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Cruising with the Family

Cruising with the Family

Cruising with the Family

Family Activities

Preparing for your family cruise vacation has never been easier or more stress-free. With dining options to satisfy the pickiest of eaters, a wide variety of entertainment, and spacious accommodations, all that’s left for you to do is spend quality time with your loved ones.

Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Kids of all ages can find their happy place thanks to our complimentary youth programs. Alongside our well-trained staff, your children will experience a wide range of exciting activities with kids and teens their own age. And while they’re having the time of their lives, you can too, knowing they’re in a safe and supervised environment.

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What are Youth Programs?

Youth Programs is the umbrella of programs for children 6 months to 17 years old which consists of:

Guppies Programs The Guppies Program offers parents many opportunities to interact with their infants/babies/toddlers and promote growth and development of infants/ babies/toddlers 6 months - 3 years old. Please refer to the Guppies activity program for the location, dates, and times. The schedule varies per ship and itinerary. The programs are:

1. Guppies Open Play: A play space for parents and babies to play together with a variety of toys, balls, interactive games, and blocks. This is offered across the fleet and is not a drop off program.

2. Guppies Hosted Activities: Activities are hosted by the Early Years Coordinator (or Nursery Attendants on the Norwegian Escape) for parents and babies. This is offered across the fleet and is not a drop off program.

3. Guppies Nursery: Only onboard Norwegian Escape, a fee-based drop off nursery for children 6 months to under 3 years old. The Guppies Nursery requires an onboard registration per child and reservations for available time blocks throughout the sailing. The programs are created and implemented by certified Nursery Attendants and offers infants/babies/toddlers a wide range of toys and engaging, sensory and developmental activities linked to a daily theme.

Splash Academy is a drop off program for child ages 3 - 12 (Turtles, Seals, Dolphins) offering high energy, interactive, themed based programming.

Entourage is the teen hang out for 13 -17 year olds. (Refer to Entourage FAQ What does Entourage have to offer teens 13 -17 years old?)

For Guppies Nursery, Splash Academy, and Entourage, it is recommended that parents register their child(ren) and teen(s) as soon as they board the ship. Any Youth Counselor on board the ship is available to assist. Guppies Nursery also requires reservations onboard Norwegian Escape, to secure a time block session throughout the sailing.

What age groups does each youth program cater to?

GUPPIES NURSERY
Guppies Nursery: 6 months to under 3 years (Only onboard Norwegian Escape)

SPLASH ACADEMY
Turtles: 3* - 5 years old, Seals 6 - 9 years old, Dolphins: 10** - 12 years old (6 - 12 years old in low season)

ENTOURAGE
Entourage: 13* - 17 years old

*Age eligibility is based on the age of the child at the time of sailing, according to their birth certificate or passport reflected on the ships manifest.

  • - A child must be 3 years old to register for Splash Academy.
  • - A child must be 13 years old to register for Entourage. (Please refer to the birthday exception.)
  • - A child who turns 18 during the cruise is considered a legal adult and will not be able to continue participation in Entourage.

  • The minimum age eligible for Splash Academy is 3 years old at the time of sailing, based on the child's date of birth, according to their birth certificate or passport reflected on the ships manifest.

    **Refer to FAQ: What do I need to know about the 10-12 year old parent sign-out authorization?

    Are there size and weight requirements for water slides, rope courses, rock climbing walls, racetrack and laser tag?

    General Aqua Park rules:

    • - No running, jumping or diving are permitted in the water slide area.
    • - No beverages, food or glass are permitted.
    • - Children who are not toilet trained are not allowed on water slides.
    • - Guests must abide by all rules posted on signs in the water slide area.

     

    Below are specific size and weight requirements per ship and activity.

    Norwegian Bliss

    Race Track: Height requirements: Minimum 1.40m or 55”, Maximum 2.00m or 79”. Shoes must cover toes and ankle (no flip flops). Loose clothing is not allowed. No age minimum, guests only must adhere to height requirements. Long hair must be tied back and hide inside helmet. Drug and alcohol consumption before driving are strictly prohibited. Persons with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, spinal injuries or pregnant are not recommended to participate

    Laser Tag: Shoes must cover toes (no flip flops). No age, height or weight minimum as long as the person can carry the equipment. Hero Blast equipment will be available as an alternative to Laser guns on request. Drug and alcohol consumption before participating are strictly prohibited. Persons with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, spinal injuries or pregnant are not recommended to participate

    Aqua Racer: Height requirements: Minimum 48” Weight requirements: No minimum weight; maximum weight not to exceed 300lbs for both solo and double tube riders

    Ocean Loops: Height requirements: Minimum 48” Weight requirements: Minimum weight 130lbs; maximum weight 300lbs

     

    Norwegian Breakaway / Norwegian Getaway

    Ropes Course: Must be 48" (122cm) or taller to be on the course without a chaperone. Max weight is 300 lbs (136kgs) Skytykes (child's course) available for under 48" (122cm) as long as chaperone is present. Max weight is 300 lbs (136kgs). Enclosed footwear is required (such as sneakers) – no flip flops or sandals are permitted on the ropes course.

    Waterslides: Free Fall - Must be 48" (122cm) or taller and weigh at least 99lbs (45kgs) but no more than 300lbs (136kgs). No jewelry of any kind may be worn on the slide. Whip Waterslides - Must be to be at least 48" (122cm). Family slide - Must be at least 42" (106cm).

    Bungee: No minimum height but guests must be over 30lbs (14kgs) but under 250lbs (113kgs) and must be able to bounce unassisted.

    Spiderweb: Minimum height is 42" (106cm) guests must be over 30lbs (14kgs) but under 250lbs (113kgs)

     

    Norwegian Joy

    Galaxy Pavilion

    Minimum height and weight requirements for attractions will be enforced. Minimum height is 36" for most games. Maximum weight: 300 lbs

    Joy Speedway

    Minimum height requirement is 55" with the ability to drive alone. Food, drinks, loose clothing and personal items are not allowed. Fully closed footwear is required and shoes with high heels are not allowed.

    Laser Tag

    There are no age or height restrictions to participate. Players must be able to hold and operate laser gun. Fully closed footwear is required and shoes with high heels are not allowed.

    Aqua Racer

    Height requirements: Minimum 48". Weight requirements: No minimum weight; maximum weight not to exceed 300lbs for both solo and double tube riders.

    Ocean Loops

    Height requirements: Minimum 48". Weight requirements: Minimum weight 130lbs; maximum weight 300lbs

     

    Norwegian Encore

    Galaxy Pavilion

    Minimum height and weight requirements for attractions will be enforced. Minimum height is 36" for most games. Maximum weight: 300 lbs

    Encore Speedway

    Minimum height requirement is 55" with the ability to drive alone. Food, drinks, loose clothing and personal items are not allowed. Fully closed footwear is required and shoes with high heels are not allowed.

    Laser Tag

    There are no age or height restrictions to participate. Players must be able to hold and operate laser gun. Fully closed footwear is required and shoes with high heels are not allowed.

    Aqua Racer

    Height requirements: Minimum 48". Weight requirements: No minimum weight; maximum weight not to exceed 300lbs for both solo and double tube riders.

    Ocean Loops

    Height requirements: Minimum 48". Weight requirements: Minimum weight 130lbs; maximum weight 300lbs

     

    Norwegian Epic

    Waterslides: Spider Mountain – Must be 42” (106cm) or taller. Max weight is 125lbs (57kgs)
    All other slides - Must be 42” (106cm) or taller

    Bungee: Minimum height is 42” (106cm). Max weight is 200lbs (91kgs)

     

    Norwegian Escape

    Ropes Course: Must be 48" (122cm) or taller to be on the course without a chaperone. Max weight is 300 lbs (136kgs) Skytykes (child's course) available for under 48" (122cm) as long as chaperone is present. Max weight is 300 lbs (136kgs). Enclosed footwear is required (such as sneakers) – no flip flops or sandals are permitted on the ropes course.

    Waterslides: Free Fall - Must be 48" (122cm) or taller and weigh at least 99lbs (45kgs) but no more than 300lbs (136kgs).

    Aqua racer - Must be at least 42" (106cm). No jewelry of any kind may be worn on the slide.

    Family Slide - Must be at least 42" (106cm)

     

    Age Requirements to Travel

    Traveling with minors or young adults? Make sure to take note of some special considerations before you cruise. Learn about additional required travel documentation to avoid any last-minute challenges.

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    What are Norwegian Cruise Line's Age Requirements?

    Age Requirements for Travel

    Note: These terms are effective at the time of boarding.

    Traveling with Infants:

    • At least six (6) months of age on the day of boarding
    • At least twelve (12) months of age on the day of boarding if your cruise has 3 or more consecutive days at sea.

    Traveling with Minors and Young Adults:
    Norwegian Cruise Line's policy dictates that a minor or young adult under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom (or a connecting/adjoining stateroom) by a guest 21 years of age or older at the time of boarding.

    • Minors – an individual under the age of 18 on the day of embarkation/boarding.
    • Young Adult– an individual between the ages of 18 and 20.

    Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple and provide proof of marriage to a Norwegian Cruise Line representative at the pier prior to boarding.

    Traveling with Minors Unaccompanied by Parent or Legal Guardian*:

    For passengers under the age of 18 traveling with an accompanying adult, who is not the minor's parent or legal guardian, a Parent/Guardian Consent Form that authorizes the minor's travel and further authorizes medical treatment in case of an emergency must be delivered to a Norwegian representative at the pier during check-in. Failure to produce this letter at embarkation may result in boarding being denied. Both living parents/legal guardians must sign and complete this form and attach a copy of his/her driver's license or other government issued identification. Minors of the same parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be listed on the same form:

    • 1) Download and Complete the Parental Consent Release form (PDF)
    • Minors or the same parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be listed on the same form

    • 2) Copy of both parents/legal guardians Driver’s License or other Government Issued ID
    • Adoptive parents, legal guardians or persons separated or divorced are advised to keep legal and other relevant documents available in order to clarify custody rights.

    *If travelling to Canada, you’ll the following document in addition to items #1 and 2 (Alaska, Pacific Coastal, and Canada/New England Itineraries):

    Canadian entry requirements stipulate that a child under the age of 18 traveling alone, or with person(s) other than both parents, should be in possession of a letter (preferably notarized) from the parents or legal guardian containing:

    • Authorization for the child to travel with another person and to be outside the country;
    • The name and a 24-hour contact telephone number of the parents or guardian;
    • The destination and length of stay in Canada.
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