Families across the world are constantly looking for the best family vacation options, and cruising has always been the best option. Whether you’re enticed by the myriad of fun features, grand sports complexes, dining/entertainment for all ages, or discount cruise deals, cruising is a phenomenal option for families with children. What you may not know is that many cruise lines offer special programs, unique features, and themed cruises for kids. Let’s take a look at some of the options and aspects that stand out from the rest.
Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program
Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Environmentalist, explorer, and educator Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques Cousteau) and the Ocean Futures Society joined forces with Paul Gauguin cruises to create the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program. This program uses exciting hands-on activities and learning through experience to immerse and educate young explorers (cruise passengers aged 9-17) to French Polynesia’s natural beauty, wildlife, cultures, and more. Each onboard program for children will be hosted by experts from the Ocean Futures Society, and parents can even join too.
Destination: South Pacific & Tahiti
Dates: 2013 - June 26; September 21; November 2
2014 - March 12; June 14; August 30; October 25
Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Seeing the importance of wellness and healthy eating habits rise in importance in recent years, Celebrity Cruises developed a partnership with The Nerdel Company and puppet/icon Nerdel to encourage healthy eating and promote active lifestyle through onboard fun activities all at once. Including puppet performances, healthy pizza making, singing, puzzles and games, puppeteering lessons, and even kid’s puppet performances for ‘Shipmates’ (ages 3-5) and ‘Cadets’ (ages 6-8), the Nerdel program will bring music, performance, education, and nutrition together for young cruisers. The program aims to educate on nutritional intelligence as well as empower younger children to take ownership of their physical fitness.
The Nerdel Program is available fleet wide.
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Children will surely be delighted by Royal Caribbean’s DreamWorks Experience (exclusively offered by Royal Caribbean International). Whether it’s a character meet n’ greet, enthralling exclusive performances, meals with your child’s favorite character, or 3D movies, there are fun activities and characters in your child’s future if you try the DreamWorks Experience onboard one of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships. In the summer of 2013, this will include cruise activities based around Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and even How to Train Your Dragon (ice show).
Available on the following ships: Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas.
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Nickelodeon at Sea
Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Exclusive to Norwegian Cruise Line, ‘Nickelodeon on Norwegian’, is an engaging and exciting onboard cruise experience for children and family cruisers. This super cool experience may include a Dora’s Dance Party (singing, silliness, and dancing) or Nickelodeon Arts & Crafts. Or, children may have an extra special breakfast (Nickelodeon’s Pajama Jam Breakfast) filled with a high-energy dance team, popular songs, and even a free photo with your child’s favorite character.
As you can see, there are some very unique onboard experiences/programs for children and the entire family. More and more often, cruise lines are trying to reach out to families with extraordinary programs and set themselves apart for the competition. If you and your family are thinking about taking a family cruise, talk to your travel agent about the newest and most popular children’s cruise experiences. Have you tried a unique onboard program for children? Tell us about it below!