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Have no fear,this is a fantastic ship.If you don't want any formal eating use the self sevice restaurant its the same as Ocean Village and dont forget Johnny Rockets for an entertaining change.Dont miss the Ice Show
Dont worry about the size of the ship most people seem to congregate in the shopping mall area in the evenings
where you can have a beer in the bars at reasonable cost or tea/coffee/cakes/sandwiches in the cafe(No charge).
Hi, we have done 3 rcl cruises and another next May . we have 3 children -now 11,9 and 4 . Your son can dine with you all the time -no problem !! Our 4 yr old wore anything at all . On formal nights he wore nice shorts and a t shirt and doodles . Fabulous !! The ships are big but you do see people again -particularly if you have children as you meet up by the water areas , childrens entertainment, shows ,etc. We ate in the windjammer as well in the evening -great food .There is no need to leave him out at all !!! Its a fab ship - you'll have a ball !!! Best wishes to you . The Turnbulls / Chesterfiel.
RCL are great i have 6 children with age ranges from 22 thru 6. My children love these cruises as they meet so many new friends.Don't worrry about your son getting friends and never seeing them again, the childrens clubs are brilliant and i'm sure your son will be like my children and never want to leave the clibs as they have so much funny (we got a little jealous sometimes and wish we could go too)!As far as dinning they are also wonderful in the dinning rooms they have a great childrens menu and on certain evenings they dinning room staff put a show on for you and have you up dancing with other tables its really good fun. Hope this helps and have a wonderful time.
On every RCCL ship they have "kids clubs" covering about 3 varied age groups from say 4 to 16yo. These are run by trained and experienced young at heart staff of both sexes in special lounges on the ship. Your lad won't want to go home at the end of the cruise. It may be an idea though to try and transfer to first sitting so that your son will still be able to stay awake throughout the meal. Call at the dining desk after you've checked in and before you board the ship.
I have just returned home after 2 weeks on the Navigator,yes it is big 3000 plus passengers,but dont woory great ship I took my Downs Syndrome daughter,she made plenty of friends Enjoy your cruise.
Gerry Selbie County Durha.
My family was on this cruise with our 7 year old and she joined in all the child activities. She met lots of friends and didn't want to dine with us. She loved going to the pyjama parties and midnight parties for the children. Two formal nights we dressed our daughter up but then she was too dressed for the kids club.
We too are on the same sailing! We took our son when he was 6 and he was made to feel so special - nothing was too much trouble. He was made to feel like royalty and loved every minute! Your son will love his time on board I am sure. We learnt from our oversight last time and will be taking a pair of walkie talkies with us so that when our son is in kids club he can radio us if he needs us. Last time we were stuck in the cabin just in case - or hanging round near the kids club in case we were needed. These little guys as you will know are pretty determined if they want to meet up with their mates again! Our now 8 year old will certainly be dining with us again. You never know they might end up playing together!
We have been on Royal caribbean and Ocean Village too. My children made so many friends on the Royal Caribbean. Though the ship is huge, there is Kids clubs and you see people again and again at all the shows and the evening parades on the ships Promenade.The ice-skating and the crazy golf is also a place to see people again. Not every night is SMART nights, there are casual nights in the dining room as well. Do try Johnny Rockets. It is $3.50 a head, but you can eat as much as you like, it is well worth a change onenight. We went first sitting with our children, because 10 o clock was too late for our chidren to eat and by then we ended up missing all the good shows, as they all start around 9.30-10.Do reccommend very highly getting the SODA PACKAGE as you get on the ship, it certainly saves a lot of money on drinks for the kids and yourselves if you don't drink spirits.One payment per person is for the whole trip. You can also get a wine package too. Hope this all help.
I would have thought that second sitting is a little late for a six year old as the meal doesnt start until 8.30-8.45. However althought the ship is large they do have an excellent youth area and children club with youth attendants. Also the ice skating rink. We enjoyed our crusie earlier this year on this ship and have sailed on about 12 RCL cruises and cannot fault them or the service.
We have done many cruises with RCL and certainly this is a big ship. RCL offer a great entertaining progromme solely for kids and he can make very good friends. RCl is simple the best you'll see.