Vision of the Seas for Families
As on all the Vision-class ships, children's facilities are imaginative and well-run, with age-specific activities designed for all children younger than 18. The minimum age to sail is 6 months, unless the cruise includes three consecutive sea days, in which case it's 12 months.
All kid-specific facilities can be found on Deck 10, forward. The new Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, for little ones aged 6 to 36 months, offers Fisher-Price toys; soft climbing structures; a flat-screen TV playing Sesame Street, the Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine around the clock; Crayola art supplies; and a separate sleeping area with cribs. It's open from 8 a.m. on port days and 9:30 a.m. on sea days through midnight. Parents can play with their youngsters for free during the day, but the drop-off program costs $6 per hour, per child, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $8 per hour, per child, from 5 p.m. until midnight.
The underwater-themed Adventure Ocean complex accommodates kids of ages 3 to 17. Activities vary by age group and include finger painting and building blocks for Aquanauts (3 to 5); pajama night, carnival games and a talent show for Explorers (6 to 8); karaoke, sports tournaments and scavenger hunts for Voyagers (9 to 11); pool parties, themed dance parties and video games for tweens (12 to 14); and DJ training, casino night and movies for teens (15 to 17).
Teens in the oldest age group also have exclusive access to the disco, adjacent to the Adventure Ocean complex on Deck 10. There, teens can enjoy dancing and mocktails from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Complimentary programs operate from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., with breaks for lunch, tea and dinner. The "Late Night Party Zone" (essentially group baby-sitting) operates from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. and costs $7 per hour, per child. In-cabin baby-sitting is also available from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. but comes with a $19-per-hour charge for up to three children within the same family. Parents must book this service 24 hours in advance.