Norwegian Cruise Line Youth Programs

Prince and Princess Parade on The Norwegian Spirit

We have personally been on three Norwegian Cruise Line ships – two with kids.  Their children’s program is excellent!  They offer what is called Kid’s Crew for ages 2-12.  Juniors are ages 2-5, First Mates 6-9, and Navigators 10-12.  When the ships do not have a lot of children (during the school year and non-holiday time), they will often combine the ages.  For the last cruise we went on during the 2nd week of January, they combined ages 6-12 into one group.

The youth staff is certified in CPR and first aid.  They give the children wrist bands when they are signed in with their names, parents names, cabin number, and emergency life boat location.  Parents (or guardians – grandparents, aunt, etc) who are allowed to sign the children in and out do so on a sign in/out sheet and the youth staff checks your id against the names on the children’s wrist bands,

The hours for the Kid’s Crew are as follows:

Embarkation Day: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Port Days: Departure from Port to 10:30 pm
Sea Days: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm

Children can basically be in the program all day during sea days.  You only need to check them out to feed them!  One evening they will even take the children to dinner and the show if you sign up ahead of time.

Juniors (ages 2-5) – if children are in diapers, parents will be given a pager to come to the Kid’s Crew room to change diapers.  Activities include:  Developmental activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, treasure hunts and parades.  The parades are definitely a highlight for the children and parents!  They also get face painted almost everyday.  On the last night of our 7 day cruises the children were given a Tshirt to color and take home.

First Mates (ages 6-9) – Often times the children will be with the younger ones especially when it is a downtime (between scheduled activities) where they watch movies.  So siblings will see each other fairly often even if they are separated into different age groups.  Activities include:  Spy/drama games, Wii, crafts, computer games, dance parties, video arcade, games and specialty classes.  Again on our last cruise our 7 year old was involved in some parades and face painting with her 4 year old sister as well as movie time.  They also received a Tshirt to color and take home.

Navigators (ages 10-12) – Activities include:  Wii, sports activities, computer games, arts and crafts, video arcade, scavenger hunts and team-building challenges.  I am not positive, but I believe this age group also receives a free Tshirt – on our last cruise when they were combined with First Mates, they definitely would have received one.

Babysitting- NCL offers group babysitting for ages 2-12 in the Kid’s Crew area.  They do NOT offer private in-room babysitting.

Late night Babysitting:

Hours of Operations
Nightly: 10:30 pm – 1:30 am

$6.00 per child/per hour
$4.00 per sibling/per hour

In Port Babysitting:

Hours of Operation
Port Day: Arrival into Port – Departure from Port
Overnight In Port: Arrival in Port – 8 pm

$6.00 per child/per hour
$4.00 per sibling/per hour

Teen Programs (ages 13-17)

Teen Center – often has air hockey, foosball, a video jukebox, televisions, a dance floor and Wii games. The Teen Center is the primary meeting place for the Teen Crew.

Teen Crew – includes activities such as theme parties, sports events, team building challenges, Wii, dining together, games, karaoke, dances and more.

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