition with a family climb on our famous rock wall or a round on the mini-golf course. On our newest ship, Freedom of the Seas, you can even try surfing on the FlowRider-an amazing wave simulator.

As a consistent innovator, Royal Caribbean is currently the only cruise line with dedicated teen spaces aboard every ship across the fleet. Onboard areas such as The Living Room teen hangout, Fuel or Optix teen discos, and The Back Deck sun-deck for teens give young cruisers ages 12 - 17 their own space to create new friendships and relax with their peers. Younger cruisers, ages 3 - 11, have scheduled and supervised activities all day long in three age-tiered curricula: Aquanauts, ages 3 - 5; Explorers, ages 6 - 8; and Voyagers, ages 9 - 11.

Young cruisers also have their own book nook aboard every Royal Caribbean ship. The Adventure Family Library is a section within the onboard library, which offers classic and popular family titles in a variety of languages (based on the ship's itinerary) and a comfortable reading area for kids to relax and delve into a book, individually or with a parent. In the evenings, Royal Bedtime Stories invites the whole family to the Adventure Family Library to enjoy a bedtime story and lullabies. Children are encouraged to dress in their pajamas and enjoy a cookie or two with milk, while an Adventure Ocean counselor reads from one among a variety of popular storybooks.

Kids and teens can enjoy activities into the late evening with newly extended hours in the Adventure Ocean and teen-only spaces.

Scheduled programming will now run everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (extended from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Youth Programs Ages

All participating youth ages 3-17 must be toilet trained unless due to a disability.

Aqua Babies Program ages 6-18 months
Aqua Tots Program ages 18-36 months
Aquanots Program ages 3-5 years
Explorers Program for kids ages 6 - 8
Voyagers Program for kids ages 9 - 11
Navigators Program for kids ages 12 -14
For Teens ages 15 - 17

New Royal Babies and Royal Tots Programming

New programs for Royal Babies (ages 6 - 18 months) and Royal Tots (ages 18 - 36 months) will provide a wider breadth of activities and services to guests sailing with young children, adding to the already popular Fisher-Price playgroup program. Parents traveling with infants and toddlers can now pack lighter for their cruise with Royal Caribbean's Babies 2 Go program, where parents can order organic baby food and diapers, wipes and creams by Huggies - the world's leading diaper brand - for delivery to their staterooms upon their arrival. These baby essentials can be ordered online through Royal Caribbean's Gifts & Gear section at RoyalCaribbean.com starting March 23.

During the day, Royal Tots can create early childhood memories at four new Crayola Beginnings workshops. During each 45-minute session, parents and their children enjoy story-time with an Adventure Ocean counselor, and use Crayola Beginnings products to create the toddler's first works of art.

A treasure chest of Fisher-Price toys is available to families during their stay in the Fisher-Price Toy Lending Program, comprising a collection of developmental toys specifically created for infants and toddlers, ages 6 - 36 months. Parents can borrow and exchange toys for a new activity every day to help growing minds learn through play.

Parents can enjoy a little time away from their children with complete peace of mind through Royal Caribbean's Sitters at Sea, created by Fisher-Price - an in-stateroom babysitting service for guests with infants, one year old and above. A Royal Caribbean staff-member will arrive equipped with Fisher-Price toys and Mattel games, and engage and entertain the young cruisers until their parents return. Parents will need to reserve a sitter at least 24 hours in advance and complete a checklist that includes information on where they will be, when they expect to return, bedtime routines and particular preferences for each child. Upon their return, parents will be presented a log of the child's activities with the babysitter, including books read, games enjoyed, food consumed, and when the child was put to bed. Service charges for Sitters at Sea are $10 per hour for up to two children; and $15 per hour for 3 or more children.

Children also can create a personalized plush toy souvenir with their parents in a fun activity with Royal Caribbean's new Pets at Sea. Guests can choose from a collection of animals and more than 20 outfits and accessories to create and bring home a new pet from their cruise vacation, no quarantine required! Pets at Sea will be available fleet wide in May 2009.

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Family Time with Mattel Board Games

Through a partnership with Mattel, Royal Caribbean International offers guests a wide array of popular games for the whole family. Younger cruisers in Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean program can enjoy a variety of Mattel games, including titles such as 20Q; Apples to Apples; Piranha Panic; Rhino Rampage; Scene It? Nickelodeon Edition; and UNO.
Family play sessions led by activities staff include games such as Skip-Bo Get Together; Scrabble Scramble; and UNO H2O (held poolside). These live versions of popular Mattel games provide an opportunity for anyone in the family to compete with other families in active and fun games. Mattel board games also are stocked in the card room, where guests can accept an impromptu family challenge. Additionally, guests in suite category staterooms may request Mattel board games off a menu in their suite, for enjoyment in the privacy of their stateroom. Titles include Balderdash, Pictionary Man Game, Snorta, UNO Flash, and games featured in Adventure Ocean.

Other free family activities allow parents and children to participate together in Karaoke, sporting events, talent shows, and scavenger hunts.

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Fisher Price Playgroups

Join your 6- to 36-month-old in the fun of Fisher-Price Aqua Babies and Aqua Tots, interactive playgroup sessions developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price. Each 45-minute session offers age-appropriate activities that expose children to new experiences while seamlessly combining playtime with learning time. Learn more about Fisher-Price playgroups. A parent or caregiver MUST accompany children during all playgroup sessions.

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Educational Programming

The Adventure Ocean offers an array of exciting educational activities that makes learning fun. In Adventure Science, kids blend hands-on learning with science experiments at the Wacky Water Workshop and the Environmentation Station. In Adventure Art, youth get creative while designing masks and pottery reflective of the regions visited on vacation. Kids can express their inner diva in Adventure Theater where they explore the theater arts.

The Royal Tot Art Program introduces toddlers to age-appropriate arts and crafts. There is a charge of $6 an hour per child from 9-5pm and $8 per hour per child from 5pm-midnight.

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New Dining Options for Kids

Royal Caribbean International has enhanced the cruise line's dining experience to further cater to parents and children for a more enjoyable cruise vacation all around. My Family Time Dining aims to help kids complete dinner within 45 minutes, freeing parents to enjoy coffee and desert at their leisure. Once seated, kids will enjoy expedited service and be immediately served. Available only during the first seating in the main dining room, kids registered in the complimentary Adventure Ocean youth program and My Family Time Dining will be met by Adventure Ocean counselors at the main dining room entrances at 6:45 p.m. and be escorted back to the Adventure Ocean spaces for ongoing evening activities, while parents can continue to enjoy their dinner.

Expanding on the cruise line's focus to provide healthier onboard dining experiences, Royal Caribbean's new children's menu will include Vitality options and be presented on playful, brain-teasing placemats designed by Fisher-Price for kids up to age seven, and a more mature interactive menu for kids age 8 -13. Similar to adult menus in the main dining room, the new children's menu will include selections that focus on healthful cooking and wholesome ingredients, and can help families begin and continue practices for a healthier lifestyle. My Family Time Dining and children's menu options will be available fleet wide in July 2009.

Lunchtime, also, no longer means a break from the fun for kids. Available immediately, Royal Caribbean's Lunch and Play option provides children, ages 3 - 11, a nutritious meal with their new friends in the middle of the day on days at sea. For a service charge of $7.95 per child, Lunch and Play provides Adventure Ocean kids with lunch, movies, cartoons and play time between noon and 2 p.m. under the supervision of Adventure Ocean counselors. Parents registering their kids for Lunch and Play will pre-select items for their kid's lunchbox, from options such as a salad or ham and/or cheese sandwich; a fruit salad, banana or apple; a cookie, serving of potato chips, granola bar, or vegetable sticks; and a beverage of fruit punch, milk, or water.

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Staff Training

All children's programs are supervised by male or female employees that have a four-year University degree or equivalent in Education, Recreation, or a related field. They must have 3-5 years experience in working with children ages 6 mo.-17 years. Nursery staff must have the same qualification and attended a 30-hour Nursery Training program that matches the Florida State Standards of care.

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