The 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas is action-packed, with more activities than kids (and adults) can possibly tackle in a week, which include everything from a surfing simulator to a carousel.
Dining: Kids’ menus in the main dining room feature standard choices like pasta and chicken, plus a grilled catch of the day. Specialty restaurants have options for younger diners as well, with an additional fee of $8 for children age six to 12. (There's no charge for kids 5 and under.) No matter where you eat, you can arrange for youth counselors to pick the kids up early and bring them to the kids' club.
Activities: The ship has both the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story thrill slide, as well as three fast waterslides, all of which will keep older kids entertained. Younger cruisers can cool off in the new Splashaway Bay water park. Other favorites include family ice-skating, a large miniature golf course, appearances by DreamWorks characters, and parades.
Clubs: A large swath of Deck 14 is dedicated to the Adventure Ocean program, which offers age-appropriate activities for kids three through nine years old. The setup includes an art studio, a science lab, and a children’s theater. (Tweens and teens get their own separate spaces.) Parents of children ages six months to three years can opt for the fee-based nursery, which costs $6 per hour during the day and $8 per hour in the evening.
Babysitting: An hourly late-night rate of $6 per child applies for Adventure Ocean after 10 p.m. In-room babysitting (a rarity on cruise ships) can also be arranged, starting at $20 per hour.
Cabins: Options include large and affordable interior and ocean-view accommodations that sleep six.