Is cruise line children friendly?

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean' started by old lady, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. old lady

    old lady DIS Veteran

    Mar 15, 2007
    Is there any children friendly stuff to do and menus, etc?
  2. Denise W

    Denise W Disney Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    Yes. Search for posts here to get details.
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  4. hdrolfe

    hdrolfe DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2014
    Yes. My son loves cruising on RCL. However, I am picky about which ship we go on, some seem to skew towards an older crowd (often the longer routes). There is a kids menu, but kids can order off the main menu (my son loves whatever steak is available along with plain pasta... he's a little odd?). Check the deck plans for ships with great water park areas, water slides, rock climbing walls. Depends on the age of the kid too I guess? My son has been cruising since he was 5. He isn't as keen on the kids club because of the way they organize the activities, he'd prefer to be able to just play with other kids rather than play this specific game with the other kids. He's been to a few of the shows and sat through them with no issues.
  5. starvenger

    starvenger DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2015
    I think that if you were to break it down, Royal, Disney, Carnival and Norwegian are all known for trying to provide a child-friendly, family experience. I feel that if you choose any of these cruise lines the kids will not lack for activities.

    Princess and Celebrity are also trying to be more child friendly, and their programs seem to lean more towards a "STEM" learning experience.
  6. Frozen2014

    Frozen2014 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2014
    Definitely. I would stick to Oasis, Quantum, Freedom or Voyager class (many going through refurbishments adding slides, trampoline, laser tag) vs older/smaller ships, but super kid friendly. We've taken our kids on Allure and Mariner (with Symphony, Navigator-post refurb, and Anthem booked) and our kids absolutely loved Allure and Mariner. We really had a great family vacation....saw many shows, participated in activities, swam, saw movies, rockwall, zipline, flowrider, and things mentioned above in refurbishment. There is also a kids menu in the MDR and even at the specialty restaurants. Our kids didn't even go to the kids club, but we got the compass and looks like they have fun activities going on as well.

    Any specific ship you're looking at? How old are your kids?
  7. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

    Sep 6, 2003
    It's the "old lady" ........... probably won't be back.
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  8. msjprincess

    msjprincess DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2010
    Yes very child friendly. Some ship have Dreamworks characters, including Trolls.
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  9. KashasMom

    KashasMom DIS Veteran

    Apr 28, 2012
    We think RCI Oasis class are very children friendly. Lots of pools including wave pool and splash zone (slides on some), "active" activities, and the shows are family friendly (love the ice and aqua shows). They have a character breakfast and parade as well as meets and greets. Food is very good - we love the convenience of a dinner buffet if we're too tired or just don't feel like going to a dining room.

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