Crystal Cruises Children's Programs

A detailed overview of  onboard features and educational programs


For parents longing for some time on their own, all vessels offer in-stateroom babysitting. Guests should contact the concierge on board for this service at least 24 hours in advance. The fees are: $7.50 per hour for 1 child, $10 per hour for 2 children, $12.50 per hour for 3 children. For safety purposes, the maximum number of children/babies watched by one sitter is three. Diapers available upon request.

Age Restrictions

Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate children less than six months of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those less than three years of age aboard the ships. Please note that the Casino is off-limits to children under the age of 18, and children are not permitted in front rows of show lounges.

Teens Activities

Late-night pool parties
Teen karaoke
Teen disco
Popcorn parties
Trivial Pursuit 
Computer University@Sea®
E-mail services
Pizza parties

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Crystal Kid's Programs

Space dedicated to children is rare on luxury ships, yet Crystal has designed its ships to accommodate multiple generations. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer spacious staterooms in a range of categories as well as suites and connecting staterooms, child-friendly cuisine, highly acclaimed children's programs on select sailings with activities for children ages 3-17, a Fantasia playroom, and a video arcade for teens. During holiday cruises, summer sailings and other selected itineraries, additional children's activities are offered under the supervision of experienced Junior Activities Directors.

Dining with Kids

Children dine with their parents or guardians. There is a Junior Cruiser’s menu and Crystal’s executive chefs and other culinary staff can prepare custom dishes. Crystal's executive chefs and other culinary staff can prepare custom dishes and items comparable to those found on shoreside kids' menus. Baby food, high chairs and booster seats are available on request. In addition to meals in the Crystal Dining Room and specialty restaurants, the Trident Grill & Ice Cream Bar serves complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and sandwiches as well as ice cream, non-fat yogurt and cookies throughout the afternoon. In addition to food offered in the Crystal Dining Room and in the alternative restaurants, the Trident Grill serves complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, cookies, ice cream and frozen yogurt throughout the afternoon. Baby food, high chairs and booster seats available upon request.

Junior Activities Program

Age Groups

3-7 year olds
8-12 year olds
13-17 year olds

Children under six months are not permitted on board without a signed waiver by parent(s).

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation vary depending on the itinerary and number of children on board. Activities usually occur between 10:00am and 12 Noon, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Teen activities will also be offered between 10pm and 12 Midnight. Parents should be aware that our Junior Activities Program is not to be used in lieu of a babysitting service. A Children’s playroom and babysitting services are offered on all cruises. During holiday cruises, summer cruises and selected sailings, comprehensive children’s activities are offered under the supervision of experienced Junior Activities Directors.


Sample Daily Agenda for Junior Cruisers


At Sea, en Route to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you are too young for numbers we will also have some picture bingo going on. Meet your Junior Activities Directors in Fantasia to begin.
Teens:   Chances are you have slept in, but if you haven’t, meet us in the Lido for breakfast!
FORTS AND FLAGS Let’s turn Fantasia into a maze of forts and flags! Everyone will have to make a flag that represents him or her. When we are finished you won’t even recognize Fantasia!
Time for lunch. Parents, please pick up your children.
We are going to dive for golf balls and pennies! The cruiser with the most wins a prize. We will also play Marco Polo. Don’t forget water wings if you need them, dry clothes, and a plastic bag. See you there.
Teens:  Join us this afternoon for a movie on the big screen in the Hollywood Theatre. Meet us at the Bistro for pre-movie snacks.
You will be amazed at what kinds of cool art we can make just by tracing our hands! This will be an ongoing project. Today we need to get the zoo set up and ready. What kind of animals will you make?
You obviously love this stuff! Let’s do it again. Meet in Fantasia!
We hear there are some excellent new flavors at the ice cream bar.  
Parents, please come pick up your children. Time for dinner!

Watch a video on the big screen -- popcorn and pop will be there!

TEEN POOL PARTY  Late night pool party! Put your suits on and bring your favorite CD’s. Meet by the big pool!


Many facilities on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were designed with young guests in mind. Fantasia has supervised activities, tables and chairs for board games, arts and crafts, giant padded
cubes, Sony PlayStation® and Xbox 360® kiosks and large-screen televisions. Teenagers enjoy the Waves video arcade. The Library offers a selection of
children's books and videos for in-room viewing; children can also see recently released films in The Hollywood Theatre.

Crystal Cruises offers children a broad choice of organized activities and entertainment options. A daily Surf Runner newsletter provides details on the following day's activity schedule, tailored by age group, available on cruises that typically have many children (summer cruises, shorter itineraries and holiday sailings)


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