After my misconception that the food on cruises would be low quality, my second concern was that there wasn’t much to do for kids.
How wrong I was (again). I’m focusing on a seven year old in this post as that’s how old Erin is, however rest assured there’s plenty to do for all ages (including teenagers).
There are some ships that are particularly child-friendly, these are the Oasis & Freedom class of ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. Facilities vary, we were aboard Liberty of the Seas.
Ok, in no particular order, here are just SOME of the things a 7 year old can do on a cruise;
1. Mini Golf
Golf on a ship? No problem. Liberty of the Seas sports a nine hole mini golf course. The thing I like about mini golf is that it’s good for all ages, 7 or 70. Round up the family and let the competition begin.
A lot of kids live in the inner cities and rarely have the opportunity to see the stars. In the middle of the ocean is a gret place for star-gazing.
3. Dreamworks Parade
See your favourite characters like Po, King Julian and Gloria in the Dreamworks Parade on the promenade.
4. Visit Countries
When you go on a non cruising holiday the likelihood is you only see one country each time. A cruise gives your kids the opportunity to discover multiple countries at once, widening their horizons and knowledge of the world.
5. Cake Decorating
Book your budding bakers into a cupcake decorating class at The Cupcake Cupboard (located on the promenade). Look what I created!
6. Ice Show & Ice Skating
Take your seven year old along to the fantastic ice show ‘Encore!’ featuring skaters from around the world. You’ll also witness the king, the one and only Elvis Presley on ice (yes really). After you’ve watched the professionals, grab your skates for a spin yourselves.
The onboard range of kid and teenage clubs on board is called Adventure Ocean, and they’re award winning. The 6-8 years old club is called Explorers and they offer a fun range of games and sports activities throughout your stay on board. Activities include art, sports, science, music, late night parties and competitions. The facilities are very impressive, each age group has their own dedicated area and staff members.
8. Make Friends From Around The World
Cruising gives kids a great opportunity to meet and befriend lots of children of other nationalities. Beyond the fun factor I think this is a really useful skill given how global society, work and business is these days. Darren, the hotel director aboard Liberty of the Seas says there can be up to 58 nationalities on board at any one time.
9. H20 Zone
The outdoor kids pool area is known as the H20 zone. Let the wee ones let off steam and cool off under the water jets.
10. Table Tennis
Gather together the family and grab your paddles for a table tennis tournament on the deck.
This post is not an exhaustive list of what a seven year old can do on a cruise, but hopefully it’s put your mind at ease that you’ll never hear the words ‘I’m bored’ for the duration of your trip.