We took our 11 year old son on the Navigator. He could not wait to go to the kids program. He went with us on most shore Ex. One time he stayed on ship with youth program while we did shore ex. . We did not let him "run" the ship even though he could of gone to room on own. We felt too big of ship--Too many people. We wanted to feel safe. Besides its very irritating to see kids run wild on ships, in my opinion. We got group baby sitting in youth program if we were out late on ship and so did alot of other parents. It looked like they were having a great time.He ate with us in dinning room even on formal nights. He loved it and it was good experience for him to get dressed up and eat in the wonderful dinning room. He felt very special.