The ship's Adventure Ocean club rates as one of the finest children's facilities afloat with indoor and outdoor play areas. Indoors, the play area offers computers with Internet access, a rock-climbing wall, videos, books, a large video arcade, crafts area and more. Outdoors, the children have shuffleboard, deck checkers, tricycles and tic-tac-toe, not to mention Adventure Beach with a pirate ship splash pool and water slide. Teenagers have their own club and disco, Optix.
Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean Youth Program is a free, year-round children's program for kids 3 (must be toilet-trained) to 17, organized into five age groups. Aquanauts (the program for ages 3 to 5) may feature activities like "Alphabet Scavenger Hunt," story time and Adventure Theater acting classes by Camp Broadway. Explorers (ages 6 to 8) play backwards bingo, make gummy candies and learn about local customs of their ports of call and engage in basic science activities. Voyagers (ages 9 to 11) take backstage tours, play "List-o-Rama" and engage in science experiments that range from earthquakes to hailstorms. Even the teens are divided into two groups. Ages 12 to 14 have "open-mic" karaoke contests and a rock-wall challenge. Ages 15 to 17 has its own dance parties and arcade competitions. In addition, Royal Caribbean has partnered with Fisher Price, Mattel and Crayola to offer a variety of kid- and family-friendly games and activities for all ages.
Babysitting is available in group settings in the Adventure Ocean club from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $5 an hour per child; children must be at least 3 years old. For in-cabin babysitting of children at least one years old, contact the Guest Relations Desk at least 24 hours in advance; available ship staff members supervise in-cabin sitting. The charge is $19 per hour for up to three children within the same family.
A soda package for children up to 18 years of age allows unlimited soft drinks (prices based on cruise length; $31.50 for a seven-night cruise).
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