Kids love cruise ships! There are hundreds of fun and educational things to do.
There is adventure, new friends, and the chance to have the wondrous and exciting experiences that create the memories to last a lifetime. Many of the activities kids can do on ships involve other kids, there are team sports like volleyball, basketball, board games and water sports, and there are also a lot of things they can do with the family. The larger ships have a variety of video games, some of the newest ships have awesome virtual reality centers full of great stuff like autoracer and virtual roller coaster. The virtual reality center on Grand Princess is truly outstanding.
A lot of ships, especially the bigger lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean who carry a lot of families, have special places for kids including play areas supervised by youth coordinators. They schedule activities for every day of the cruise, including everything from group participation games like Monopoly or sports like basketball, to quieter activities like movietime and story-telling in the afternoon.
Enrolling in any one of these activites is simple, just go to the youth coordinator on duty and he or she will get you into all of the activities of the day. Sometimes they close down for a few hours in the afternoon or early evening so be sure to check the daily schedule and coordinate those times with your parents.
For younger kids, babysitting services are often available, but it is necessary to check with the staff on board about the hours of availability. Most often it is available during the evening hours during dinner (the kids get a separate meal) and through the evening's activities up intil 11:00 or 12:00 o'clock. With luck, younger children will fall asleep during the "slumber party" and can be picked up and quietly carried to bed.