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Family-friendly ships are designed so the whole family enjoys their holiday – however not all passengers travel with children and some tend to enjoy a relaxing swim without all the splashing. This is why many cruise lines offer pools specifically for kids – these tend to have much more exciting features. Take a look below for all the exciting details about the kids pools onboard different ships.

Royal Caribbean

Depending on a child’s age they may need to be accompanied by an adult in certain pools. However, mainly they are allowed to swim and slide around the H20 Zone freely.


Children are permitted to use all family-friendly pools onboard P&O. there are also some shallow pools catered to younger passengers.

Celebrity Cruises

Child swimming lessons are available onboard Celebrity so parents can relax in the sun without worrying about getting in and out of the pool with the kids.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Parents must accompany children in the pool at all times, unless they are with their Splash Academy or Entourage programmes.


Children aged 9-17 are able to go swimming without their parents but only under the Swimming under the Stars and Survivor Swim Challenge programmes.

Fred Olsen

As long as children are supervised by an adult, they are welcome in all pools onboard – however the Jacuzzi’s are off limits.


Swimming activities are available through the onboard kid’s clubs – this allows parents to relax as the highly-trained staff supervise the pool.

Princess Cruises 

Princess offers adult only pools onboard. However, the Pirate’s View onboard the Caribbean Princess is great for kids and has its own splash pool.

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