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Tanya - posted on 03/01/2009
My husband and I went on our very first cruise last year with Royal Carribean, Freedom of the Seas, we are going again this year with our 12 year old son Nicholas, in May. We can't wait to take him because there are so many things for kids to do, they have an excellent kids program called "Oceans Adventure". We checked into it, and it is amazing!! The program runs from 9am-12midnight everyday. The parents that we did speak to about it said there kids were gone all day, and anxious for the next day to see what was planned. The ship is incredible, it had a huge theater, ice skating rink, surf simulator, mini golf, full size basketball court, rock climbing wall, the kids have their own pool area called the H20 Zone, equipped with a pool, plenty of jacuzzis, there is also a kids dance club, and plenty of other fun things to do.
This line of cruise ships are the biggest in the world right now, Freedom, Liberty, and the Independance, all with Royal Carribean.
I will say that once you go on one of these ships you won't want to go on anything smaller because you really do get spoiled on these huge ships, and you don't feel over crowded.
I would recommend this vacation to everyone, it really is an incredible vacation.
Barbara - posted on 02/23/2009
If you have kids, then I recommend Royal Caribbean! Lots of stuff to do for all age groups. Clubs for teens, and children in elementary. Ocean Explorer Clubs, Teen Night Clubs. They have all kinds of events, scavenger hunts, all nighters in the kid clubs, it really is a blas t for them. My kids have loved them. My oldest wants to go back, she's 19 and too old for a club.
Shelly - posted on 02/08/2009
Don't know if you got all the answers you need. I just joined this group and saw your posting looking for some help. I have been in the travel business for 18 years and am a cruise specialist with most of the major lines. If you are interested in taking family, we just had 18 of my family on a Carnival ship. We ranged from 4 to 70 years old and had not one complaint from anyone. They really do have something for everyone. I would also suggest Royal Caribbean or NCL for families. Let me know if I can help you in your decision-making. It all gets very confusing with all the options out there!
Elizabeth - posted on 02/07/2009
We took our two kids to Royal Caribbean Mexico cruise 2 years ago. At the time the kids were 2 and 6. The 2 yr old was too little to go to kids club, we couldn't keep the 6 yr old away from the club. The only time we see him was lunch/night time. We also used the onboard babysitting services a couple of nights for the 2 yr old. Surprisingly it was really inexpensive, cheaper than what the going rate in our neighborhood on land. heh
I cant wait to take another cruise.
Teri - posted on 01/26/2009
We took our two year old on a Royal Caribbean cruise last spring and we absolutely loved it! He still talks about it all the time and he is 3 1/2 now. He wasn't old enough to go into the kids club while we did other activities but that wasn't a big deal. They still had activities for his age and a splash pad on the pool deck. We also used the babysitting service on the ship one night so we could go to the deck party and enjoy ourselves and it was great. The babysitter showed up with a whole bag of toys and it was nice for us to get away for a few hours. We can't wait to go again!
Ange - posted on 01/21/2009
I would recommend you find a cruise that offers what you want in port of calls/price/activities if you have kids. Compare prices and what works for you.
My opinion: a full week of port of calls ...I find that a day at sea is a waste of a trip...unless you don't mind. Other than that, you are looking at your itinerary and what you want to do whilst.
If you want beach and sand and haven't been to some of the south island of course you'll venture the south Caribbean to check out the island and from there you can always do a destination...just think.
Royal Caribbean / Princess: are phenomenal. Food / entertainment / service. Mostly catered to adults.
Carnival ...if it's for the family with kids I would recommend this one... there is a lot for the kids to do. I personally didn't like it. Downside: ship decor /food (really shitty) /entertainment ...not up to par with royal/princess cruise line. Service is still there.
Haven't tried Disney but since it's for "kids" I can't fathom the amount of kids being on board...it's all about a vacation and getting some R&R but with a boat load of kids and to go thru dinner, hope it doesn't happen but with a whinny kid at the next table for 6 nts????
Rhonda - posted on 01/20/2009
We went on the Mexican rivera cruise with the kids and they had a blast. After dinner we went to the live/comedian shows and the kids went to the kids ocean drop in. They colored pillow cases. Made bandanas. Played games and made friends. Pirate night on stage! They had activities by the poolside. We would go back in a heartbeat!
Linda - posted on 01/19/2009
We had a great time on Royal Caribbean to Mexico. Although we went by ourselves this first time we are planning on taking the kids to Europe on RCI or NCL in a couple of years. During the trip we checked out the kids amenities and asked other parents/kids what they thought and everyone was having a great time. The kids club looked well-done and had something for everyone. Even playgroups for moms & babes. Lots of activities that everyone could do as a family if you wanted to. Other people also said that they were enjoying RCI more than previous sailings on Carnival (less rowdy, party atmosphere than carnival has, more family friendly). I am cruise addicted now and can't wait to go on the next one. It's a great choice for families. Hope this helps.
Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2009
We have cruised with Princess, Carnival and Disney. Disney had a great kids club but to be honest their cruises are a lot more expensive. Carnival was a great bargain for cruising and the kids club was OK. I say OK because with the youngest kids group you had to constantly be picking them up which meant that the kids were in the room when we were trying to get ready for dinner.
On Princess our son wasn't old enough to use the kids club on his own. We did take him down and let him play in the ball pit etc.
Each ship and itinerary offers discount child care options. We always call beforehand and talk to the cruiseline to make sure we get the full details.
I think my first choice would be princess if they had a kids club when I wanted to sail. 2nd choice would be Carnival, then Disney. Mostly because we live on the west coast and between the cost of the disney cruise and airfare I really don't think it is worth it. We were in a VERY noisy cabin for 15 days!!! There are a lot of noisy cabins on Disney.
Debbie - posted on 01/10/2009
We've been on 2 cruise with our kids. The first was Norwegian when my daughter was a baby. We had a wonderful time and there were many other families with babies. I don't know about their activities for kids since she was too young to go to the kids club. We then went on Celebrity with both our kids 2 years ago when they were 7 and 4 and we had a ball. They have a kids club that we had a hard time getting the kids to stay away from. There was something for kids of all ages, even teenagers, to do. So we relaxed by the pool, went dancing, to see some shows while they played games, had a talent show etc. They had a game room also. The children enjoyed it so much that they keep asking to take another cruise.