Even the captain watched the whale blow its spout to debut the new water attraction on the Caribbean Princess.
“There’s only one deck above us with a nightclub,” Capt. Marco Fortezze said at The Reef Family Splash Zone launch on deck 17.
A shallow splashpad with the whale, water sprays and showers was a kid magnet, even before the cruise ship pushed off from Port Everglades Saturday.
Parents kept a watchful eye while sipping a pina colada at the bar. Or they could congregate in shaded areas or outdoor lounger chairs facing the sea. There’s an outdoor game area, too.
The splash zone is an add-on for other kid-friendly family attractions. There’s an indoor planetarium, movies and shows and and programs for kids from age 3 to 17.
The cruise lines partners with Discovery and had just wrapped a Shark Week cruise.
We toured some indoor and outdoor areas set aside for kids. The Beach House has Skeeball, table hockey and seating for teens to hang out with video games. The Discovery Camp had an outdoor water table with the London Eye Ferris wheel and other attractions in miniature.
Back on deck 17, food and beverage manager Guido Jendrytzko mentioned the Princess Caribbean has 17 galleys and 275 cooks. We passed the casino, bars and restaurants and even a photo gallery.
The captain said the Princess Caribbean can accommodate 3,400 passengers and the lounge waiting areas were packed.
The cruise line was also touting MedallionClass Vacations on that ship, the Regal Princess and Royal Princess.
The OceanMedallion is a complimentary wearable device that gives passengers entry to their stateroom and services aboard ship, according to Princess.
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By Marci Shatzman