Crystal Family Cruises

Junior Activities Programs on Crystal Family Cruises

Crystal Family Cruises

YES - you can definitely bring the kids on Crystal family cruises!

While Crystal Cruises' clientele is comprised mostly of mature travelers who prefer a refined and luxurious cruise experience, they offer a children's playroom and babysitting services on all cruises.

During holiday cruises and selected sailings, additional children's activities are offered under the supervision of experienced Junior Activities Directors.

Crystal Family Cruises Junior Activities Program is Three-Tiered:

  • 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 on Crystal family cruises 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 Junior Activities Program is not to be used in lieu of a babysitting service.

TOURS on Crystal Family Cruises

  • Tour of the Galley (kids can decorate their own pastries)
  • Back Stage Tour (see the dressing rooms and costumes)
  • Bridge Tour (depending on security levels and Captain's permission)

FACILITIES on Crystal Family Cruises

  • All three ships offer a children's playroom and main venue for children's supervised activities - Fantasia.
  • Each playroom is equipped with tables and chairs for arts & crafts, popular Sony PlayStation game titles, a large screen television set and board games.
  • Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity also feature a teenager's video arcade, Waves.
  • The Library offers more than 1,500 titles, including a selection of children's books and children's videos for television/VCRs which are available in all staterooms.
  • The Hollywood Theatre shows recent-release films.
  • Two pools and Jacuzzis.

DINING on Crystal Family Cruises

  • 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.
  • 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS on Crystal Family Cruises

Crystal Symphony:

  • 10 connecting staterooms
  • 89 staterooms with third berth available
  • 40 connecting staterooms
  • 75 staterooms with third berth available
  • Cribs available upon request.


  • "Surf Runner," a daily newsletter with details for the following day's schedule and other pertinent information.
  • For parents to "get away," as an additional service, both 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.

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.


Activities are determined by age and the number of children on board; therefore, the detailed schedule of events is created at the beginning of each cruise. The following is a list of activities and games your child may experience while on board.

  • Winners of games and tournaments are presented with special Crystal Cruises memento prizes, and, all kids will receive special souvenirs of the activities program on board. (Jolly Old St. Nick makes a visit to the ships during Holiday Cruises, and every child on board receives a special individual present.)
  • Parents are asked to register their children in the program with the Junior Activities Directors once on board.


  • Flying Fish
  • Sea Murals
  • Puppet Making
  • Face Painting
  • Beaded Animal Key Chains
  • Necklace, Bracelets and Anklets
  • Machine Creations
  • Sponge Painting
  • Various Painting,
  • Coloring and Drawing Exercises
  • Playdoh Fun Factory
  • Alaskan Scrapbook
  • Macaroni Art
  • Paper Plate Turtle


AGES 3-12

  • Ship wide scavenger hunts
  • Hide and Go seek
  • Sail Away parties
  • Swimming: games and contests
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Ping Pong
  • Bingo
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Dinner movie parties
  • Twister
  • Variety of Board Games
  • Lego
  • Building Blocks
  • Alaskan Cross-Word Puzzles
  • Ice Cream Parties
  • Big Screen Movie Nights
  • Shuffle Board
  • Mini Olympics
  • Birthday Parties
  • Fort Making
  • Sock Puppets
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Cookie Decorations
  • Signature Hunt
  • Alphabet Hunt
  • Color Hunt
  • Apples to Apples
  • Evening Story Time
  • Wink Murder
  • Rock Magnets
  • Girl and Boy Nights
  • Bubbles and Kites
  • Sony Playstation
  • Nintendo 64
  • Cartoon Hour
  • Ping Pong Spoon Race
  • Tissue Art
  • Group Snapshots
  • Alaskan Story Telling
  • Puzzle Contest
  • Pipe Cleaner Creations
  • UNO
  • Portraits

AGES 13-17 Teens

  • Pictionary
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Disco (dancing)
  • Teen Swims Late Night
  • Teen Water Sports
  • Karaoke
  • Create your own Pizza
  • Group Snap Shots
  • Signature Hunt
  • A Night on Broadway
  • Twister Tournaments
  • Poker Nights
  • Bridge Lounge Game Nights
  • Teen Movie Nights
  • Production Shows
  • Coketail Parties
  • Theme Parties (pajama, etc.)
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Polaroid Hunt
  • Dress up Scavenger Hunt
  • Love Connection
  • Star Gazing Card nights
  • Movie Making
  • Teen Olympics
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Ping Pong
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sony Playstation
  • Nintendo 64
  • UNO Tournament
  • Bop it
  • Scategories

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