Family Matters

If you thought the modern luxury experience wasn’t for kids, think again.

X-Club Play

X-Club, a teens-only space for hanging out and making new friends.

One of the best parts of a vacation is spending time with friends and family bonding over activities you just never find time to do at home, like a group art project, pickup game of basketball, or an exciting Xbox tournament. Which is why Celebrity introduced a whole range of modern, upscale activities and programs created with the whole family in mind—even the more particular members of Generation Z.

And when family time is over, kids and teens will be happy to know the ships have expansive areas geared to specific age groups: the Fun Factory for kids and the X-Club for teens. Scheduled activities and chaperoned children’s programs happen from morning to night, often for no extra charge. There are also amazing new CelebrityLife Activities created to help discerning younger travelers discover new passions.

Like Playing Games?

Try: Experience Xbox

Kids Playing Xbox

Celebrity offers one of the largest Xbox experiences at sea—with more dedicated areas and dynamic spaces created to play across the fleet. The enhanced onboard programming offers more activities than ever before, including theme nights for the kids. Adults can get in on the gaming fun, too, with free play and sports tournaments on Kinect for Xbox 360 consoles at different venues. The cruise line has even started introducing Xbox One, the latest advanced all-in-one entertainment system.

Like to Call the Shots?

Try: iTake Video Project

Itake Video Project

This is no doubt the coolest video project afloat. Budding young directors brainstorm short movie concepts, create storyboards, then head out armed with a GoPro Hero 3 video cam to make their vision a reality. They then learn how to edit the footage in the Celebrity iLounge. The takeaway is a great vacation video and a treasure trove of knowledge.

Hungry for More?

Try: Future Chefs Classes

Kids Chef Classes

Aspiring gourmands get a taste of the culinary life.

Young foodies can indulge in a wide range of culinary experiences geared toward the particular tastes of up-and-coming gourmands. There are hands-on classes in cupcake decorating, pizza making, and more. Don’t miss the back-of-the-house tours that let kids see Celebrity’s chefs in action.

Ready to Be Pampered?

Try: Teen Bliss Spa Services

There is a wide range of health and wellness activities directed toward young guests. Canyon Ranch SpaClub even has a special menu of treatments for teens. During the Teen Skin Care Consultation, expert advice helps budding adults sort through all the confusing information out there about what’s best for young skin. They’ll even learn what ingredients to look for when selecting products for specific skin types.

Autism Certification

Autism at Sea

Fun Factory

Fun Factory staff encourage teens of all abilities to socialize in a carefree environment.

Autism on the Seas, a national travel organization catering to guests with autism and other developmental disabilities, awarded Celebrity Cruises with the Silver Level Autism Friendly certification in early 2015. This means there are autism-friendly products and services accessible on board and the youth staff are trained in autism awareness. “Celebrity Cruises has been exemplary in its efforts,” said Mike Sobbell, founder and president of Autism on the Seas. The cruise line expressed how important the Autism Friendly certification is, and punctuated the desire that all guests have an amazing experience and enjoy their modern luxury cruise.

Autism films

Some of the autism-friendly initiatives Celebrity Cruises offers include sensory-friendly films and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism-friendly training for Fun Factory staff. Autism-friendly films are presented in a low-lit and low-volume environment and guests are encouraged to talk and walk freely during the showing. These films will be offered on all autism group cruises, and cruises when there are at least five children with autism onboard.

[©Images 1, 2 and 4 courtesy of Red Square Inc.; Image 3 courtesy of 2012 Troy House; Image 5 courtesy of 2014 Troy House; Image 6 courtesy of Stephen Beaudet]

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