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Important Information on Travelling with Children on a Cruise



There are 3 complimentary kids clubs on board, open between 9am and 11pm with a couple of breaks for you to be able to take your kids out for meals. The activities are aimed at the specific age ranges as set out so it is not possible to mix children of different ages into the groups.

The Play Zone is for babies, toddlers and children aged from 6 months to 7 years*. It's a bright, vibrant and fun environment, complete with an outdoor play area, an arts and crafts corner, a carpeted section for building blocks and other toys as well as tables for puzzles and board games. Other activities will include theme day activities, arts and crafts and circle games. 
*Infants aged 6 months and 2 years are welcome to participate in the Children’s programme with parental supervision.

The Kids Zone is for older children of ages 8 - 12, Permanently supervised by our Youth Team. 
A relaxing and sociable treat, The Zone provides games and activities intended for older children, such as gaming consoles plus sports competitions, arts and crafts and karaoke.

The Teen Zone is a programme for 13 to 17 year olds. Activities will include table tennis tournaments, deck sports, discos, quizzes and much more to keep the younger guests occupied for the whole holiday. The exact age groupings for older children will depend on the number of children travelling on any particular cruise.

The Night Nursery is a quiet area created to enable an infant to sleep. It is open from 6.00pm to 11.00pm. This complimentary facility is available to children aged 6 months to 23 months and operates on a first come first served basis.

Baby sitting or listening is not available on board.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises

Complimentary childrens' clubs are available on board for kids aged between 6 months and 17.  The activities are age related, with 5 clubs organised for different age groups.  Activities range between Lego experience, arts and crafts, mini bowling, Wii consoles, Formula 1 simulators, 4D cinema, Video Game Arcades, MTV style dance classes, trivia, dance contests, live music and discos.

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Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises

Kids clubs are available throughout the day and are split into 3 different age groups between 3 and 17 years of age, open from 9 am to Midnight.

If parents want to enjoy some free time in the evening, they can also book the collective babysitting service, held at the Miniclub between 11.30 pm and 1:30 am, the day before.

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Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises

Kids clubs and baby sitting services are not provided on board.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Activities and fun filled child areas are free to use on board for all kids aged between 6 months and 17 years of age.  Your children can enjoy activities including crafts, games, toys, arcade games, music and karaoke with their own age group. From 6 months to 3 years old, the child must be accompanied by a parent/Guardian.

All children participating in the children's programmes must be potty trained, so from 3 years of age. There are 4 to 5 different age groups in the club.

Cots can be requested at the time of booking.  Please note that these will limit the available floor space in your cabin.

Baby-sitting and child minding (for a nominal fee) can normally be arranged when you are onboard. The minimum age for in stateroom baby-sitting is 1 years old.

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Holland America Line

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has a youth program for guests ages 3-17*. Each ship is staffed with a professional Club Hal® Director dedicated to making sure children have a great time. Some of the fun-filled activities include bingo for prizes, arts & crafts, special parties and much more. Each participant also receives a Club Hal® t-shirt. An activity schedule for each age group will be delivered to your stateroom each evening.

Activities are offered for kids (ages 3-7), 'tweens (8-12) and teens (13-17). The program has an open door policy, which means participants may come and go as they please. All activities are supervised; however, the Club Hal® Director is not responsible for any child if he/she chooses to leave the activity.

*On the ms Prinsendam, youth activities are offered for ages 5-17. All other ships offer youth activities for ages 3-17

A limited number of high chairs, booster seats and cribs are available at no extra charge. These must be reserved in advance at the time of booking.

Whilst at sea, babysitting services are available through the Front Desk for a small additional cost and are for children 3 years of age or older. This service is not always available. Babysitting service is not offered while the ship is in port, although Club Hal does offer activities for children aged 3-12 between 8:00am and 4:00pm on port days.

Babysitting services are limited. In-cabin babysitting is not available.



Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean

Adventure Ocean has 6 different age groups, for children from 6 months to 17 years old.

Fantastic Fisher Price Activity Centre on board for 6 - 36 month olds. 
Access to swimming pools is restricted to those out of nappies and they must be fully toilet trained. Those still in nappies can use the Baby Splash Zone.
Babysitting is available; in a group setting within the Nursery.  Children must be 6 months to 11 years old for this service. Charges apply.

Fabulous range of supervised clubs available as part of the  Adventure Youth Programme., Ages 3 - 17, as well as mini golf, tennis , climbing wall, waterslides, basketball, art and craft, sports, movies, karaoke, disco etc

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P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises

For 2 - 17 year olds, The Reef is an on-board programme catering for 4 different age groups.  Exciting and interesting daily activities are organised every day and tailored to each age group.  The children are split into the following groups to enable them to mix with their own age and enjoy appropriately aged entertainment.

Splashers for 2 – 4 year olds
Surfers for 5 – 8 year olds
Scubas for 9 – 12 year olds
h2o for 13 – 17 year olds 

Your children will dine with you for breakfast and lunch and then you have a choice for your evening meal.  They can either enjoy the child friendly tea laid on with all the food that you know your kids love or they can eat with you, depending on your dining choice.  

The Night Nursery is available on all family friendly ships for children aged between 6 months and 4 years of age, and is open all year round. Operated on a first come, first served basis from 6.00pm to Midnight, followed by Night Nursery Extra from Midnight to 2.00am.


Thomson Cruises

Thomson Cruises

Marella offer a variety of facilities for children on board. Please see here for further details:


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

With Freestyle Cruising you have a vast selection of toddlers, childrens and teenagers activity programmes across 5 age groups covering 6 months to 17 years old. 
Supervised by qualified childcarers, age-appropriate activities are designed to keep your little ones entertained and while at sea the activities are free.

Nappies of any description are not allowed in the swimming pools and hot tubs.

Drop off the kids to enjoy a shore excursion (Port Play) or a romantic night out (Late Night - 22:30-01:30). Available on days in port and every evening for children ages 3-12. Fees apply. 

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Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises caters for kids between the ages of 6 months and 17 years old, with 4 kids clubs.

Princess welcomes babies, toddlers and preschoolers aged 6 months to 2 years old to the world of cruising with services and amenities that make life easier for their families as well. These young guests are welcome in Camp Discovery when accompanied by a parent.

This bright, whimsical, forest-themed center for children features hands-on activities and programs surrounded by captivating creatures.
Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and comfortable places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.
This contemporary beach-themed lounge is "the" place for teens to hang out, socialize and connect.

Rest assured, whether you've planned a day of exploring or a romantic night out, the group kidsitting at our Youth Centers offers your children between the ages of 3 and 12 plenty to look forward to. It's the perfect place for them to relax or play games with their friends. And the charge is just $5.00 USD per hour per child.

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