March 29, 2002
Princess Cruises is changing its minimum age requirement for participants of its Princess Kids Program from two -- to three. The new age rule begins effective with sailings that start on or after May 1 and is a result, says company spokeswoman Denise Seomin, of a couple of factors. “The change in age is due to the fact that there is quite a bit of difference in the maturity levels found between 2 and 3 year-olds, and since our kids program has been enhanced to include more detailed, extensive activities for children, it is best implemented with children three years of age or older.” Princess operates three different programs -- Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7); Princess Pirateers (ages 8-12); and Off Limits (ages 13-17) -- all geared to specific age-related activities.
Two year olds will still be welcome to play in the kids center but parents must supervise them, Seomin says. Babysitting, of course, is still available at an a’la carte charge.
Industry-wide, cruise lines are pretty divided about the 2-3 year old issue. Carnival’s Camp Carnival accepts two year olds while Royal Caribbean says it’s always had a three year minimum age requirement. Celebrity, too, says it’s programs start at three.