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Old March 7th, 2003, 02:58 PM
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Default Children on Alaska cruise?

I have never been on an Alaska cruise before but my brother and his family are going.
They have never been on a cruise at all.
They are planning on going on an Alaksa cruise this May with their 4 children.
Not so bad but their ages are 8,7,3,and 1 1/2!!
Is it just me or is he crazy?
Like, I said, I've never been on this cruise but how appropriate is it for children this young?
And how do I advise him to maybe try another?

Thanks!
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Old March 7th, 2003, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: Children on Alaska cruise?

My feeling is that it is still cold in Alaska in May. Not many critters are out and about that early. I think that even on a ship with a good kids program it might be hard to entertain children of those ages for 7 nights and 8 days. Even in the fun port cities like Skagway and Ketchikan, the kids may get bored quickly. They may also not enjoy spending a whole day looking at a glaicer.

Seems to me a Disney cruise in May would be a great idea for that family. It's warm, it will have activities the kids can relate to, and I suspect the cost will be no more than what they would pay for Alaska, maybe less, depending on where they live. Disney cruises are great for families, especially with young children.

Even if they don't go Disney, but say a Princess or RCCL that make some nice "beach" stops in the Carribbean, I think that would be more suited for them than Alaska.

That's my 2 cents worth. Think Disney, think warm.
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Old March 7th, 2003, 05:21 PM
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I couldn't agree more!
I keep wondering what they think the kids are going to be doing.
Even with some activities for children, I can't imagine the kids being entertained for more than a couple of days.
Unfortunately, once their mind is made they probably wont change it.
I guess I'll just be thankful I'm not going with them!
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Old March 10th, 2003, 12:07 PM
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My son was 8 and then 9 on our two trips. He had a great time on both cruises. We visited Mendenhall glacier visitor center, Mt. Roberts, White Pass train, and did walking tours on all 3 of our stops. He was never bored....although the train puts him asleep.

Also the ships had great kids programs that he really enjoyed. Plus ping pong and shuffleboard and video arcades are available as well.

He also enjoyed the wildlife we saw on the trip. Humpback Whales, Orca, Seals, Dolphin.
So the 7 and 8 yr olds shouldn't be bored I think.

There are programs for 3 year olds on the ship as I recall and baby sitting/day care.
I would say for excursions however that's too young.

For the baby? Not sure about that.
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