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Old June 25th, 2006, 02:13 PM
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Does anybody here have a Christmas cruise booked? If so, which one?
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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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The Holiday cruises - from what I have read.
Are very family oriented.
Too many kids - not enough parental adult supervision.
If that does not bother you - book it.....
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Old June 26th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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The same holds true for any cruise dates that are during xmas vacation for the kids and yes they do run wild ,at least many of them do,and in particular on Carnival ships.Book it if you are willing to put up with thisNot for this avid cruiser.
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I have sailed on a celebrity ship for the holidays every holiday season for the past four years. I love it. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. The ships are decorated and all of the trimmings are done for you. I like the longer cruises for the holidays because it is nice to do Christmas and New Years. I am going this holiday season on the Mercury for 16 nights doing the Panama Canal.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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Hope you enjoy it--We got stuck on an Easter cruise one yr--Easter came early & we had no clue when we booked it. It was on Royal carib & many of the kids really did run wild....spolied alot of things--art auctions, eating at the specialty rest, nightly entertainment, etc. But if that is when you like to travel or you are with kids yourself--go for it! We try to avoid it based on that experience. The ship & itin were excellent but the unsupervised children were a real nightmare.
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Old June 27th, 2006, 12:39 AM
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big apple & hcat,

big apple: The same holds true for any cruise dates that are during xmas vacation for the kids and yes they do run wild ,at least many of them do,and in particular on Carnival ships.Book it if you are willing to put up with thisNot for this avid cruiser.

hcat: Hope you enjoy it--We got stuck on an Easter cruise one yr--Easter came early & we had no clue when we booked it. It was on Royal carib & many of the kids really did run wild....spolied alot of things--art auctions, eating at the specialty rest, nightly entertainment, etc. But if that is when you like to travel or you are with kids yourself--go for it! We try to avoid it based on that experience. The ship & itin were excellent but the unsupervised children were a real nightmare.

Celebrity draws a very different crowd than Carnival, and probably also a different crowd than Royal Caribbean. There probably will be families on Celebrity cruises during the holiday periods, but the children probably will be very well behaved.

I would not hesitate to book a cruise on Celebity during the holiday periods.

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Old July 18th, 2006, 08:18 PM
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We are sailing on The Summit from Los Angeles to Hawaii during Christmas and New Year this year.

I have sailed before on Carnival and Royal Caribbean during the holidays.

From what I've read about Celebrity's dress attire in the dining room, and the mere cost of the cruise, I believe that any childeren that are on board will be very well behaved. I'm not worried in the least.

Although, I can honestly say, that I have never really encountered any real problems with any of the kids on board of any of the cruises I have been on.
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We are also sailing the Summit to Hawaii over the holidays and are very excited about it. Kids really don't bother us and the fact of the length of the trip plus all the sea days should deter a lot of parents I would think.
Hope we run into you.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 03:22 PM
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DesertGuy & TheDuffys,

Seems like several others here are - like us - booked for Summit's Christmas / New Years cruise.

We had such a great time on Summit (11 night Ultimate Caribbean) for the holidays two years ago that we decided to the Hawaii itinerary for this coming Christmas and New Years.

There were kids on board, but very well behaved. I am a former school principal, and don't have much tolerance for kids who are unsupervised, and acting inappropriately.

I can honestly say that I saw little to complain about from the kids. Really. I read some posts on Cruisecritics and others about how horrible the kids were on the Summit holiday cruise last year, but two years ago it was not the case.

Summit is a GREAT ship, and the cruise itself was really the best experience we've had in our seven (or eight?) cruises so far.

Looking forward to meeting some of the folks on this board. I've been a lurker for several years. Thanks for all the information over the last several cruises.

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Hey John and DesertGuy,
Why don't you come over and register on the Cruise Critic roll call board. We are up to about 18 now I think, and if we get to 20 or25 (not sure which) Celebrity will host a get together for us. Go to the "Celebrity connections" on the boards and look for our sailing.
D (a university prof) and I (RN) raised 5 kids and now have 18 Grands. We too have a very low tolerance for poorly supervised children and are not embarrased to speak to them or their parents if the need arises. However, after 11 cruises, we have only had to do that once. Hmm--maybe our tolerance isn't that low after all.
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John and DesertGuy,
I did that cruise last year, the Summit out of Los Angeles for a 15 night Hawaiian Island Cruise for Christmas and New Years. I was a fantastic cruise and we had a lot of fun. THe only down side was the waters were a little ruff at that time of year crossing the Pacific (westbound) because of storm. Captain was smart and left last port a little early so we beat a storm and had smooth sailings on the way back. The ship is beautiful for the holidays and they do an excellent job. I am doing Panama Canal this year but there were some people who i met on the ship who booked the same cruise for the holidays next year.
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We sailed the Christmas Cruise on RCL out of Tampa the last two years in a row, and really, really enjoyed it. Great cruise, kids aboard, but not out of hand and not a problem. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but we're going on the Cruise of the Century this year instead.
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My son is now concerned that there will not be ENOUGH kids on board the Summit after doing some Googling on Celebrity's demographics ;-)

There seemed to be about 250 or 300 (?) kids or so on the Summit New Years 2004 cruise we were on, but that was to the Carribean, and out of Florida.

Not sure what to expect for the Los Angeles run to Hawaii and back for Christmas and New Years. No clue. Does it draw an older crowd than the "Ultimate Caribbean" were on before? Anybody have any insights?

Ian is looking forward to the under 21 disco they run until the wee hours most evenings ;-) He was told they only do it when there are enough young people.

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Johncn,

My son is now concerned that there will not be ENOUGH kids on board the Summit after doing some Googling on Celebrity's demographics

There seemed to be about 250 or 300 (?) kids or so on the Summit New Years 2004 cruise we were on, but that was to the Carribean, and out of Florida.

Not sure what to expect for the Los Angeles run to Hawaii and back for Christmas and New Years. No clue. Does it draw an older crowd than the "Ultimate Caribbean" were on before? Anybody have any insights?

Ian is looking forward to the under 21 disco they run until the wee hours most evenings He was told they only do it when there are enough young people.


There are no guarantees, of course, but ALL cruises over the holday periods tend to draw a LOT of families with children of all ages.

There's also another dynamic affecting cruises out of southern California. Quite a few school districts in that area, faced with a problem of rapid population growth, have adopted a staggered schedule whereby a third of the students are always on their long vacation. IIRC, they divide the calendar year into four quarters and have a class enter at the beginning of each quarter. After entry, each class attends school for two quarters then has a vacation of one quarter. They also divide each school building into two sections. At the end of each quarter, the class that enters or reurns from break goes into the section vacated by the class that's going on vacation. This approach allows each school to serve 50% more students than it might otherwise, but it also means that 1/3 of the students are always on their extended vacation (which would be "summer vacation" elsewhere). As a result, you'll find a lot of families with school age children on cruises that operate from southern California at any time of year.

That said, I have also seen a significant number of school age children on several cruises that I took a times of the year when I would not have expected very many school age children. For example, there were a LOT of school age children on my 14 night transatlantic cruise aboard MV Galaxy last October, when I would not have expected very many because most schools are in session. The "teen disco" was cranking every night on that voyage.

BTW, I think that the "teen disco" is for "Under 18" rather than "Under 21."

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Rev is right about the disco since on Celebrity the drinking age is 18 and not 21. They may drink beer and wine at 18 with permission of parents. This is the official policy but they do make unofficial deviations depending on the ship. The casino age is also 18.

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My partner and I are cruising the Zenith this Christmas. We enjoy cruising Celebrity because there does seem to be less children running wild and we really enjoy the service/pampering. We sailed RCL last Christmas and was disappointed with the kids hanging out in the stairs, playing on the elevators and running wild in the corridors, etc. .
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