Children in the NorthLink play area


NorthLink Ferries ships to Orkney and Shetland are equipped to the highest standards to give all our passengers, from the oldest to the youngest, a safe, comfortable journey.


Vikling’s Den

A play area, the Vikling’s Den is provided for our younger passengers. There are suitable toys, chairs and tables, games, activities and a television showing cartoons or other children’s programming.

Parents please note that although this is a safe environment, it is not supervised and children on board remain your responsibility.

Click here to download the Vikling’s Fun Activity Pads!


On our Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick routes our ferries have cinemas showing two or three films during the evening. The first of these is aimed at a younger audience. For a list of films currently showing in the cinema, click here.



Berths in our cabins are equipped with safety rails. For babies and very young children you may reserve a carry cot at time of booking, free of charge.

Baby changing facilities are also available on all our vessels.

Children’s Meals

Our restaurants offer a special menu of children’s meals served in a ferry shaped box. These include choices such as chicken nuggets, fish fingers, beefburger or pizza served with new potatoes or fries, juice and fruit or a Walls Mini Milk.

Children’s portions of main meals are also available at half the price of an adult serving.

In the morning, All Inclusive Breakfast is available for children at £4.95 and a Continental Breakfast is available for children at £3.49. However, up to two kids (under 16) eat breakfast for free with every adult breakfast bought!


Game Zone

Our Xbox towers have games consoles running some of the best and latest games. These are great value for money – costing only £1 for 15 minutes of play!


Our shops offer a variety of toys, sweets, souvenirs and comics to keep children occupied on their journey to Orkney and Shetland.

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