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Old April 30th, 2004, 03:52 PM
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Default HELP PLEASE !!! 1st time for 2 families of five...

We have kids ranging from 8 to 16(six kids in all). Which ships - cruiselines would be most appropriate for our kids, and keep them happy and busy (eg. kids/teen program etc.). We've narrowed it down to RCCI, Celebrity or Carnival but need to fit five in a cabin or arrange rooms most economically. Who could accommodate us best??? We're sailing on March spring break (either 25 or 26th) for 7 nites. Also should we book flights separately after booking the cruise, or all together?
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Hi Dawn,
I'd look into one of the family suits on one of the Royal Caribbean Voyager class ships. These ships are designed for cruising with kids/families, with lots of activities for everyone and a great kids program. These larger family cabins do fill up quickly, so have a travel agent see whats available, best of luck.

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I was recently on a Celebrity ship. I'm 14 and had the time of my life. There are activities for the younger ones all day and there is a hang out for the teenagers. You'll have a great time no matter what line you choose, but I strongly recommend Celebrity.
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avoid Carnival during spring break- the ships will be crowded with college spring breakers with one thing in mind - PARTY, PARTY, PARTY.
I would look into the Grand Class Ships of Princess, and the Voyager Class Ships of Royal Caribbean - both very family oriented with great kids & teen programs and lots of things to do for all ages. Both lines do have the family suites, but they book up really fast. Instead of booking two cabins for 5 people ( 1 outside 1-inside) we found that it was cheaper to book a mini-suite- plenty of room for 5.
One big plus with Princess is that the pools are all freshwater, and that the pools and hot tubs are open 24 hrs (except for a short while in the wee hours of the morning for cleaning) , this was great for the kids and the adults.
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I prefer rci over princess for teens -- voyager class ships are starting to keep their pools open later . Your kids are going to have a great time no matter which ship/line you choose.

I wouldnt look at facilities that much -- some of the newer ships have great facilities for kids -- ie. teen centers -- that often are empty -- any line is going to have lots of kids over spring break. My kids prefer rci over celebrity -- not sure why -- they also like norwegian, which i see u didnt mention.

All cruise lines have an age policy now -- pretty hard for someone under 21 to book a cruise without an adult -- so i think the problem with college age and spring breakers is going to be handledd well by the cruise line.

I would prefer booking 2 rooms vs. a suite if the price were right -- 4 per cabin gets crowded if you have even one teenage girl. Usually you can get a cabin for not much more than the 3rd and 4th rate . I am not sure, there arent too many lines that offer cabins for 5 --- youre kids arent so young that I think you need to stuff everyone in one cabin , and everyone will have a much better time .

I have cruised with my 5 kids several times -- and frankly i'd rather take an inside than have to share with them again -- Couple times I did balcony for myself and inside for kids ( was nice to have one room like this )

I always book my air separately -- and sometimes pick the cruise I take based on what might be the best airfare -- watch the prices, the flight times that look good pre and post cruise sell out fast.
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My son, his wife and 7 month old booked the family suite on RCI EOS. The suite was large and slept 6 people. With a party of 5, I would highly recommend a suite.
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I agree that RCI has an excellent youth and teen program. The Voyager class ships are great for teens and the teen facilities on Mariner class are the largest at sea.
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