Voyager isn't really a ship for children, though those from 1 year old are allowed onboard. There were 50 passengers under age 18 on our seven-night Mediterranean cruise in June, which ship crew considered to be an unusually high number. There tend to be more children onboard on shorter cruises, Alaska cruises and during the summer or school holidays.
On select cruises, there is a Club Mariner option for youngsters. One of the ship's event rooms is devoted to the program on these sailings. Club Mariner is divided into two age groups, 5 to 12 and 13 to 17 years old. The program is available on sea days, typically from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On port days, it starts just prior to the ship's departure from port. There are two Club Mariner counselors, working together, but each responsible for an age group. They are First Aid and CPR certified, with a focus on recreation with youth programming. The cruise director works with the entertainment team and counselors to organize activities, movies and games for participants. Types of activities include scavenger hunts, board games, Wii, a chocolate fountain, making friendship bracelets, cookie decorating, karaoke, charades, a backstage tour of the main theater, dance parties, social networking (for the older group) and other games and crafts.
Babysitting may or may not be available on any given Voyager sailing -- so don't count on it. It's based on request and is strictly dependent on available certified staff. If available, the price is $25 per hour, per child. This is a separate offering from the Club Mariner program, with different staff.
There is a kids' menu, which includes pizza, fish sticks, chicken tenders, a hot dog, a bacon-cheeseburger, tomato soup, pasta with Bolognese sauce and mac and cheese. For dessert there is chocolate mousse and ice cream.
Twelve suites have interconnecting doors, and sofas in the suites convert to sofa beds.