Legend of the Seas for Families
Children's programming, known as Adventure Ocean on Royal Caribbean ships, is a strong point for Royal Caribbean. However, due to the longer nature of Legend's sailings, the ship doesn't carry many children. A kids club supervisor tells us only about 30 cruisers younger than 18 are found onboard during the ship's peak times. Nonetheless, the facilities available are perfect for keeping youngsters occupied.
The Royal Babies and Tots nursery on Deck 10, for children younger than 36 months, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5:15 p.m. to midnight on sea days. Port day hours are 7 a.m. to noon and 5:15 p.m. to midnight. Prices are $6 per child, per hour, during the day. The fee goes up to $8 at night.
Reservations are required, and although a 50 percent cancellation fee applies to cancellations made less than one hour from the scheduled time, demand is often low enough that Legend's policy is more flexible. Supervised play is provided, as are cribs for napping. Parents are allowed to go ashore on port days while their young children are in the nursery. Several activities for the wee ones are offered throughout each sailing, including play groups, bedtime stories and other activities, both with and without parents. Fisher-Price toys can also be signed out for parents to use with their children elsewhere on the ship. For-fee in-cabin baby-sitting is available upon request for children at least 1 year old.
Supervised kids programming for those between the ages of 3 and 17 is free.
The 3- to 11-year-old set convenes in Club Ocean on Deck 10 to enjoy a variety of age-appropriate fun. Aquanauts (3 to 5 years) listen to stories, have sing-alongs, dance and play with hula hoops. Explorers (6 to 8) and Voyagers (9 to 11) often have activities that overlap, due to the small number of children that sail on Legend of the Seas. Their shenanigans include game play, science experiments and art projects.
Teens have their own facility, Optix, on Deck 10, just across from Club Ocean. The clubby atmosphere provides a dance floor and a DJ booth, as well as tables and comfy chairs with plenty of magazines and board games. Although planned activities are supervised, teens are able to come and go as they please. Activities for ages 12 to 14 include movies, photo scavenger hunts, dessert creation, trivia, late-night mini-golf, video game play and dodgeball. Meanwhile, those in the 15 to 17 bracket might take part in games, trivia, shuffleboard tournaments, video game play, rock climbing, teen Quest, Amazing Race competitions and late-night themed parties.
A small arcade is next to Optix on Deck 10, and it's open to all passengers. Because it was downsized to make room for the Royal Babies and Tots nursery during Legend's refurb, it now contains only a small handful of games.
Parents should note that there's an onboard curfew of 1 a.m. for all cruisers younger than 18.