I know what you’re thinking – is there any better holiday for parents than a cruise? You can put the kids in kids’ club and kick back drinking cocktails by the pool, take in a show, or place a bid at an onboard art auction. But what about the kids? How do they like holidays at sea? We spoke to a few young travellers who recently set sail with Royal Caribbean International and have put together the perfect day at sea for kids.
Kids are generally early risers – so hop up and take advantage of the dawn to prowl the top deck with Mum and Dad. There’s hardly anybody about and you’ll feel like true explorers. If Mum and Dad won’t get up, give them some gentle encouragement by lying in bed and watching the multiple TV channels available in your cabin.
Choose your own breakfast at the Windjammer buffet, or order up some breakfast in bed from room service. It’s free! (Well, included in the price of your cruise.)
Head off to Adventure Ocean (aka kids’ club) for some exciting adventures. Aquanauts (ages 3-5) can take over the ship with a Pirate Party Parade; Explorers (6-8) can get hands-on with science experiments; and Voyagers (9-11) can set off on a scavenger hunt. There are activities for littlies and teens, too.\
Meet up with Mum and Dad for lunch – try out a new restaurant like Sorrento’s Pizza or build your own hot dog at Dog House. See if Mum and Dad will spring the extra cash for specialty dining, and have a family meal at Johnny Rockets, a 1950s-style diner serving hamburgers and fries, with a jukebox at every table.
You’ll probably want to go back to the kids’ club – after all, there are movies to watch, crafts to make, games to play and new-found friends to hang out with. But if you can tear yourself away, you absolutely have to check out the H20 Zone water park, with its geysers, water guns, pools and waterfalls. Then there’s the FlowRider surf simulator, the ice-skating rink, merry-go-rounds, zip lines, a rock-climbing wall, SeaPlex’s bumper cars, a circus school, mini golf ... Even Mum and Dad might enjoy themselves! When you’ve worn them out, take them to the pool area to rest while you get yourself some self-serve ice cream. Yum.
All right, even you are a bit tuckered out by now. Head back to your cabin for a little nap before dinner.
Make sure your parents book the first seating time in the Main Dining Room (it’s called My Family Time Dining, folks) so you have time to catch a show. The Main Dining Room is so fancy you’ll feel like someone in a movie, with white tablecloths and staff waiting on you hand and foot. The food is pretty awesome, too.
You’ll probably want to head back to kids’ club again – seriously, there’s a Late Night Party Zone – but resist the temptation and take the opportunity to see one of the amazing shows. There are all-singing, all-dancing stage shows; aerial acrobatic shows; the ImagineOcean! Puppet show; an Ice Show; an Aqua Show; and plenty more.
If you’re still awake, congratulations! But it’s time for bed now, so you can wake up fresh tomorrow and do it all over again. Sweet dreams
Check out our Perfect Day at Sea for Adults.
* Featured image: Rev your engines at the SeaPlex bumper cars with Royal Caribbean.