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Old December 23rd, 2005, 10:30 AM
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Help----would a 7 day caribbean cruise be good for our kids---aged 16, 18 and 21. they don't exactally fit into the "teen club". We are planning for the Dec. break next year. The big issue is that we need to use Holland America and I can't find many college aged people who have used this line. Is this a good idea? Or will the kids find no one their age there?
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 11:06 AM
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first-off a 7 day cruise would be great for all your family.!
Holland America is more of a "traditional" cruise line, they don't market toward the young family crowd like RCCL or Carnival does.
You won't find as much nite-life on a HAL cruise as you would on other lines, it a bit more sedate, laid-back and relaxing.
Your young-adult children are old enough that they can find enough things to do onboard to keep themselves amused.
Actullay, HAL is trying to become more family-friendly. They do offer kids & teen programs during the day, 16-17 is the oldest I belive.
You are going at a great time of year, you greatly increase your chances of meeting up with other families on all lines during the school breaks.
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 12:08 PM
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Lisa pretty much summed it up. HAL is definitely marketing more to families but there won't be as much night life as on a Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise. It depends if you teens/ young adults are okay with making their own fun or if they'd prefer a lot of others their age. HAL has a ver ygood product, good food, lovely classic ships. Let me know what you decide.
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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:15 PM
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We're about to set sail on the Zuiderdam this Friday with an 18 year-old college student. She's looking forward to the cruise. I'll try to remember to write a review when we return and include info about kids. We also have a 5 year old.
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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:55 PM
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Thanks---I look forward to hearing your first hand opinion!
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Old December 27th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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Our first cruise with our kids was on Royal Carribean durng a time of year where there were hardly any other children on board. The kids had a great time anyway and found lots of fun things to do. They couldn't wait to go on the next one. I wouldn't worry about them not having a good time.
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