Hi My name is Melissa and I am new new here and I am having a hard time figuring out what cruise line (or ship) to use we are looking to travil in March of 2007 there are 2 adults and three children ages 5 (will be almost 6) 4 and will be about 10month old and we are looking for a ship that we can spend time together during most days and have some adult time at night or somrthing on that Idea we are looking to do a 4 or 5 night cruise out of florida so we can also spend some time at disney or other attractions there Please if any one can help me make the right choice I WILL LOVE YAH 4-EVA !!!!
I know that royal caribbean has excelent children programs for all ages. The newer ship have things like mini golf, roller skating, ice skating, game rooms... all of which i am sure your 6 year old would enjoy. On my last royal caribbean cruise, the family that was also at our table had a 6 year old girl. She seemed to have the time of her life. There were activities planned for them throughout the day and mini-slumber parties at night.
Another cruise line to look into is Carnival. This cruise line is very family oriented. I don't know much about their childrens programs, but im sure they are just as good as royal. On the cruises I have been on, most of the people traveling on Carnival are families, (especially on a 4/5 day cruise)
I hope some of this helps!
Carnival Ecstasy 1995
Carnival Triumph 2000, 2001
Carnival Glory 2003
Carnival Miracle 2004
Carnival Inspiration 2005
RCCL Explorer of the Seas 2006
Carnival Destiny 2007
Your best choices are Disney (3 and 4 days out of Orlando; nursery for your 10 month old; great youth programs); Royal Caribbean (also 3/4 days out of Orlando --a ctually Port Canaveral -- and also private babysitting and Fisher Price daily play groups for tots; great youth program for your other kids); and Carnival (also 3/4 days out of Port Canaveral; youth program starts at age 2; group babysitting on port mornings and 10 p.m. at night.)
Let me know what you decide.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
Disney is by far the best for younger kids. Your 6 and 4 year old kids will love all of the characters on board. The Mickey pool is perfect for them. Palo makes for a great dinner out without the kids. Castaway Key is lots of fun as well.
RCL has great programs as well, but they tend to appeal to older kids - e.g., mini-golf, climbing wall, ...
If I was bringing a 10month old I'd opt for the one that has a Nursery. That would be Disney. We went in june this year with our 4yr old and she had a BLAST! We walked by the nursery, It seemed very quiet and soothing..... I saw staff rocking babies. Just a nice thing to have on a ship for families with little ones. Disney is a bit more pricier though, but I thought it was well worth it. They also have many disney age appropriate areas to drop your child off to be supervised while you and hubby go and have a nice quiet evening/dinner. You can read many disney cruise reader reviews on the reviews page of this site. Have fun cruise shopping!
DOLPHIN OCEAN BREEZE 1993
CARNIVAL CELEBRATION 1999
CARNIVAL GLORY 2004
NCL JEWEL 4/9/2006
DISNEY WONDER 6/15/06
NCL SUN 1/23/07 (girls trip!)
NCL PEARL 3/30/07
RCCI MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 8/27/07
NCL Sky 8/31/09 (Mom's Bday Cruise)
Disney Magic 10/17/09 with the baby!!
Next Cruise...NCL Dawn 6/6/10 NYC to Bermuda ;-)