Pride of America for Families
Norwegian is one of our favorite lines for family cruising, and Pride of America is no exception. The ship's Splash Academy kids club on Deck 12 midship is bright and cheery, with a climbing maze, computer stations and plenty of play space. It also has a kiddie pool adjacent to the hangout space. Potty-trained kids from 3 years old are welcome; there are complimentary age- and destination-appropriate activities available for children up to 12 years old. The kids are divided into age groups: Turtles (3 to 5 years), Seals (6 to 9 years) and Dolphins (10 to 12 years). Free programming runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, with activities like teddy bear adventures, pirate treasure hunts and wacky water games for Turtles; Hollywood Night, Mad Scientist's Lab and sports court play for Seals; and wacky dress dance parties, crazy ball games and Wii play for Dolphins.
Norwegian doesn't offer private childcare, but it does have group baby-sitting services nightly from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. ($6 per hour, per solo child, or $4 per hour, per child, if there are multiple siblings). In addition, kids can take their meals with the kids club for $6 per child; breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other youth activities do not take place during mealtimes.
Kids younger than 3 are not allowed in Splash Academy, even with a parent. The ship does accommodate this age range with its Guppies program (for ages 6 to 35 months), consisting of free play time with age-appropriate toys (most days from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and the occasional hosted program for music or art. These take place in a separate playroom between Splash Academy and the teen lounge, and parents must be in attendance. Children must be at least 6 months old to sail on Pride of America.
The Entourage Teen Club, a "mom- and dad-free zone" for the 13- to 17-year-olds, is comfy and relaxing with its leopard-print couches and beanbag chairs, music library and computer stations. We saw young adults in there at all hours. (Parents might not be allowed, but you can see into the space through the windows.) Because of the port-intensive itineraries, teen activities usually take place in the afternoons and evenings only, with the lounge closing at 1 a.m. Activities might include late-night pool parties; board games, video games and sports competitions; and scavenger hunts.
Pride of America also encourages family togetherness by way of family craft activities, pizza parties and the like.