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Old February 10th, 2002, 08:55 PM
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Default 3/2 EXPLORER WITH KIDS/q RE YOUNGER KIDS' PROGRAM

IS ANYONE GOING ON THE 3/2 EXPLORER SAILING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN? MINE ARE 3 & 5 1/2. WHAT IS THE YOUNGER KID'S PROGRAM LIKE? WILL MY ALMOST 6 YEAR OLD BE BORED IN THE 3-5 AGE GROUP? ANY SUGGESTIONS ON SHORE EXCURSIONS WITH KIDS SO YOUNG?
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Old February 11th, 2002, 08:00 AM
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Hi Roberta,
The kids program onboard are wonderful, most of the kids love going, in fact they never want to leave, bet your kids will be fine and love it too. Here is some info on the kids program:
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL "ADVENTURE OCEAN PROGRAM"

Ships: Adventure of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Nordic Empress, Radiance of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Sovereign of the Seas, Splendor of the Seas, Viking Serenade, Vision of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas


Destinations: Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Alaska, Europe, Hawaii, Australia/New Zealand, South America


Groups: Aquanauts 3 - 5; Explorers 6 - 8, Voyagers 9 -11, Navigators 12 - 14; Teens 15 - 17.


Counselors: Three to six per cruise.


Hours: For 3-11 year olds: 9:30 a.m.-Noon; 2-5 p.m.; 7-10 p.m. For 12-14 year olds: Times vary for day activities; evening hours 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For 15-17 year olds: Times vary for day activities; evening hours 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.


Cool Teen Stuff: Teen discos/private clubs featured on all ships except Nordic Empress, Sovereign of the Seas, Viking Serenade. An Adventure Ocean Potion card allows children up to 18 to buy 12 non-alcoholic drinks, including mocktails, for $24.95 at the teen bar. Supervised activities are available on RCI's private islands, Labadee and CocoCay.


Parent Savers: Parents can leave their children at Adventure Ocean while they take shore excursions. For this purpose, the facilities open 30 minutes ahead of morning shore excursion departures. Group babysitting is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $5 an hour per child. Individual babysitting offered from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for children six months to 10 years; fee is $8 per hour with a two-hour minimum. Cribs: Limited, request at booking time. On three nights during a seven-day cruise, children can eat with counselors from 6 to 7 p.m.


Not available: Strollers


Kids' Shore Excursions: Supervised activities available in Labadee and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island.


Rates: Third- and fourth-passenger occupancy rates range from $449 to $999 and are applicable to children sharing a cabin with two adults.


Noteworthy Features: Adventure, Enchantment, Explorer, Grandeur, Legend, Radiance, Splendor, Vision, and Voyager of the Seas have the largest cabins in RCI's fleet, plus family suites. All ships offer Adventure Science, which is a fun, hands-on learning program.


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kid-friendly activities include rock climbing, ice skating rink, basketball courts, roller-blading and a Johnny Rocket's concession at no extra cost. Extensive kids' pool and slide area (Adventure Beach) on Explorer, Voyager and Radiance of the Seas. Explorer of the Seas has an atmospheric and oceanographic lab where parents and children can tour and participate in interactive sessions with scientists aboard ship.
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Old February 11th, 2002, 08:51 AM
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Our son has been cruising since he was 5 (now 10) and will be sailing on his 5th voyage in March. He's been on both Voyager and Explorer and had a fantastic time! They have such fun activities and the "camp counsellors" always have a smile on their faces. They truly enjoy being with the children.

On the last couple of cruises we brought walkie/talkies w/ us so when Andrew was ready to leave he would call. It made it nice in that we always felt like we had to keep checking on him. Not sure though how this would work w/ your smallest one.

As for excursions, Labadee is wonderful for all ages. There's really nothing I can think of for your kids as their really too small for any type of lengthy excursion. Maybe a short snorkling trip to a beach on St.Thomas.

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We don't have any young children, but I will tell you this. We spoke to a woman who said that her children liked the program on the Explorer more than they did the one on the Disney ship. That should tell you something. I know they will have a ball.
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Sailed Explorer on Jan. 26/02 with my 5 1/2 year old and 7 year old. We thought the same way about our 5 1/2 year old with respect to the programming for the Aquanauts. When we mentioned this to the Adventure Ocean staff, they offered to monitor our child for the first two days and provide an assessment of whether she could handle the more advanced Explorers program. Our 5 1/2 year old was most comfortable with the Aquanauts (3-5) and stayed there for the entire week. In fact, there were a few 6 year olds that chose to stay with the Aquanauts.

With respect to shore excursions for the little ones, check out Ardastra Gardens in Nassau. The only "zoo" in the Bahamas. We took the sightseeing/Ardastra Gardens package. The sighseeing part will be boring for the kids. You might consider taking a cab directly to Ardastra. In St. Thomas, we took the sightseeing/Coral World package. The kids loved Coral World where they were able to pet baby sharks and star fish. They also loved viewing the underwater aquariums displaying tropical ocean life. Tour also takes you past Megan's Bay (just gorgeous) and provides for other majestic views of the scenery around St. Thomas. All the packed tours in San Juan started too early so we elected to bring the kids to Adventure Ocean and explore Old San Juan on our own. In Labadee, Adventure Ocean maintains a dedicated area and provides programs from 10:30am to Noon, and from 1:30 to 3:00.
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