Enchantment of the Seas for Families
Royal Caribbean is known for its outstanding children's facilities, and those on Enchantment are no exception. The Adventure Ocean children's program is divided into five groups that cater to children from ages 6 months to 11 years. Playgroups and baby gymnastics are set up throughout the cruise for Royal Babies (6 - 18 months), and offerings for Royal Tots (18 - 36 months) include Crayola Beginnings sessions and bedtime stories.
Aquanauts (ages 3 - 5) can mingle at pirate-, circus-, dinosaur- and superhero-themed festivities throughout each cruise and take part in other activities in the kid's center on Deck 10. For Explorers (ages 6 - 8), youth staffers offer science experiments (like building volcanoes), pizza parties and other fun pastimes for kids. Voyagers (ages 9 - 11) can participate in hula-hoop contests, face-painting and trivia.
Teens have their own space -- a club called FUEL, which has modern-style couches, a dance floor and TV's. On my sailing, there were so few teens onboard that they combined teen activities for ages 12 - 17, but on voyages where more teens are present, they're divided into two groups: 12 - 14 and 15 - 17.
In addition to Adventure Ocean's Nintendo Wii, youngsters will find a video arcade across the hall from Adventure Ocean on Deck 10. It's got air hockey, foosball and other classic games. A note to parents: The arcade isn't free, and credits for game play will be charged to your onboard account. Ping-Pong tables can also be found out on deck.
For parents looking to dine sans kids, Royal Caribbean offers a "Lunch & Play" option for children that includes a two-hour lunch and play time with food, movies, cartoons, karaoke and scavenger hunts. It comes with an extra fee of $7.95 per child. Another option for parents is the Late Night Party Zone, which will occupy younger cruisers from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at a cost of $6 per hour, per child. Baby-sitting is also available on a group or in-cabin basis between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, and it's on a "first come, first served" basis. Rates for in-cabin sitters are about $19 per hour for up to three children in the same family (kids must be at least one year old).
All passengers younger than 18 have a curfew of 1 a.m., unless they're accompanied by a parent or participating in an organized, ship-sponsored youth activity.