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Youth Programs

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Celebrity Cruises offers fun activities for any age, even our youngest cruisers.

Youth Programs

Our award-winning cruise experience is designed for kids, too. There's so much for children and teens to do onboard a Celebrity Cruise. All programs are geared to specific age groups and supervised by experienced youth staff members. Celebrity kids are happy, engaged, and entertained. You'll get all the details once you've boarded, but here's a peek at what's available.

Introducing NerdelTM healthy food & fitness program for kids
Celebrity has partnered with The NerdelTM Company to help educate kids about healthy nutrition and physical activity...in a fun way. This company was developed by a team of doctors, nutritionists, chefs, and fitness experts to address the issues of childhood obesity, hunger, fitness, and health. Nerdel, the alien from the planet Zendel, is a life-size character that entertains little ones with live performances, musical activities, book readings and other fun things in a mission to empower children with the knowledge to make better nutritional choices and to take charge of their own physical well being. ShipmatesSM ages 3-5 and CadetsSM ages 6-8 will learn about the art of puppeteering, performance, and production. Cute, funny and entertaining? Yes, but "Fighting Junk and Bad Nutrition Is His Mission!TM"

Available fleetwide


Our Youth Program is Geared to Six Different Age Groups
Programs for our young travelers are available year round from 9AM each morning, or half an hour before arriving in port for children with parents on Celebrity Cruises Shore Excursions departing prior to 9AM. The program is tailored to six different age groups:

  • Toddler Time - under 3 years old
  • ShipmatesSM - ages 3-5
  • CadetsSM - ages 6-8
  • EnsignsSM - ages 9-11
  • Junior Teens - ages 12-14
  • Senior Teens - ages 15-17

Toddler Time for children under age 3

Toddler time allows parents and toddlers to interact with other children their age. Fun Factory Staff members provide suitable toys for this age group, including LeapFrog® interactive toys. In accordance with USPH policies and standards, Celebrity has provided each ship with lavatory-based changing tables and baby wipes. Children participating in organized events must be fully potty trained; however, you can accompany your child to any organized activity if they're not.

Fun Factory for ages 3-11

The fun starts here. It's a place designed exclusively for our junior cruisers. Activities and program are available 9AM-10PM every day. The Fun Factory is the entertainment center filled with the latest gaming technology and the hottest titles. Junior cruises have the opportunity to participate in exciting games, sports, crafts, music, karaoke, treasure hunts, theme parties, movies and lots more. An assortment of LeapFrog® interactive toys are available for use in the Fun Factory and can also be checked out for private use.

  • ShipmatesSM (Ages 3-5): Activities are based in the Fun Factory. Shipmates must be a minimum of three years old, completely independently toilet-trained and diaper/pull-up free to sign in for Fun Factory programs. Exceptions to this rule cannot be made. Shipmates must be signed in and out of the program by an adult age 18 or over who knows the child's password.
  • CadetsSM (Ages 6-8): Activities are based in the Fun Factory. Check your program for times and locations. CadetsSM must be signed in and out of the program by an adult age 18 or over who knows the child's password.
  • EnsignsSM (Ages 9-11): Activities are based in the Fun Factory, but frequently use other venues and go on scavenger hunts throughout the ship. Check your program for times and locations. Ensigns sign themselves in/out of complimentary programs until 10PM, unless otherwise indicated on their Parental Consent Form. After 10PM, Ensigns require an adult to sign them out of activities. Due to the liberty afforded to Ensigns, please tell your children never to enter someone else's stateroom and to always let someone know where they will be.

X-Club Teen Entertainment

For young adults, Celebrity offers the ultimate hangout place for teens, featuring social activities, the newest gaming consoles and titles, sports activities, even teens-only late night dances. All activities are hosted and supervised by Youth Counselors. All very cool.

Pagers for Special Needs

For parents of a child with disabilities, special needs or allergies, Celebrity has a limited number of pagers available for your use while onboard.

Babysitting Services

Parents, enjoy a night out. Use our babysitting services, in both the Fun Factory and in individual staterooms. For a fee of $6 per hour per child, children ages 3-11 can participate in the Afternoon Party from noon-2PM on port days and/or the evening Slumber Party from 10PM-1AM. For a fee of $19 per hour, for up to three children within the same family, parents can arrange for a private, in-stateroom babysitter, subject to availability. Children must be 12 months or older to be eligible for in-stateroom babysitting. Please arrange 24 hours in advance.

Parents, It's Party Time!

The Fun Factory Youth Program offers additional services to accommodate families while the ship is in port and during the evenings. All the services asterisked below are offered on a sign-up basis:

Lunch Party*: Port days only from 12PM-2PM. Children will dine with their Youth Staff on the Lido Deck, then carry on into afternoon activities. Pre-registration required before 11:45AM.

Dinner Party*: Every evening from 5PM-7PM. Children start out in the Fun Factory from 5PM-6PM, then dine with their Youth Staff at 6PM on the Lido Deck, then carry on into evening activities. Pre-registration required before 5:45PM.

Slumber Party*: Every evening from 10PM-1AM. Children ages 3-11 can Slumber or Party depending on needs and choices. Slumber Party ends promptly at 1AM. At 1AM, an immediate $20 late fee will be charged. After 2AM, a $25/hr. late fee will apply.

*These services listed above are available for a nominal fee of $6/hr. per child. After your child's first hour, payment is in 10-minute increments. There are no fees for any child who signs up for the VIP Program. Exceptions: when at sea, or if sailing at or prior to 5PM, the Dinner Party is complimentary. During low season, parents may be requested to sign up for parties no later than 10PM the day before.

Private In-Stateroom Babysitting

Private in-stateroom babysitting is open to children 12 months and older for a nominal fee of $19/hr. for up to three children from the same family. Requests must be made 24 hours in advance through Guest Relations. Availability for this service is limited and operates on a first come, first served basis. Private, in-stateroom babysitting is subject to personnel availability.

V.I.P. Passes for Kids

Celebrity's V.I.P Pass is a unique opportunity for your child to have unlimited access to all program activities. The one time V.I.P Pass fee offers families over a 40% savings off the cost of individual Lunch, Dinner, and Slumber parties. In addition, V.I.P Pass holders are the only children who will be given an exclusive Fun Factory goodies bag and have access to exclusive Fun Factory experiences like a behind-the-scenes ship tour. An additional charge applies to purchasing a V.I.P. Party Pass. Children's products and services are not available on Celebrity Xpedition®.

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