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Old January 29th, 2003, 09:03 PM
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Default celebrity mercury cruise to alaska with two boys

Hi there I am relatively new to cruising, we have been on the Radisson Gauguin as a couple, but never cruised with our children(two boys 4 and 8). We have already booked a Royal Suite-I am hoping it will be large enough for all of us. Is this suite really worth the money-our travel agent assured us it was. Is the cruise suitable for these ages and two very active children? Are there excursions geared for children?
I have been looking all over the internet for reviews on this ship and found few for the cruise to Alaska.
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Old February 2nd, 2003, 02:57 PM
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I'm the family cruise editor here. We took our daughter to Alaska when she was four and she loved it. We're very active so she enjoyed going on hikes in port with us, etc. There are plenty of active excursions that kids will enjoy in Alaska. Make sure you take the Mt. Roberts Tram ( you can buy tkts right at the port) up to the top for great pix and a short hike -- it's heaven!
There should be plenty of other kids on board Celebrity during the summer so yours should enjoy the youth program, etc.
Smooth sailing,
Luisa Frey Gaynor
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Old February 12th, 2003, 12:50 AM
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I have cruised with my son at age 8 in the Caribbean (Royal Caribbean Monarch, 2500 passengers), husband and son when he was 12 to Turkey, Israel & Greece (Renaissance, 500 passengers..now defunct) and then last summer when my son was 17 in the Baltic (Celebrity Constellation). My son read a lot when we were at sea with Renaissance, but had a great time anyway. Royal Caribbean seems to have more activities for younger kids; I note that the newer ships have minature golf and climbing walls. But, the younger kids last summer on Celebrity (only about 8-10 of them in the younger range) seemed to be having a blast. I saw them all over the ship, pretending to be pirates with a group leader and on scavanger hunts, etc. There about the same number of kids in the middle years and about 20 teenagers. We are going to Alaska this summer on Celebrity Summit with my sister and her two girls (15 and 13) and likely a last cruise for a long while with our 18 year old high school graduate. Kids really enjoy the freedom on the ship. There is a video game room, and a play room with a separate kiddie pool on the back of the ship on the Constellation class ship. Have fun.
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