Norwegian Breakaway Family
Children have nearly as many options as adults on Breakaway. For teens, there isn't a better place to be than at Entourage, the teen club for 13- to 17-year-olds, located on Deck 16 aft. The supervisors at this hip daytime lounge/nighttime disco are young and hip themselves, and they provide team-building activities on the first two days to get kids together. They swear kids line up at the door for the club to open at 11 a.m. each day. Special events include Mardi Gras, Casino Night, and Suit and Tie Night, where kids participate in a photo shoot, attend the Second City comedy show and then have dinner out together. One of the most popular events is the Glow Party, where black lights turn the club into a teen-friendly rave. The club features four gaming stations, air hockey, Foosball and a two-sided D.J. emulator -- one of four in the world -- where kids can learn to D.J. D.J.'s also are on hand during special events to teach kids, with pros from big nightclubs and festivals like Coachella providing instruction.
The club is open from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. in a "come and go as you please" environment. Food and drink are not regularly offered in the club, but at 10:30 p.m., finger foods, including pizza, are brought into the club. Teens can enjoy the ship and the club unaccompanied until 1 a.m., when the ship closes for the evening, and all kids must return to their staterooms.
The Splash Academy, offered to children ages 3 to 12, is a two-deck, supervised kids club. Kids are divided by age groups -- Turtles (3 to 5), Seals (6 to 9) and Dolphins (10 to 12) -- and daily activities for each are typically themed. Hollywood at Sea, for example, includes a red carpet, dress-up event after dinner and "celebrity" appearances by Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob. Other themes include Tribes at Sea, the Big Top at Sea and Rumble in the Jungle. During the programs, kids enjoy arts and crafts, games, movies and video games.
Parents check in children on tablets at the main desk on Deck 12 Forward, but the younger kids hang out downstairs and the older kids upstairs. The program does not provide any sort of pager for parents, unless children are still in diapers, in which case parents receive a spy-style wristband that can be used to call them. (Kids club counselors are unable to change diapers, but non-toilet-trained kids can still participate in activities.)
Splash Academy closes for lunch from noon to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents must return to pick up their children during these hours. Late-night hours are provided from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at an additional fee ($6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional child). The club remains open all day on port days.
While infants 6 to 35 months are welcome onboard and have their own Guppies program, the program requires parents to participate, and the ship does not provide a childcare service. The Under 2 Zoo play area is quite small. However, the Guppies program does provide some fun for parents with babies, including the Wee Can Too program that lets infants be artists with special edible paints (made with vegetables).
A video arcade, located on Deck 16, is better suited for older kids, as most of the video games are geared for the PG crowd. Games are $1.50 to $2 per play, so be careful when sending kids with their cards to freely swipe.
Norwegian partners with Nickelodeon, so the brand's well-known characters can be found throughout the ship. For an additional $20 per person, kids can enjoy a special Pajama Jam breakfast event. Dressed in PJs, kids watch Nick performances and have fun with characters like Dora the Explorer. A character-filled buffet breakfast follows.
Families can also order a special Nickelodeon Bedtime Kit ($45) that includes a character blanket and pillowcase, toothbrush, nightlight and bedtime activities. Room stewards will even turn down kids' beds with the kit each night.