Island Princess for Kids

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Why Choose Island Princess?
  • Pro: Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.
  • Con: Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.
  • Bottom Line: Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

Island Princess for Families

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Island Princess is family friendly, particularly during school holidays and to that end, they offer fabulous facilities for kids ages 3 to 17 years old. There are six permanent staff with more brought in during busy periods. The minimum age to sail is six months.

The Youth Center (Deck 12) and the Teen Center (Deck 14 aft) are divided into three interconnected spots: Pelicans for 3- to 7-year-olds, Shockwaves for 8- to 12-year-olds and Remix for 13- to 17-year-olds.


The youth center on Deck 12, primarily decorated in yellow and mid blue is equipped with everything from video games and movies to board games and jukeboxes. For the youngest kids, there are facilities for activities like kids' karaoke, toys and arts and crafts. Both Youth and Teen Centers are well equipped with excellent security, access by adults is very strictly controlled.

There is such a choice of complimentary child-friendly activities that you may start to hanker for the days of your youth. The Pelicans are entertained with nonstop activities, including arts and crafts, movies and cartoons, educational workshops, cookie decorating, T-shirt coloring, face painting and pizza and ice cream parties.

Shockwaves kids can enjoy karaoke, Playstation 2/3 and Wii tournaments, movies and cartoons, scavenger hunts, talent shows, a science program, sports tournaments and pajama parties.

Under-3s are welcome, too, provided a parent or guardian accompanies them.

Parents can enjoy shore excursions knowing that their kids are being well looked after onboard. Port day supervision runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening activities from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On sea days, the centers open from 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. They are closed at meal times.

Late-night group baby-sitting for Pelicans and Shockwaves is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $5 per hour, per child. Pre-booking is necessary. No private baby-sitting is offered.


Remix caters to the teen crowd with sports competitions, late-night movies, talent shows, DJ workshops, hip-hop dance classes, teen makeovers, Playstation 2/3 and Wii tournaments, scavenger hunts and parties galore, including dance and hot tub parties, pizza and mocktail socials and teens-only formal dinners. Hollywood parties are a great take on the real deal with a red carpet, dating games and even mock paparazzi to give kids the taste of celebrity.

The teen center itself (Deck 14 aft), is decked out in dark tones and offers a mocktail bar, disco area and gaming stations.

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