Cruise Activities for Teenagers

Posted October 7th, 2015

Have you ever been on holiday with a less-than-impressed teenager? Did you come home feeling more agitated than when you left?

A holiday is supposed to be the perfect time for the entire family to have fun, relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Thankfully, cruise ships offer some of the best entertainment perfect for every member of the family. Take a look at our list of fantastic cruise activities teenagers can enjoy during their time on the seas.

Waterparks & Sports

What could be better than enjoying thrilling waterslides, relaxing poolside and surfing in a wave simulator? Teenagers can enjoy a wide range of water activities while making new friends and keeping active. In particular, Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Australia offer many cruises with a range of slides and pools suited to all ages, meaning the whole family can get involved.

Away from the pool, teenagers can join in on rock climbing competitions, refine their putting technique on mini golf courses, shoot some hoops on full-sized basketball courts and have a go at ice-skating. Zip-lines are another popular choice, as well as bungee trampolines. All facilities differ between various cruise liners, but there is a wide variety of choices available.


Zip Liner on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Freedom Flowrider

Theatre & Shows

Cruise ships are also home to unforgettable stage and theatre acts, with many productions comprising of incredible special effects, daring aerial feats and hysterical comedy skits. Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas is home to a Platinum Theatre, which hosts a variety of Broadway-style shows and talented magicians.


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Teen-Only Lounges

Many cruise ships have designated teen-only lounges, where teenagers can chill out with friends, both new and old, watch movies, listen to music and play games. Age groups can often be split between 12 to 14 years and 15 to 17 years.

Outdoor movies, formal dinners, dance classes, DJ workshops and mocktail competitions are common activities here. Talent shows and teen-only dance parties are some of the most popular attractions in these specialised lounges. Some cruise ships also include self-serve food and soft drink stations.


Wipe Out Teen Club On the Norwegian Jade

Teen Spa

Spa dates aren't only for the adults. Various cruise ships offer tailored packages just for teenagers, including manicures, pedicures, hair treatments and skin cleanses. If you're looking for some bonding time, a visit to the spa with your teenager can be a perfect way to relax and unwind on your well-deserved holiday.

Video Arcade

State-of-the-art arcades ensure video gaming comes along on the holiday too. Teenagers can take a break from the sun, challenge their friends to beat the top score and win some prizes. They can even redeem prizes as fantastic keepsakes of their time on the cruise. Some cruise lines like Carnival Australia use a cashless way to play. Guests simply use their Sale and Sign card to play and collect E-ticket rewards, which can be redeemed for prizes at self-serve hubs located within the arcade.

Cruises are perfect for all members of the family, including sometimes fussy teenagers. If you’re looking to get away to have some time for fun and relaxation, give us a call on 1300 954 661 and one of our friendly consultants will be able to help!


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