When it comes to catering for kids, Royal Caribbean’s cruises are up there with the best. From tots to teens, their award-winning kids’ programmes and near-endless activities means they’ll never be short of ways to have fun while they’re cruising the seas.

Plus, while they’re having the time of their lives, you’ll get some time to sit back, relax and let the paradise soak in. Thinking of going on a family cruise together? For the first timer, Royal Caribbean’s family-tailored cruises could well be the way to go.

Here, we’ll show why your kids will love their time on board, listing some of the best child-friendly activities your kids can get involved with wherever you’re heading.

Group Of Children Enjoying Drama Club Together

Kids’ Club

The Kids’ Club is the main hub of child-friendly activity, where kids of all ages can get to make new friends as part of the award-winning Adventure Ocean programme. Designed to be both fun and educational, its three age groups offer plenty of opportunities to keep young minds enriched and entertained. These include:

Aquanauts (3-5 Years)

Budding scientists will love the Aquanauts programme, where they can learn experiments, create bubbling potions and become a Certified Junior Adventure Scientist. Also, avast me hearties! Your pint-sized pirates will be able to take over the ship as part of the Pirate Party Parade.

Explorers (6-8 Years)

As part of this programme, little ones can dig up plenty of fascinating facts with Fossil Fever and Meteorology Madness, while Adventure Art and Adventure Theater let creative types go wild. Plus, with plenty of ice cream, and themed parties, there’s never a dull moment here.

Voyagers (9-11 Years)

Voyagers will set sail with a selection of awesome activities including science experiments, tours of the cruise’s backstage areas and a new sport called Gagaball – a variation on dodgeball that’s fast-paced, fun and highly addictive.

Ultimate Abyss

The Ultimate Abyss, part of RC’s Harmony of the Seas ship, might sound a little on the ominous side but for the thrill seekers in your family, this twisting, 10-storey water slide is surely on the to-do list. At 216 feet high, it’s the tallest slide at sea and lets them take the plunge in exhilarating fashion. If they’re looking for pulse-racing excitement, this one is not to be missed.

 Skydiving at Sea

If they missed the jet-setting of a regular holiday, let them experience the thrill of a free-falling skydive without leaving the ship with RipCord, the ground-breaking simulator by iFly. Bringing the exhilarating, adrenaline-fuelled excitement of the air to the deck of your next holiday, it’s perfect for those too young (or scared) to try the real thing. With no freefall to overcome, they’re able to flip, turn and spin to their heart’s content, while an instructor is on hand to guide them through the process from start to finish.

little kids swimming in pool underwater.


The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex is like the play area of the future. Jam-packed with fun, there’s so much to do here, from basketball courts, roller rinks and even bumper cars to drive around in. Let them channel their inner entertainer as part of the circus school, where those brave enough can fly high on the trapeze. If they’re flagging, the SeaPlex Dog House is on hand with classic American fast food, while the floating DJ booth suspended overhead keeps the hits going day after day.


An instant hit with guests when it first debuted, the FlowRider mirrors the thrills and spills of surfing at no extra cost and with no need for reservations. If you fancy hanging ten all you need to do is show up, though there are also private lessons if you want to master the art of catching a wave (though this will cost extra). There’s plenty of seating nearby too, perfect for witnessing some wipeouts while you’re there.

DreamWorks Experience

From trivia and scavenger hunts to themed activities, their favourite characters are brought to life thanks to the DreamWorks Experience. Shrek, Princess Fiona, King Julien and loads more are on hand to make surprise appearances, pose for photos and entertain with their parade extravaganzas. Plus, a whole host of classic DreamWorks films are available for them to enjoy in both our 3D cinemas and in the comfort of your own stateroom.

little active boy rock climbing at indoor gym

Rock Climbing Wall

Another popular attraction, Royal Caribbean added rock climbing walls to all of their ships following a very positive response. Unique and exciting, the 30-foot wall is built for both experienced and novice climbers, with all the special safety equipment provided by Royal Caribbean, so all they’ll need to do is turn up. See if they’re up to the challenge; a bell at the top of the wall lets everyone know they’ve scaled the summit successfully.

We hope this list has made making a decision a little bit easier. To view our full list of Royal Caribbean cruises, head over to our dedicated page here or give our friendly customer care team a call on 01 536 0938.


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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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