Youth Programs: Line by Line

| March 2, 2004
CruiseMates' Family Cruising Editor

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet-Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 2-5; 6-8; 9-11; and 12-15 years old.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: No; youth counselors will change diapers provided by parents.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 11 years old.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: Supervised free play begins 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled shore excursion; scheduled activities resume around 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, but not fleet-wide. As of February 2004, there are teen rooms on Carnival Conquest, Destiny, Glory, Triumph, Valor (12/04 inaugural), Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Paradise, Sensation.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): None. . Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: Four months.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $6 per hour for first child; $4 per hour for each additional child in same family.

Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; also from 8 a.m. to noon on port days for children under two years old.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet-wide) Games/video arcade; computer labs; spin art machines..

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet wide) Children's splash pools, children's water slides, outdoor playground-style equipment, basketball courts .

Special Programming: EduCruise activities available on select ships for kids 6 to 11 years; a variety of family activities are offered on all ships including family arts 'n crafts night and family water play.


CELEBRITY CRUISES

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet-Wide: No, offered seasonally during school vacation periods in the spring and summer and during major holidays

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-6; 7-9; 10-12; 13-15; 16-17 years old.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: Yes.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 13 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5:30 p.m.; 7:30-10 p.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5:30 p.m.; 7:30-10 p.m.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, but not fleet-wide. Teen rooms are on Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): None.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: None.

Private Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $8 per hour. Minimum age infant needs to be for babysitting: 6 months old.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $6 per hour. Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; Sony PlayStations.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet-wide) Children's splash pools, children's slides, basketball court.

Special Programming: CKTV (Celebrity Kids' Television) is available on four Millennium-class ships and features a working studio in the children's area where kids produce their own newscast, which is aired throughout the ship on in-stateroom TVs.


COSTA CRUISES

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-6; 7-12; 13-17 years old.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: Yes.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 13 years or younger if parents sign a waiver.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 3-6 p.m.; 9-11:30 p.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: Varies depending on itinerary.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, but not fleet-wide. Teen room on CostaClassica and CostaVictoria.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes: Reduced "Andiamo" rates applicable to children under 17 years sharing a room with two paying adults. Also, "Kids Sail Free" or "Kids Sail for $199" available on select sailings throughout the year; you must pay port fees.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: 3 months old.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $10 per hour. Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet-wide) Game/video arcade on some ships.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are fleet-wide) Children's splash pools; children's water slides; basketball court.


CUNARD LINE

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: No; offered year round on QM2 and QE2, seasonally on Caronia.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: QM2 and QE2: 1-2; 3-6; 7-12 years old.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: No; professionally trained nannies change diapers provided by parents in QM2 and QE2's nursery.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 10 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: QM2: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight (may change depending on number of children aboard).

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: Same as sea days.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, but not fleet-wide. Youth room on QM2 and QE2.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, but not fleet-wide. Teen room on QM2 and QE2.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes; children under the age of two at the time of sailing can cruise for free; you must pay port fees.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: One year old.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: No.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities available fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; children's disco; ball pit; X boxes.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities available fleet-wide) Children's splash pool; outdoor playground equipment; basketball court; pretend water guns at pool.

Special Programming: QM2's youth program was developed in conjunction with King's Sports Camp, a UK-based specialist in children's programming.


DISNEY CRUISE LINE

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-4; 5-7; 8-9; 10-12; 13-17 years old; Flounder's Reef Nursery ($6 per hour per child) for ages 12 weeks to 3 years.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: Yes, for those over three years in youth program; counselors change diapers provided by parents in Flounder's Reef Nursery (ages 12 weeks to 3 years).

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 8 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m.-1 a.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: 9 a.m.-1 a.m.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes; children under age 3 at the time of sailing pay $99 to $139 for a three- and seven-night cruise respectively; children ages 3-12 years receive a discounted third, fourth, or fifth person rate which is $50 to $300 less than the adult third or fourth person rate.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: 12 weeks.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: No, since youth program goes until 1 a.m. Flounder's Reef Nursery is open every night from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. You must reserve the day and times that your infant/toddler will attend the nursery once you are on the ship. There are some morning and afternoon hours available at the nursery, which vary depending on the itinerary.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes, daily.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; Studio Sea, reserved for family game shows, Karaoke and family dance parties..

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Fleet-wide) Children's pool; infant and toddler's splash pools; children's water slides; basketball courts; Scuttles Cove, an outdoor playground/supervised youth facility on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Teen Beach on Castaway Cay.

Special Programming: Storytelling visits by Disney characters; Tea Time with Wendy Darling; character breakfasts; animation workshops; wacky science adventures; build-your-own raft challenges for teens at Castaway Cay.


HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-7; 8-12; 13-17 years old.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 13 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: Varies; at least one or more activity in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: Activities begin at 3 p.m. and continue after dinner.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, being added fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, being added fleet-wide including private deck space for teens.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes, varies with the itinerary.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: 3 months old.

Private Babysitting Offered: Yes.

Hourly Cost: $8 for the first child, $6 for each additional child.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: No.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: By request; weekly pizza party.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: Game/video arcade; computer games.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: Children's splash pool; basketball courts; volleyball and tennis courts; outdoor playground at private island, Half Moon Cay.

Special Programming: On ships calling at Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay, kids can participate in Treasure Quest kids' shore excursion.


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 2-5; 6-9; 10-12; 13-17 years.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: No; parents are given beepers and must come to change their child's diaper when necessary.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 13 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: 2-5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m. NOTE: THAT THERE IS AN HOURLY FEE FOR THE YOUTH PROGRAM ON PORT DAYS: $5/hour for the first child; $3/hour for the second child

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes; children under the age of two at the time of sailing can cruise for free; you must pay port fees.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: Infants under 6 months need a doctor's permission note in order to sail.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $5 per hour for the first child; $3 for each additional child. Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities available fleet-wide) Game/video arcades; Sony PlayStations.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities available fleet-wide) Children's splash pools; children's water slides; children's playground equipment; basketball courts.

Special Programming: Many family activities centered around Hawaiian culture and crafts on Hawaiian itineraries.


PRINCESS CRUISES

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes, but not fleet-wide. Offered on all ships except Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess (youth program only offered on these ships when 20 or more children are on board).

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-7; 8-12; 13-17 years.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: Yes.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 12 years; 8-12 years by parental consent only.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m. (until 1 a.m. for teens).

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, but not on Tahitian, Pacific and Royal Princess.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, but not on Tahitian, Pacific and Royal Princess.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): No.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: 6 months, except 12 months on exotic itineraries.

Private Babysitting Offered: No.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $5 per child. Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities offered fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; computer games/Sony PlayStations.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities offered fleet-wide) Children's splash pools; basketball court; outdoor playground at Princess' private island, Princess Cay.

Special Programming: Hands-on activities in conjunction with California Science Center and National Wildlife Federation. Junior Ranger and Teen Explorer program given by National Parks Service rangers in Alaska.


RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: No; offered seasonally during the summer and major holidays on all ships except Paul Gauguin.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 6-11; 12-17 years.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 9 years.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: 6-11 years: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5:30 p.m.; 8-10 p.m.; 12-17 years: 10 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5:30 p.m.; 8-11 p.m.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: 6-11 years: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2:30-5:30 p.m.; 8-10 p.m.; 12-17 years: 10 a.m.-12 noon; 2-6 p.m.; 9-11 p.m.

Dedicated Youth Room: None.

Dedicated Teen Room: None.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): Yes; children under two years old at the time of sailing sail free on some itineraries; you must pay port fees.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: 6 months; need a doctor's note for under 6 months.

Private Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $25 per hour.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities offered fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; Sony Play Stations.


ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL

Youth Program Offered Year Round Fleet Wide: Yes.

Age Groups in Youth and Teen Programs: 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-17 years.

Must Children Be Potty Trained to Participate in Youth Program: Yes.

At What Age Can Children Sign Themselves Out of Program: 6 years, with parental consent.

Typical Youth Program Hours at Sea: For 3-11 year olds: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 2-5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m.; For 12-14 year olds: same daytime hours, nighttime activities from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; For 15-17 year olds: daytime activities vary, nighttime activities from 10 p.m.-wee hours.

Typical Youth Program Hours in Port: For 3-11 year olds: 30 minutes before the first shore excursion departs to 5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m.; For 12-14 year olds: same daytime hours, nighttime activities from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; For 15-17 year olds: daytime activities vary, nighttime activities from 10 p.m.-wee hours.

Dedicated Youth Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Dedicated Teen Room: Yes, fleet-wide.

Year Round Lowered Rates for Children (other than standard 3rd/4th berth rates): None.

Minimum Age for Infants to Sail: None.

Private Babysitting Offered: Yes; minimum age for babysitting is 6 months old. Hourly Cost: $8 per hour for up to two children; $10 per hour for a maximum of three children; two hour minimum required.

Late Night Group Babysitting Offered: Yes. Hourly Cost: $5 per hour per child. Hours Group Babysitting Offered: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Do Youth Counselors Take Children to Dinner at Least Once Per Cruise: Yes.

Indoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are offered fleet-wide) Game/video arcade; ice skating rinks; computer games.

Outdoor Family Friendly Facilities: (Not all amenities are offered fleet-wide) Children's splash pools; children's water slides; basketball courts; miniature golf; in-line skating track; rock wall is available fleet wide.

Special Programming: Adventure Science (SM) combines hands-on science experiments with fun; Adventure Art by Crayola features crafts projects that relate to the destination and culture visited; Sail Into Story Time is for 6-8 year olds; Adventure Family activities vary per cruise.

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