Kids beg to go to the Kids Club and parents are more than willing to take them. The Princess Kids Program located on Deck 12 Midship keeps Princess Pelicans (kids aged three to 7 years); and Shockwaves Kids (aged eight to 12) happily entertained. The beauty of this program is that it allows parents some free time minus their children to enjoy the ship.
Princess Cruises have partnered with Discovery to create a host of activities in the kids club program including science experiments made popular by Mythbusters, arts and crafts inspired by Animal Planet and a California Science Centre-endorsed solar system design. Other fun activities include: Mario Kart racing on the Nintendo Wii, ice cream parties, movies, parent-free dinners, face painting, dancing, games and competitions.
The kids' program is open 9 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. breaking for lunch and dinner. There are no set times to go to kids club; kids are welcome to join at any time during these sessions. They can also skip a session or two and hang out with the family. On port days, the kids program is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and generally involves free play time -- with video games, art and craft, movies and board games the norm. Parents are able to leave the kids supervised onboard at the kids club while they explore the port destination. Most families go onshore together and make use of the kids club facilities in the afternoon.
Private in-room babysitting is not available. Group sitting in one of the two kids club rooms is offered from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs AU$5 per hour per child.
Princess offers quad-share cabins with Pullman beds. The beds pull out from the ceiling forming two bunk beds on either side of the cabin. A ladder is used to reach the top bunks. The beds are not comfortable by any stretch and, being so high to the ceiling, there is a risk of kids falling out. A safety sticker recommends children aged nine years and older use the top bunk, with the younger kids sleeping on the much more comfortable bottom beds.
For babies and infants a portable cot brought from home can fit between two single beds. Children must be a minimum age of one year old to travel on Sun Princess from Australian ports. Parents must bring their own baby supplies. There are no baby items onboard -- that includes nappies, bottles, food and medicine. For toddlers beginning solids, there are plenty of soft vegetables, soups, fruit and pasta options. Infants and young children who are not toilet trained are not permitted in any of the pools or spas. There is no splash pool onboard.
Remix Lounge facilitated by one coordinator is located in the room next door to the kids club. Teens aged 13-17 can participate in activities that include Zumba, karaoke and trivia quizzes. Teens can come and go as they please or just hang out and make use of the video games, movie library, board games and Fussball table. The room is empty most of the time, but groups of teenagers are often seen on Deck 15.