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Old January 8th, 2004, 06:19 PM
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I'm trying to decide which cruise line and which itinerary to take this summer with my sisters family and my family. Got suggestions on which are best?
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Old January 8th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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Truly depends on your favorite things to do and what you would like to see. Decide where and which ship line and size of ship suites your needs due to age or variety of activities on board and then look into the excursions offered by the ship to get ideas of what you would like to do and then do your homework from there.
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Old January 9th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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My fav. is Carnival and the Western Caribbean-Great for kids-Loved Cozumel-Grand Cayman was fun, didn't mind Jamaica
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Old January 9th, 2004, 08:29 AM
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I absolutely loved the Norway!! It is really beautiful(kinda has a titanic feel)...but it is super.We went from Miami -St Maarten-St, Thomas-Bahamas (their private island) & it was great.I would definatley go agin
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Old January 9th, 2004, 10:05 AM
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Here is what i would do: go to a local travel agent, tell them that you are looking into a cruise, get lots of brochures, sit down with your family, discuss what you want to do on your cruise( beach, snorkeling, shopping, sting-rays, climibing falls, history etc) Narrow it down to which itineary pleases most, then decide if you want to go on a Mega Ship ( Voyager Class of RCL, Grand Class of Princess), then look at the ships amenites and decide what pleases the most. Disney is great for little kids, teenagers think its kind of lame(more expensive than most) no casino on Disney. RCL and the Voyager Class of ships are the most family/kid friendly ships -IMO - Princess and the Grand Class ships run a close second. Holland-America tends to attract an older crowd. Celebrity is a bit more upscale. Carnival is a mass-market line - nothing wrong with that if that's what you are looking for, just not for me. This is just my opinions. Go to the cruise lines web sites and browse away.
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Old February 10th, 2004, 11:32 AM
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If you are going with younger children by far the best is the Disney Magic (or Wonder). We have been on both the eastern and western itineraries on the Disney Magic and a 4 day trip on the Wonder. there are so many things to do with the kids and without. We are going on the Carnival Imagination in August and already I am getting a little concerned that the kids will not have as much fun as on the Disney ships. My kids are 3 and 10 years old.
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Old February 10th, 2004, 12:54 PM
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Just a bit of advice: My next cruise is my 22nd and I will never cruise the Eastern Carib from Aug 1st until Nov 1st. The reason is, that is hurricane season and you might be in for a rough cruise. It might even get a little rough in the Western Carib during this same period. Happy Sailing
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Old February 10th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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I am taking my 10 year old daughter on an eastern Caribbean cruise on the HAL Zuiderdam. I found this comment in a review that folks considering Disney with kids might consider:

"One might think that this cruise would be a turn-off for younger couples and families with children, but one gentleman told me that his children were enjoying this cruise and Club HAL (the children’s program) much more than their previous cruise on the Disney Magic. His children felt special on HAL, but were just part of the overwhelming crowd of (sometimes unruly and unhappy) children on Disney. "

I know that Disney is considerably more expensive than other lines (Mickey doesn't come cheap). Last spring a large group of us did the Western Caribbean on the Celebrity Horizon - which was a wonderful cruise (is there really any other kind??).


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Carnival Conquest is AWESOME! From New Orleans to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Wonderful time, Camp Carnival for the kids!





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Old February 13th, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Depends on the ages of people in your group. A group of 8 adults in their 30's and 40'sdid Norwegien Magesty out of San Juan and loved the ship and the ports. Ports were great for teens as well in my opinion, but toddlers had problems. My husband and I took 21 and 14 year old daughters on Celebrity Century and loved the ships and ports, but onboard activities for the 14 year old were few - too old for some things and too young for others, not too many people her age on board. If price matters you may want to look at that first - airfare to Puerto Rico added a lot to the trip.
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