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Old May 8th, 2003, 12:54 PM
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Default sailing out of San Juan w/ kids

We are considering RCCL's Serenade of the Seas for our April Spring break 2004. This is not Easter week. We are 2 adults/ 2 children. Will there be other kids on board? Or is this Southern routt more adults? Our other choice is EOS out of Miami- eastern Caribbean. We just got back from the Brilliance and we all loved the ship. Any help would be appreciated. mimi
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Old May 8th, 2003, 01:43 PM
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I would think that there will still be plenty of kids, just not hoards of them. This is probably due to the higher airfare to San Juan. I personally would really like the southern intinerary better because there are more islands and fewer sea days. We took our children on a southern cruise 2 years ago at Christmas. We all had a good time, but next cruise will be from Ft. L because the air fare will be hundreds less for 4 people.

What are the ages of your children? That might make a bigger difference. Ours were 6 & 10. They were NOT interested in going to the childrens program at all. They prefered our company while at sea. Said that they were on vacation too and refused to go to "day care".
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Hi Mimi:
I'm the family cruise editor here. I too am interested in finding out the ages of your children which would help in my recommendations.
We sailed Royal Caribbean many years ago (my daughter was about four then) on a San Juan itinerary and there were plenty of kids on board. This should also be the case when you sail since March and April are popular months due to the varied spring break schedules throughout the country. If you wants tons of kids, then go on the Explorer of the Seas. (I prefer the southern itineraries myself.) We went on Explorer's sister ship, Adventure, and we loved it. My 9 year old daughter has been on 13 cruises and yet she still says the Adventure was the best ever. She loved the rock climbing wall and ice skating show, but even more, she had the best time in the youth program. The counselors were lots of fun and offered a very active program. We had to twist her arm to hang out with us! By the way, by the end of the year, all Royal CAribbean ships will have a rock climbing wall installed on them.
Let me know if you have more questions!
Smooth sailing,
Luisa Frey Gaynor
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