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Oceaneer Club/Lab Tips and Notes
Oceaneer Club/Lab Tips and Notes
Organized activities on your first night aboard typically start at 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm (the afternoon is an Open House). Parents are welcome to accompany their children during the Open House, to help them acclimate to the new surroundings.
Trained counselors keep kids active and safe. The counselor-to-kid ratio is 1:15 (ages 3 to 4) and 1:25 (ages 5 to 12). Counselors are mostly female, college grads, and from English-speaking countries (Canada and the United Kingdom are most likely). Be assured that counselors are trained in how to evacuate children in the event of an emergency.
If your kids are checked in during mealtimes, they will served sandwiches and similar light fare, right in the clubs. Other than that, no food or drink (other than a water fountain) is provided.
Families with late seating dinner can use Dine and Play, which may help Mom and Dad have a more relaxing and leisurely dinner. Notify your server at the start of the meal, and dinner will be expedited for those children 3–12 who will be participating. 45 minutes into dinner, kids' program counselors arrive in the dining room to escort the kids to their evening fun, and everyone else can continue with their meals.
If your child is very recently potty-trained, have a special talk with them before leaving them alone at the Club. All that first-day excitement may give them upset tummies, and they may not know what to do without you there to help. Show them where the toilet is, explain to them that they will need to use the toilet by themselves (the crew members cannot help them nor will they regularly prompt them to use the toilet), and remind them that they can ask a counselor to contact you if they have a problem. Rest assured that the toilets and sinks are kid-sized and kid height. If a child has an accident, you will be paged and they may be asked not to revisit for 24 to 48 hours in the event their accident was the result of an illness. Pull-up diapers are not allowed unless you are dropping off your child in their pajamas in the evening hours, as it is understood that young children may sleep in pull-up type diapers at night and will probably be sleeping when you pick them up.
Do you have a toddler under three who is already potty-trained? If so, the counselors may allow your child to join the Oceaneer Club on a trial basis. Your child must be fully potty-trained, however, from deciding when to go, finding the toilet, closing the door, removing clothing, going potty, wiping, redressing, and washing up. If you have a fully potty-trained child, and you feel your child is ready for this type of environment, talk to the counselors and politely inquire if your child can be accommodated.
Watch for fun activities, like this cupcake
Kids may stay in the Club and Lab while you go play in port. Just be sure to let the counselors know where you are, and be aware that your Wave Phone won’t work when you leave the ship. Also check that the Club/Lab opens early enough for your shore excursion meeting time—typical morning start time in the Club and Lab is 9:00 am.
If a child gets sleepy while at the Club, they can nap on a sleep mat, which is usually placed near the check-in desk or in a quiet corner. If kids are still in the Club around 10:00 pm, counselors will bring out sleep mats to rest on while watching movies.
Top Photo Slice: Oceaneer Lab on the Fantasy (℗ 34687) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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