My grandchildren were only 7 and 9 when we cruised with them and their parents last year, but were already not particularly interested in cartoon characters. We only had their week of school vacation, so our choice was limited to the Caribbean and we chose the MSC Poesia, which had a noticibly more European atmosphere. The children's program was a surprise in that it didn't start until mid-day (sometimes 11, once or twice not until 2) but went long into the evening and even included an overnight slumber party. And since kids sail free, their parents had more to spend on excursions or shipboard. The kids loved everything about it except that there is no separate pool in the kids' area, just a few-inch-deep puddle for the little ones to sit in.