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5 Great Cruise Ship Facilities For Children

Although the average age of a cruiser is firmly in the 50-60 category, more and more families are taking to the seas in order to offer their children a brilliant, fun-filled holiday. And with certain cruise lines catering for children better than ever before and new family-focussed ships coming to the market, there are plenty of reasons to let your young travellers enjoy life on the waves.

Most people will be aware that operators such as P&O, Disney and Royal Caribbean have a wide selection of family cruises available, but what are the specific facilities that make these the perfect choice? Let’s take a closer look at the activities and venues that children will love.

Aquapark – Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway

NCL Aquapark

Some ships have waterslides and pools on board, but these three from Norwegian Cruise Lines have a whole aquapark. Kids can play on the various slides whilst also running through the sprayers and splashers as they explore this unique attraction at sea

Whilst all three ships have a range of thrilling waterslides, pools and hot tubs, Norwegian Epic is home to the only bowl slide at sea. Rides slide down 200 feet as they swirl around the bowl before dropping through the middle. Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway also have separate kids Aquaparks where younger thrill-seekers can play amongst their favourite characters from Nickelodeon.

Adventure Science Lab – Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

Young Einsteins can learn and have fun at the same time as they join in with the experiments in the Adventure Science Lab. This is in fact the first science lab to be found at sea and features activities organised by High Touch High Tech; a hands-on children’s science educational group that have been partnering with Royal Caribbean for nearly fifteen years.

Any children going along to the lab can look forward to building their own volcanoes, making edible DNA and getting covered in space mud that they have created themselves.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Disney Fantasy

Disney Princess

Every girl dreams of becoming a princess and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is where their dreams can come true. This unique facility on board Disney Fantasy gives each young girl (and boy, if they wish) the chance to transform themselves into their heroine of choice. Fairy Godmothers will be standing by to help as your child chooses which princess they would like to become and then has their hair, nails, make-up and clothing done for them.

On pirate themed nights, boys and girls can also head to this part of the ship to get help in transforming into the scariest, most swashbuckling pirate on the seven seas.

The Fun Zone - Ruby Princess, Crown Princess, Emerald Princess

The fun zone is perfect for children aged between 3 and 12 and provides 10,000 square feet of…well, fun. Kids can attend themed events such as pizza parties, ice-cream parties, pyjama parties and more whilst also playing on soft play areas and taking part in arts and craft activities.

All the while they will be looked after by qualified staff that will plan fun and games to suite a range of different ages. There will also be discos, video games and scavenger hunts.

Hasbro, The Game Show - Carnival Sunshine (and ten other Carnival Ships)

Board Games

On a range of different Carnival cruise ships, the whole family can take part in Hasbro, The Game Show. The board game giant has put its name to a host of giant board games, as teams compete against each other, in front of a live audience, in a game of Connect Four, Sorry! and Operation.

If you’re brave enough, it’s time to get on stage in front of the rest of the ship and show everyone what your family is made of. Show times are always listed in the daily on board itinerary and there is the chance to win some great prizes.

If you are looking to introduce your children to cruising or the whole family wants to embark on their first cruise, Fred.\ can help find the best deal for you. Our specialists know the best ships for family cruises and the best itineraries that will help ensure everything will be perfect as you sail away together.