Not to worry – family-oriented cruise lines know how to keep kids happy. And, some lines that offer supervised (and often educational) programming for children have teamed up with big names in entertainment to ensure your young cruise companions have fun.
Disney Cruise Line has a built-in advantage in this area, as Disney is one of the biggest names in entertainment. The house of mouse puts its beloved characters to good use on its four cruise ships, where they can often be found in the Oceaneer Club and Lab (for ages 3 to 12). Characters vary by ship, but just imagine your kids playing and learning alongside Woody from Toy Story, Tinker Bell, Jedi knights from Star Wars, the superheroes of MARVEL (Doctor Strange makes appearances to teach the Mystic Arts), Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and, of course, Mickey Mouse.
Princess Cruises recently teamed with Discovery Inc. (the media company that runs the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV and more) and rebranded its youth program as Camp Discovery. Facilities include a colorful Tree House for ages 3 to 7, a cozy Lodge for ages 8 to 12, and a relaxed Beach House for teens. Daily activities may include hands-on science experiments based on the popular “Myth Busters” TV show, interactive scavenger hunts à la “Shark Hunters,” animal puppet and mask making, cake decorating, and much more. There are fewer scheduled activities at the Beach House, but teens are welcome to drop in as they like to enjoy the computer stations, air hockey tables, video games and dance floor.
MSC Cruises has teamed up with LEGO, maker of the enduringly popular snap-together plastic bricks. Kids who attend the Miniclub (ages 3-6) or the Juniors Club (ages 7-11) can play and create with a massive selection of LEGO bricks and equipment. Plus, each cruise includes the LEGO Experience on Board – a whole day at sea that’s dedicated to fun LEGO activities the whole family can enjoy together.
For more information on these and other creative, kid-oriented cruise programs, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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