Royal Babies & Tots Nursery

Royal Caribbean to end partnership with Fisher Price

In:
28Dec2013

Royal Caribbean will end its partnership with toy manufacturer Fisher Price as of January 1, 2014.

The ending of this deal doesn't mean the end of Fisher Price onboard. Rather, Royal Caribbean will augment the Fisher Price toys with toys from other brands as well.

A statement from Royal Caribbean summarizes the change, "As of January 1, 2014, Fisher Price will no longer be the official partner of the Nursery or our Babies and Tots program.  Our guest may still find Fisher Price product onboard but it will be complimented by various other brands."

Royal Caribbean will discontinue the following programs as a result of the end of the deal.

  • Fisher Price Playgroups
  • Royal Babies & Tots Nursery Décor 
  • Fisher Price Curriculum
  • Little People Birthday Party
  • Hot Wheels Race Track on CocoCay
  • Dining Room Kid's Menus
  • Fisher Price Toys in Adventure Ocean
  • Décor on Labadee and CocoCay
  • In-stateroom television content
  • Toy Lending Program​

Guest with kids under 3 years old will still be able to enjoy the following experiences to compliment their family cruising experience:

  • Adventure Art for Tots
  • Maritime Music (on select ships)
  • Royal Bedtime Stories

Review: Royal Babies & Tots Nursery on Freedom of the Seas

In:
02Jul2013

Royal Caribbean prides itself for being a family cruise line and families often include kids that are still very young.  Royal Caribbean has been rolling out its Royal Babies & Tots Nursery across its fleet of ships as part of the Royal Advantage program and we had a chance on a recent cruise to check out the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery for ourselves (well, my daughter anyway).

Description

For families cruising on Royal Caribbean cruise ships with children age 6 months through 36 months, the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery is the place to have supervised care of your kids throughout the day.  The nursery is staffed by trained professionals who are available day and night.

On our cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas, there was an open house the first day of the cruise, so the nursery is not open for business, but it is open for parents and kids alike to check the place out and get an idea of what to expect.  In addition, this is your first opportunity to make reservations for later in the cruise.  The nursery has a limited staff and they are mandated to only be able to accommodate a certain amount of children per staff member (1:3 ratio for children 6-18 months; 1:4 ratio for 19-36 months). Reservations can be canceled if you change your mind, but it's best to reserve times you think you will need.

The nursery is split up into a two main rooms.  The main room is the play room, where there is a television that plays various kid friendly films.  Most of the room is comprised of being a play area, with cushioned obstacles for kids to climb as well as toddler toys all around.  The kids are not segregated by age so the 2 year olds will be with the 6 month olds, which may sound like a problem but the staff is usually on top of keeping the kids from bothering each other.

The other room is for kids to nap in and is made up of a few cribs.  As you may have guessed, this is where the kids go when they need to lay down for a bit and not be bothered by the other kids who aren't ready for sleep.

The Royal Babies & Tots Nursery costs $8 per hour, which we found to be a real bargain for what you get.  The fee does include meals, although you can certainly bring whatever food you want for your child with you.  You also need to provide your own diapers.

When you drop your child off, you fill out a quick form to tell the staff how your child is doing and what he/she may need during their time there.  In addition, the staff provides you with a wireless phone that they can use to call you in case something happens or for you to call them if you want to check up on things.

Experience

There were not a lot of young kids on our cruise, so the nursery was usually available every night we went.  The nights we did see the most kids was on formal nights, with the first formal night the staff only accepting reservations.  Otherwise, the other nights we were able to drop off our 2 year old daughter without incident.  We made reservations after picking her up each evening for the next night.  In all ,we probably dropped her off 4 out of the 7 nights of our cruise.

My daughter loved her time in the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery (which she called "camp").  She had been going to day care back home so she was used to the experience of it, which may or may not be an issue for non-day care kids.  The staff was very attentive and by the second night there, my daughter was well known by the staff who really liked having her there. 

From a parent's perspective, the nursery was well run and they seemed like they were on top of everything.  I never felt concerned that the staff on duty were unfit or oblivious to what was going on.  Moreover, having that wireless phone really put our concerns at ease that if there was a problem, it would be easy for them to contact us.  On a side note, having the wireless phone allows you to call anyone and anywhere on the ship, which was useful for even non-nursery calls, such as staying in contact with friends onboard the ship.  Definitely not what it was intended for but it's worth mentioning since I am likely not the first person to discover this.

Given my daughter's desire to keep going back and the inexpensive price, we found the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery to be well worth every dollar we paid for it.  Considering in-room babysitting runs about $20 per hour, the $8 nursery option is much cheaper and gave us some alone time to go see shows or the casino while my daughter was able to have a great time playing in the nursery.

For parents looking for affordable supervision for their toddlers, it's really hard to go wrong with the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery.  The service was excellent and another added value for cruising with Royal Caribbean.

We reviewed the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery aboard Freedom of the Seas.

Cost: $8 per child, per hour

Ships available: Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, & Brilliance of the Seas

Video: Royal Tots Nursery at Sea

In:
14Aug2012

Radiance of the Seas video update

In:
10Jun2011

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas is almost ready after undergoing a "revitalization" before she is deployed to Australia later this year.  In the meantime, Royal Caribbean has released a number of quick video updates that detail the changes that she has undergone.

Summary of revitalisation – interviews with Richard Fain, Adam Goldstein and Lisa Bauer
Radiance of the Seas will be the next Royal Caribbean International ship to receive the Royal Advantage this June 2011. On Radiance, there will be more to taste, savor & share as an array of dining options arrive onboard. Other enhancements include a nursery, Diamond Lounge and outdoor movie screen.

The new Samba Grill
Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas cruise ship continues with her 22-day dry dock. Watch the installation of Radiance's new restaurant, Samba Grill - a sumptuous steakhouse experience with personality and flare.

Quill & Compass Pub
This video shows the Quill & Compass Pub start to come to life on Radiance of the Seas. Radiance is the first ship in Royal Caribbean International Radiance Class to receive this pub:

The Float Out
In this video, Radiance of the Seas is tested on the water for the first time since her dry dock:

New Staterooms
There are 15 additional staterooms are being added to the Radiance of the Seas during her dry dock in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Watch this video for more information about the family suite to single guest staterooms that are being added:

Hull work from bow to stern
Radiance of the Seas is still moving forward with her dry dock process, watch this video to see Marine Operations do their work from the bow to the stern of the ship:

Azipods
The azipods on Radiance of the Seas are being upgraded to improve fuel efficiency. Watch this Royal Caribbean video to learn more on the process with Radiance's Captain Claus Andersen:

Safety drill
This video highlights the crew performing a safety drill while Radiance of the Seas is in dry dock:

New Royal Babies and  Tots Nursery
Radiance of the Seas is the 5th ship to introduce the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery to the Royal Caribbean International fleet. Watch this clip to see what once was an arcade come to life as a nursery.

Outdoor Poolside Cinema
Watch as workers install an outdoor, poolside movie screen on Radiance of the Seas during her 22-day dry dock. Guests will be able to enjoy watching major sporting events, concerts and family-oriented movies.

Izumi Specialty Restaurant
Watch the installation of Radiance's new restaurant, Izumi - a first to the Radiance Class. Guests can choose from popular sushi rolls, sashimi, our Hot Rock (Ishiyaki) Plates, sukiyaki and more.

Rita’s Cantina
Watch the installation of Rita's Cantina on Radiance of the Seas during her 22 day dry dock. This lively and casual restaurant features tasty traditional Mexican fare and a comprehensive selection of margaritas. Caters to families by day, and adults by night.

Final Dry Dock preparations
Radiance of the Seas 22 day dry dock is almost complete. Watch this video to see Captain Claus Andersen give a tour of all the final preparations before guests arrive for their cruise vacation on the revitalized Radiance of the Seas.