Cruise

Fabulous Family Voyages

written by | Posted on September 1st, 2011

Staterooms on board NCL ships can interconnect to create 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-bedroom areas. Suites and Garden and Courtyard Villas on select ships offer extra space and lots of extra amenities. Garden Villas on six of NCL’s ships feature more than 5,000 sq. ft. of space, with a living room, dining room, and three separate bedrooms, each with a bathroom. Each Villa also has a private garden with hot tub, outdoor dining area and terrace. These are ideal choices for family reunions, as they sleep six adults, plus there is room for two rollaway beds and a crib. Courtyard Villas include a living area, private balcony, dining area, separate bedroom with a queen-size bed and a separate children’s bedroom. One bedroom features a luxury bath and separate shower.

In terms of their kids’ programs, Kid’s Crew on NCL is available year-round for ages 2 to 12. Kids are divided by age group to enjoy age-specific fun just for them, including treasure hunts, arts and crafts, games, dance parties and video games. Teen’s Crewgets 13- to 17-year-olds enjoying their time with new friends in a supervised setting with sports, movies and parties.

royal caribbean international

Royal Caribbean International’s complimentary year-round Adventure Ocean program starts at age 3 and is divided into five groups through age 17. “Edu-tainment Programming” leads kids through hands-on science experiments, while artists show off their creativity with crafts linked to the art, history and culture of the regions the ship is visiting. Theater arts using vocal and physical exercises and other creative activities release the actor in young guests.

Royal Caribbean is also where you will hear shrieks of delight when kids get to meet such familiar friends as Shrek, Princess Fiona, and “Madagascar’s” Alex the Lion and the Penguins during Character Breakfasts and meet-and-greets available on four ships. That is when they’re not having fun at the ice skating rink, surf simulators, rock climbing walls and even ziplining!

Connecting staterooms on Royal Caribbean allow for families with older kids to get the space they need. Royal Family Suites available on most Royal Caribbean ships accommodate up to eight, with two bedrooms including four twin beds, two Pullman beds and a newly upgraded double sofa bed. All have a separate living area and two bathrooms. And for the ultimate family reunion, the Presidential Family Suite includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms for up to 14. You also get a living area, and a private balcony with a whirlpool, wet bar and outside dining area.

Making family meals easier, Royal Caribbean’s My Family Time Dining helps kids complete dinner within 45 minutes, freeing parents to enjoy coffee and dessert at their leisure. Once seated, kids enjoy expedited service and are immediately served. Available only during the first seating in the main dining room, kids registered in the Adventure Ocean youth program and My Family Time Dining are met by Adventure Ocean counselors at the main dining room entrances at 6:45 p.m. and are escorted back to theAdventure Ocean spaces for ongoing evening activities, while parents can continue on with their dinner. The entire family gets to enjoy fun their own way, making for the ultimate family vacation.