Celebrity pampers kids as well as adults, especially during the summer months and holidays when its Caribbean- and Bermuda-bound ships typically carry 400-plus children. Each ship has a dedicated youth staff of six or more supervising playroom activities practically all day long, and private and group babysitting is available in the evenings.
During kid-intensive seasons, supervised activities are geared toward four age groups within ages 3 to 17. Kids ages 3 to 5, dubbed Ship Mates, can enjoy treasure hunts, clown parties, T-shirt painting, dancing, movies, ship tours, and ice-cream-sundae-making parties. Celebrity Cadets, ages 6 to 8, have T-shirt painting, scavenger hunts, board games, arts and crafts, ship tours, and computer games. Your 9- to 11-year-old may want to join the Ensign activities, such as karaoke, computer games, board games, trivia contests, arts and crafts, movies, and pizza parties. In summer, these three age groups put on summer-stock theater shows, with Ship Mates and Cadets singing, dancing, and acting, and Ensigns directing and producing. There are also masquerade parties where Ship Mates and Cadets make their own masks and then parade around the ship, and Junior Olympics where the whole family is encouraged to cheer on the kids who compete in relay races, diving, and basketball free throws. Various activities and tours give kids a behind-the-scenes look at the ship's entertainment, food and beverage, and hotel departments.
Toddlers ages 2 and under can participate in activities and use the playroom if accompanied by a parent.
For teens ages 12 to 17 (subdivided into two groups, 1214 and 1517, during peak season, but all mashed together off-peak), the Celebrity ships have attractive teen discos/hangout rooms with Xbox, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation games, and activities such as talent shows, karaoke, pool games, and trivia contests.
Group babysitting in the playroom ($6 per child, per hour) is available for ages 3 to 11 between noon and 2pm on port days, and every evening from 10pm to 1am. Kids can dine with the counselors most nights between 5 and 7pm (free on sea days; $6 per child, per hour, on port days). A V.I.P. Party Pass covers all group babysitting for your cruise at a 40% discount, and kids get to attend one big-screen movie, with free popcorn and refreshments, behind-the-scenes tours, and souvenirs. Prices vary by itinerary. On the last night of the cruise, a complimentary Parents' Night Out party is held between 5pm and 1am, and includes pizza and fun activities for kids while their parents step out. Female crewmembers provide evening private in-cabin babysitting on a limited basis, for $8 per hour for up to two children. Kids must be at least 12 months old, and the service must be requested 24 hours in advance.
The minimum age for kids sailing on Celebrity's ships is 6 months.
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