Cruise Spotlight: Norwegian Cruise Line Kids Clubs
When you think of going on a cruise, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many it's a romantic getaway for two, or maybe a group of friends getting "away from it all" for awhile. Yet for others the first thought that comes to mind is a memory filled family getaway that will stick in their children's minds forever. How many of you parents and grandparents just had that dreamy thought followed by that scary rush of cringe worthy emotions? "What will the kids do? How will they stay occupied? Is a cruise really right for a child or a teen? Ugh, but when the kids get bored they get into trouble! Is it more of a headache than just having a staycation? I don't know, I just don't know." If this is you, have no fear because you are not alone! Norwegian Cruise Line clearly 100% understands your concerns, and has implemented some fantastic youth programs to make sure that your children of all ages will love the cruise experience just as much as you do! Hold on to your hats, because you are going to be impressed with these awesome and complimentary programs! Meet the Guppies! The Guppies are the youngest group of Splash Academy enthusiasts with their ages ranging from 6 months on up to 3 years old. Parents must join in the fun at this age, making it an amazing way to amuse the little ones, help them learn, and get some extra bonding time in too. The children will enjoy entertaining sensory activities including baby art, puppets, a mini parent/child workout, and even story time/rhyme time. You will delight in the children's happy squeals and giggles as they move and kiddie groove to fun children's music.
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Up next we have the Turtles of Norwegian Cruise Line's Splash Academy! The Turtles range in age from 3 to 5 years old. Fill their day with lots of theme filled fun. From circus school to arts and crafts. Maybe it's parades that they like? How about t-shirt painting, storytelling, or even treasure hunts? With the Turtles of Splash Academy they can experience all of this, and more! As always, Norwegian Cruise Line's Splash Academy provides for safe, stimulating, age appropriate sensory playtime and engaging fun developmental activities that will make this a trip to remember. Ages 6 to 9 years old are Splash Academy Seals! Keeping in line with the specific needs of each age group. The Seals have activities that will perfectly suit their age group, developmental needs, and keep them entertained for hours! Who doesn't love a theme night? A pirate you say? Aye aye matey! How about sports? Awe yes sports! Basketball, dodge ball, even soccer. Do you have a gamer on your hands? That's fantastic because they even have video games! Of course let's not forget the other games or the opportunity for team growing challenges. Need something a little more unique? Wow does Splash Academy have it! Learn circus and show activities like spinning plates and scarf juggling just to name a few. Last but not least we have the Dolphins in the Splash Academy Program. The Dolphins consist of youth ages 10 to 12 years old. Building upon younger age group activities, the Dolphins can learn even more circus skill fun! Chinese yo-yo, ball juggling, and even stilts are available in this age group for circus skill development. Scavenger hunts, sports, team activities, challenges, team builders, games, and even video games will keep your preteen loving the cruise life! Oh, and let's not forget the theme nights! How about Spy Night or even Survivor night? Fun activities, combined with making friends, and building memories to last a lifetime. Were you worried that it stopped there? Take a deep breath and relax because Norwegian Cruise Line wants your teenager happy too! Entourage is specifically designed just for this. Get your relaxation time or your fun time in while your teenager hangs out in their dreamland. If music is their thing, they can "rock out" with singing and dancing through crazy fun music jam sessions. How about their own teenage dance club at night? Movies, sports, art, balloon sculptures, theme nights, gaming, the fun is endless. Your teenager is certain to find just the right activity that speaks to them. Not to mention being able to "chill" with other teens and make new friends from all over the world. Worried about supervision? Your concerns are completely understood. You can feel safe in the knowledge that Entourage programs are in fact supervised.
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As you can see, Norwegian Cruise Line genuinely wants your entire family to get the most out of their cruise experience. With Splash Academy and Entourage you can trust that your children and teenagers are in a safe, exciting, and fun, age appropriate, well supervised environment. You can let go and savor your getaway knowing that the youngsters are soaking up skill building, fun hobbies, learning new things, and making new friends. Now breath easy, unwind, and relish all the different ways a cruise truly is the trip of your dreams. Let the worries go, and let the fun begin.
Tabitha Dodd is an Independent Agent of Fairytale Adventures Travel. Tabitha specializes in vacations for the whole family. Tabitha can be reached at Tabitha@fairytaleadv.com, or find her on Facebook Tabitha Dodd-Travel Agent.