A Princess family cruise is a very special place for kids...

The Princess kids' program on Princess family cruises offers young cruisers their own deck space complete with the whale tail splash pool.

Teens get their very own jacuzzi and sunning area.

There's also the video arcade, computer games, and other activities such as bingo, name that Disney tune, ring toss, and mini-Olympics.

Princess Kids is Princess Cruise's fleetwide, youth program. There are age-specific activities for children aged 3-17 years.

Kids can enjoy:

  • Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7)
  • Princess Pirateers (ages 8-12)
  • Off Limits (ages 13-17)

Each program features specialized, age-specific programming and registered youth passengers are required to participate in the program designated for their age.

Princess partners with the California Science Center. They use National Wildlife Federation educational materials on wildlife and conservation with the kids.

The Princess Mexican Riviera program includes studies of the stars, ocean, and coral reef. Kids on this family cruise will be excited about building and racing sailboats, marine biology studies, and squid dissection.

On Alaska family cruises, the Save our Seas environmental program teaches your kids about endangered species like white pelicans, manatees, and sea turtles.

Princess offers extensive kid's facilities on all vessels except:

  • Royal Princess
  • Tahitian Princess
  • Pacific Princess

The Sun, Dawn, Grand, Golden, Coral, Island, Diamond, and Star Princess offer a toddler's play area.

And Princess Kids programs on the Royal, Tahitian, and Pacific Princess only operate when 20 or more children ages 3-17 are on board.

Group babysitting is available 10:00PM - 1:00AM for children ages 3-12 years old on all vessels except the Royal, Tahitian, and Pacific Princess. The cost is around $5/hour.

Princess welcomes children on board as long as they meet the age criteria listed below. Children under the age of three are not permitted in the Youth Centers unless accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and Mexico: 6 months
  • Exotics: 12 months
  • Panama Canal: 6 months
  • Canada/New England: 6 months

Princess family cruises offer a menu especially for kids. The special kid's menu is available in the main dining room and in the 24-hour restaurant available on many Princess ships.

Most ships have alternate dining venues, such as a pizzeria or hamburger/hot dog grill, which offer a welcomed flexibility in dining times and dress code.

Princess even has a supervised play area on Princess Cays, their private beach in the Bahamas. Young children can make the most of their island adventure on thisspecial playground. The play area is supervised by the shipboard Youth Staff.

Parents can comfortably leave their children and enjoy the many beach amenities and water sports offered.

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Did You Know?.

CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.

Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)

Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence

Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together

Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing

Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents

Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment

Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities

Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment

Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers