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Old February 5th, 2006, 12:04 PM
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Looking for help trying to decide our first cruise with our kids. we need to do a four night but can't decide carnival or rc and bahamas or key wast/cozumel. any help appreciated. kids are 14,13,12,12.
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well, i'd say go for the bahamas cruise if you're going any time in the next year or so. cozumel is only operating at about 50% right now due to hurricane damage last fall. my cruise cancelled the cozumel port because of it and from what i understand it will be at least early summer before cozumel is anywhere near ready for visitors the way they used to be. the few people on the boards here who have gone anyway say it is devastating and have compared it to new orleans.
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your kids will like carnival much better, carnival is geared more towards family than rcl is, they will have their own teen disco , pizza ria hamberger joint and arcade rcl offers very little for kids.
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I have to disagree with the statement that RCL doesn't have much kids programs, they actually have a wonderful kids program, especially on their larger ships, they are geared towards cruising with kids/families. I would think either Carnival or RCL would make a wonderful family cruise. I would also look more towards Nassau, since Cozumel is still being repaired and even now, they don't have a useable pier, you need to be tendered there, so it will be awhile yet before they have a working pier.
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Another disagreement to the Carnival is better statement. Weve sailed RCI the last 4 times. There is so much to do for kids on board that I want to be a kid again! Check out the Voyager class ships (and the new Freedom). Inline skating, ice skating, rock wall, mini golf, basketball, movie theater, etc. On our last ship Brilliance we had a kids pool and waterslide. My son (almost 4 when we sailed last) used the kids club for the first time and loved it. He was in there every sea day, and days in port. We did take him on tours, but if he didnt want to go shopping and dining out later, we left him in the club. He did science and art projects, had ice cream socials, pj movie nights, pirate night (they took over the ship and performed for everyone), etc. There is a teen disco too on board, and internet cafe.

4 nights isnt long either. if you can go a week, go for it-youll really appreciate the kids activities then!

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RCCL is definately a family-friendly line!
At this point in time i would be inclined to shy away from Cozumel, they haven't recovered from the hurricane, they are really trying, but they got hit really hard.
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thanks to all for your input!!
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I also have to disagree about there not being much for families on Royal Carribean. We've cruised both lines and prefer Carnival for several reasons, but certainly have had a wonderful time on our RCL cruises too. If you prefer Western there are short cruises that do Grand Cayman/Key West.
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Our family had a great first cruise together on the short Disney Wonder cruise! We were able to get 2 state rooms adjoined and the whole experience was very positive for our 12, 14 and 15 year old girls. Their private island, Castaway Cay, is amazing! I don't believe other cruise lines visit their private islands on the shorter cruises. The Dining room experience is very different on disney since you rotate to a different themed dining room each night. Your waiters also rotate on your schedule so they know you each time you dine.
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