Guide To Family Cruising Aboard Celebrity Cruises

Author: Nancy Lippincott

Tags : Cruise, Food & Wine, Kids, Kids Club, Luxury Options, Teens

Although Celebrity Cruises is known best as a luxury line -- and that implies adults -- it also offers a wide selection of family-friendly programming, suitable for passengers of all generations.

Celebrity Cruises is a great pick for multi-generational cruisers, as it is generally known for hosting a mature and sophisticated crowd. They manage to keep a high level of elegance, quality and service, while still accommodating families with customized kids programs and facilities.

Check out our guide to what this line has to offer, as well as some of the newest features added to the fleet:

Youth Programs Aboard Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity divides their youth program into five age appropriate categories:

  • Toddler Time under 3 years; children must be potty trained to participate, but parents can accompany if they're not.
  • Shipmates 3 to 5 years
  • Cadets 6 to 8 years
  • Ensigns 9 to 11 years
  • Teens 12 to 17 years

Fun Factory is the place to go for passengers ages 3 to 11 years. It's especially designed for younger cruisers with movies, gaming systems, karaoke, sports, and crafts. Facilities are open from 9 AM to 10 PM every day. While children ages 3-8 require sign in by an adult, the older Ensigns can sign themselves in and out up until 10 PM.

X-Club Teen Entertainment is the designated space for teens to hang out, use gaming consoles, attend late night social events, play sports, and watch movies under staff supervision.

Pagers are available for parents of children with special needs or allergies, though there are a limited number available.

Babysitting is available either privately in the stateroom at $19 per hour for up to three children. On port days, there are afternoon, dinner, and late night group activities for children ages 3-11 at $6 per hour and advance registration is required.

Celebrity's Family-Friendly Programming

Celebrity has introduced its healthy eating and fitness programming for young passengers with the help of the Nerdel company. The program was designed by doctors, nutritionists, chefs, and fitness experts to help educate youngsters about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's all hosted by the character Zendel, who hosts a series of live perfomances, book readings and activities developed to inform children about childhood obesity, hunger, nutrition, and exercise.

Families can spend time together enjoying the sea-going celebrities who perform in Broadway - /West End tribute shows, aerial acrobatic performances, live musical performances and outdoor concerts, as well as performances by comedians, jugglers, and magicians.

There's lots more to see and do onboard, as you can see from this video about their Solstice Class ships introduced in 2010:


Fun for Adults on Celebrity Ships

Celebrity offers a quite a few activities for adults including food and wine pairing workshops, chef-guided cooking competitions, dance lessons, presentations by expert speakers, and language classes.

Celebrity has a reputation among cruisers for offering outstanding service and above average onboard fare, great for parents wanting a date night.

They offer two main dining styles- Main Dining, held in the main restaurant and scheduled at a set time every night, or Celebrity Select Dining giving passengers the option to eat at their leisure. Casual Dining is also offered in the Oceanview Cafe of Bistro on 5.

What's New on Celebrity Cruise Ships

Celebrity announced in April 2012 that it has secured the rights to air London 2012 Olympic Games. Passengers can view them in the comfort of their stateroom, or watch them in one of the bars or lounges -- typical of the kinds of entertainment programming this cruise line is known for.

Let's face it- rarely does a cruise line garner any special accolades from the culinary world. That is, unless it's Celebrity. Two of Celebrity Cruise's chefs have been invited to the prestigious James Beard House in April 2012, an impressive first for the industry. As FTF's Cruise Line expert Luisa Frey notes,"The only time that my daughter has ever eaten peas was aboard the Zenith, which attests to the line's wonderful cuisine!"

For more information and booking details, check out Celebrity Cruises website.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.