Navigator of the Seas offers a wide range of youth programs in a large space on Deck 12. Royal Caribbean has designed Adventure Ocean (open until 10 p.m.) for ages 3 to 17. Children must be at least 3 and fully toilet trained (no diapers or pull-ups) to participate in daytime and evening Adventure Ocean programs. As an alternative, the ship also offers Royal Babies and Tots, a drop-off nursery service for infants 6 to 36 months old. Parents pay $6 an hour during daytime hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and $8 an hour at night (until midnight) to have a trained professional watch their children. The ship also will loan toys for little ones. Free-time play is offered daily, allowing parents to interact with their tots using specially designed developmental toys and programs.
Adventure Ocean includes a section for 3- to 5-year olds (Aquanauts program) with computer stations, an arts and crafts station and an ocean liner-themed play area. The room for 6- to 8-year-olds (Explorers) features computer stations and video game terminals, and activities include talent shows, themed evenings, Adventure Science activities (including building an exploding volcano), and Adventure Art by Crayola projects (including making masks inspired by world cultures). The Voyagers room for 9- to 11-year-olds offers computer stations, flat-screen televisions and activities such as Survivor Night, conducted by the ship's youth counselors.
Teens have their own hang-out areas (open until 2 a.m.), and their program has been divided (sensibly) into two age groups: 12-14 and 15-17. Navigator offers a wide range of activities, such as teen parties with music and buffets, movie night in your PJs, video games, teens-only ice skating, dance challenges, capture the flag tourneys and more. Optix is the teen night club, complete with dance floor, flat-screen televisions and bar for sodas and other nonalcoholic drinks. An unlimited soda package for passengers younger than 18 is $28 for a seven-night cruise.
Beyond this, teens also have The Living Room, a place to hang out during the day with games, books, TV, futuristic furniture and an Internet cafe with seven stations. It's so cool the counselors often have to politely chase away adults. A large video arcade is nearby and so is Johnny Rockets to satisfy the teen appetite for fast food.
Generally, activities at Adventure Ocean cease during lunch and dinner times, but there is the occasional organized meal outing (to Johnny Rocket's, for instance). The complimentary My Family Time Dining program lets kids finish dinner in the main dining room in 45 minutes, then get escorted by Adventure Ocean counselors back to the kids' club to play (letting Mom and Dad enjoy a more leisurely meal). This service is available for first seating for kids ages 3 to 11.
Late-night group babysitting in the kids' areas (for ages 3 to 11) is available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $7 per hour, per child. In-room babysitting for kids 12 months and older costs $19 per hour (a two-hour minimum) for up to four children and requires a 24-hour advance reservation.