During school holidays or summer vacations, there may be over 250 children onboard. There's plenty for them to do when they're not on shore excursions with their parents.
Celebrity breaks down kids' groups into Shipmates (3 to 5), Cadets (6 to 8), Ensigns (9 to 11) and Admirals (12 to 17). During peak family cruising seasons, teens are further broken down into 12 to 14 and 15 to 17. At select times, kids under age 3 can participate in specific toddler activities, where they can interact with other children their age and play with age-appropriate toys, but parents or guardians must accompany their child. These are held in the kids club, and hours are announced in the ship's daily newsletter.
Celebrity Constellation's Shipmates' Fun Factory children's area located on Deck 11 features all manner of toys, a bank of video games and draped area for movie watching. There's an adjacent splash pool, ball pit and climbing apparatus.
Age-appropriate activities are scheduled for each grouping. The youngest cruisers might enjoy finger painting or making a cowboy hat, while older kids might participate in sushi-making demos and hip-hop dance classes. Other activities include scavenger hunts, rock band play and group sports activities. There are scheduled activities from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
For 3- to 11-year-olds, lunch (on port days, noon to 2 p.m.) and dinner (each evening, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) run $6 per hour, per child. Nightly slumber parties, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., are also billed by the hour per child, with an immediate surcharge for late pickup.
In-cabin babysitting is available for around $8 per hour for children 12 months and older with no more than two children per sitter. Requests through guest relations should be made at least 24 hours in advance and is subject to personnel availability.
Teens have their own venue, the Tower, a cool, cylindrical and windowed structure that sits atop Deck 11 and features a small pool table, flat-screen TV and video games. Tower hours and teen program schedules vary depending upon the cruise; check with the ship's activities staff for the current schedule.
A small arcade, adjacent to the Fun Factory, features the typical mix of gun battles, car racing and excruciating "use a robot claw to grab a prize" games. In a generous touch, each kid is given 30 minutes of free arcade play to rid crime from the streets of Tokyo, hunt big game and drive souped-up Mustangs.
Parents with young children need to bring formula, diapers and wipes, but there are extra supplies onboard, should they run out. Strollers are not available for rent.