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LEGEND VS VOYAGER: CRUISING WITH KIDS
LEGEND VS VOYAGER: CRUISING WITH KIDS
The battle for the little darlings
is on. We check out the latest
most successful kid-friendly
ships. Bernadette Chua reports.
in the world of kids cruising, they don’t
come much bigger than this: “Disney
takes Star Wars to sea”.
The extraordinary growth of family
cruising has created a shipboard revolution
– ships designed to accommodate tiny
passengers who once would have been left
This has created a demand for brands that
attract this kind of sailor: Dr Seuss, Shrek
and Kung Fu Panda. And now Darth Vadar
is joining their ranks.
For parents, it can all be a bit confusing.
So Cruise Passenger set out – with an expert
panel of two – to road-test two of our most
successful kid-friendly ships.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Legend
and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas
both sail in Australian waters.
There is a plethora of activities for kids
on Legend. One of the ship’s standout
features is the heart-stopping Green
Thunder slide, the steepest and
fastest waterslide at sea and the main
attraction of the top-deck Carnival
Waterworks. This area also features
Carnival’s Twister Waterslide and a
SplashZone with mini racing slides
and a giant tipping bucket.
But it’s not all about getting wet.
There is also a miniature golf course, a
multipurpose sports court and a range
of youth programs on offer. These
include pirate adventures, painting
and story time. Those who are a bit
more creative can make their own
soft toy in the Beary Cuddly workshop
or learn how to make Carnival Cruise
Lines’ famous towel creations.
For families who want to eat dinner
together, Legend has seating times
that start at 5.30pm. There is also a
later seating option at 7.45pm.
Kids who would rather have dinner
with their new mates can join a kids-
only supervised dinner at 5.30pm in
the Lido restaurant.
At Fat Kimmy’s C-side BBQ, kids
have the choice of delicious fare such
as pulled pork sandwiches and Italian
sausages. And what kid doesn’t love
pizza and ice-cream – these two
staples are available on board 24/7.
There are healthy choices, too, with
plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
For something a bit different,
Legend hosts a Green Eggs and Ham
breakfast with Dr Seuss’s Cat in the
Hat and Friends. This fantastical
breakfast includes brightly coloured
fruit, gravity-defying pancake stacks,
funky French toast and much more.
If you’re worried about the kids
sleeping by themselves in their own
room, never fear because Legend
offers interconnecting rooms. So the
kids can be nearby (but not too near)
if you are looking for some privacy.
Legend has 53 sets of
interconnecting rooms. There are
also plenty of quad-share rooms with
flexible configurations that include a
massive king-size bed for parents and
two singles for the kids.
Legend has a range of kids’ clubs for
tiny tots to teens to keep them out of
trouble during the cruise, including
Camp Carnival offers loads of
activities, from arts and crafts to sport
and dance classes. It is available for
children in three different age groups:
two to five years, six to eight years
and nine to 11 years.
Circle C is a great spot for kids
aged 12 to 14. It’s ideal for teens who
want to make new friends and enjoy
activities like dance parties, games
and outdoor movies.
For older teens (15 to 17) there is
Club O2. This is a space where they
can watch movies, listen to music, play
sports and video games, have Karaoke
sessions and even pool parties.
The Night Owl program offers a
child-friendly late-night activities, from
pyjama parties to team challenges.
Carnival doesn’t offer in-room
babysitting but, for a fee of $15,
kids aged two to 11 can join one of
four Owl Jams between 10pm and
midnight. Night Owl services are
also available for parents who need a
babysitter between 10am and 1am.
The service accepts children from
12 months to 11 years for a fee of
$8 an hour.
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VOYAGER OF THE SEAS
One of the biggest drawcards
on Voyager is the FlowRider surf
simulator, the most talked-about ride
It is also the first ship with a
proper ice rink where champion
skaters dazzle guests with their
spectacular flips and turns. But when
the rink is not being dominated by
the professionals, the kids can take a
twirl around the ice.
For young movie fans, Voyager has
a 3D cinema where new releases from
DreamWorks Animation and other
studios come to life. The ship also has
an outdoor cinema above the pool
area where kids can watch movies
while vegging out on sunloungers.
Kids who love parades can meet
Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other
DreamWorks characters on board.
They will even pop up at breakfast.
Other activities include a rock-
climbing wall, basketball court and
an arcade room with video games.
Voyager offers a range of meals that
will appeal to even the fussiest kids.
There are healthy options like grilled
chicken breast, turkey burgers, steaks
and fish, but there are also the usual
kids’ favourites including macaroni
cheese, burgers, pizzas and an array
Frozen drinks are served in the
Windjammer dining room. Kids can
choose from Oreo Cookie, Berry
Banana Colada, Bora Bora Brew and
There are special dining times so
the entire family can eat together.
Kids who love DreamWorks
characters can sit down and have
breakfast with Shrek and Fiona. But
it’s not just for kids – parents, you
may enjoy the spread more than
If the little darlings don’t want to
eat with you, there’s the My Family
Dining Time when kids aged between
three and 11 are served their
meals, then picked up by the line’s
Adventure Ocean staff.
Like Legend, Voyager has a number of
interconnecting rooms, so for parents
who are a bit freaked out about the
kids sleeping in a separate room,
there is always this option.
But for those who may only have
one child travelling with them, a
stateroom is large enough to cater
for you and your spouse, as well as a
rollaway for your child.
In conjunction with Fisher-Price there
is a special program for babies aged
6-18 months called Royal Babies,
while tots aged 18-36 months have
the option of Royal Tots. Parents must
accompany their baby/tot to these.
Club Ocean, for kids aged three to 11,
offers activities such as finger painting,
puppetry and much more.
For older kids (age 12-plus),
Navigators offers video games, air
hockey, foosball and Karaoke. There
are also pool and dance parties as
VOYAGER OF THE SEAS
well as scavenger hunts. Meanwhile
teens aged 15 to 17 have their own
hangouts such as Living Room and
Fuel. Here they can watch movies,
listen to music, play video games
and even make up their own
Voyager has an in-room
babysitting service for kids aged over
12 months. This must be organised at
least 24 hours in advance and costs
$8 an hour for two children from
the same family or $10 per hour for
a maximum of three children. The
Adventure Ocean Centre provides
group sitting from 10pm to 1am
for $5 per hour, per child. For this,
children have to be at least three
years old and fully potty trained.
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