If you are looking for the ultimate fun packed, child-friendly cruise holiday then maybe you should consider cruising Royal Caribbean with Kids. This post is brought to you by a regular cruiser and Diamond club member, meaning that you get the kiddy lowdown, right here in one article. Oh, I just love cruising with my family and cannot wait for you guys to come onboard.
As soon as you board a Royal Caribbean ship, guests have full use of all amenities including the outside pools. Royal Caribbean, especially Independence of the seas have a fantastic splash park for children. My advice is to pack swimsuits and sun cream in a carry on and take your swim gear on board with you. Weather depending you can then enjoy a spot of lunch and take the children for a swim whilst waiting for your room to be ready.
Towels are provided and if you have signed up for a drinks package then I am sure you will have time to sample a cheeky cocktail too. Oh yes.. Ice cream. There are several Ice cream stations situated on the pool deck for guests to help themselves to. For free. Swim aids are also provided free of charge for children on board using the outdoor pools. It is a good idea for all children to wear one at all times. Big thumbs up from this sun-seeking Mumma, meaning I spend less time worrying and more time relaxing knowing that my Daughter is safe from the water. All of the children’s pools are particularly shallow.
TIP Members lounge will be open and available for use by suite guests upon boarding.
Royal Caribbean has a crazy, activity-packed kids club onboard. From a small babies nursery right through to teenagers and young adults, the ship has a hangout joint for three particular age groups. Sign up as soon as you board and register your child to enable secure, safe access to the kid’s areas. My advice is to take the opportunity to sign up upon boarding the ship. You will see members of staff from the kids club waiting to greet you. Signing up any later than this will result in queues and missing out on much needed R&R. Rest and relaxation darling.
My Daughter really isn’t one for the kids club activities during the day but she does love to take part in the talent contests, family bingo and disco. As long as she is registered then this is totally fine for her to drop in and out when she pleases.
TIP Deck 3 – on Air is a small venue where kids can participate in Karaoke between 7-9pm every evening. A great spot to let them dance before bedtime.
The fun doesn’t stop there as there are also activities to participate in whilst at sea. Every evening you will have a cruise compass (activity planner) delivered to your room. Classes include arts and crafts, yoga and even dance routines. All classes are open to children and are usually free of charge. I believe it is just the exercise classes that require a fee. My Daughter and I usually hit the gym around 7 am when it is still quiet in the morning. We find a relaxing spot in the stretching area and practice yoga to the view, always a sunrise. The sunrise and sunset at sea are some of the most spectacular sites you will experience on your cruise. Be sure to catch them!
My main reason for writing this post, cruising Royal Caribbean with kids was to inform parents of the food choices on offer. Your child will probably eat better than they ever have whilst cruising, simply because of the selection of food on offer. Buffet restaurants give children the opportunity to choose their food independently and try new menu choices. Our Five-year-old sampled Lobster on our last Royal Caribbean cruise and loved it. The buffet area on board is known as the Windjammer is open daily for all meals including snacks, afternoon tea and coffee. The buffet area offers a huge selection of fresh foods and caters for everyone’s additional foodie needs.
TIP – If you are planning on using the Windjammer, then try to avoid the restaurant at peak times.
Some of us are not a fan of the busy grab and go buffet area, especially my Husband. My Husband likes to dine in quieter surroundings, white table linen, a la carte style when he is on holiday. Suite guests on board have a private restaurant within the buffet area which is open daily for breakfast. Suite guests also have access to the member’s lounge which serves coffee, pastries and a selection of meat and cheeses from 6 am. Perfect for those of us that like to hit the gym early or simply enjoy a quiet, light breakfast with a morning paper. Kids are of course welcome into this area and the friendly concierge always has special gifts on hand which is a really lovely touch.
TIP – The main restaurants will also be open for breakfast where you can choose your own speciality omlette. Also at lunchtime, there is access to the most beautiful salad cart too.
We absolutely need to cover one of our favourite family restaurants on board and that is Johnny Rockets. Your holiday would not be complete without visiting Johnny Rockets speciality restaurant on board for a shake and a burger. The fries are to die for and the waiters and waitresses dance every hour. There is an extra fee for this dining option.
TIP – Book lunch for a sea day and book in advance to avoid disappointment. Take along your camera!
I will be back soon with another edition of cruising Royal Caribbean with kids! In the meantime, do check out my you tube channel where you can find information about cruising and itineraries.