Kids are likely to have as much fun as adults with the complimentary Splash Academy and Entourage programs -- the latter for teens -- offering supervised, age-appropriate creative play, sports and more.
Both the Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day, such as pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus. Specific emphasis is placed on active offerings, including soccer and physical challenges, through a partnership with the King's Foundation and Camps, a U.K.-based organization that provides sporting and activity programs designed for children. For teens, bowling tournaments, soccer challenges and dodge ball under the stars are just a few of the offerings. Other typical activities might include trivia quizzes, cake-eating challenges and video games, along with an Olympics for older children and face-painting, puzzles and a treasure hunt for the little ones. On sea days, activities will typically be divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions with children expected to join their parents at mealtimes.
Family accommodations include cabins and suites with room for up to four. Infants must be at least six months of age. For voyages with three or more consecutive days at sea, children must be at least 12 months old. Note: Young people under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same, connecting, or neighboring stateroom by a passenger who is 21 years of age or older at the time of embarkation (staterooms opposite each other do not comply).
The Splash Academy divides youngsters into four age groups: Guppies (6 months to 3 years), Turtles (3 to 5), Seals (6 to 9) and Dolphins (10 to 12). Guppies have a separate colorful playroom open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that's situated forward on Deck 5. Note: A diaper changing fee of $28 is charged if a parent cannot be contacted by the Splash Academy staff. The main hub for kids is the Splash Academy Youth Center, forward on Deck 14 and is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For parents that want some time alone while in port, Port Play is available for children aged 3 to 12. The service is free, but there is a port day meal fee of $6 per child, per meal, which includes supervision during meal times. The service is offered between the hours of arrival and departure.
And when parents want to enjoy time out after dark, the Late Night Fun Zone is a group-sitting, fee-based service for children aged 3 to 12. Run by the youth staff inside Splash Academy, the late-night program continues the day's play theme. Available from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., there is a $6 per hour fee for the first child; $4 per hour for siblings. Note: One-on-one care or babysitting is not available and no diapers of any kind, including those marketed as "swimmers", are permitted in the swimming pools or hot tubs,
Teenagers have their own dedicated lounge, Entourage, located aft on Deck 16. Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., the glass-enclosed enclave features air hockey, football, flat-screen TVs and plush couches that encourage chilling. A video arcade is situated just below.