Lines prove kids are cruisers, too

NEW YORK -- Crystal Cruises said cruisers ages 17 and younger jumped 12% during its 2002 Alaska season, according to a spokeswoman, so the line is encouraging more kids to join them this Alaska season by giving free cruises away.

Children ages 12 and under will sail free on nine cruise itineraries to Alaska aboard the Crystal Harmony when sharing the same stateroom with two adults.

The line offers the Junior Activities Program, which offers age-appropriate activities for kids through their teens.

Crysatl's Alaska season begins May 23.

For more information, contact Crystal at (800) 446-6620 or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

In other under-20 news:

• Disney Cruise Line welcomed Aladdin and his magic lamp aboard its two ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.

The carpet-riding hero and his genie companion now are part of Disney's programming for 3- and 4-year-old passengers. Highlights of the program include a treasure hunt for "jewels," memory games and sing-alongs and a flying carpet game.

For details, call (800) 511-1333 or visit www.disneytravelagents.com.

• Princess Cruises partnered with the Miami Seaquarium to expand the line's joint educational programs for junior cruisers on its Caribbean sailings.

The Onboard Princess Kids program offers a series of new, specially designed videos on such topics as "Baby Animals," "Whales, Dolphins and Training," "Fun Fishy Facts," and "Aquatic Alert."

Kids also can participate in a number of new activities designed by the Seaquarium in tandem with the videos.

Details can be found on line at www.princesscruises.com.

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