Two years ago we took our first cruise, on the Zenith to Bermuda. Our daughter was 12 and anything was fabulous. March 2002 we took the Norwegian Star and, at 13, she lived in the Teen Lounge. We are trying to plan a cruise for March 2003 and had been looking at the Millennium because we have a chance at an aft balcony cabin at a great price. BUT...I'm hearing on some boards that Celebrity tosses the kids out of lounges at 11 p.m. and there really isn't a place for the younger teens to go. (Remember, she'left lower be 14 this year and her diurnal clock lets her sleep 'til noon but, correspondingly, be quite alive and alert at 12-1 in the morning.) Should we reconsider the Celebrity line and look again at NCL or RCI? Thanks muchly. It could be a real pain to spend a week with a disgruntled teen onboard a ship.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
I've cruised CCL with the kids and the youngest loved it. She is a teen and they have so much going on for them. She would be up til late at night in the discos and such, she really enjoyed being on Carnival. Now the RCCL are also good but we thought that CCL had more going on for the teens.
RCI and Celebrity have teen disco's. While Carnival is definitely a family ship, with great kids programs, they do not have a dedicated teen disco.
In fact, I believe it's Carnival, not Celebrity, that let's the teens use the regular disco until 11 or so, and then asks them to leave, and turns it over to the adults.
The RCI Voyager Class ships are most certainly marketed as family ships... what with ice skating, rock climbing walls etc. , so you couldn't go wrong there either.
If you're sailing during school breaks most of the major cruise lines will have enough kids onboard to keep your teen happy.