Emerald Princess is well-equipped to serve children of different ages and on our cruise there were certainly many of them to keep occupied. There are three kids' clubs on Deck 17 for children between the ages of three and 17.
Children must be six months old in order to sail. There is no private in-cabin babysitting, but group babysitting is available for a fee of $5 per hour, per child for children 3 and older.
Some additional services are available, including diaper and baby food in-cabin delivery service, although Princess advises passengers to purchases diapers before their cruise. Passengers should notify the line in advance of traveling if they need cribs. The ship's restaurants are child-friendly, with kids' menus in the main dining rooms, and highchairs are available.
Youngsters have their own "Chill Out" splash pool on Deck 17. They must be potty-trained and under the supervision of a parent to use it. And it goes without saying that more generic attractions, such as Movies Under The Stars, hold an instant appeal for kids, too -- but beware of what's being shown, as sometime the language is more suited to an adult audience than to young viewers. The two main pools on the Lido Deck are popular with children, but they're deep, so kids need to be reasonably good swimmers.
Princess Pelicans serves kids ages 3 to 7 and offers a range of age-appropriate activities, such as kids-only dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice cream and pizza parties, pajama parties, theme nights, a family fun fair and art projects.
Shockwaves is for kids ages 8 to 12 and features activities such as kids-only dinners, dance parties, movies, video games, scavenger hunts, karaoke and talent shows, sports tournaments, Jr.CHEF@Sea cooking classes through the Princess Culinary Academy and theme nights.
Remix, with a hip and edgier vibe, offers a place for 13- to 17-year-olds to hangout, listen to music and play on game consoles. There's also a selection of card games, board games, Ping-Pong tables and jukeboxes. Teens also have a separate Jacuzzi and sunbathing area. They can even mix their own dance tracks and take hip-hop dance lessons.