YES If you go with Carnival forget getting near the pools. Royal has private pools for adults on the Voyage class ships. Most ships have activities for kids but there are those that are attached to the apron strings.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Any holidays, summer or school break times will mean lots of kids on cruises, especially those 7 days or less. That's why I try and avoid at all costs cruises during those times, unless it is to Alaska during the summer.
I agree with everybody on this topic. I've been on many CCL cruises and those times mentioned are the worst for having children on CCL ships. This year I'am going on the Conquest May 9, 2004 this is a time when school aged children are in school so hopefully there will not be as many kids.
Are you kidding? There were hundreds of kids on both of our Explorer winter cruises in the middle of Jan. They weren't a problem, but we were amazed at the number of kids out of school during a non-holiday period. Our 5 "kids" are all in their 30s now(our "baby" turns 30 today!!) and we would never have considered taking them out of school for a vacation of any kind. Especially a cruise, which is for getting away from it all. I don't think we would hae been able to truly relax and feel the freedom we wanted if we had taken our responsibilities with us. Not to mention we didn't have that kind of money in those days. It's quite different now.
So bottom line--it doesn't matter when you cruise, kids will be there. Fortunately, the ones we've encountered have been for the most part, well behaved. Also I think the RCI youth programs have a lot to do with keeping kids busy and happy. So don't let their presence keep you from scheduling a cruise.
We are leaving Sat. for our 3rd winter cruise and expect to see tons of kids again. No problem--they're not ours!!
Explorer E. Carib. 1/12/02
Explorer W. Carib. 1/18/03
Summit Alaska cruise/tour 8/3/03
Adventure S. Carib. 2/8/04