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Old May 11th, 2014, 11:39 PM
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Talking 8 Kids aged 2-13: Eastern vs. Western Caribbean

We are two families w/ 8 kids aged 2-13. Deciding between eastern vs. western Caribbean for mid-march 2015. How are the waters during this time? Choppy? or not? Some of us have motion-sickness and are pretty sensitive.

What we are NOT interested in: We will NOT do any excursions (budget constraints with this many people). We don't need to shop or eat exotic food (again, budget constraints). We are not interested in historical sights or museums or thrill rides (kids will be a bit bored). We don't want to hike or bike or really - do anything that is too stressful to coordinate for this many number of kids all at one. We don't mind the cab fare to and from the beach from our cruise port We also prefer to not have to tender into port since it means getting up early, everyone to breakfast, and rushing through the morning so we don't lose too much time (since our goal is getting on that beach!). I know we cannot avoid this all the time

What we ARE interested in: We cruise mainly to see nature's beauty and beautiful blue/green/clear watered beaches. We might snorkel if we we feel like it. We mostly like to just play on the beach, build sand castles, lay under some shade, take some gorgeous pictures & videos, and relax.

The kids: need calm kid-friendly beach waters to play in and enjoy themselves.

The adults: need calm & beautiful beaches (so we're not constantly paranoid the kids will be whisked away) with beautiful scenery & nature around us to feel like paradise (who doesn't with this many kids? ).

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Have you cruised before and what port do you want to leave from? You do have many choices...Do you enjoy lots of activities onboard?
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For scenery and ports, I prefer the Eastern or Southern Caribbean which looks more mountainous vs those flat Western islands. St Thomas and St Maartin both have gorgeous, easy to get to beaches. St Martin has the one (Maho)with the planes that fly low over coming in to land. Great fun for the kids, and adults.

Since you don't want to do much except the beach, you might want to pick a ship with lots of bells and whistles, shows and activities. That way, even if you stay on the ship, no one will be bored. Mini golf, ropes course, climbing wall, big slides like at the water parks, bowling for a minimal fee.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 02:38 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions! We have cruised before and found ourselves a bit stressed out with having to wake up quite early to get to breakfast to then get to the tender lines.

We can leave from CA or Florida, either is fine.

We don't like to over-do onboard activities because it gets stressful waiting in lines, trying to get good seats, keeping the kids still enough to get thru shows, etc.

Our onboard activities were playing in the pool and waterslides practically all day, eating, and adults trying to relax at poolside. We used the kids program but they are sometimes all chopped up so we'd drop kids off, have an hour or two, then have to pick kids up, eat, then drop them off, have an hour or two, try to catch an adult show and have to rush to pick them up.

We did mini golf on board, and a couple of family friendly and adult only comedy shows, and one night did the family karaoke. They were OK - nothing to write home about but we figured we'd check em out since we already paid for it.

Again, we love beautiful calm beaches, lush surroundings, and just pure relaxation
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