Royal Babies and Tots offers free interactive and developmental activities, sponsored by Fisher-Price, for parents to participate in with their babies (6 to 18 months) or tots (18 months to 3 years). All activities take place on Deck 10 outside Adventure Ocean. Typically, these activities are in the mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for babies and 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. for tots, then again at 5 p.m. for both groups.
Private baby-sitting is only available to children aged 1 year or older, at a rate of $19 per hour for up to three children.
Adventure Ocean on Deck 10 -- for children of ages 3 to 11 -- is awash in primary colors in partnership with Crayola, Fisher-Price and Lowe's. It's been divided into quite a few areas for different activities, such as a coloring station where you can color in books -- or on the walls. There's also a game room, small Internet cafe, dance floor, library and a cinema, plus several seating areas. Pets at Sea is an onboard experience akin to Build-a-Bear that allows children to create their own stuffed animals, complete with outfits, from $32.95.
Adventure Ocean is available at no cost throughout the day and evening, until 10 p.m. Adventure Lunch is held at Sorrento's Pizza from noon to 1 p.m. during port days. Adventure Dining, from about 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., offers children the chance to dine with Adventure Ocean staff at Johnny Rockets, free of charge. Pre-registration for dinner the day of is recommended, as space is limited. Adventure Ocean Late Night is held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and it incurs a fee of $7 per hour, per child.
Teens (ages 12 to 17) have Fuel Nightclub and a hangout lounge called the Living Room away from the younger children's area on Deck 11, right below the basketball court. The Living Room is small but features a cartoonish orange, purple and red couch with a huge plasma-screen TV. Fuel is funky, with a DJ booth, dance floor, pizza and soda bar, plasma TV and many seating arrangements around the dance floor, open from noon to 5 p.m. port days, with teen activities from about 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. You can enter these two rooms separately or wander between them, as they are connected. Teens are free to come and go as they please during any activity. On our voyage, we never saw older children in this area -- they all seemed to hang in the 24-hour Challengers arcade at night, on Decks 10 and 11 aft. Happy hours are offered at the arcade with half-price games during different portions of your cruise, so check your daily schedule.