ME ME ME!!!!!!! Taking my 65 year old mother, 17 year old daughter, and family friends on the Carnival Splendor the week after thanksgiving. We are all excited but I have been posting on here and Carnival Online Community and so far no one else has children in the 15-17 age catagory . We took a Princess cruise the same time of year in 2007 and my daughter had a good size group to hang with and they had a blast, hopefully it'll be the same this time
There traditionally are less kids on the cruises between Thanksgiving and Christmas since the lion's share are on Thanksgiving week and also between Christmas and New Years.
However you picked the right cruise line to go on since Carnival ALWAYS has kids and teens on board. While there won't be as many teens for your daughter to choose from to hang out, there should be some on board.
Tell her to go on the teen message boards here -- actually, my 16-yr-old daughter is the teen moderator!
I keep telling her to post on the teen board, she's already registered on here. We used to take our trips late Feb-early March and it seemed kind of dead for teens at that time so I figured maybe right after a holiday would be good since prices are much lower and it's easy to do the independent study thing to get their homework. Unfortunately for teens they face other issues as well, I know the last carnival ship we were on didn't have a place for the 12-14 group she was in at the time and teens don't want to go to the little kiddie room for activities, not to mention, some teens are just feel they are too cool for the organized activity thing anyway. I am sure she will find at least one partner in crime and I will only see her in the cabin and at dinner.
Really, let her know that she should check out the teen message boards here. My daughter Alex is one of the teen moderators -- it's a good spot for them to learn more about the cruise line they're going on and maybe even potentially find someone on their cruise.