Norwegian Pearl for Families
The terrific Splash Academy kids club is located on Deck 12 adjacent to the pool area, and, in fact, the outside part extends onto the pool deck. Children are divided by age groups: Guppies (6 months to 2 years, for parent-supervised play), Turtles (3 to 5), Seals (6 to 9) and Dolphins (10 to 12). Activities are plentiful, from arts and crafts workshops to a Cirque Du Jour family circus show. The inside area includes several gymnastics mats, a jungle gym, small movie theater and multiple computers. On our particular visit, we saw balloon animals hanging from a colorful orange and yellow ceiling and various art projects posted to the walls. There is even a separate toy room with all kinds of light-up, noisemaking gadgets. Splash Academy uses an automated iPad system for registration, drop-off and pickup.
Beyond the playroom is a small kids pool with a mini-waterslide. It's surrounded by a glass wall, which means that mom and dad can actually see their kids playing when they're out there, bouncing on the colorful balls or interacting with other children in the same age group.
All Guppies activities require a parent to be present. They include free-play time, nursery rhymes and songs, and painting and coloring.
Teens (13 to 17) have their own space, called Entourage -- a colorful, sporty club with multiple flat-screen TVs, cozy red seating areas, Wii U, air hockey table, foosball table and a dance floor. There is even a searchable digital music video jukebox that outputs Top 40 hits.
Down the hall from Entourage is the video arcade, which features two rows of arcade classics like Time Crisis 4 and House of the Dead, plus your typical crane machines.
Group baby-sitting for kids ages 3 to 12 is offered from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on port days. Late-night hours carry a fee of $6 per hour for the first child and an additional $4 per hour for each sibling; there is no individual or in-room sitting. A flat fee of $6 per child, per meal, applies during port days. (Kids club staff will accompany your child to lunch.)