Preparing for your family cruise holiday 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.
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- What to Pack
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- Cruising with the Family
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- Policies & Medical
- Cruise Like a Pro
Cruising with the Family
Cruising with the Family
Kids of all ages can find their happy place thanks to our complimentary youth programmes. Alongside our well-trained staff, your children will experience a wide range of exciting activities with kids and teens their own age. And whilst they're having the time of their lives, you can too, knowing they're in a safe and supervised environment.
Youth Programmes is the umbrella of programmes for children 3 to 17 years old which consists of:
Family Activities: The Cruise and Youth teams offer an array of engaging family activities that brings everyone closer together. Bring your competition and A-Game for Beat Your Bed Time, Music Mania, Compete Opposites, and Family Dodgeball. Who will rule? The parents or the children?
Guppies Open Play: For the littlest cruisers, the Guppies Open Play offers a play space for parents to interact with their infants/ babies/toddlers 6 months - 3 years old and/or children in nappies. Please refer to the onboard Guppies activity programme for the location, dates, and times. The timetable varies per ship and itinerary.
Splash Academy: A drop off programme for children ages 3-12, fully potty trained (without nappies/pull ups), offering flexible programming, allowing children to explore and make their own interest-based choices throughout the sailing.
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 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 Counsellor on board the ship is available to assist.
6 months - under 3 years old
3 - 12 years old
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.
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.
Age Requirements to Travel
Travelling 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.
Age Requirements for Travel
Note: These terms are effective at the time of boarding.
Travelling 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.
Travelling 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.
Travelling with Minors Unaccompanied by Parent or Legal Guardian*:
For passengers under the age of 18 travelling with an accompanying adult, who is not the minor's parent or legal guardian, a Parent/Guardian Consent Form that authorises the minor's travel and further authorises 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 travelling alone, or with person(s) other than both parents, should be in possession of a letter (preferably notarised) from the parents or legal guardian containing:
- Authorisation 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.