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Royal Caribbean Cruises - Family Cruises

Royal Caribbean offer an award-winning children's program called Adventure Ocean©,  in addition to great onboard activities such as climbing walls, the FlowRider and the exhilarating RipCord by iFly - a skydiving experience. This makes them an ideal choice for family cruises, as there is something for everyone. Read on to find out why your little kids - and big kids for that matter - will love this fun cruise line.

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Royal Caribbean Adventure Ocean©

  • Royal Babies (6 - 18 months)
  • The Royal Babies sessions are a great way for parents to enjoy some interactive fun with babies, and experts from Fisher-Price have carefully created the activities available here to stimulate and educate little ones. Royal Babies includes a variety of fun and games from baby gymnastics, to musical inspired activities and food-related fun and games. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Royal Tots (18 - 36 months)
  • The Royal Totes offers the next level of interactive bay fun, again with sessions designed by the team at Fisher-Price. Activities include the Fisher-Price Toy Lending Programme, with their treasure chest of Fisher-Price toys, the Crayola Beginner Workshop, to pirate games and music or activity inspired learning programmes.

  • Aquanauts (3 - 5 years)
  • Aquanauts is where children get to escape from their parents for the first time onboard Royal Caribbean ships, as long as they are potty-trained, the three to five-year-olds can enjoy the expert entertainment and kids enrichment activities as provided by the Adventure Ocean staff. Find Crayola's Adventure Art programme, Fisher-Price designed activities, storytelling, and games, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained all day long.

  • Explorers (6 - 8 years)
  • The Explorers are kept more than just entertained by the Adventure Ocean staff, with the Adventure Science and Adventure Art offering learning-based fun, through to theatre games and parties.

  • Voyagers(9 - 11 years)
  • Adventure Ocean Voyagers is all about kids having fun, learning new things and making new friends. The activity-filled kids club offers the usual arts, crafts and science-based programmes, themed activities, Xbox games, a Reggae Beach Party, a backstage tour and a talent show.

  • Teens (12 - 14 & 15 - 17 years)
  • The Teen programme offers kids from 12+ somewhere to join in activities or just relax with kids their own age. The non-structured programme means teens can join in activities at their leisure or just take advantage of the facilities in the teen-only lounge. With theme nights and improv games to hitting the FlowRider or joining the Scratch DJ Academy, there is always something to do for restless teenagers onboard.

    The opening hours of the Adventure Ocean club are usually between 9 am and midday, 2 pm until 5 pm and from 7 pm until 10 pm on sea days, although the hours during port days are more varied and will be advised in the onboard newsletter. The opening hours for the Royal Tots and Royal Babies are dependant on the ship and itinerary; again, more information will be available in the newsletter onboard. The teen programme offers activities throughout the day and early evening, and the Teen Centre is open every night from 10:30 pm until 2 am.

    Royal Caribbean also offers a babysitting service at an additional charge that can be booked onboard subject to availability, see information about Royal Caribbean's Childcare Services.

    Royal Caribbean Family Staterooms

    Finding the right family-friendly cabin can be confusing, especially as most cabin grades have three or four-berth options. In terms of cabin grades, the FI, FF, and FO staterooms for Royal Caribbean are all family staterooms consisting of inside rooms, outside rooms, and suites. These can only be booked for groups of five or more, and they have separate sleeping areas to the communal lounge.

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    If the price, the size of your family, or availability of a family stateroom — they often sell out fast — mean you have to look at other cabin grades, you need not worry as there are plenty of suitable cabin types available. Here are some things to be aware of;

  • Some three and fourth-berth inside, outside, and balcony staterooms have pull-down beds
  • If you're taking a three or four-berth inside or outside stateroom, the layout means that a double bed is not possible
  • For more comfort, the superior balcony staterooms - D1 and D2 grade - offer twin beds and a sofa bed which is suitable for two adults
  • There is a variety of interconnecting cabins, although an adult is required to be booked into each stateroom. Note: these do often get booked up quickly during school holiday periods.
  • Another thing to bear in mind is that only junior suites and above come with a bath.
  • If you're not sure which stateroom is best for you, speak to a sales agent for more information.

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