Things To Do For Kids On A Norwegian Cruise

The one thing that was missing from my recent cruise with the Norwegian Epic was my family. While it was lovely to have sometime to myself, I couldn’t help but notice how child friendly the cruise was and I knew all of my family would really enjoy a holiday on board the ship.

Norwegian epic ship docked in port

There was something for every member of my family from my 2 year old, the 4 year old and even the 18 year old.  Daddy and I already know that we love cruising, and this it is something we want to share with our children as the grow up.  We are already looking at booking a Norwegian Cruise to take them on after my recent press trip.  I know the relaxed, fun atmosphere would suit us all down to the ground.

Norwegian Cruise Line caters for children as young as 6 month’s old.  On the Norwegian Epic parents could take children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old to the Guppies sessions that the ship offers every day.  Parents can enjoy up to 2 hours worth of free music or creative play sessions with their child on board the ship for free.  The Norwegian Escape offers a nursery service if this is something you are interested in, and it’s a feature that I think we will be seeing across the fleet in years to come.

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Water park on Norwegian Epic showing flumes

On board the ship there is so much to keep the kids entertained.  The Aqua Park is amazing, with lots of fun slides and flumes to keep the kids busy and cooled down in the heat.  I was really impressed with the kids pool area for under 6’s.  This was not only fun, but also under cover protecting the little ones from the sun at all times.  Good thinking NCL!

There was also a climbing wall for kids and adults to try, with instructors available to help with equipment and technique at specific times.  My son would love this as climbing has been a hobby of his for many years.  He would also be impressed with the two sports decks to play on with a full-sized basketball court and batting cage.  As a keen basketball player, I think we would lose him to a game or two during the holiday.

If he wasn’t climbing or playing basketball, the other place we would find him would be the video arcade. With 37 arcade games, this will keep his gaming addiction in check whilst at sea.  It was strategically placed near to the Garden Cafe so we know he wouldn’t go hungry either.

With teen taken cake off, and the two year old entertained, it just leaves our little Princess. The first thing I think she would love to do is make her own ice cream cone in the Garden Cafe. Even though this isn’t a specific kids activity, I can see it being something that she would love and remember from her holiday.  Kids love little touches like this don’t they?

Inside splash academy

While we were  on board the Norwegian Epic we were given a guided tour of the Splash Academy and got the chance to meet some of the staff and find out what was on offer in the kids clubs.  My first impression was that it was a safe and secure environment for children of all ages to enjoy. The kids clubs are split into age groups with a nice little nod to some cute sea life.  The kids clubs are called Turtles (3 – 5 years),  Seals (6 – 9 years) and Dolphins (10 – 12 years).  I think my 4 year old would really enjoy being a turtle while she was at sea.  It sounds fun already doesn’t it?

Splash Academy Video Tour

The Splash Academy kids clubs offer fun and engaging activities every day for the kids that attend.  The Splash Academy is free to access during the day and having seen what was on offer I would be more than happy to let my children go along and join in the fun.  The Splash Academy also offers activities relevant to the ports that the ships are docking in so while they are busy having fun, they would also be learning a little bit about where they were visiting too.

Entourage teen club sign on cruise ship

For those of you who have teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17, they can also access some great onboard facilities too.  They can hang out in Entourage and take part in the age appropriate activities onboard the ship arranged by the staff.  They might love the theatre or fashion workshops, the pool parties or just chilling out in the games area.  What ever they chose to do, they are bound to have a lot of fun and make new friends from all around the world.

Children will also enjoy the family friendly dining and shows that are on offer on Norwegian Cruises, but don’t be surprised if they want to spend time with their friends in the Late Night Fun Zone, the group sitting service that is available in the evening for a small fee.

From my experience onboard the Norwegian Epic, I would have no problem recommending Norwegian Cruise Line to families who enjoy cruising or wanted to try it for the first time.  I would happily take my family onboard the Norwegian Epic knowing that they would all throughly enjoy it.

If you are planning a cruise, check out my packing list packed full of tips & tricks.  

I was a guest on a press trip onboard the Norwegian Epic for the purposes or writing this article, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Zena's Suitcase
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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Dean of Little Steps
    July 8, 2016 / 11:57 am

    This looks so much fun. Not a big fan of cruises, but wouldn’t mind going on one if it looks like this 🙂

  2. July 8, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Oh wow there is so much to do! My three children would love this, especially my teen! I have never been on a cruise before but my partner always mentions going on a one, I thought that we would have to wait until the children were grown up as I had no idea there was so much for children to do on board xx
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  3. Fi Ni Neachtain
    July 9, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I’ve never been on a cruise before but I’d love to go with the kids one day. It’s great to know that this shop offers so much for kids to do.

  4. July 9, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Oh this ship just looks better and better the more you share about it! With a little one and teens it would be just perfect for a holiday, and I love cruising. Great post. Kaz x
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  5. July 10, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Wow, now that is an impressive amount of activities to par-take in, really impressive x
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  6. kerry norris
    July 11, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Looks like there’s lots to do for the kids on this ship. We’ve still never been on a cruise x

  7. clairejustine
    July 13, 2016 / 5:40 am

    Oh wow, look at that slide! Looks amazing 🙂

    We have never been on a cruise, would love to though 🙂

  8. Hayley
    July 14, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Looks brilliant!

  9. Ella Ivoire
    July 17, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise but that slide looks amazing!! 😀

  10. A S,Edinburgh
    January 22, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    This sounds really good and like a lot of thought has been put into it. I love how smart everything looks.

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