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Hi having had multiple holidays now cancelled due to COVID we have started to consider 2022/23 holidays! We will be traveling with a 9/10 year old, we are set on a cruise that includes perfect day likely a B2B (March 2023) to give us 14 days. Having sailed with P&O before our son we have been looking at RC as it seems to offer a lot more for our son and our tastes (were young parents ill be dragging the kid and husband away from the slides!!). However when looking at the nighttime activities the majority seem to say 21+ is there anywhere onboard for families to just grab and drink and chill listening to music. I appreciate that yes their is a lot going on which we will want to do but our normal night time procedure is dressed, 30-40 minutes for adult drinks (colouring, Switch, iPad for our son), food then family friendly entertainment (not a theatre show!!). We would be looking to maybe leave the ship on a half day excursions (COVID permitting) and then spend a lot of time onboard enjoying the facilities so access for families is a really important part of the decision will appreciate any advice people can give! 

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Thanks Smokeybandit  we are unlikely to use that would rather do things with him, we will likely encourage him to go to kids club on a few occasions so we can use the spa and he gets some time with others kids but if he was to meet a friend he wanted to play with round the pools etc we would be happy to facilitate that for him. 

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We took our young daughter on independence of the seas and oasis. The royal promenade had live music and we could sit and chill in the cafe or pizza place. Daughter had her ipad as well as getting up to dance. Oasis class has Central park where again if warm out you can chill and enjoy the live music, or the aqua show and ice-skating shows which were fab and very child friendly. 

 

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7 hours ago, brokenangel said:

Thanks Smokeybandit  we are unlikely to use that would rather do things with him, we will likely encourage him to go to kids club on a few occasions so we can use the spa and he gets some time with others kids but if he was to meet a friend he wanted to play with round the pools etc we would be happy to facilitate that for him. 

If you’re thinking of going to the kids club at all, would recommend going the first day to easily get to know other kids. It helps get over that initial awkwardness which is harder later on in the week when kids have already paired off.

 

in additions to kids club, some shows are great for kids such as productions shows, ice show, magicians, etc. Pools, arcade, put put remain open in evening. Sometimes they will show a movie on the pool deck at night or open flow rider late.

 

 

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7 hours ago, reallyitsmema said:

Sure, there are lots of places that the whole family would be welcome, venues are ship dependant.  What ship are you sailing?

 

It looks like Oasis or Odyssey of the seas is the most likely we are looking for the Caribbean with perfect day for 14 nights possibly B2B to get what we want. 

 

Is there any where inside just from memory late at night at sea it can get rough and cold so outside isn't always an option. We always do all inclusive usually Caribbean or Egypt where the entertainment and bars are very much kids allowed kind of situations, so don't really want to be limited to structured entertainment only sometimes its nice to just find somewhere and chill but in the same sentence know he will love the activities 90% of the time hence looking at RC over say Norwegian. I may be reading it wrong but the website makes it sound like we couldn't go to say Lime and Coconut or the English pub order ourselves a cocktail and him a soda to sit outside never mind inside. 

 

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59 minutes ago, brokenangel said:

 

It looks like Oasis or Odyssey of the seas is the most likely we are looking for the Caribbean with perfect day for 14 nights possibly B2B to get what we want. 

 

Is there any where inside just from memory late at night at sea it can get rough and cold so outside isn't always an option. We always do all inclusive usually Caribbean or Egypt where the entertainment and bars are very much kids allowed kind of situations, so don't really want to be limited to structured entertainment only sometimes its nice to just find somewhere and chill but in the same sentence know he will love the activities 90% of the time hence looking at RC over say Norwegian. I may be reading it wrong but the website makes it sound like we couldn't go to say Lime and Coconut or the English pub order ourselves a cocktail and him a soda to sit outside never mind inside. 

 

 

CATS on Oasis is not to be missed.

Aqua Theater is great, just got a makeover

Ice Show, Frozen in Time is fantastic.  The stories of Hans Christian Anderson 

 

You can hang out with your son in the Pub, no problem. Schooner Bar as well. Both have evening music. Playmakers sports bar and arcade is also an option

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13 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

For your evenings, RC has free kids programs until 10pm, then a very reasonable hourly rate ($7?)  until like 1am

That the times now? Was Midnight for Free 20 years ago. But not surprised back then second seating Main Show didnt start until 10:30pm. Everything is so early on Royal now, some sailings Main Dining Room opens at 5 or 530pm and Second Seating goes to show before Dinner now

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Your biggest problem is likely getting your son to actually want to be with you. Typical evening with kids is that they want to rush the MDR service to get to the evening kid's club activities. We then meet up with them at Sorento's at 10PM. From there (assuming they don't want to hang with their friends for another hour talking or playing games), there is usually a movie on the pool deck, night-time activities in the promenade, or there are always family games available in the "Library". 

 

As already mentioned, the first night is the most important for making friends.    

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When we cruise, our kids don't go to the kids clubs. We find things to do together. There is always a show to enjoy...either the formal one, or sometimes a game type show (I forget the name offhand of one). Also it depends on the performer but we've taken them to Schooners bar when they have the singer there. On Navigator, the guy was hilarious. Sometimes we just walk around . On Symphony, they had the Abyss running one evening so our son enjoyed it in the dark. They also have movie nights by pool or Aqua theatre that we've all enjoyed  We love the evenings as there is still lots to do.  

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There are a tonne of things to do in evenings as a family - 

 

- music in Central Park

- the promenade has an event almost every night I think

- pools are open after dinner - and they're super quiet and my kids love swimming at night when everything is lit up from underneath - it's really fun

- movies are shown on the Aquatheatre screen

- the Aquatheatre show (kids LOVE this one)

- live music in Bolero's almost every night

- Jazz on 4 has music most nights

- on every sailing I've done on Oasis class there is a family friendly comedy night

- the Ice show is about 45 minutes - so it might work out

- family karaoke

 

We've travelled on a multitude of cruises with our boys (now 11 and 13) and we've always found something to do at night with them and they aren't fans of kids club so we really spend all of our time together and have never struggled to find something to do.

 

Have fun!!

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2 hours ago, Djsmrs said:

There are a tonne of things to do in evenings as a family - 

 

- music in Central Park

- the promenade has an event almost every night I think

- pools are open after dinner - and they're super quiet and my kids love swimming at night when everything is lit up from underneath - it's really fun

- movies are shown on the Aquatheatre screen

- the Aquatheatre show (kids LOVE this one)

- live music in Bolero's almost every night

- Jazz on 4 has music most nights

- on every sailing I've done on Oasis class there is a family friendly comedy night

- the Ice show is about 45 minutes - so it might work out

- family karaoke

 

We've travelled on a multitude of cruises with our boys (now 11 and 13) and we've always found something to do at night with them and they aren't fans of kids club so we really spend all of our time together and have never struggled to find something to do.

 

Have fun!!


Sorry to go a bit off topic, but you just hit every single thing we miss about our cruising.
Completely overwhelmed by the desire to get back on a ship right now! 🙂 

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Generally speaking, there will be one show during the week that is 18+. The comedian.  They also do a family friendly show.  Otherwise, one, maybe two venues go adult only at like 9 or ten pm.

 

everything else is no age limit( other than the adult pool, which is 16+) 

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our kid also doesn't do kid's club. He is not into stranger kids anyway.

 

RCI ships offer SO MUCH more for families than other cruise lines we've been on with only one notable exception of Norwegian Getaway (it also had great family and kid activities, and the entertainment was superb).

So, our kiddo spends 100% of his time with us. He loves all the shows and musicals, and we usually skip the comedians anyway. Yes, you can easily find a bar or a pub with live music and have a drink.  Our kiddo usually enjoys a mocktail or a soda and brings his tablet or switch everywhere, so in an off chance that he gets bored, he has backup entertainment.

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On 4/11/2021 at 12:06 PM, smokeybandit said:

I mean you don't have to put him in kids club all hours that they're open. But my son loves it. He'd rather go there than hang out with his boring parents (at least on sea days).

My daughter is allowed to pick one session a day..9-12 or 2-5 or 7-10 ..She loves the "kids club"..

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