Emerald Princess Family
There are three kids clubs for kids between the ages of 3 and 17. Princess Pelicans serves those aged 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, JuniorChef@Sea cooking classes and hip-hop dance classes for older kids.
Remix, a relatively new concept for Princess, is hip and edgy. There are PlayStation2's, movies and music, Karaoke, giant screen TV's, 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. And it goes without saying that more generic attractions such as Movies Under the Stars hold an instant appeal for them too -- but beware of what's being shown as sometime the language is more suited to an adult audience than young viewers.
The two main pools on the Lido Deck are popular with children, but they are deep so kids need to be reasonable swimmers.
The most unique new aspect to Princess' program -- one they've quietly rolled out -- is a Youth Security Program. Young folks (early 20's) wearing bright yellow (and instantly identifiable) polo shirts, patrol the ship -- and even are waiting at embarkation -- with a purpose of discouraging outrageous behavior before it has a chance to occur. What's more, these staffers, just slightly older than the kids they oversee, are of the same generation so to speak and come across as cool and hip -- and the teens look up to them. As an onboard staffer explained, "They come across as teen-friendly and are not perceived as a police force."