Queen Mary 2 (QM2) for Families
For a line that has a more formal reputation, Queen Mary 2 attracts a fair number of children during school holidays. (We were told that families often use crossings to visit relatives overseas.) So it makes sense that services are available for all ages.
A complimentary Night Nursery with six travel cots is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for children aged 12 months to 23 months. Baby baths and travel cots are available for staterooms, and high chairs can be found in the buffet.
The Play Zone is geared to kids between ages 2 and 7, and it offers typical activities for this age group, including access to a sheltered outdoor play area with tricycles. Evening sessions aim to settle children down, with toys put away and a movie shown.
The Kid Zone adds sports competitions and scavenger hunts to the activities planned for children ages 8 to 12 years old. On some evenings, the group goes to see shows in the Royal Court Theatre. Their play space includes game consoles and a large plasma TV for movies.
While teens don't have their own space, the ship does organize activities throughout the public areas for children ages 13 to 17. These include table tennis and deck sports, as well as pizza parties, discos, trivia and bingo in the evenings.
A children's tea party is given nightly in the Chef's Galley from 4:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Children's menus are also available in the main dining room.
While children younger than 18 do not have a dress code, parents are encouraged to dress them "smartly" for dining rooms beyond Kings Court. Children younger than 13 must be with a parent or guardian to watch a show in the Theatre, and those younger than 14 are not allowed to use the gym, sauna or steam room. Whirlpools are off limits to children younger than 16.