First off...sorry if I sound way too picky and choosy and weird!! We'd like to go on a family cruise this summer (July 2007), about 7 days. We've gone on cruises in the past before the kids were born. Those were always very port intensive (European cruises for 10-14 days each). We're trying to arrange it so that a lot of our family can go as well. The breakdown is as follows:
Couple #1--Early 60's--Loves cruising--Don't care too much for excursions
Couple #2--Early 30's with a 3 year old and 4 year old--Love excursions--kids can be a little rowdy (don't do well at formal dinner settings)
Couple #3--Early 30's with a 3 year old and 5 month old--Kids don't do well at long dinners but are great at dinners under 1 hour--Understand that excursions with such young children can be really difficult so in this case, looking for a great ship over great excursions.
So altogether it's 6 adults and 4 children. Any suggestions as to which cruiseline, ship, and destination would work best for us? We're all located in California and would rather not have to fly to reach the departure port. If a flight is needed, we'd prefer a short flight as the kids are terrible on the long flights.
I thought Alaska would be nice and relaxing in the summer but my husband doesn't think it's appropriate for such young children. He thinks Mexico would be better. Others are saying Hawaii...argh!
Help!! Thanks so much in advance.