My husband and I want to take our kids on their first cruise sometime in May. We found Carnival's prices can't be beat. We want to stay in adjoining rooms/room that sleeps 5. My kids are 7,6,3. Does anyone know what Carnival ship would accomodate us and be great for the kids. We want to sail out of Florida (not Miami) and go to the Carribean.
Your choices are nearly limitless. We did connecting rooms on one of our cruises and it was really nice to have an extra bathroom and TV for the kids to watch, not to mention a little privacy for mom and dad. However Its nice to get a break on a 3rd through 5th passenger rate too. I would recommend that you find a good agent that is very familiar with Carnival and can steer you toward which ships that offer 5 passenger staterooms or that have killer deals on 1st and 2nd passenger rates so you don't take too big of a hit for booking two connecting rooms. I would suggest you take a look at some of the TA's that book the Cruisemate Group Cruises, Carnival in particular. You are going to have a blast!
Our first cruises (as a family of 5, little kids) We sailed on the Fasination and the Imagination. We put the entire family in one room and I tell you it was fine. As the kids have gotten into their teens now, we get one balcony and an inside across the way. MOre money tho, but the only way now. OUr next cruise is in Feb out of Fort Lauderdale to Central America. Can't wait. Kids will see the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Belize. Hope this helps. Jean
We are sailing on the Victory in April. It does leave from Miami however. We are taking our 3 boys ages 5, 3, and 6 months at the time of sailing. This particular vessel accommodates 5 passengers in one cabin. We had considered the adjoining room option. It would only have been about $300 more for us, but that is $300 I can spend on babysitting and casino!
I've generally found the "family suites" to not be a good deal...it seems that the 1st and 2nd fares are way too high, and those cabins (only a few per ship) are booked long in advance.
We had connecting doors once, but it seems there's very few of those cabins available either.
Generally we get a "boys cabin" for me and my son, and a "girls cabin" for my wife and daughters, right next to each other (or in some cases across from each other). We generally trade things around once aboard, so that the kids are in one cabin and us in the other.
It helps in this case to get an extra key to the kids room from the front desk. I hear others take the little "baby monitor" transmitter/receiver pair to let them monitor the kids room from next door, but as yours are 10, 16, and 19 we don't bother with that any more.
You can put 5 in a room on the Inspiration out of Tampa. 4 day cruise goes to Cozumel and 5 day cruise goes to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
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