Costa's kids' programs aren't nearly as extensive as those on Disney or Royal Caribbean (or Carnival's Conquest-class and Spirit-class ships), but then, there are usually far fewer children on board. At least two full-time youth counselors sail aboard, with additional staff whenever more than a dozen or so kids are on the passenger list. Supervised activities are offered for kids ages 3 to 18, divided into two age groups unless enough children are aboard to divide them into three (3-6, 7-12, and 13-18 years) or four (3-6, 7-10, 11-14, and 15-18 years). The Costa Kids Club, for ages 3 to 12, includes such activities as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, Italian-language lessons, bingo, board games, face painting, movies, kids' karaoke, and pizza and ice-cream-sundae parties. The ships each have a pleasant children's playroom and a teen disco. If there are enough teens on board, the Costa Teens Club for ages 13 to 18 has foosball and darts competitions, karaoke, and other activities.
When ships are at sea in the Caribbean, supervised Kids Club hours are typically from 9am to noon, 3 to 6pm, and 9 to 11:30pm. The program also operates during port days, but on a more limited basis.
On Gala nights, there's a great complimentary Parents' Night Out program from 6 to 11:30pm during which kids ages 3 and older (they must be out of diapers) are entertained and given a special buffet or pizza party while Mom and Dad get a night out alone. All other times, group babysitting for ages 3 and up is available every night from 9 to 11:30pm at no cost, and from 11:30pm to 1:30am if you make arrangements in advance. No private, in-cabin babysitting is available.
Children must be at least 6 months old to sail with Costa, and kids sail free between ages 6 months and 2 years.
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