2022 Sea Tales Family Cruise Travel Planner - Cool Places

Sea Tales 2022 Family Cruise Travel Planner

by Heidi M. Allison Shane you will visit. Alaska, Antarctica and much more! Oh, the cool places


This book is dedicated to my sons and their families, especially their young children who already love to travel. To my readers: May your travels bring you picturesque memories, enhance your children’s developmental milestones, help your children become more adaptable and flexible, offer lessons about various cultures and ultimately instill a love of adventure in your souls.


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W elcome to the 2021 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner by Heidi Allison, CruiseCompete, LLC

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise. The famous Glacier Bay National Park features 12 glaciers that routinely shed icebergs from their surfaces. If you memorable icebergs are to be found at the coldest continent on earth, of which approximately 98% is covered by ice. The largest iceberg (more than 12,000 square miles!) ever known was recorded here. An added bonus for your future excursion: Antarctica is a virtual “penguin’s playground” where numerous species can be viewed frolicking on ice flows. Surely a site that no zoo can match! Cruises to Alaska Dear Readers, While much has changed for the travel world, much has stayed the same. This book details quite a bit about the lovely cruises and the destinations they visit that will sail you around the world. There will be many changes and, while they keep evolving, we wanted to allow families and travelers to enjoy this book. In my opinion the cruise industry has always been very cautious and concerned about safety and cleanliness. I remember a moment on the Island Princess when it failed a health inspection. It was due to a large cake pan with a few dots of cake mix in the corner. How many of our kitchens have a similar issue? Some of the changes we will all see when traveling via cruise ship are: 1. More emphasis on individual health and safety 2. More ways things are arranged to allow for personal space and enjoyment 3. Fewer people congregating in one place, with more space for congregating 4. Quick response to any potential concerns If you have ever dreamt of seeing icebergs, here are some of the places you may consider visiting: Nature’s Forgotten Beauties: Majestic Icebergs (And Where to Find Them) You’ve Seen the Beaches – How About Breathtaking Icebergs? There are arguably few cruisers who haven’t experienced at least one warm-weather stop on their itinerary. In fact, it likely comes as no surprise that the most popular cruise destination is the Caribbean. Having said this … how many among us have witnessed the awesome sight of an iceberg from the cruise deck or our cabin balcony? If you are among those that have not, consider making an iceberg locale one of your upcoming destinations. To help you in this quest, here are a few of the most memorable locales for viewing the majestic icebergs. Cruises to Antarctica It should come as no surprise that many of the most

haven’t had the experience already, visualize an enormous 400-foot chunk of ice lurching into the bay. Not to be missed on your next Alaska excursion! Cruises to Argentina Argentina is a favorite departure point for excursions to Antarctica, so it’s likely no surprise that the country is a viewing locale for icebergs and glaciers. Part of Patagonia is the domain of Argentina, and it is the home of Los Glaciares National Park, one of the earth’s memorable UNESCO Not many among us have visited Greenland, yet it is one of the premier places in the Northern Hemisphere for iceberg viewing. Be sure to check out the ice fjord at Ilulissat – it contains a glacier that deposits approximately 100 million tons of ice into the sea on a daily basis! Cruises to Canada - Manitoba World Heritage Sites. Cruises to Greenland This wasn’t on your list, you say? Well, visualize low tides during the spring that beach large icebergs on the shore. Typically, one can only view the tip of an iceberg, as that is all that shows when an iceberg is floating. But one washed up on the shore? That’s another story, and you will surely be awed at viewing an iceberg in its totality. Visit the Churchill coastline in Manitoba (in spring) for the best viewing. Cruises to Canada – Newfoundland The province of Manitoba isn’t alone in offering spectacular Canadian iceberg viewing. In fact, there is a locale called “Iceberg Alley” on the Atlantic coastline. Best viewing is late spring/early summer – the St. Anthony pier is a favorite viewing site of the locals. Another viewing bonus, if you’re lucky: whale watching as they proceed on their As the country name might suggest, Iceland is indeed the home of numerous icebergs. Perhaps foremost among its locales is Jokulsarlon, the largest glacial lake in all of Iceland. If you’re there during the summer months, don’t miss the opportunity to view the icebergs from boat rides offered on the lake! Hope you enjoy reading about all the ways to plan your northern migration. Cruises to Iceland

future travel. Kind regards, Heidi Heidi M. Allison Editor-In-Chief, AllThingsCruise

P.S. So many things changed and are still changing from last year, new ships are in and some other ships are out, we are not 100 % certain who will be making changes, so please forgive the lack of updates, this book will be updated again with the correct news when the world and cruise travel is in full swing again.


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Throughout this book, we will provide links to helpful sites, including CruiseCompete.com. CruiseCompete.com does not sell travel; it is a free and anonymous service that helps cruisers find the best values for their cruise vacation. Consumers simply submit a ship name and sail date with a few other pieces of relevant information. Top travel agencies then craft custom responses to meet the specific needs of the consumer. Cruisers are notified by e-mail when new quotes are available, so they can view these quotes and contact the agencies directly to book their trips. (For people who need help choosing a cruise, a CruiseCompete member-agency offers Live Agent Help.) CruiseCompete, LLC is an independent organization. We are not a travel agency or owned by a travel agency, and we provide travel agents with a steady stream of easy-to-manage, highly qualified leads. CruiseCompete: Since Our Inception in 2003, We’ve Received Compliments and Mentions from Many of the World’s Most Influential Publications and Writers: From the AARP and Fodor’s to The Wall Street Journal to Kiplinger, MSNBC, The Street , Newsday , Travel + Leisure , USA Today , The Washington Post , The New York Times , Zagat, The Miami Herald , The Chicago Tribune , Gayot, The Detroit News, and more. The compliments and mentions here can give you insight into our website and why we are so highly acclaimed with travelers and the media alike! Zagat “5 Great Websites to Search for Amazing Cruise Offers” CNN.COM “…Specify which cruise ship you want…agencies then get back to you with best deals they have…” Fodor’s “How to Choose the Right Cruise…” AARP “Great Ways to Save – 16 Ways to Travel Cheap – Number 6” The Wall Street Journal “The Best in Cruise Travel...”

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Table Of Contents

Introduction – Here’s the Truth About Cruising: Dispelling Some Myths and Finding the Right Cruise for Your Family Chapter I – Top 10 Family–Friendly Cruise Lines Chapter II – Thinking of Taking a Cruise While You’re Expecting? It’s a Great Idea! Chapter III – Baby–Friendly Cruising: Should You Take a Nanny or Use Onboard Babysitters and Kids’ Programs? Chapter IV – Wonder How You’ll All Make It for Seven Days Together? Ten Great Ideas for Things to Do with Your Children on a Cruise Chapter V – Tips for Parents Cruising with Teens and Tweens Chapter VI – Private Islands Make Fabulous Memories for Families Chapter VII – “Wow” Activities That Will Thrill Your Children and Transform Your Idea of the Family Cruise Experience Chapter VIII–Family Dining Options Chapter IX–Family Staterooms Chapter X – Games and TV Shows Brought to Life Chapter XI – Setting Vacation Expectations Chapter XII – Inside Information on Shore Excursions, the Most Sought-After Cruise Experience Chapter XIII – Family Reunions With a Splash: Is a Cruise Right for Your Family? Chapter XIV – Celebrating Milestones: Holidays, Graduations and Family Reunions on a Cruise Chapter XV – What’s Your Ideal Cruise Ship Size? Chapter XVI – Contemporary Cruises Chapter XVII – Upscale Contemporary Cruises Chapter XVIII – Premium Cruises

Chapter XIX – Ultra–Premium Cruises Chapter XX – Ultra–Luxury Cruises Chapter XXI – Luxury Hotel Barges Chapter XXII – River Cruises Chapter XXIII – Expedition Cruises Chapter XXIV – Small Ship Cruises and Lines with Sailing Vessels and Yachts Chapter XXV – Summary Chapter XXVI – About CruiseCompete About the Author: Heidi Allison

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Introduction Here’s the Truth About Cruising: Dispelling Some Myths and Finding the Right Cruise for Your Family Thinking of cruising with your family? Cruises make for an excellent family vacation, but it’s important to plan carefully if you want to find the cruise that’s right for everyone in your clan. The experts at CruiseCompete have done the research for you, covering the entire spectrum of options with information on mainstream lines like Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL , as well as unique alternatives like luxury, river and small ship excursion companies. It’s important to remember that not all cruise lines have children’s programs. Some lines have minimum age requirements for children (and pregnancy policies for expectant parents!), and others don’t permit children to sail at all. If you’re planning a family vacation, pick a cruise line that meets your specific needs, where the kids will be entertained and you can actually enjoy your time on board. It will feel much more like money well spent that way.

This guide is designed to kick-start your planning. You’ll find all the information in an easy-to-read format, with brief summaries so you can see at a glance if the cruise line fits your basic requirements, followed by more detailed information about the atmosphere on board, the destinations you can travel to, and the specific children’s programs available for your kids. Let’s begin by dispelling some commonly held misconceptions about cruising. Myth No. 1: Cruises are too expensive for a family vacation. Reality: A cruise is actually one of the best travel values out there. Most cruises include your selected shipboard accommodations, 24-hour cabin service, standard meals in the dining room and/or various buffets, ports of call, and most entertainment aboard the ship. Children’s programs are also included. On some lines, even airfare and transfers may be included. In addition, many lines are now moving toward a completely all-inclusive format , which makes your cruise experience even more streamlined and simple. Even with all these included amenities, a seven-night cruise generally costs less than seven nights at a comparable resort. The food alone, breakfast, lunch, snacks poolside, dinner and cookies and milk at a resort add significant costs to a land vacation. Myth No. 2: People only take cruises when the weather turns cold. Reality: Cruise travel is a year-round pastime. Sure, it is a great way to beat the cold, but families also take cruises during the summer months when children are out of school. Regardless of the time of year, you can find the perfect cruise for your family. Cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas run year-round, the Alaska cruising season runs May through September, Europe runs from April through November, Bermuda runs from April through October, and the Panama Canal runs between September and April. Myth No. 3: You have to have a lot of time for a cruise vacation. Reality: Cruise lengths actually vary significantly to meet personal tastes. They can vary from a quick three-day jaunt to a world cruise that lasts 100 days or more. It all depends on what you want; there’s no shortage of cruise itineraries to meet your needs.

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Myth No. 4: We’ll get bored: there’s nothing to do on a cruise. Reality:

Cruise ships are floating resorts, with plenty of fun for everyone. The flurry of activities on board a cruise ship is amazing; typical activities include shore excursions, water sports, pool activities, fitness centers, live entertainment, casinos, bingo, dance lessons, talent contests, karaoke, wine tasting, rock wall climbing, spas, movies and much more. Most days are spent in exotic ports with plenty to see and do. If you have a special interest, the lines cater to these as well: golfers can play challenging, top-ranked island courses (extra fees may apply), gourmets love the dining, and explorers can find a different adventure in every port. In addition, all of the major cruise lines offer organized programs and camps for children. They can participate all day, or only in specific activities. This provides for both fun family time and a chance for parents to relax on their own. Daycare and babysitting services are also available. Myth No. 5: What if there’s a medical emergency? We’ll be in the middle of the ocean with no medical services. Reality: Virtually every cruise ship has a fully equipped medical facility and staff on board to handle almost any emergency. The cruise lines also have precautions in place if a person has to be evacuated to a hospital on land. If you have concerns, be sure to speak with your travel agent to get specifics on the line’s policies. Some tips: • Be sure to purchase trip insurance. Most lines cover these types of medical emergencies • Prescription medication should be kept close at hand in a purse or carry-on, rather than in checked luggage. Cruise vacationers actually have the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time on land. Virtually every cruise features multiple ports of call, giving travelers a chance to visit beautiful, secluded beaches, vibrant cities, and popular tourist sites, as well as to enjoy breathtaking scenery. Every port offers a unique experience. Ships usually arrive in port early in the morning, allowing plenty of time for shopping, dining, visiting historical sites and exploring the area. Planned excursions , arranged by the ship’s staff or local sightseeing companies, also are available at an extra cost. Myth No. 7: There aren’t any healthy options on board for my family. Reality: While cruises are known for having plenty of food available, cruise lines are very aware of the healthy-eating lifestyles of many cruisers. Every meal offers healthy choices as part of their already extensive food selections, which are prepared under the direction of some of the greatest chefs in the world. Plus, there are plenty of activities on board and off to help people burn away any extra calories during their vacation. Myth No. 8: A cruise ship cabin is claustrophobic; my family will be climbing the walls! Reality: An inside economy cabin does tend to be small and usually lacks a window. An outside cabin (ocean view) has a window or porthole, while a balcony (verandah) cabin has a glass door leading to a balcony that is usually equipped with a small table and chairs. Most ships feature larger suites for those who truly need more space, but realistically, with all the goings- on on board, most passengers spend a limited amount of time in their cabins, and it’s a non-issue. • Carry a written list of medications with dosages, in case your medications get lost. Myth No. 6: Cruise ships spend all their time at sea; we won’t see anything! Reality:


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Myth No. 9: We’ll probably all get seasick on a cruise. Reality:

Even if you suffer from motion sickness during car rides or on airplanes, it is unlikely you will become seasick on a cruise ship. Due to their immense size and the stabilizers that all ships are equipped with, you probably won’t notice any motion at all. Some parts of the ocean, however, are rougher than others. If you do get seasick, medications are available on board to get you back on your feet quickly. Myth No. 10: We’ll be completely out of touch and unreachable at sea. Reality: While some people relish the thought of getting away from it all, the cruise industry realizes many folks want (or need) to stay in touch. Cell phone connectivity is standard across the industry, and wireless Internet has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years. As an example, Royal Caribbean’s 4,180-passenger ship Quantum of the Seas has enough bandwidth that friends and family can follow along on your cruise, watching what’s happening via tweets, Facebook, and other social media posts— even your personal blog, if you have one. These developments are of course a response to passengers’ need to be fully connected while on vacation. It’s a huge leap forward in technology, as historically Internet connections aboard ships have been much slower than on land, and data restrictions are in place. Fees currently range from $15 to $30 a day for unlimited usage. Armed with the facts, you’re ready to start preparing for your family cruise vacation. In these pages, you’ll read about the different types and sizes of ships, what to expect from the lines, what’s included in your cruise, and more. Learn more about the programs, activities, and entertainment on board, as well as what the cruise lines offer for onshore activities. We hope you’ll find all the answers you’re looking for (and learn much, much more!) to get your family cruise vacation kick-started. Happy planning!

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Chapter I Top Ten Family Friendly Cruise Lines

CruiseCompete believes that every family can have a world-class cruise experience, whatever the size of their family and whatever their interests, budget, and needs. We have researched thousands of reviews from travelers on every ship and cruise line. These reviews gave us deep insight into every cruise line, ship, and destination in this book. After tabulating all the reviews, we discovered which family-friendly cruise lines really stood out. This chapter looks in detail at the top ten—the best of the best. Royal Caribbean International – Upscale Contemporary Disney Cruise Line – Premium Norwegian Cruise Line – Upscale Contemporary Princess Cruises – Premium MSC Cruises – Upscale Contemporary Carnival Cruises – Contemporary Celebrity Cruises – Premium #1: Royal Caribbean International Minimum Age : Six months (twelve months for transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaiian, select South American, and other selected cruises.) Children’s Programs : Extensive Babysitting : Yes Tickets : http://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/royal_caribbean_cruises.html Holland America Line – Premium Crystal Cruises – Ultra-Luxury Cunard Line – Ultra-Premium So many things changed and are still changing from last year, please forgive the lack of updates, this book will be updated again with the correct news when the world and cruise travel is in full swing again. New for 2020: Royal Caribbean will cease DreamWorks programming on its ships in 2019. Royal Caribbean will debut a new ship in 2020, Odyssey of the Seas. This new ship will have a next generation of Royal’s SeaPlex-the largest indoor activity space at sea! With bumper cars, a flying trapeze, laser tag, VR games, and more there will be fun for everyone! Overview Royal Caribbean ships are resort cities at sea, offering the most varied and best-quality entertainment for the entire family of any cruise line around. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or uninterrupted tranquility, these ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating, or surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a massage, build a scrapbook, or simply relax poolside. Royal Caribbean offers the ultimate in dining experience ambience, and variety, from casual to sophisticated, cupcakes to canapés.

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World-class entertainment is available around the clock, from Broadway musicals, to ice skating spectaculars, to casinos and live comedy, as well as music, bars, clubs, and more. Children will never be bored thanks to the complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program. The programs are packed with totally awesome stuff for babies, teens, and kids in between: everything from pajama nights and science experiments to scavenger hunts and theme parties. Royal Caribbean International cruises are best for families both with and without children, active couples, and singles of all ages who love the fun of large ships and diverse onboard activities. Even if you never left the ship, you would feel you had an amazing vacation. Destinations Alaska Arabian Gulf Asia Australia / New Zealand

Bahamas Bermuda Canada / New England Caribbean Europe Hawaii Pacific Northwest

Panama Canal Repositioning South Pacific

Transatlantic Transpacific Minimum Age Children must be at least six months

old as of the first day of the cruise. However, for transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, select South American and other selected cruises and/or CruiseTours, the infant must be at least 12 months old as of the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour. For the purposes of this policy, any cruise that has 3 or more days consecutive at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/cruisetour.. Babysitting The Babies and Tots Nursery offers parents a drop-off option in the daytime and evening, where their children can be left in the trusting care of trained professionals for an hourly fee. Kids and teens can enjoy activities late into the evening in the Adventure Ocean and teen-only spaces. An hourly rate applies after 10 pm. Pregnancy Policy Royal Caribbean International cannot accept guests who will have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at any time during the cruise. All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire at check-in to ensure they are aware of our pregnancy policy.


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Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau-Alaska

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Children’s Programs Infants and Toddlers (0–3 years)

Royal Caribbean International offers Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® interactive playgroup sessions developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price®. Each 45-minute session, held on one of the onboard lounges, offers activities that make playtime learning time as well. Children (3–11 years) Royal Caribbean offers a complimentary, award-winning Adventure Ocean® Youth Program for children. Divided by age group, it offers everything from pirate parties and a Jurassic Jr. exploration of dinosaurs, to science experiments and dance parties, to scavenger hunts, sports tournaments, talent shows, and video game tournaments. Every member of the youth team has extensive education and experience working with children. Children must be 100% toilet trained and diaper and pull-up free. Every member of the youth team has extensive education and experience working with children. Children must be100% toilet trained and diaper and pull-up free. Tweens and Teens (12–17 years) Royal Caribbean recognizes that teens are also getting a vacation, not just being looked after. They provide both pre- planned events and a teen-only lounge and nightclub where the older kids can just hang out with people their own age. Pre-planned events include rock climbing, sports competitions, BBQs, movie nights, talent shows, pool parties, karaoke, and even a YSpa with feature services just for teens, including an Acne Attack facial, Beach Babe deep conditioning hair treatment, and the Sole Mate pedicure. #2: Disney Cruise Line Minimum Age: Six months for most sailings; twelve months for certain destinations Children’s Programs: Extensive Babysitting: Yes Tickets: http://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/disney_cruises.html Overview For a line that’s focused on kids and their families, and which offers comfortably casual cruise experiences, Disney has created elegant, modern ships with features that can be appreciated by young and old alike. The oversize staterooms can accommodate a family of four (some family cabins hold six); all have bathtubs (a must for little kids), TV, hair dryers, and safes; and about 40% have verandas. Some cabins have the luxury of an added half-bath. As might be expected from Disney, the children’s programs are exceptional at every level, from the nurseries to the teen options. There are hands-on science programs, high-tech interactive programs, treasure hunts, and just about everything to amuse, entertain, and enrich young passengers. Depending on the ship, older kids might get video games, listening stations, smoothie bars, and even outdoor hot tubs. The technology throughout the newer ships—high-speed computers, motion sensors, and LCD screens—is so dazzling that adults, too, are drawn to the interactive “art” and the “magic” floors. Disney has wisely created adults-only areas (restaurants, lounges, clubs, and spas) on all ships, as well as on the line’s private island, Castaway Cay. The Disney Dream, for example, has a section called The District, which encompasses several lounges and nightclubs and caters to adults in the evening. As the passenger list is composed mostly of families, the adults-only areas are generally pleasantly uncrowded.


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Disney cruises are best for anyone who loves the magic of Disney and wants a big-ship cruise experience rich with activities for the whole family. They’re perfect for family reunions and multigenerational families who understand and appreciate the Disney product. Destinations Alaska

Bahamas Bermuda Canada Caribbean Disney’s Castaway Cay

Europe Hawaii Mexico

Pacific Coast Panama Canal Transatlantic Minimum Age Your child needs to be at least 6 months of age on the day of sailing for most itineraries. The minimum age for transatlantic and Panama Canal itineraries is 1 year of age on the day of sailing. Babysitting Care for children from six months to three years of age is available at the It’s a Small World Nursery. We highly recommended that you make reservations prior to your cruise for the It’s a Small World Nursey due to limited availability. And additional fee does apply. Pregnancy Policy Women who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy as of their embarkation date or who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy during the cruise will be refused passage due to safety concerns. Neither a doctor’s medical statement nor a waiver of liability will be accepted. In addition, Disney Cruise Line cannot be held responsible or liable for any complications relating to pregnancy at any stage. Children’s Programs Infants and Toddlers (0–3 years) It’s A Small World Nursery - It’s a Small World Nursery, a delightful nursery for young children located on Deck 5, midship on the Disney Dream, Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, and Disney Fantasy, is a themed space inspired by the classic Disneyland Resort attraction (with original artwork by Mary Blair) that provides care for little ones aged six months to three years. It’s a Small World Nursery is available at an additional charge and must be reserved in advance: $4.50 per half hour for the first child and $4.00 per half hour for any additional children in your family. Children (3–11 years) Disney’s Oceaneer Club A children’s activity center located on Deck 5, Midship, Disney’s Oceaneer Club is the perfect place for kids to dress up as their favorite princess or hero, play computer games, and enjoy a wide variety of supervised themed activities throughout the day. Disney’s Oceaneer Club includes four distinctly themed play areas, computer banks with child-friendly computers, a reading area, a small stage for games, multiple televisions, play structures, and a giant TV screen.

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What makes Disney’s Oceaneer Club even more magical is an endless supply of toys and games, an open seating area for arts and crafts, and ongoing Disney movies. Mats for naps are also available. Children are invited to partake in a wide range of delightfully themed activities available at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. While some activities are recommended for certain age ranges, participation is based on a child’s interest level and maturity—not age. As a result of this, siblings and friends aged 3–12 can play together without restriction. Although subject to change, activities at Disney’s Oceaneer Club may include: Disney’s Once Upon a Time -Bartleby the Bookmaker leads the kids through the art of bookmaking and wows them with his very special talent: When he reads the books, he makes the characters come to life! Puzzle Playtime with Mickey and Friends - Mickey Mouse and his pals stop by to play some of their favorite games with Disney Cruise Line’s youngest cruisers and their families. Disney Infinity Game Room – Archery challenge, Disney Racers, Infinity Draw and more! You can register your child for Disney’s Oceaneer Club either at the terminal or on board the ship. Upon boarding the ship on embarkation day, both children and parents must check in at the front desk at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. During this confirmation process, parents will fill out final paperwork and children will receive a wristband indicating that they are part of Disney’s Oceaneer Club. During the registration process, parents are invited to tour the facility, meet the counselors, and learn more about the many activities offered. Children aged 3–12 with special needs are welcome at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Simply let the counselors know in advance and they will accommodate you as best they can. Jedi Training: Experience the Force-Onboard the Disney Dream. Take your first step into the larger world as you learn the ways of the force. Doctor Strange: Defy the Dark Dimension-Onboard the Disney Fantasy. Join Doctor Strange as he teaches the ways of the Mystic Arts. Thor Becoming Worthy -Onboard the Disney Magic. Join Thor to become part of the next generations of super heroes. Frozen Adventure: On the Disney Wonder. Prepare for a royal coronation with Anna and Elsa. Marvel’s Avengers Academy – Aboard the Disney Magic you can let your young crime fighters help with special missions and operations—Avengers’ style. Marvel’s Superhero Academy –Aboard the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy. Master the mystic arts with Doctor Strange! Use immersive gaming and interactive portals to unleash your inner strength, become an Avenger and learn the true meaning of super powers! Star Wars Command Post - Aboard the Disney Fantasy Battle the Dark Side! Train with Jedi or X-Wing pilots connect to legendary spacecrafts via an interactive “holotable” and combat First Order Stormtroopers face-to-face! Star Wars: Millennium Falcon play area is new aboard the Disney Dream. This play area features arts, crafts, broadcasts of Star Wars Rebel, and computer stations with games from the Disney XD show, Star Wars Rebel. Mickey Mouse Club - A fun space where kids can make crafts, enjoy games, and play with Goofy Gears. Dining at Disney’s Oceaneer Club - Children are invited to enjoy lunch and dinner at Disney’s Oceaneer Club on select days. Royal Court Tea Aboard the Disney Fantasy - This special activity is offered during 7-night itineraries aboard the Disney Fantasy. Enjoy a royal teatime that includes visits from Disney Princesses.


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Disney’s Oceaneer Lab - Disney’s Oceaneer Lab—a children’s activity center located at Deck 5, Midship aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder—is the ideal place for children to play and learn while at sea thanks to the plethora of imaginatively themed activities and games available daily. Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is a play space designed for children and dedicated to adventure and exploration. It’s an ideal location for children ages 3 to 12 years of age to play, featuring a seemingly endless supply of toys, games, and Disney movies. It is a space for educational experiments with a variety of supervised activities throughout the day. There are individual computer stations, and in addition it is the staging area and starting point for a ship-wide quest game, in which young explorers gather and decipher clues during an exciting adventure around the ship. Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is designed with delightful amenities, including: • A stage in the main hall where kids can hear stories of great expeditions and star in their own swashbuckling plays. • A 103-inch plasma screen, which displays Disney movies and interactive animated characters, including Disney’s mischievous animated alien Stitch, whose unrehearsed, real-time antics are sure to bring laughter. • A workshop and laboratory where kids concoct crazy experiments, stretch their culinary skills, and participate in other hands-on activities. Children are invited to partake in a wide range of delightfully themed activities available at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. While some activities are recommended for certain age ranges, participation is based on a child’s interest level and maturity—not age. As a result of this, siblings and friends ages 3-12 can play together without restriction.

Although subject to change, activities at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab may include: Zootopia Mystery Trek - Help your favorite Zootopia characters solve a secret.

Super Sloppy Science with Professor Make-O-Mess – Professor Make-O-Mess is a world-famous scientist who is known for performing the sloppiest science experiments around. Now teens can partake in some educational fun as the professor offers some hands-on training that will surely having them laughing and learning. Dining – Children are invited to enjoy lunch and dinner at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. Parents should note that children have the ability to move back and forth between Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab during most operating hours to experience activities. Youth activity counselors will be on hand to direct children. The workshop and laboratory connect Disney’s Oceaneer Lab to Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Themed Spaces – Branching off the Oceaneer Lab’s main room are several themed play spaces: Media Room – Children can kick back and relax in bean bag chairs and watch movies, play video games, or even read a book. Animator’s Studio – Designed as a working animation studio, this room allows children to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney characters. With the help of a youth counselor, kids can even design and bring to life computer-animated characters. The Wheelhouse – This space is all about technology, featuring numerous computers and large, high-definition LCD screens. Here, young technophiles can compete in a unique Pirates of the Caribbean game exclusive to DCL. Sound Studio – This interactive area is dedicated to children who appreciate music and want to create it. Craft Studio – Children seeking a more tactile artistic experience can escape from technology to this creative studio and create hands-on arts and crafts projects.


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Tweens and Teens (11–17 years) Edge, a tweens-exclusive space located at Deck 13 inside the Forward Funnel aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, as well as on Deck 2, Midship aboard the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, is a scenic spot where kids ages 11 through 14 can play videogames, watch television, listen to music, surf the Internet, and partake in various activities with kids their own age. Vibe, a teens-exclusive space located at Deck 11, Midship aboard the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, and Deck 5, Forward aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, is a hip hotspot featuring an indoor lounge and breezy sundeck where teens aged 14 through 17 can listen to music, watch television, and play videogames inside—or catch some rays and splash it up out on deck.

#3: Norwegian Cruise Line Minimum Age : Six months (12 months for voyages with three days or longer at sea) Children’s Programs : Extensive Babysitting : Yes Tickets: http://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/norwegian_cruises.html

Overview Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized the industry in 2000 when it introduced “Freestyle Cruising,” which allowed passengers greater freedom to dine when they like (with extended restaurant hours), where they like (with a number of alternative venues), with whom they like (with open seating), with freedom to dress as they please (with a “resort casual” dress code at night), and other relaxations of the usual cruise ship procedures. One of the most appealing freestyle elements is Norwegian’s disembarkation procedure, which is far more relaxed and pleasant than is usual on other large vessels. Moving to create one of the industry’s youngest and most modern fleets, Norwegian eliminated some of its older ships and added four Jewel-class ships between 2005 and 2008. But the biggest step forward was made with the new F3-class design of the Norwegian Epic and the Norwegian Breakaway, which have more than twenty dining venues (with electronic reservation systems), luxury villas, interconnecting cabins, family-suitable suites, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor spaces, huge waterparks, bowling alleys, champagne bars, ice bars, solo cabins (the first in the industry), and superior live entertainment. At a time when air travel is becoming increasingly unpleasant, especially for families, Norwegian offers departures from a number of US homeports, including New York, Seattle, New Orleans, Boston, and Tampa. Also appealing: the line often advertises excellent discount deals, such as $99 children’s fares and complimentary onboard credits. NCL is the only cruise line that offers year-round Hawaii cruises. There is so much to see and do aboard Norwegian’s newer ships: Latin-inspired dance productions by Burn the Floor, world-class magicians, really good comedy shows, fireworks at sea, a “hot” ice bar, and a wealth of dining options to satisfy any foodie. There’s generally a surcharge for specialty dining and reservations are required (savvy passengers, hit the electronic reservations ASAP to avoid disappointment!). Regardless of the event or dining venue, no one is ever required to put on formal dress; resort casual is fine for restaurant dining and the usual shorts and flip-flops are okay for almost everything else. Norwegian ships feature full-service Mandara spas, which also offer popular specialties like teeth whitening. Typical clientele includes a mix of age groups, such as the usual mature travelers, but also young families and couples, both straight and gay. Most travelers are American, but also include other English speakers from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise.


Norwegian cruises are best for adults and families who want a fun and lively cruise experience where there are few rules or fixed schedules. They’re also good for solo travelers who don’t want to pay a single supplement. Destinations

Africa Alaska Asia Australia and New Zealand Bahamas Bermuda Canada and New England Caribbean Europe Hawaii Mexican Riviera Pacific Coastal Panama Canal South America Transatlantic Minimum Age

Infants sailing on board a Norwegian vessel must be at least six months of age at time of sailing. However, for voyages that have three or more consecutive days at sea, infants must be at least twelve months old at time of sailing. Babysitting Norwegian doesn’t offer babysitting but instead Group Sitting Services for children aged 3-12 every night from 10:30 pm to 1:30 am, and on port days while the ship is docked. Parents are encouraged to sign up in advance for both services. If no children are signed up or dropped off by 11:30 pm for the nightly service, the youth center will close for the evening. The fees are charged to your onboard account. Guppies Nursery is onboard the Norwegian Escape only. This is for children aged 6 months to under 3 years old. This is a fee-based group sitting program. Hours for this service vary per day and registration is required. The cost is $20 per time block session for the first child, $16 per time block session for sibling. Late night sitting is available some nights. Cost is $24 per time block for the first child and $20 per time block session for sibling. Pregnancy Policy NCL will not accept guests who will have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy by the time their travel with NCL concludes. A statement from the expectant mother’s doctor (letterhead form required) stating her due date and fitness to travel must be sent to NCL’s Access Desk (accessdesk@ncl.com). Children’s Programs Infants, Toddlers, and Children (6 months–12 years) Splash Academy for Kids This program is specifically designed to engage active and creative kids aged six months to twelve years old. Whether it’s learning to juggle at circus school with Cirque du Jour (presented by Hilario Productions), working on arts and crafts projects, or getting the high score on WiiU, there’s plenty of fun for everyone throughout the ship.


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The Splash Academy operates from 9 to 12pm and 2 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 10:30 pm on at Sea Days; and from Port Arrival Time to 10:30 pm on port days; and 8pm to 10:30 pm on embarkation day. The transition from Splash Academy to Late Night Fun Zone begins a t 10:30 PM. Late Night Fun Zone cost is $24.00 USD per session for the 1st child, $20.00 USD per session for the 2nd child. Fees are charged to the guests onboard account. There is a 15-minute transition time between Splash Academy and Lite Night Fun Zone offered before charges are applied. Hours of Operations Port Day: Port Arrival Time – 10:30 p.m. Sea Days: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Late Night Fun Zone: 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. nightly (Fee applies) Teens (13–17 years) Entourage for Teens Play a pickup game of soccer. Take part in a theater or fashion workshop. Dive into an interactive pool party. There’s so much to do around the ship, and your teens can choose whatever activities they like. Sporting Activities NCL has over twenty interactive sports on ship that encourage teamwork, bonding, and confidence building, including: basketball, ultimate Frisbee, rounders, and triangle ball. Themed Events Between watching scary movies for vampire night and singing your favorite pop songs while playing an air guitar at a nighttime pool party, there’s something exciting happening every night. Teen Center Chill in the teen lounge with flat-screen televisions, WiiU, air hockey, foosball, and more. Then dance the night away to the beats of the video jukebox. #4: Princess Cruises Minimum Age: Six months or twelve months, depending on destination. The minimum age for escorted cruise tours is 5 years. Children’s Programs: Extensive

Babysitting: In-cabin babysitting is not available on any ship. Tickets: http://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/princess_cruises.html

So many things changed and are still changing from last year, please forgive the lack of updates, this book will be updated again with the correct news when the world and cruise travel is in full swing again. New for 2020 • Princess cruises has ended their Bon Voyage Experience • Princess will debut the Enchanted Princess in 2020. This new ship will feature Sky Suites that can sleep up to 5 guests and will have a furnished 1,000 square foot balcony, the largest at sea!

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise.


Whale in the ocean with scenic alaskan landscape and mountains


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Overview A good slogan for Princess might be: “Have It Your Way,” for the line has a fleet of different ship styles, sails itineraries all over the world, and successfully blends traditional cruise elements with more modern amenities. For example, the line has set seating, and also offers “Anytime Dining.” The entertainment mix includes traditional Vegas-style revues, talent shows, and comedians, not to mention “Movies Under the Stars.” The dining mix (which varies by ship) might include a New Orleans–style café or an Italian restaurant. The three-deck Piazza, a relatively new feature that’s being expanded to older ships, includes a 24-hour café, a wine bar, and Alfredo’s pizza, as well as shops and a performance venue. Princess ships have casinos, nightclubs, discos, and kids’ clubs. All have Lotus spas and fitness centers that offer yoga and other classes. Some spas feature alternative therapies like acupuncture; the newer ones have such medi-spa options as Botox and other fillers. Depending on the ship, activities might include art auctions and all kinds of classes, some of which carry a fee: computer technology, photography, ceramics, or cooking. The newest (Royal Class) ships have expanded piazzas, SeaWalks (glass-enclosed walkways), and Princess Live! (an interactive TV studio). Princess cruises include both formal nights (one for 7-to-13-night trips) and smart casual nights. Formal means a tuxedo or dark suit for men and gowns, cocktail dresses, or fancy-pants suits for women. “Smart casual” means pants and open-neck shirts for men and dresses, skirts, or slacks and sweaters or blouses for women. T-shirts, shorts, and halter tops are not allowed in the dining room, and shoes are required. Depending on the ship, fellow passengers can include family groups, couples, singles, or mature travelers. On the big or mid- size ships, you’ll find the broadest mix. Princess Cruises’ smaller ship, Pacific Princess—has fewer features that appeal to families and sail longer itineraries to more exotic ports, so it attracts older travelers. The mid-size and big ships are best for couples, families, multi-generational groups, and singles who enjoy an active environment and want many itinerary choices. For mature travelers who want a small-ship experience with few children, longer itineraries and off-the-beaten-path ports, the Pacific Princess is a good choice. DESTINATIONS Alaska Asia Australia and New Zealand California Coastal Canada and New England Caribbean

Europe Hawaii Japan Mexico Panama Canal South America and Antarctica South Pacific and Tahiti

Transatlantic World Cruise Minimum Age Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail. Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days. The minimum age for escorted cruise tours is five.

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise.


Babysitting There is no in-cabin sitting available. But Princess does offer Late Night Group Kidsitting for children ages 3 to 12 years. It is offered in the Youth Centers from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am for a charge of $5.00 per hour per child, except on Pacific Princess. Kids can relax and watch movies or play games with their friends while mom and dad have a relaxing night out. Pregnancy Policy Pregnant women are not allowed to sail if they are entering the twenty-fourth week of their pregnancy by the last day of the cruise. All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel and asserting that the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery calculated from both last menstrual period and ultrasound (if performed) and may be faxed to the Fleet Medical Department’s confidential fax line at 1-661-753-0121. Children’s Programs Infants and Toddlers (0–3 years) Children under the age of three are welcome to visit the Youth Center, if accompanied and supervised by a parent at all times. Children (3–12 years)

All vessels, with the exception of the Pacific Princess, has dedicated Youth Centers and Teen Lounges. The Pacific Princess offers youth programs when twenty or more children, aged 3–17, are traveling on a given voyage. Youth Centers The Youth Centers are staffed by entertaining and experienced counselors, all of whom are dedicated and trained to make sure your kids are having the best vacation ever. Activities are tailored to age group: The Treehouse (3–7 years)

Little ones will want to stay all day while counselors entertain them with kids- only dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice cream and pizza parties, t-shirt coloring, pajama parties, theme nights, fun fairs, and art projects. The Lodge (8–12 years) Older kids will enjoy a boatload of exciting activities including kids-only dinners, dance parties, movies, scavenger hunts, karaoke and talent shows, sports tournaments, and theme nights.

Teens (13–17 years) Teen Lounges (13–17 years) The Beach House in Camp Discovery

In the Teens-only exclusive lounges, passengers aged 13–17 can make new friends while enjoying all of the coolest amenities. Themed parties, video game tournaments, dance classes, and movies for teens are just a few of the fun activities teens can enjoy. Please note that the Pacific does not have a dedicated Youth Center.


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