The cruise line's children's programs don't rival those found on Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships. The number of children on board in Alaska and the Caribbean is growing. Pagers are available for parents so they can be contacted by the Youth Counselors. Children's play areas have a ball pit, separate pool, computers and TV and Sun and Dawn, feature a castle in the ball pit and a theatre for movies. The teen areas include a juke box, arcade, dance floor with disco lights and booths set up like a diner. Grand, Golden, Star and Caribbean Princess have the most extensive children's activities and Coral and Island are not far behind in as they too have a private disco/coffee club for teenagers. Regal Princess has a 2,000 sq. ft. kids/teens center which can be separated by a partition on busy cruises. The entertainment focuses on crafts and games but there is a TV/video for movies and a Nintendo in the teen area and a special teens night out to the disco.
The recently expanded children's program, Princess Kids features complimentary in-port activities and special educational opportunities. Age groups include the Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7), Princess Pirateers (ages 8-12) while the Off Limits teen centers are specially designed for teens (ages 13-17). Princess' Youth Centers offer a full schedule of activities from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with two-hour breaks for lunch and dinner, on sea days. During port days the program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 10 p.m. New educational activities have been created in conjunction with the California Science Center and the National Wildlife Federation. Princess also offers the Junior Ranger program, which runs throughout the Alaska season, and the Save our Seas environmental program.