Emerald Princess for Families
While Emerald Princess is fully equipped to serve children, it isn't necessarily a magnet for young families. That is due in part to the ship's longish itineraries, including in the Caribbean. On our Baltic cruise, for example, there were 15 kids younger than 18, and five of them were officers' children.
That said, there are three kids clubs on Deck 17 for children between the ages of 3 and 17. Princess Pelicans serves those ages 3 to 7, Shockwaves is for ages 8 to 12, and Remix caters to 13- to 17-year-olds. Activities range from pirate parties and treasures hunts for younger cruisers to PlayStation tournaments and JuniorChef@Sea cooking classes for older kids.
Remix is hip and edgy. There are PlayStation2's, movies and music, Karaoke, giant screen TVs, card games, board games, Ping-Pong tables and juke boxes. Teens also have a separate Jacuzzi and sunbathing area. They can even mix their own dance tracks and take hip-hop dance lessons.
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 reasonable swimmers.
Children must be 6 months old in order to sail. There is no private in-cabin babysitting, but group babysitting is available for a fee for children 3 and older.