Top 10 Kids Clubs at Sea

by Heidi Sarna

Top 10 Kids Clubs at Sea

by Heidi Sarna

A great kids club can make or break a family cruise; if the kids are happy, mom and dad are free to do adult things, like hit the spa, the casino, or a wine-tasting seminar. The biggest and newest ships go all out to cater to kids, from babies to teens.

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Oceaneer Club on Disney Dream / Disney Cruise Line / Diana Zalucky
Andy's Room on Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream
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1. Oceaneer Club

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line

Geared to ages 3 to 12, each of the club’s main rotundas branches off into four awesomely themed play spaces, including “Andy’s Room,” a recreation of the bedroom in "Toy Story" (on both); a "Star Wars"-themed area based on Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon cockpit (on Dream); and a "Monsters Inc." space with an elaborate play structure (on Fantasy).

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line

Geared to ages 3 to 12, each of the club’s main rotundas branches off into four awesomely themed play spaces, including “Andy’s Room,” a recreation of the bedroom in "Toy Story" (on both); a "Star Wars"-themed area based on Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon cockpit (on Dream); and a "Monsters Inc." space with an elaborate play structure (on Fantasy).

Marvel Super Hero Academy on Disney Wonder
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2. Oceaneer Club

Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line

A paradise for pirates ages 3 to 7, this Captain Hook-themed space features a big pirate ship to play on with a crow’s nest slide and rope bridge, plus a trunk filled with dress-up costumes, and multiple screens for Disney movies.

Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line

A paradise for pirates ages 3 to 7, this Captain Hook-themed space features a big pirate ship to play on with a crow’s nest slide and rope bridge, plus a trunk filled with dress-up costumes, and multiple screens for Disney movies.

Youth Center on Sapphire Princess
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3. Youth Center

Regal Princess and Royal Princess
Princess Cruises

Kids ages 3 to 7 have their own space with an indoor play structure, an arts and crafts area and a mini air-hockey table; plus there’s an outdoor playground that includes tricycles.

Regal Princess and Royal Princess
Princess Cruises

Kids ages 3 to 7 have their own space with an indoor play structure, an arts and crafts area and a mini air-hockey table; plus there’s an outdoor playground that includes tricycles.

Vibe on Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream
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4. Vibe Teen Center

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line

This private indoor space for teens has a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound for movies and video games, plus a dance floor, video wall, two-sided DJ panel, and even a private outdoor sundeck with splash pools, pop jets, ping pong, and foosball.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line

This private indoor space for teens has a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound for movies and video games, plus a dance floor, video wall, two-sided DJ panel, and even a private outdoor sundeck with splash pools, pop jets, ping pong, and foosball.

SeaPlex on Anthem of the Seas
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5. SeaPlex

Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean

OK, it’s technically not the kids club, but most red-blooded, card-carrying 12-year-olds would rather hang out in this two-story kiddie paradise than an official playroom. SeaPlex has bumper cars, basketball, roller-skating, Xboxes, ping pong, foosball, and a hot dog cart.

Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean

OK, it’s technically not the kids club, but most red-blooded, card-carrying 12-year-olds would rather hang out in this two-story kiddie paradise than an official playroom. SeaPlex has bumper cars, basketball, roller-skating, Xboxes, ping pong, foosball, and a hot dog cart.

Guppies Nursery on Norwegian Escape
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6. Guppies Nursery

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line

This brand-new ship is the first in the fleet to have a drop-off nursery for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Half of the adorable nursery is reserved for sensory-based activities, games, and toys for babies when they’re awake, while the other half is a dedicated quiet space with cribs for napping.

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line

This brand-new ship is the first in the fleet to have a drop-off nursery for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Half of the adorable nursery is reserved for sensory-based activities, games, and toys for babies when they’re awake, while the other half is a dedicated quiet space with cribs for napping.

Entourage on Norwegian Epic
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7. Entourage

Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line

For teens ages 13 to 17, this cool space is open from 11 am to 1 am and includes themed activities like the popular Glow Party, where black lights transform the club into a fun, teens-only bash like no other. There's also air hockey, foosball, and a two-sided D.J. emulator where teens can pretend they’re the real thing.

Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line

For teens ages 13 to 17, this cool space is open from 11 am to 1 am and includes themed activities like the popular Glow Party, where black lights transform the club into a fun, teens-only bash like no other. There's also air hockey, foosball, and a two-sided D.J. emulator where teens can pretend they’re the real thing.

Camp Carnival on Carnival Breeze
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8. Camp Ocean

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Cruise Line

This ship has a huge, bright and sunny kids club up on Deck 11 for three age groups (between 2 and 11 years) with a cool ocean theme — lots of blue and a shark fin motif, plus activities like musical icebergs and ocean bingo for the younger kids, and marine life trivia for the older set. By the end of 2016, the entire fleet will feature the new Camp Ocean.

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Cruise Line

This ship has a huge, bright and sunny kids club up on Deck 11 for three age groups (between 2 and 11 years) with a cool ocean theme — lots of blue and a shark fin motif, plus activities like musical icebergs and ocean bingo for the younger kids, and marine life trivia for the older set. By the end of 2016, the entire fleet will feature the new Camp Ocean.

Dr. Seuss Bookville Library
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9. Dr. Seuss Bookville Library

Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Line

Freedom is the first ship in this fleet to have a bright, whimsically designed Dr. Seuss Bookville library as part of its Camp Ocean offerings, and it's filled with the legendary author’s books; other Dr. Seuss-themed fun includes character parades and "Green Eggs and Ham" brunches.

Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Line

Freedom is the first ship in this fleet to have a bright, whimsically designed Dr. Seuss Bookville library as part of its Camp Ocean offerings, and it's filled with the legendary author’s books; other Dr. Seuss-themed fun includes character parades and "Green Eggs and Ham" brunches.

Adventure Ocean on Allure of the Seas
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10. Adventure Ocean

Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean

This city-at-sea-for-kids occupies a massive space at the forward end of Deck 14. Enter on Kids Avenue and choose your destination: three separate spaces for three age groups between ages 3 and 11, plus a drop-off nursery, video arcade, science lab, art studio, theater for performances, and even a cool workshop space where the whole family can scrapbook or make jewelry together.

Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean

This city-at-sea-for-kids occupies a massive space at the forward end of Deck 14. Enter on Kids Avenue and choose your destination: three separate spaces for three age groups between ages 3 and 11, plus a drop-off nursery, video arcade, science lab, art studio, theater for performances, and even a cool workshop space where the whole family can scrapbook or make jewelry together.

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