And so now it’s part three of my mini-series (trilogy, if you will) surrounding gaming on cruises. So far I’ve addressed modern life and how the youth of today often can’t leave their games alone, and I’ve looked at some of the better cruise lines and ships if your kids can’t leave the whole gaming world behind.
So now it’s the options for ways to distract them, and make them want to keep the handheld consoles turned off and stay away from the Xboxes and PlayStations on-board. Here are some of the best ways to keep your children entertained on a cruise ship that don’t involve being glued to a screen.
Swimming pools are a big fun factor with waterslides adding a touch of excitement. I’ve blogged in the past about some of the top waterslides at sea but there is more to enjoy too. Some of the ships have small water park areas such as the H2O zone on Royal Caribbean ships with fountains and cannons.
Sticking with Royal Caribbean ships, some of the larger ships have the FlowRider surf simulator, letting you and the kids try your hand at surfing or body-boarding. Some of the ships have ice skating too.
Deck sports are always a popular option, with many different ships having mini golf alongside other great options that involve being more active. Carnival ships have rope courses, as well as courts designed for tennis or basketball. Carnival ships also feature Hasbro The Game Show, which is a live show featuring large versions of various board games, such as the basketball version of Connect 4.
Then there are the clubs designed to keep kids and teenagers busy. There are usually different areas on-board for different ages, such as Entourage on the Norwegian Breakaway. Now this does include video games, but there’s a more wide focus on what can be done with planned activities and the chance to simply unwind, putting some music on with the video jukebox or watching a movie.
And of course there are excursions, where you can drag them off to explore and have some fun on land, whether it’s a tour of interesting sights or a trip to a more family-oriented experience such as an aquarium.
So there’s plenty to do away from gaming, and I’ve only touched on a few examples. So whether you’re the kind of parent who is happy for your children to indulge their love of games while on holiday, or you’d rather encourage them to do something else. And that’s typical of cruises – there’s always plenty of choice available.
Right, now that’s done, I’m off home to play GTA V.
By Ian Lewis