While Celebrity isn't known as a kid-centered line, it's doing more to promote its programs and facilities for young ones and teens. Celebrity's partnership with Xbox means there are up-to-date video games in the Fun Factory, arcade and X Club, and the "Teen Bliss" program with Canyon Ranch offers mani, pedis and "two by two massages" for kids to enjoy a spa day with their parents. One pool is considered the "family" pool.
The Celebrity Fun Factory is located on Deck 11 and is open 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. For activities, children are divided into the following categories, with two counselors per age group: Shipmates (ages 3-5), Cadets (ages 6-8), Ensigns (ages 9-11), Junior Teens (ages 12-14) and Senior Teens (ages 15-17). "Toddler Times" are held every day at specific times; adults must be present.
Shipmates and Cadets are based in the Fun Factory for almost all of their activities, while Ensigns are able to sign themselves in and out for programs until 10 p.m. While most programs are complimentary, Fun Factory charges a fee of $6 per hour for group babysitting, known onboard as "parties." "Morning parties" are designed for children whose parents have booked an early shore excursion through the line; "lunch parties" take place only on port days; "dinner parties" are for parents who want to dine separately from their children; and "slumber parties" go until 1 a.m. so parents and kids can pursue their own late-night activities. A parade of tiny pirates chanting sing-songs marched past one evening in the solarium, and they wholeheartedly seemed to be having a grand time.
X Club for all teens opens at 10 a.m. and is located on Deck 11, although teen activities are held throughout the ship. A Scratch DJ Academy is held on every cruise, and iTake gives teens GoPro cameras to make their own videos and edit them in the ship's iLounge. Other teen programs include soccer challenges, Ping-Pong tournaments, a talent show and dance party, scavenger hunts and flash mob dancing. We thought an hour one night designated to teens in the solarium pool was a nice touch, as they typically wouldn't be allowed in if less than 16 years of age.
All families with children have daily programs from both Fun Factory and X Club delivered to their cabins. Events designed for families to participate in together include bingo, crafts, a "birthday party" and karaoke.
Private in-room babysitting (two sitters per room) is available for up to three children older than 12 months for $19/hour; reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.