Three spaces on Deck 15 are dedicated exclusively to children onboard Celebrity Solstice. While it is true there are no water slides, climbing walls or ropes courses, that doesn't mean children won't enjoy cruising on this family-friendly ship. In fact, your biggest problem could be enticing the kids to leave their newfound friends and hang out with you for a while.
In-room babysitting for children 12 months and older is available for $19 per hour, for up to three children in the same family, anytime of day (but one parent needs to stay on the ship). Book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to use this service.
Celebrity Cruises has achieved Autism Friendly Cruise Line status, having completed Autism Friendly Certification with nonprofit Autism on the Seas. Solstice offers movies, games and activities that are suitable for kids with autism, as well as toys that can be borrowed for in-cabin use.
ShipMates is designed for the youngest set, ages 3 to 5. Kids can participate in theme parties, treasure hunts, T-shirt-decorating, talent shows, arts and crafts, dancing, musical games, imagination play and interactive challenges, cartoon trivia, and ice cream and pizza parties. Children need to be toilet trained to participate in organized activities.
The Fun Factory is for those ages 6 to 11. Staff members divide the kids by age and encourage participation in age-appropriate activities. For children ages 6 to 8, activities include theme parties, relay races, arts and crafts, gaming, movies, ice cream and pizza parties, and interactive team-building games.
Those ages 9 to 11 can participate in scavenger hunts, karaoke, talent shows, theme parties, T-shirt-decorating, sports activities, team challenges, movies, gaming and late-night pizza parties. Children aged 9 and over can sign themselves in and out of the program with parental permission.
Babies and toddlers (aged 6 months to 3 years old) are permitted in the Fun Factory only with parental supervision. They do not need to be toilet trained to enjoy the facilities with their parents.
Lunch and dinner babysitting is available for $6 an hour per child for kids aged 3 to 11 (dinner is free on port days or when the ship is sailing prior to 2 p.m). Children are taken to lunch or dinner by youth staff and then continue with the afternoon or evening program. Late-night group babysitting for the same age group is offered from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., also for $6 an hour. A late-night group sitting "slumber party" is free on the last night of the sailing.
Teens have the XClub, which includes a dance club and coffee lounge for those aged 12 to 17. Teen activities include theme parties, scavenger hunts, pool Olympics, sports tournaments, team trivia, karaoke, gaming and fitness activities. Don't be surprised if you see aspiring teen filmmakers shooting footage around the ship using GoPros. It's part of iTake, an XClub video project that gives them a chance to plot, shoot and edit their own movie in the iLounge.