Family Cruising With Royal Caribbean International®

PART ONE

A cruise vacation gives families a chance to spend time together and create memories while exploring exciting new places.  Every year, more and more families are sailing with Royal Caribbean International.  There’s always something fun to do, from Royal Caribbean classics like the rock wall to the Adventure Ocean and Fisher- Price Kids’ programs.   When the ship is in port, the “Explorations” shore excursions turn every destination into a family-friendly adventure.  Check out our features and activities and start planning your next vacation with Royal Caribbean today!

Family Destinations and Shore & Land Excursions
CocoCay and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private destinations, have all the makings for 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.  Kids ages 3 to 8, accompanied by their parents, can experience a special driving adventure on the Fisher-Price Power Wheels® Track, featured on CocoCay. With the huge variety of Shore & Land Excursions offered at all Royal Caribbean destinations, you’re sure to find many that are suitable for the entire family.
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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 to 14 and 15 to 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 a related field and has experience working with children ages 3 to 17.  All are certified in CPR.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry.  For our youngest guests, we offer a kid’s menu featuring all their favorites:  pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and peanut butter.  Kids also have their own beverage programs.  The Unlimited Soda Package lets them purchase a fountain soda package so they can enjoy as many fountain sodas as they want.

On selected nights, our youth staff hosts’ dinners in our casual restaurants.  It’s a great opportunity for kids to eat with other kids and for parents to enjoy a meal alone.

Time for Mom and Dad. 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.

Approximate Rate:  $10.00 per hour for one or two children within the same family or $15.00 per hour for three children with in the same family. Times and prices are subject to change without notice.  Payment must be made in cash.

Throughout your family vacation, we ask 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: Due to Public Health regulations, children in diapers, swim diapers, pull ups, or who are not COMPLETELY toilet trained are not allowed in the pools, whirlpools, or H2O zone.

On the “Freedom of the Seas” and “Liberty of the Seas” ships, children in diapers, or who are not toilet-trained may use the “Baby Splash Zone” specially designated for them.

Activities for Aqua Babies – Ages 6 to 18 Months

MUSICAL INSPIRATION – Treat your baby to the inspiration and joy of music, as we introduce musical instruments and explore rhythm, movement and creativity through game play, songs, instruments, musical activities and toys.

BABY GYMNASTICS – Encourage your baby to get active with the help of Fisher-Price® “Go-Baby-Go!”  toys, activities and games.

COME TO MY HOUSE
– Reinforce early learning of simple concepts – like the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors – with hands-on exploration of familiar things from everyday life, things you’ll find in your own home, brought down to baby’s size.

COOKIN’ UP FUN – Get set for a deliciously good time in the kitchen!  You and your baby will enjoy playing and learning with food-related toys and activities – discovering early role-play as well as early academics.

I LOVE ANIMALS – This playgroup session introduces amazing discoveries about animals.  Little ones will enjoy meeting a menagerie of adorable animals friends that encourage movement and celebration.

HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Baby’s natural curiosity about the world around them leads to new discoveries and surprises each day.  This playgroup session is full of ways to examine, discover, build and wonder.

Activities for Aqua Tots Ages 18 to 36 Months

FUN ON THE FARM – Join Little People® friends to explore connections between farm animals, the sounds they make and ways they move.

TERRIFIC TRIPS – Here you are, on a family vacation – what better time to share ideas with your child about places to see, things to do, and different trips to take, both near and far from home.

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Discover people and places in your neighborhood; learn about familiar places, community helpers, and transportation while role-playing with “Little People Friends”.

PPIRATES AND PRINCESSES – Calling all pirates and princesses! We’ll take you on imaginative journeys to ancient times and faraway lands, enjoying pretend play with castles, pirates, stories and activities.

LEARNING FUNDAMENTLS
– Kids love to sing, dance and learn new things! We’ll get them moving and singing as they learn A-B-Cs, 1-2-3s, phonics, shapes, colors, and more, with the help of learning toys, music, games, and lots of other fun activities.

Part two of “Family Cruising” to be continued, next time.

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