Royal Caribbean offer an award-winning children's program called Adventure Ocean©. Royal Caribbean also boast great activities such as climbing walls, the FlowRider© and the exhilarating RipCord by iFly - a skydiving experience. Onboard with Royal Caribbean family cruises there is something for everyone. With Independence of the Seas based in Southampton, Royal Caribbean offer a great choice of family cruises from the UK and cruises for family of five.
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, the enriching activities have been developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price. Royal Babies includes a variety of fun and games from baby gymnastics, to musical inspired activities and food-related fun and games. A parent or caregiver must accompany children 6 - 36 months during all the activity sessions.
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 to themed activities from the X Games and Reggae Beach Party to a backstage tour and 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 night 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 9am and midday, 2pm until 5pm and from 7pm until 10pm on sea days, though 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 and more information is available in the newsletter once you're onboard. The Teen programme offer activities throughout the day and early evening and the Teen Centre is open every night from 10:30pm until 2am.
Royal Caribbean also offer a baby sitting service at an additional charge that can be booked onboard subject to availability.
Royal Caribbean Family Staterooms
Finding the right family friendly cabin can often be confusing, especially as most cabin grades can take three of four berth options. In term of cabin grade the FI, FO, FF staterooms for Royal Caribbean are all family staterooms consisting of inside, outside and suites. These staterooms are only available for groups of five or more with Royal Caribbean and are the only offer separate sleeping areas, similar to a suite.
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. If on a budget there are three & fourth berth insides, outsides and balconies staterooms that offer pull down beds, if taking a three or four berth inside or outside stateroom the bed layout means that a double bed is not possible. For more comfort the superior balcony staterooms, D1 & D2 grade, offer twin beds and a sofa bed - which is suitable for two adults.
You can also choose from a variety of interconnecting cabins, though an adult is required to be booked into each stateroom, including inside, outside and balcony grades, though these are often booked up very quickly during school holiday periods. One thing to bear in mind is only junior suites and above come with a bath.
Royal Caribbean offer some of the best cruises for kids. For more information speak to one of our cruise experts before you book on 020 8544 6620, or have a look at the great family cruises 2013 deals, best cruise ship for families and Royal Caribbean fly cruise deals on offer.