08 Sep The Best Educational Activities for Kids on Cruises
Some people believe that the “perfect family holiday” is a myth, some unattainable concept created by marketers. Apparently, those people have never been on a cruise vacation. Today’s modern cruise ships offer a wide range of entertainment and activities for every member of the family, especially kids. Onboard kids’ activities go well beyond splash parks and the arcade-many offer fun, age-appropriate learning opportunities. Here are three cruise lines that offer the perfect blend of education and entertainment.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean’s complimentary, award-winning Adventure Ocean Youth Program divides kids and teens into age groups so that they can enjoy specialized, interactive programs made to expand their imaginations. Aquanauts (ages 3-5) enjoy the magic of Bubbling Potions, uncover the dinosaur-sized secrets of Jurassic Jr., and take over the ship with the Pirate Party Parade. Explorers (ages 6-8) experience hands-on science demonstrations to get their young minds churning along with explorations of the fine arts with Adventure Art and Adventure Theater.
Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL’s Splash Academy program is specifically designed to engage active and creative kids ages six months to 12 years old. Highlights include learning how to juggle at the Cirque du Jour circus school and working on innovative arts and crafts projects.
Celebrity has partnered with The Nerdel Company to educate kids about healthy nutrition and physical activity in a fun way. Nerdel, the alien from the planet Zendel, is a life-size character that entertains little ones with live performances, musical activities, book readings and other fun things in a mission to empower children with the knowledge to make better nutritional choices and to take charge of their own physical wellbeing. With Nerdel, Shipmates (ages 3-5), Cadets (ages 6-8) and Ensigns (ages 9-11) learn about the art of puppeteering, performance and production.