Celebrity Eclipse for Families
The forward area, including the basketball court on Deck 15, is ground-zero for kids aboard Eclipse. The court is sandwiched between the two dedicated kids' areas: X-Club (for kids ages 12 to 17) on the port side and Fun Factory (for 3- to 11-year-olds) on the starboard side. The rooms are of about equal dimensions and are stocked to the rafters with age-appropriate gear. The teen area also features a soft drink "bar" with a popcorn machine. Also clustered with the kids' clubs is the video arcade. In addition to that room's complement of the latest bleep, beep and zap machines, kids also have access to Wii consoles and foosball and air-hockey tables.
The well-staffed youth program includes organized activities for five age groups, as follows:
Shipmates, ages 3 to 5, and Cadets, ages 6 to 8, offer dinosaur hunts, SpongeBob trivia, face-painting and water games. Ensigns (9 to 11) are engaged in scavenger hunts, pool games, bingo, basketball and game shows. Teens are split up into two groups. Those in the 12 to 14 sector participate in "tweens" activities like pool Olympics, game shows and karaoke, and those in the 15 to 17 group, which has less structured schedules, have a prom party and a "Dancing with the Stars" event.
Designated "Toddler Time" sessions are organized for the younger-than-3 set. Toddlers are permitted in Fun Factory only with parental supervision.
In lieu of group baby-sitting, Eclipse provides lunch, dinner and slumber parties for kids, ages 3 to 11, so parents can lunch, sup and party at night sans kids. These "parties" go for $6 per child, per hour. In-cabin babysitting for children 12 months or older is subject to availability. Fee is $19 per hour for up to three children in the same family.
Family accommodations include four family cabins and 121 connecting cabins, as mentioned above.