My family (children 7 & 13) and a friend's family (children 9 & 11) booked a Carnival Cruise for Christmas on the new Carnival Valor (taking its maiden voyage). We sailed Disney last year together and had a great time. I've heard in the past that Carnival cruisers "party-hardy" and that Carnival was more "grown-up" oriented and "adult-themed". Is this still true? While we want grown-up fun. We also want plenty for the kids to do and plenty that we can do WITH the kids. Is the entertainment too PG-13 rated? Please let us know. We have less than 2 months to cancel if it's not going to be right for us.
We just cruised on Carnival Inspiration in April 2004 with three of our children. At the time they were 15, 12 and 10. Everyone had a great time. There is an adult only comdedy show at midnight, but the other shows were fine for the kids to see. The only other one that got a bit risque was the Newlywed not so Newlywed game. While there are those certain people who will overindulge, I found them to be the exception rather than the rule. While my kids weren't interested in Camp Carnival, my friend's children loved it. Their parents had to drag them away. I did post a detailed review on this site under Ship Reviews, Reader Reviews, Carnival, Inspiration if you want to take a look or if you have any questions just email me. Hope this helps.
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I've sailed Royal Caribbean 3 times without the kids and the Disney Cruise was our first as a family. We had such a good time we wanted to do it again so when a great deal came up we just jumped on it without checking into the family factor.
We are recently back from the Carnival Paradise. I had similar concerns but my boys, 11 & 15 had a wonderful time. I didn't see evidence of too much partrying in the common areas of the ship. Granted, we didn't hang out in the bars, lounges, etc., but all the other areas were fine until 12pm at (about ) which time the boys were in the stateroom. I insisted that both boys attended the opening night Camp Carnival get togethers so that when we wanted to go to an "adult" show, the 11 year old would be comfortable there.
Carnival is for Every age!!Its not really set for you no just adults like Royal Caribbean is!Well I have 2 girls 4&13 and they Love Carnival better then Royal Caribbean!Because there is alot more stuff for them to do on Carnival!!