My wife and I are cruising with our 10 year old and 13 year old Feb. 8th. Will it be warm enough for snorkeling and other beach activities? My ten year old is a little shy. Is the staff good at getting the kids involved with the activities if they might be reluctant to leave mom and dad?
We cruised this area late January of this year and found that the weather could be a little cool, especially in the mornings. Temperatures averaged in the low to mid 80's all week. We did a snorkeling tour that started at 9:00 a.m. and froze. You might schedule snorkeling for the afternoon, if you can, I think the kids would be more comfortable. Let me know how your cruise goes, we have booked the Magic in June and are taking our three children. Two of them are the same age as yours.
When you and your family arrive at the Cruise Terminal, you will be greeted by the Youth Counselor Staff and Characters. This Greeting is to help people like your 10 year old son (and the 13 year old of course) and you and your wife to meet and become aquainted with the counselors who will direct activities for your children. There is a "Positive Seperation" (During the cruise) time in which your children will be participating in activities with other children their own age, and times when you can participate with them. This will leave you time for you and your wife to enjoy together with the comfort of knowing your children are having a good time. You will receive a Beeper to page you if there are any problems, and for security reasons, the parent who drops them off must pick them up. Disney has created some exciting activities for Adults that you may want to particapate in. Also, when you board the ship, go to "Palo's" and make your reservation, as your children will be participating in activities so you can enjoy a Romantic Dinner. I hope this helps you, have a GREAT cruise and let me know how you liked it. I am planning a cruise on the Magic in 2002. Dave Farren