While families with children are in the minority year-round on this ship, they are noticeably more common during winter and spring breaks on the Caribbean itineraries, as well as during the summer for the Mediterranean voyages. Even during these seasons, the ship -- from its restaurant offerings to shipboard entertainment -- primarily caters to the adult demographic.
For babies and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years, the ship offers the Royal Babies & Tots program. Interactive parent-child playgroup sessions with educational themes are held in varying onboard lounges. Child care is also available at a dedicated nursery; the hourly fee is $6 in the daytime and $8 during the evening. The ship also offers a service that enables parents to pre-order diapers, wipes and cream, and organic baby food to be delivered to their staterooms upon arrival and throughout the cruise.
Royal Caribbean's children's program, Adventure Ocean, divides young passengers into age-specific programs. Aquanauts (ages 3 to 5) conduct simple ocean-themed experiments in order to be deemed "Certified Jr. Adventure Scientists." Participants take breaks from the "certification" process outside to enjoy a kiddie pool and waterslide.
The Explorers program (ages 6 to 8 years) keeps participants busy with themed parties and activities like making gummy candies. Voyagers (ages 9 to 11 years) learn about marine biology with hands-on demonstrations and lively outings.
Children ages 6 to 8 are allowed to sign themselves in and out of the facility if a parent signs a waiver stating the child may do so. Children ages 9 and above can sign themselves out unless parents sign a request withdrawing that privilege.
Teens have an exclusive spot, Fuel, in which they can hang out on comfortable couches and enjoy a juice and coffee bar, dance floor, televisions and computers. The Adventure Ocean Arcade is nearby. The atmosphere is casual and participants can come and go as they please, but there are also planned teen-only sporting events, games and parties.