Flounder's Reef Nursery
Infants ages 3 months to 3 years will enjoy life "under the sea" at the Little Mermaid themed Flounder's Reef Nursery -- the cruise industry's first nursery at sea.
Trained counselors entertain children with a variety of toys, books, videos, crafts and games.
Flounder's Reef Nursery is open select hours every day during the cruise, allowing parents to explore adventures ashore or enjoy adult-only areas onboard the ship.
online advance reservation schedule). Reservations are available in two-hourly slots.
Guests can pre-book up to 18 hours of nursery time online before sailing (following the
You can also make reservations during open house on embarkation day from 12:30pm - 3:15pm and 4:30pm - 5:30pm (times subject to change) in the nursery, by dropping by the nursery during normal hours of operation, or by calling the nursery and leaving a message. You can also reserve more than 18 hours nursery time in this way, subject to availability.
It's recommended to book as soon as possible, as they do book up quickly. You can always cancel any unwanted reservations later.
When you first visit the nursey you'll be given a schedule of the reservations you have booked, along with an information sheet. You'll also be asked to set up a password which you'll need to use each time you sign your child out of the nursery.
The day before
your reservation, you will get a call to your stateroom to confirm your reservation via voice mail.
You may cancel your reservation by contacting the nursery 4 hours prior to your reserved time. A cancellation fee of 50% of your scheduled time will be charged to your stateroom account if you do not cancel 4 hours prior to your scheduled session. Arrivals of more than 30 minutes late will constitute as a cancellation and the session will be given to the next person on the wait list.
Pagers will be issued when your child is signed into the care of the nursery. Pagers must be returned at the end of your child's last session. Lost, damaged, or unreturned pagers incur a fee of $150.00.
The nursery only provides solid food to children. If your child has special dietary requirements please inform a nursery counsellor prior to the meal time. For children who do not eat solid food, please provide your own baby food or formula. Saltine crackers, juice and water will be provided. Milk is not provided. Feel free to bring snack items for your child such as dry cereal or yogurt as long as they are not nut based nor contain traces of nuts.
For the safety of all children in the nursery, they are unable to accept a child who shows symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained skin rash, discharge from the nose or eyes, or has any other contagious disease or illness. In addition, should your child show any of these symptoms or illness once in care, you will be asked to pick up your child.
Nursery staff are not able to administer any medication.
Feel free to participate in shore excursions while your child is cared for in the nursery. But please note the nursery operating hours, as it may not be open long enough to cover all excursions.
Family time is offered at the nursery on embarkation day and also at other select times. This is when parents are able to enter the nursery with their child, and play. It's a good way of getting your child acquainted to the nursery before dropping them off.
As a family you are welcome to join the 3 to 4 year old programs in the Oceaneer Club during normal hours. The Oceaneer Club also offers toddler time on certain evenings, when toddlers can have the Oceaneer Club all to themselves.
Don't forget to take the following items with you:
Diapers / pull-ups, diaper wipes, extra set of clothing / pajamas, bottles, baby food in jars, sippy cups, milk / formula, security items (blankets / pacifiers, etc).
The cost is
$6.00 per hour for the first child, $5.00 per hour for each additional sibling.
There is a two hour minimum charge.
Payment will be posted to your stateroom account.