Am planning a summer 2002 Meditteranean cruise with my three children (ages 4,8 and 10). Will also have 5 adults in our party aged 32 to 60. Although I know the Med isn't a typical family destination, it meets the needs of the adults in our party, particularly my mom, whose birthday we're celebrating.
We're considering the Golden Princess and Celebrity Millennium, which both run similar Barcelona to Istanbul itineraries. We're looking for a high quality cruise with nice food, good service, great ports and not too many crowds.
Has anyone sailed any of these ships with children? Although I'm sure we'll be with our kids most of the time, I'm particularly interested in knowing how many children were on board, if the children's activities are running no matter how many kids there are, if room service is available, if babysitting for little ones is available on port days, and just the general suitability of these cruises for families. Any advice on cabins would be great.
Also, as a first time cruiser, I'm having a hard time assessing the differences between these ships in terms of service and quality. (My mother has sailed on HAL, and loved it. However, they aren't sailing Med itineraries next summer, and I've heard that they might not be as good with kids, so we've narrowed our search down to the two ships listed above.)
Any feedback would be so helpful! Thanks in advance.