Although not really a family-oriented ship, Queen Victoria has a good events programme, including games, discos, crafts and quizzes, in its 'Zone' (Deck 10). In addition, there is a children's tea in the Lido Restaurant every day from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. This buffet meal appeals to kids and their parents by offering healthy options such as fresh fruit with fruit yogurt dip and vegetable crudites with Thousand Island dressing, as well as perennial kids' favourites, such as chicken nuggets, French fries, cheese burgers, hot dogs and chocolate brownies and ice cream. Baby food and milk are available on request.
Babies must be a minimum of 6 months old to sail.
Children aged 2 and older can participate in supervised daytime activities without an accompanying parent or guardian.
The Play Zone is a permanently supervised area for kids between the ages of 2 to 7. It is a bright, colourful environment, complete with outdoor play area, arts and crafts corner, a carpeted section for building blocks and other toys and tables for puzzles and board games. It offers lots of fun activities, including theme days, arts and crafts, books, toys, face painting, treasure hunts and story time at 7:30 p.m. Youth staff organise structured activities and supervise free play. On sunny days, kids can burn off energy in a sheltered outside area with ride-on cars and tricycles. The Play Zone is open daily from 9 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Kids Zone for 8- to12-year-olds is a brightly coloured area stocked with board and video games. It offers activities such as sports competitions and arts and crafts sessions. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Passengers travelling with children under 2 can use the facilities in The Play Zone as long as one adult stays with the child. There is also a night nursery for children aged from 6 to 23 months. It has space for three cots, and children can stay there while their parents enjoy dinner or a show. The nursery is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
There is no in-cabin baby-sitting.
The Teen Zone for 13- to 17-year-olds is a large lounge area with plenty of huge squishy floor cushions and settees for chilling out. It offers table tennis tournaments, team games and deck sports throughout the day and discos and bingo in the evenings. Video games are also available. It is open from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.