Celebrity Cruises offers activities geared to young people as part of its overall onboard entertainment program. Celebrity provides activities for children ages 3-17 with a four-tier, imaginatively created children's program for each age group, run by an exceptional staff of warm, caring, highly trained counselors. It's a program of exciting and educational entertainment in a safe environment about which parents can feel totally secure. There is no charge for participation in the Family Cruising Program.
Parents can feel secure about leaving their children under the direct supervision of the Celebrity youth counselors. Children ages 3-10 must be signed-in and out of the counselors' care by their parents, who must present their Celebrity Signature Card for identification. To take security one step further, each child is given a special wristband (which is worn for the entire cruise) for instant identification.
Youth activities are directed and organized by a special staff of youth counselors. Staff members are highly qualified and specially trained in the fields of child psychology, child development, education or recreation. In addition to shore-side teaching experience, counselors have previous cruising experience - working with young people - on Celebrity ships as well as a variety of other cruise lines. Most Celebrity Counselors hail from the United States and Canada.
During the period when the Family Cruising Program is operational, each vessel will carry eight (8) to twelve (12) youth counselors (including one supervisor and one lead) working sixteen (16) hours a day to implement a safe and successful youth program.
Celebrity's Four-Tier Family Program
Celebrity Cruises' award winning family program offers onboard entertainment and activities for children and young adults. The four-tiered supervised youth programs are specially created for children ages 3 to 17 with entertainment and activities well suited for each group. Each morning a daily program lists the day's activities, games, parties and more. And special areas are set aside for "kids only" like clubhouses, teen centers, pools and movie theatres. Guests can feel secure leaving their children with specially trained Celebrity Counselors and guarantee that they will come back talking of the great time they've had while learning the secrets of magic or directing a play.
The Family Cruising Program is available to all guests ages 3-17. Children under 3 years old are welcome to come to the playroom if accompanied by a parent (when the program is operational).
The Family Cruising Program is available during summer (June through August), Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter sailings. On other sailing a limited program is offered.
Program hours are 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., and 7:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. Group babysitting hour are 10:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. Hours are the same in port and at sea.
Ship Mates (ages 3-6) and Celebrity Cadets (ages 7-9) must be signed in and out of the program by a parent displaying his/her boarding pass. Ensigns (ages 10-12) and Admiral T's (ages 13-17) are given a certain amount of freedom but are required to follow the basic rules of the ship for those under eighteen (18) years old.
On the two formal evenings, parents are treated to free babysitting, and counselors take the children to a pizza party for dinner. all other evenings, parents are responsible for their children during mealtime.
Babysitting - 2002 Rates and Subject to Change
On sailings when the family Cruising Program is operational, group babysitting is offered in the children's playroom for children ages 3-12, from 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. There is a charge of $6.00 per hour per child in the same family.
Private, in stateroom babysitting is available for a charge of $8.00 per hour. This service is on a limited basis and arrangements can only be made on board through Cabin services or Guest Relations. The child must be at least six (6) months old.
Shore Excursions for Children
Shore excursions specifically for children are not offered, nor do the Family Cruising Program counselors take children off the ship at any time. However, children's tickets are available for most shore excursions.
Source: Celebrity Cruises