Royal Caribbean Cruise line definitely makes for some wonderful family time on their ships, and so I have compiled a list of pros and cons regarding traveling with kids on their line.I would HIGHLY recommend this cruiseline, specifically this ship! We were on the Liberty of the Seas:
- Excellent Childcare (free for ages 3 and above)- my six year old didn't want to leave the play area, and because it's separated by age groups, the activities can be tailored specifically.
- Partner with Dreamworks and Fisher price and Crayola for lots and lots of activities onboard.
- The infant childcare is so great! All childcare staff have Bachelors in Education.
- A fun looking kiddie splash area
- Early dinner time
- Attentive staff who try to cater to the kids
- Lots of menu options for picky eaters
- Cribs available on board
- Lots of shows and fun activities for the whole family- Cupcake decorating lessons anyone?
- Dreamworks Character breakfasts, parades and meet and greets
- Fisher Price Toy lending program for babies
- Wave Simulator, Rock wall and lots of other activities for older kids
- Room service available 24 hrs a day, and eating pretty much day round, so no worries if you miss a mealtime.
- Childcare for under 3 costs $8/hr
- No baths for babies in room- can only shower them.
- Most evening activities start too late for children to participate in
- Childcare fills up fast
- Paper-thin walls to the hallway-not good when teenagers decide to run up and down hallways at all times.
- When babies nap there isn't much to do in the rooms (Movies were $11.99 each to watch on Tv!!)
- Drinks are pricey (this is a con for the parents!)
- Room Service has very few choices.
If you are interested in booking a cruise, I recommend contacting Theresa Watson. She is a vacation planner and was a great help on Royal Carribbean, and makes sure you know all your options, and services ahead of time.
Love and travel,
Kerry the Momster