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Old March 2nd, 2014, 10:54 AM
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Default allure or oasis kids club reviews please

I'm not hearing great things about their kids club…does anyone have experience with either one of these ships? I understand that the experience would be different during holiday seasons when more kids are out of school…but still…what I have read is not pretty. Would love to hear some positive remarks if not…I won't be sailing either of these ships.

Also, I read that they have a 100 kid capacity…has anyone ever been turned away because of full capacity?

We have sailed NCL and Carnival….when it comes to the kids we love our experience with the Carnival kids clubs…they really know how to do it! The kids club is a huge factor for us in choosing a ship. On NCL we were in a Haven suite and on Carnival we were in an ocean view (only choice for family of 5)…we still would do Carnival in a heartbeat just for the kids club experience.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 05:48 PM
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I'd be curious to read the bad reviews of the kids club you have read. I can't imagine they have a 100 kid capacity on a ship that holds 5000+ passengers? I'll be going on the Allure in a few weeks with my 3 y/o and will report back my experience. He has been in Carnival kids club and NCL ( when they still took 2 y/o in the club). So far, Carnival has been the best, but I've heard good things about RCI.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 07:27 PM
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Where have you seen these bad reviews?

DD is just now old enough for Adventure Ocean, but she used the nursery last year on Allure. We had a wonderful experience! Everyone we talked to that had kids in Adventure Ocean were happy with it.

I've never heard of the 100 kid limit in Adventure Ocean on a Royal Caribbean ship. Maybe someone was referring to limits I've heard of where they only allow so many kids in each age group onboard so that all kids can participate in the programs. I've heard of it on Princess, but am not sure about RCCL.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 08:37 PM
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My kids have always loved Adventure Ocean. I've never heard of anyone being turned away. Are you thinking of the nursery?
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 09:51 PM
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Okay good to hear some positives. thank you for the feedback

I did a search and read a few reviews that were negative…not all were on cruise critic. Of course people are more likely to write about a negative experience then positive.

The 100 child capacity might be for the nursery..it was off of their website and it didn't really specify and if it did..I could have overlooked it.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 12:41 PM
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Hi
We have used the kids clubs on Voyager and Brilliance OTS and although not Oasis Class, they were fabulous, our kids ages ranged from 4 to11 at the time and they loved the clubs even though they are not hugely 'outgoing' children. The kids clubs on RCCI are fantastic in my experience with lots of things to do/activities to suit all. We had trouble getting our kids to leave at night they loved it so much!
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 10:09 PM
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We used all the kids facilities on Oasis the week after Thanksgiving this past year (6 mo & 6 1/2 yr. olds) and loved it. The facilities are great. Staff were really good and interactive. At times it didn't seem the most organized (or even outwardly friendly to parents except for the nursery which always was), but watching the staff they were always interacting with the kids. Special treat if you have little ones is the open play room that just has toys and moms/dads and kids can go in and play.

Only caveat to my experience is I'm comparing against several Holland America cruises which always seem to be lacking in the kids department, so hopefully i'm not gushing about something that is really mediocre compared to many others.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 11:52 PM
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We have three kids now aged 8, nearly 6, and 3.5, and have used and loved Adventure Ocean on Freedom, Liberty and most recently on Allure. I've never had a single complaint. Often when we'd pick our kids up, they wouldn't want to leave! The counselors are all well trained, enthusiastic, energetic and great with kids. They gave themselves cute kid-friendly nicknames like "Rice Krispie" and "Super Mario," and frequently we'd hear our kids talking about which counselor was the most fun: "Nice Cream is really funniest!" "Oh, I like Rice Krispie best..."

We would sometimes see the AO counselors doing other "kid-related" tasks around the ship, like supervising the H2O Zone when it got very crowded on a sea day, or running the carousel, and our kids were thrilled to see them and ran up for hugs and long discussions about what they would be doing in AO next. My oldest daughter's favorite was the last night of the cruise, when the kids in the 6-8 age group--"Explorers"--got to vote on which one of the counselors they could "slime."

I've never heard of anyone being turned away because the program had hit capacity. I agree with a PP that this may refer to Royal Babies & Tots rather than AO.
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I dont know what age group you are talking about but ds loved the teen agre. it was the best he has seen.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 10:30 AM
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Wow, I am really glad I found this on here! The only time I have ever cruised with one of my children was on the Carnival Fantasy. Besides the fact that my son (10 months old at the time) was too young to participate in anything, I was pretty disappointed with their kids program. I am going on the Allure in May and will be cruising with my now 4 year old son and my 2 year old son. I know to expect more from RCI than Carnival anyway, but I have still been kind of nervous about leaving them with the Adventure Ocean crew and everything. Reading this has made me feel alot better!
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My girls were 3.5 when we sailed on Oasis, and they had a wonderful time! The staff was great, even with my autistic child who was not yet potty trained at the time. We"re sailing on the Carnival Sunshine for Thanksgiving and I'm actually nervous that Camp Carnival might not meet the bar set by Adventure Ocean. I'm sure we"ll all have a great time, though!
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