Hi! First timer here with questions about the kids' Adventure Ocean program on RCI. How do we actually register our child for the program? Will there be a schedule of the program activities for the week available? Is there a kids' pizza party or other kids' dinner night? Do we have to sign up for specific sessions or events, and if so, how do we do that? Do you have comments on the "edutainment" idea? Thanks!
I am seduled to go on the AOS end of May. We just returned from a cruise over spring break. Each day they put out a card(appropriate for age group) with the activites for the day. My kids used it once but, they are 16 so they stayed at the pool most of the time. The card were located in the lobby close to the pursers desk. I do not know about the explorer class ships. On Norwegian they put a pamplet in your cabin each night for the people that had children.
They had sign ups for the smaller children right as you boarded the boat with wrist bands they matched parents information. I am sure the EOS has the same th
We sailed on the Rhapsody (smaller ship) and my son loved their children's program. He was in the youngest age group (4yrs) and they recv'd their own daily schedule. If I remember correctly they had early sign ups for pizza parties, the kids' dinner party on formal nights and babysitting (after hours for a fee). All other activities you just sign in your kids and leave them there. They didn't really encourage parents hanging around. They also passed out Adventure Points for every activity your kid participated in and at the end of the cruise you turn in your points for prizes.
We were on the Voyager in February, 2002 and our daughter, who was 7 at the time, had a great time when she attended Adventure Ocean. Truth be told, she didn't attend all that much because there were so many other things to do, but she loved the times she was there. The first night on the ship they have a show that lets you know what will be going on in the kid's program. If I remember correctly, each night you'll receive a kid's compass that outlines the activities for the next day. Each day there are (I think) three segments to the day and for each segment your child attends they receive a coupon. The coupons are traded in for prizes at the end of the cruise. Our daughter had a great time at the pajama party where the kids show up after dinner wearing pj's, play games, decorate pillow cases, etc., pirates night where they wore pirate make-up and parade about the ship and through the dining room singing, and the kid's talent show where basically anything goes and everyone gets first place. We're planning another cruise on the Brilliance and my daughter plans on attending the kid's program more often so she'll get more coupons to trade in. Hope this info helps.
My son has taken six cruises (he's 5) and he likes them better when there are less kids on board. There is much more freedom in what activities they get to do - if there are only two or three kids in the room they basically get to do whatever they want, instead of the structured activity. They get more individual attention and the councelors actually learn their names. Also there's less competition for toys and councelors are more generous with the prizes. That's my son, if the room is full of kids he won't stay to play.
One of the reasons my daughter is hooked on RCCL cruises is because of the fun she had in the Adventure Ocean program. There's a structured program for all ages through pre-teen and a club-like setting for teen age groups. She was 7 on her first RCCL cruise and had a blast, although she was the only child in our group. She made lots of friends at Adv. Ocean and loved the activities for kids. We weren't looking for a babysitting service, but it helps the adults have time at the casino and clubs, etc. since Adv. Ocean stays open very late. It's free up through early evening, then there's a small charge for after 9 or 10pm. At age 7, my daughter asked us to pick her up at closing time, at 1:00am. She has strongly encouraged us to book cruises every year since. She prefers the Voyager Class ships now although we had a wonderful time and out of this world service on Enchantment of the Seas when it was new and dedicated to the 7 day Caribbean trip. She will be 12 on our next cruise in August and is very much looking forward to Adventure Ocean.
Can anyone tell me for pirate night, 50's night, or whatever, are we suppose to bring outfits on the cruise or does the ship provide them costume clothes. Secondly, my wife and I wanted to do one night in the special "Chops" restaurant. We have early seating at dinner. Is it possible for kids to eat dinner with their kids group?
I don't know about 50's night, but on pirates night the kids program provided what they needed. I believe there were 2 nights on our 7 day Voyager cruise that had the kids eating dinner together. I think those were scheduled the formal nights. As an alternative you could bring the kids to the windjammer for an early dinner and then drop them at the kids club while you go for a later dinner.