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CHILDREN





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Are cruise lines kid-friendly?

Yes, almost all cruise lines welcome children and offer some type of program for them. Some lines specialize in serving families with children. Deluxe cruise lines, in contrast, often have an older clientele and may not provide children's menus or programs. A travel agent will be able to help you determine which ship is best for you and your children.

Children of all ages take cruises, but you'll need to check details with your travel agent. Some lines will not take youngsters under the age of two. The minimum age to participate in children's activities varies with the line. Also be prepared for swimming pools, which may not have a shallow end or a lifeguard.

Keep in mind that the buses and taxis for shore excursions may not have child safety seats. And, in most cases, children will be charged the full adult fare.

Baby-sitters are available at an additional cost. Inquire at the purser's desk. The number of sitters available is limited, so inquire early.

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What activities are offered for children?

Children's activities are normally divided by age group: younger children (ages 4-9), "tweens" (ages 10-13), and teens (ages 14-17). Each group has its own counselor and activities. The kids usually have their own lounge with video games, a dance floor, and music. Activities may include scavenger hunts, a talent show, painting, bingo, teen night clubs, and movies.

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Are children's menus available?

The lines that cater directly to families offer children's menus and small portions. Pizza, pasta, burgers, and fries are served while parents choose from a more adult menu.

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|| CHOOSING A CRUISE ||
|| FOOD ||
|| PAYING FOR THINGS ||
|| ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT ||
|| CHILDREN ||
|| PORTS OF CALL ||
|| SECURITY AND MEDICAL ||
|| TIPPING ||
|| CRUISE BOOK RESOURCES ||
|| INTRODUCTION ||



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