Camp Ocean (9-11 Years) Sharks: Things to Know and Activities

Published 03/11/2015 09:59 PM   |    Updated 10/23/2018 01:06 PM

Camp Ocean is our fleet wide Children's Program. At Camp Ocean, 2-11 year olds stay busy, keep active and have fun as they enjoy ocean-themed activities and entertainment made for kids. We put campers into age-based groups with counselors, each with education or childcare experience.

Sign In/Out Policy 

  • All children in this age group must be registered with Camp Ocean in order to participate in the activities.
  • Parents have the option whether or not they will allow their 9-11 Years to sign themselves in/out. If they choose to allow their child to sign in/out, the child will join the activity and when ready to leave, must write the time and reason for leaving. If the parents choose not to allow their 9-11 Years to sign themselves in/out, the same policy as for 2-8 Years applies where parents/legal guardians or authorized adults (over the age of 18 years) can sign in/out upon presenting their Sail & Sign card. 
  • Children who are not allowed to sign themselves in/out will not be able to participate in unsupervised scavenger hunts (listed in their Activity Schedule) but will stay behind with the Youth Staff and participate in an alternative activity.
  • Camp Ocean is not responsible for children 9 years old and over once they have signed themselves out of a Camp Ocean activity.
  • After 10:00pm, 9-11 Years must be picked up by their parents/legal guardians from Night Owls. 

The Camp Ocean Staff may not administer any medication and/or needles to any child participating in the Youth Activity Program. Additionally, no medications with the exception of epi-pens, diabetic testing equipment/nebulizers and inhalers are permitted in Camp Ocean; these items will be kept in a designated area of Camp Ocean. If the child does require regular medication while attending Camp Ocean, the parents must return to administer the medication.

Safety Information
All children 11 and under must wear a muster station wristband throughout the cruise. Wristbands are available from the Youth Staff or the Guest Services Desk. In the event of an emergency, any children participating in Camp Ocean activities will be taken to a designated area. There, they will be divided into the appropriate groups according to their muster station and taken to their station by the Youth Staff. During an emergency situation, parents should collect their child’s lifejacket from the cabin when they pick up their own. A Safety briefing will be held onboard when all regulations will be explained. 

Camp Ocean provides supervised ‘Kids Only’ dinners every evening (6:00pm-6:45pm – time may vary) of the cruise except on the first evening. These dinners take place in the Lido Restaurant. Some of the menu choices include macaroni and cheese, pizza, fish sticks, chicken tenders, hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetables, fruit and Jell-O.

Parents are encouraged to pick up their children for all other meals on sea days as lunch is not provided. On port days, Camp Ocean children signed in will be provided lunch in the Lido Restaurant if their parents are ashore.

In the Dining Room, the children’s menu features a wide variety of kid favorites along with two ‘Daily Specials’ offering something new and different each day:

  • Entrees and Sides: Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, Peanut Butter + Jelly Sandwich, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, Chicken Noodle Soup, French Fries and Fresh Veggies  
  • Desserts: Banana Split, Assorted Cookies, Fresh Fruit Cocktails, Ice Cream and Jello

Hour may vary due to cruise itineraries.

  • Sea Days: Scheduled activities run from 10:00am-1:00pm; 2:00pm-5:00pm; 7:00pm-10:00pm. Programming is complimentary until 10:00pm.
  • Port Days: We offer programming during our stay in port so parents are able to sightsee while kids are having fun in Camp. Programming is complimentary until 10:00pm.
  • Evenings: Night Owls and Late Night Parties - for details and fees, see Night Owls (babysitting). From 10:00pm-1:00am each evening in the Camp facility, a ‘slumber party’ type atmosphere, including movie time, toys and room service snacks. 6-11 year olds have fun playing video games, Arts & Crafts and more. In addition to the Night Owls program, on select evenings of the cruise, we have additional parties which offer fun, memories and great value.

Activities may include: 

  • PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii
  • Music Jeopardy, Name that Song and Sound it Out
  • Ocean themed arts and crafts and games
    • Design your own cruise ship
    • Shark Art
    • Giant Ocean Wall Mural
    • Inner tube relays
    • Scavenger hunts
    • Ocean Origami
  • Bingo for prizes
  • Dance parties
  • Pirates, Stars and Planets
  • Tee-shirt decorating
  • Basketball, volleyball and many other outdoor games
  • Spin Art and Sandy Art
  • Fun @ Sea (10:00pm-1:00am; fees apply): this activity may include pizza pig-out, midnight sports, dance off and more

Family Activities
Camp Ocean also promotes fun filled vacation experiences for the entire family so we also offer a selection of family activities which may include:

  • Family Welcome Aboard Party
  • Family scavenger hunt
  • Family Game On!
  • Build a Bear at Sea (fees apply)


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