I am doing the leg work for the familiy. 2004 Christmas will be spent at sea all being well. Since between us all, we have several thousand kids, we first thought of Disney. Disney is good, but I want to have other options ( Like destinations we really want to go to ) anyway, does anyone know what the cost is to bring kids? When I go to the Carnival web site, it just gives me the cost for 4 people, not taking into account that 2 of them are kids. Can anyone help? Here is my situation. It would be my wife and I, and we will have a 4 year old, and two 2 year olds.
I'm not sure but I think there is a discount for kids under 12 on Carnival since my TA quoted a different price for our family members under that age. From what I've found doing investigative research is Disney is quite a bit more expensive than CCL, RCI, Princess or NCL. That's one reason we've never sailed them. Also, unless I'm mistaken, they don't have casinos which is important to me.
Thomas may have something there as I have heard of times when there have been specials that give a cut rate for kids. The best thing to do is ask your TA when you are working out the details of your bookings.
We are cruising next weekend on Carnival with 3 kids. The adults were about $549 each, the kids (even the 20 month old) were $400 each. However, they have many deals, some where the kids can have a separate room at hardly any price difference. If we had taken a different (less exciting ports) cruise, we could have had 2 rooms for $40 more than all 5 in one room. On the cruise we are going on, it would have been $400 more, so we are all in one room.
I checked RCCL, but they were not very accommodating to 5 of us in a regular stateroom. A deciding factor to go with Carnival was that their staterooms are 50% bigger than other cruise lines (a fact attested to in many reviews of people who had sailed both lines). With 5, we need all the room we can get.
A friend of ours priced a 4-day Disney cruise, same weekend we are going (to Bahamas and private island) + 3 days at Caribbean Island Resort in Disney + disney tickets 2 adults, 5 year old, 3 year old and it was $4000 . Our 5-day Carnival to Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios was $2360 for 5 of us. I'd say the price of the Disney cruise was definitely higher, and I've heard much better things about Jamaica and Grand Cayman than I have about Nassau.
All cruise lines have kids programs, and all sound good, so that probably won't be a deciding factor for you. However, RCCL's doesn't start til 3 years, Carnival's starts at 2 years.
I also am traveling with a family of 5. We got our cruise (Nov 03) for $549 for the first 2 and only $299 for the 3rd, 4th & 5th. The ship I chose was not the one that I originally wanted though. I wanted one of the new ships but found out that Carnival does not book 5 in 1 room on their newer ships. They are now making you purchase 2 adjoining rooms for any more than 4 people. I was disappointed by this. This forced me to choose the Paradise but I am fine with it because it is out kid's first cruise and we really like the destinations anyway.
Boy, that is some price difference. I will have to do a little more searching. We have only been on one cruise, and it was only a 3 day on the Ecstasy. The ship is a dog, but we had a blast. Now I want to try a newer ship and see how that is. Was Ocho Rios nice? Is it better than Montego Bay? Thank you for all of the information.
Unless things have changed since we cruised with our 5 yr old child in March of 2001, the 3rd & 4th price is for any age. You do not get a break on the cost of the cruise no matter how young your children are. I have read somewhere that you might get a break on the tipping part for young children.
Well that's a little sidtressing. I have my 4 year old, and twins that will be about 2 when we go. I would think that food and drink wise, the kids would be a nominal charge. I guess they are factoring in the cost of watching them if we dump them off with them.
I'll tell you how the destinations were after the 27th when we get back (we're leaving on 2/22). The only thing about the whole thing is my youngest, 20 months, asn't eligible for the Kids Club - they have to be 2. The only thing she is eligible for is the 10pm-3am babysitting, which is 6/hr for 1st kid, 4/hr for each kid thereafter. So, I will have to watch her all day on at-sea days.
I think she may be eligible for babysitting on port days til noon, so we can do the water stuff without her. I'll know more when I get there and check everything out.
I'll check in after the cruise and give you the 411.
That's the way you have to do it - work it out between the destinations you want and the ship you want and the pricing. I worked with a Carnival agent who was really helpful. The best rates I could get (which was for 2 cabins, which I would have preferred), was on a cruise I didn't want - Key West and Belize. I didn't think the kids would be particularly interested in Key West - I was there once and it was more of an adult place. Belize would have been OK.
You're going at the tail end of hurricane season, so they might have had some good rates - that's how I did it last time, and there weren't any hurricanes anywhere around to affect anything.
We checked with Disney as well, before we booked our cruise. Believe it or not, they were literally TWICE as pricey as Carnival, almost to the penny. Being that our kids are not toddlers and will not go looney over Mickey Mouse anymore, and that Carnival has a highly rated kids program, we decided that Disney was probably not worth twice the price.
On our upcoming Carnival cruise, we are paying $340 for the third, fourth & fifth passenger (our children) in a category 6B Oceanview.
Just got back and booking our next cruise and according to Carnival direct, they charge the 3rd/4th/etc. person for the cabin regardless of age. If you are unsure, you can call them directly - they are very good and the service is quite friendly.
Just to quickly respond about the 5 in a room on the newer Carnival ships. Untrue...
We just returned from Carnival Triumph last week and had 5 of us in the room. King Bed (real king, not two twins put together, which was nice) a murphy bed, a couch that converted to a bed, and they brought in a cot for us as well. Other than getting ready for dinner, accommodations were just fine. We had a Verandah balcony cabin.
We booked on Carnival for 4 (two kids) a month ago, we are leaving out March 1, 2003 on a 5 day cruise and it was 1700.00. I think that's a pretty good deal considering the shortness of my booking. I paid the same amount for a 7 day cruise for just two of us last summer.
One issue that I did not see mentioned regarding pricing, is that you have chosen a Holiday week and will pay a "premium price for each person" sailing during that time period. No matter how old the 3rd, 4th, & 5th child is, you will pay more than the week before Christmas or two weeks after for the same exact accommodations. Plus don't forget about the tipping per person even the children.
We booked a 7 day on the Triumph in May for 2 adults and 2 kids in an 8a room. Our prices are 690.00 per adult and 290.00 for each kid.
BUTTTTTTTT ..... and a big one too..... dont forget all those takes and charges for each person. These are the same for everyone. So, a 7 day with airfare is 4000.00. Yikes! I am not even sure if that is a good price, I certainly hope so!