For supreme thrills, the FlowRider® surf simulator offers tweens and teens—or anyone over 52 inches tall—the chance to boogie board or hang ten on the world’s most constant curl. But not every activity area hosts nonstop fun. Among 10 pools and whirlpools, one of the former, fringed in palms and furnished with hammocks, is reserved for solace-seeking adults, and two of the latter cantilever over the side of the ship, giving the word “Jacuzzi” new meaning.
“On our days at sea, we split up and went our separate ways,” says California-based systems analyst Ron Frost, who recently took a western Caribbean cruise with seven family members representing three generations. “We might go to the casino and gamble, or shop, or listen to a lecture. I’m into the sun, so I loved being by the pool.”
Royal Caribbean International®’s Freedom of the Seas®’ offerings cater to the needs of multiple generations. Trained nannies at the Royal Babies & Tots® Nursery care for and entertain children ages 6 to 36 months. While shuttered during the day, several lounges offer play space for scheduled parent-tot playgroups. My Family Time Dining serves children ages 3 to 11 dinner before a camp-counselor-like Adventure Ocean staffer picks them up for evening activities. That allows the older generation to continue their meal at a more leisurely pace. Teens get their own no-parents-allowed lounge, plus pool parties, a video arcade and competitions in dodgeball or Dance Dance Revolution, freeing parents to enjoy one or more date nights at the enhanced wine bar, one of the ship’s many restaurants, the casino or a Broadway-inspired show.