- There were over 1,100 kids on our sailing.
- Happy Dinners need to be signed up for in advance, but daily. It does fill up!
- The kids club is located on the same deck as the Forest Aquaventure Park, we'll call it kid-central!
- Each child gets a red-silicone bracelet with a circular chip inside. This is used to scan in and out of the club, it also indicates muster station on the side, as well as GPS capability if you choose to pay for it. You have to return the chip on the last day before debarkation, before 4pm to prevent being charged for the chip.
- To use the GPS locator embedded within the kid bracelet, you pay $18 for the duration of the cruise. It was not free.
Mini Club (ages 3-6)
We used Baby Care every night except the first night. This was the first ship I'd been on that provided it for free! Disney and Royal Caribbean charge per hour for this service. So having it provided was a nice touch. We sent our little guy on about half the days for lunch so we could use the waterslides together as a family, he's too small for the waterslides obviously.... We also had a steakhouse lunch one day, so we sent him then. It was good for exactly what we needed- lunch and dinner. The catch to it being free is that they don't change diapers, give bottles, cups, or food/snacks even if I sent it. Interestingly, someone else on the same cruise reported that the staff fed the baby snacks that she brought... There goes the inconsistency again...
We were given a phone for them to reach us should something happen to our son. They called us nearly every time that he was crying. He's been in ship nurseries in the past, and this didn't happen. I don't know if it's his age or what.
The girl who was there each time would hold him until we got there to keep him calm, which was nice.
We signed our older son up for Happy Dinners on 5 of the seven nights. He's not a great eater, to begin with, so the dining room would be torture for him. He's better off eating in a social setting with other kids. So we sent him there. They had themed nights. Dinner was at 7 pm, which I found to be late for young kids. One night was a Hamburger party that I recall off the top of my head. But they served pizza, chicken fingers, french fries, and hamburgers to the kids. It's a cruise; I am not looking for my kid to have a plate full of vegetables. Each night we'd ask what he ate, and he would reply with "French Fries!" One night we picked them up from the buffet on deck 16- Biscayne Bay Buffet. It was closed to the public, so that was nice. They just had the kids in there. We saw trays of french fries! I can only assume it was the aftermath because they were passing out ice cream at that time.
We had an issue on Day 2. I had asked to sign my older son up for the Happy Dinners; the DoReMi staff member told me to come back at 5 pm to sign up. At 5 pm I showed up and was told it was full. I explained that the woman from earlier told me to come back at 5 pm. The lady in charge then argued with me that no one told me that and I was, essentially, making it up. I eventually got it resolved, and my son ate dinner with the club. We had another issue later in the week concerning dining, but it was basically another argument with the staff at the kids club.