We are planning on doing an Alaskan cruise next year for my mom's 65th birthday. It will be 5 adults and 5 kids (16, 8, 11 and 3 year old twins) I've never been on a cruise or to Alaska so any advice would be greatly appreciated. My biggest questions are:
1) Is it realistic to go to Alaska with 2 3-year olds?
2) Which line is most family friendly in Alaska?
3) Room suggestions? My mom would like to keep the twins with her. That would leave my husband and I with our 8 year old. My sister and her husband would have their 16 and 11 year old with them. Trying to decide if someone gets a suite so we have "home base" or if we just do connecting rooms.
Yes, Alaska is do-able with 3 year olds. Just make sure you bring strollers. There are train rides that the kids might like in Skagway; a tram ride in Juneau up top Mt. Roberts for a great view; and some centers for bird rehab the kids might like. You should read the article I wrote on this site about families in AK.
If your kids are potty trained, then any of these lines is kid friendly:
Carnival, NCL, RCI, Princess or HAL. If they're not, then they can't participate in the y outh programs at RCI, Princess or HAL. Carnival and NCL do allow kids in diapers in the youth program.
I suggest you get connecting rooms w/your mom and the 3 year olds. That way you have two bathrooms for everyone and you can shut the lights in one cabin for the little ones to go to sleep earlier.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
Thanks for the info. What about Celebrity? The 11 year old and 8 year old are cousins who get along great, but can get a little crazy when together. With Celebrity youth programs they would be separated in camp.
I haven't sailed Celebrity in years since Celebrity tells me they don't really market to the family audience -- however, they do have a year round youth program. I don't know how it is but I know the food and service on Celebrity is very good.