Out of the many activities that are available on cruise ships for children and teenagers, video game arcades seem to be one of the most popular options. After all, who would not enjoy spending several hours a day playing the latest video game hits, especially on the days there are no ports to visit. Video arcades are not only a great pastime for teens, but they could transform into endless night of fun at the time you decide to challenge your friends to a game. Whether you want to beat the top score on your own or have fun with other players, here are some things that you may want to know about onboard video game arcades.
The first thing that you need to do in order to play video arcade games on board of a cruise ship is purchasing tokens for the machines. On most ships, these are available from vending machines, but ask around if you don’t see them. There are also ships where you will need to use your cruise card for video arcade games. This is the case for Norwegian Cruise Line for example. In this situation, make sure you put a limit on the card if you intend to let your children swipe it by themselves in order to avoid hefty charges on your account.
As for the variety of arcade games one can enjoy when it comes to video arcades, they vary from one ship to another and from one cruise line to another. Games are generally available for all ages, ranging from Guitar Hero to air hockey. The good news is that on some ships there is an “open hour” where you will not be charged for playing any of the video arcade games, so this might be something to consider from the first day if you plant to hit the video arcade often during your cruise.
Another thing to take care about when using that card instead of tokens is the actual fee that is taken from your card for each video game. It is actually difficult to figure out how much will be charged for each game you play, so make sure to read the instructions carefully before starting play. If you think this takes all the fun out of it, try using quarters or tokens instead, in case the machines allow it. This way, you will be able to better control the amount of money spent on onboard video arcades.
Cruising is not just about discovering new countries and ports, but also about relaxing as much as possible onboard and having fun at the same time. Video game arcades are the excellent choice for this, so make sure you don’t overlook them on your next cruise!
Contributor Nicole Rebeiro is a conservationist, and when she is not away on remote islands nurturing rare species back to health, she is a keen, London-based travel journalist…who probably plays video arcade games.
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