Now Nickelodeon is revealing the details. The cruise will feature interactive game shows, autograph sessions with Nick stars, special screenings and a respectable amount of green slime. All this is on top of the standard offerings available on Freedom -- already one of the most family friendly ships as sea -- which include a surf simulator, the largest at-sea video arcade and a kid's water park.
What are the highlights?
Celebrity guests include "SpongeBob SquarePants'" Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob, a crazy sea sponge donning boxy pantaloons) and "iCarly" stars Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress. Throughout the week, passengers will have the opportunity to interact with these and other Nickelodeon personalities.
Kenny will host a screening of a brand new "SpongeBob SquarePants" episode as well as a voiceover workshop to teach kids how to adopt the nervous piercing timbre of the world's most notorious sea sponge. McCurdy and Kress will host a special screening of a never-before-seen episode of "iCarly." Passengers will also have the chance to catch special screenings of brand-new episodes of "The Naked Brothers Band" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- before they're seen by the general public.
Nick Karaoke gives cruise travelers the chance to humiliate themselves/impress fellow passengers by singing their favorite Nickelodeon songs, "Best Day Ever" from "SpongeBob" or The Naked Brothers Band's "I Don't Wanna Go to School." Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress will serve as judges for a special "iCarly"-themed Nick Karaoke contest.
Families can enjoy their morning victuals with special guests including Dora the Explorer; the Backyardigans, Jimmy Neutron, Diego and the ubiquitous SpongeBob.
With "Slime Time Live!", kids and the parental unit can experience Nickelodeon's trademark green slime at Studio Nick. During this interactive game show, the ultimate goal will be getting slimed, much to the chagrin of the RCI cleanup crew.
On the sixth day of the cruise, which is a call at Royal Caribbean's private island of Labadee, families can enjoy a day on the shore as part of Nick's "Let's Just Play Family Beach Day," featuring freestyle beach games with a Nickelodeon twist.
Adults looking for over-18 entertainment need not worry. The casino, all the ship's many watering holes and the spa will be fully operational.
Cabins are still available for the seven-night cruise, which departs from Miami. The ship will call at ports such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private island. Fares start at $2,699 total for a family of two sharing an inside cabin; a family of four will pay from $3,999. At this point, many of the suites -- including the Royal Family Suite and the enormous Presidential suite are sold out -- but accommodations are still available in most other categories.
Since the entire ship has been chartered by Nickelodeon, all bookings must be made through www.nickfamilycruise.com.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor