NCL's Kids Crew program has year-round supervised activities for children ages 2 to 17, divided into four age groups: Junior Sailors, ages 2 to 5; First Mates, ages 6 to 9; Navigators, ages 10 to 12; and teens, ages 13 to 17. Activities include sports competitions, dances, face painting, treasure hunts, magic shows, arts and crafts, cooking classes, T-shirt painting, and the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program, which uses games, crafts, storytelling, and other activities to educate young people about the effects of marine pollution and ways to prevent it. Family events such as pizza-making parties and scavenger hunts are also on the schedule, and kids get their own daily program detailing the day's events.
All the most recent NCL ships have huge kids' facilities that include a separate teen center and a wading pool, as well as a large, well-stocked playroom. Those on Dawn, Star, and Spirit are especially wonderful, with a huge combo climbing maze and ball bin indoors, and an outdoor kids' pool and hot tub area themed on dinosaurs (Dawn), rockets (Star), and pirates (Spirit). Jewel, Gem, Jade, and Pride of America have a much smaller kids' pool. On sea days, youth programs are held from 9am to noon, 2 to 5pm, and then 7 to 10pm; on port days, the complimentary hours are from 7 to 10pm. Port program times can also be adjusted to accommodate parents on shore excursions.
Once per cruise, the ships have a Mom and Dad's Night Out, when kids dine with counselors. Otherwise, group babysitting for kids ages 2 to 12 is provided nightly between 10pm and 1am (and 9am5pm on port days) for $5 per child per hour, plus $3 an hour for each additional sibling. Counselors do not do diapers; parents are given beepers so that they can be alerted when it's time for the dirty work. Private babysitting is not available.
Unlimited soda packages are $4 per day for kids ages 12 and under. For anyone ages 13 or older, the same deal costs $6.25 per day.
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