After our Royal Caribbean cruise we are convinced that cruising is the answer. We spent a lot of time together, but there was also opportunity to spend time apart too.
There are a number of features that we found useful, we didn’t use them all but it’s useful to know they are there if we need them (we are already planning our next cruise!).
Firstly the Adventure Ocean Club. This is the first holiday we’ve been on with a kids club and it has been a revelation. Not only did it give Erin somewhere to go to socialise with people her own age, but she also made friends that she met at the pool and around the ship. It made not having a sibling to interact with less of an issue.
The staff pay special attention to make the cruise a special experience for kids too, we’ve had staff doing magic tricks, chatting to Erin and even making roses out of straws and napkins! These little touches have made it so much more enjoyable.
There are a number of activities included besides the club, for example balloon twisting, face painting, ice skating and the 3D cinema. There was always something for us to do, which allowed the other parent some free time. Erin and I particularly enjoyed our afternoon at Hairspray.
My family time dining allows children to fast track their way through dinner and be picked up by Adventure Ocean staff to go to club, allowing parents to enjoy a leisurely dinner to themselves. Another option is Adventure Ocean Dining where children are taken to the Windjammer buffet restaurant to dine together, a nice alternative to lengthy three course meals with mum and dad each night.
During the day and up to 10pm the Adventure Ocean Club is free. Between 10pm-2am there’s a late night club with pizza parties, bingo and even a wedding. This late night club costs just $7 per hour making it possible to spend a late night (or several) enjoying the onboard entertainment or casino. A great option for parents whether you have one child or multiple!
Overall we felt that our single child family was very well catered for, Erin never felt lonely and we loved that she wanted to go off to club so we could enjoy some time together guilt free. It was the perfect balance of family time and time to pursue our own interests.