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Royal Caribbean: A colorful cruise experience for kids

Kids cruising with Royal Caribbean<.> can now see first-hand how closely Crayola crayon colors like Caribbean green and…

Kids cruising with Royal Caribbean<.> can now see first-hand how closely Crayola crayon colors like Caribbean green and sunset orange compare to their natural namesakes. A new program from Royal Caribbean and Crayola provides children the opportunity to exercise their creativity with crafts such as cultural masks and pottery, while learning about the art, history and culture of the regions they visit on vacation.

Recent studies suggest that parents perceive travel not only as a means to bring the family closer together, but also as a way for kids to broaden their cultural and educational horizons, said Charly McDonald, Adventure Ocean Specialist, Royal Caribbean International. Adventure Art by Crayola seamlessly blends art, culture, history and science so that young cruisers leave with a greater understanding of the places they’ve visited — and realize that learning can be fun.

Adventure Art by Crayola projects are offered through Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean Youth Program and vary according to cruise destination, sharing information on the history, traditions, aquatic habitats and animals indigenous to the Caribbean, South America, Alaska, Europe or Australia. Kids traveling to the Caribbean create a Mexican Huichol Mask, while those traveling to Europe make a Greek Theater Mask. Alaska cruisers create an Eskimo oil lamp, while South Pacific explorers design Great Barrier Reef aquatic dioramas. Each project is age-specific and supported by a selection of historical and illustrative books to help kids learn while they play.

Adventure Art projects are created with Crayola art materials such as Model Magic, a soft, spongy modeling material; glitter glue; markers; paint; and crayons. Upon completion of each activity, children write letters to their parents about what they learned and the books they read — encouraging further exploration and inspiring self-discovery even after the cruise ends.

The fun and color of the Crayola brand is reaching beyond traditional boundaries, as families discover new ways to spend quality time together, says Debi Ottinger, Binney & Smith’s Manager of Partnership Marketing.

Adventure Art by Crayola encourages kids to create colorful keepsakes as they explore new destinations, making the family adventure even more memorable.

Adventure Art by Crayola joins the existing Adventure Ocean Youth Program, long recognized as one of the industry’s best shipboard youth programs. Adventure Ocean allows kids to participate in a range of onboard activities from scavenger hunts for the younger Aquanauts to sports tournaments and teen nightclubs for the young adults. Shore-side beach parties also are held on Royal Caribbean International’s private islands of CocoCay and Labadee.

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