I just posted the below on another board....but then found this one and thought this might be the better forum..... =)
I just was looking into taking another cruise late next year around Christmas. Or perhaps early next year. But I wanted to take my entire family. I am having trouble finding rates for 5 people.
I was looking into a cruise on the Millenium and was informed they do not have cabins large enough for 5 people.
I know the family staterooms on the Century and Mercury will sleep 5, but I can't get a quote on that without calling a travel agent.
What other ships have cabins with a capacity for 5. This is two adults and 3 children. None of the children are old enough to stay by themselves. I know I can get two cabins and my husband and I could each sleep in one, but I was wanting us to all be together. In December 04, one child will be 2 and the other 6 months (not even here yet). The third Child will be 13.
Any advice on family cruising is greatly appreciated.
Royal CAribbean's Voyager Class ships have a number of family staterooms that fit five. You're smart to look into it early since those larger staterooms fill up early. Your teen will love Royal Caribbean's teen program. Royal Caribbean is one of the few cruise lines offering private babysitting for children six months and older, which you might want to take advantage of.
Feel free to ask any add'l questions. You may also want to read the article I've written on this site, "Bringing the Baby" which answers a lot of questions about cruising with kids.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
The Grand Class ships of Princess have family staterooms that can accomodate 5. There are only a few on each ship and they book fast. I think that the Voyager Class ships of RCCL might also have family staterooms.
We sailed on the Millenium earlier this year. There were 5 of us in an insided cabin. Two of the chidren were in the bunks and our baby had a protable crib. I would talk to Celebrity again, as you do not need 5 beds, just 4 beds and a crib.
We're on Millenium in a room that is only equipped for three and we're a total of four including our baby. Celebrity OK's the room for us b/c the baby doesn't need a bed, just a port a crib. Once I called and they said this would work, I checked the various web sites for pricing as if we were 3 and then just doubled the third person rate to get an idea of what our fare would be. When I finally booked the cruise w/ an agent, she told me I couldn't get the room I wanted and I made her call Celebrity directly to explain one member of our group was a baby.
I imagine any quad room will work for your five, just get permission up front from the cruise line and price the way I did.