We have cruised a lot and have enjoyed almost all of them. Our last cruise (September) was spoiled by several hundred children (even though school was in session) who seemed to rule the ship. They took over the pools, jacuzzis and generally ran around the ship. One group even commandeered a glass elevator and partied there all evening. The ships crew would not intervene and seemed oblivious. At one point children were throwing chairs around and even though crew was alerted to the dangers of injury, etc. did nothing. Their parents were sitting just feet away and did nothing. Seems that parents feel that once aboard they can abbrogate their responsibility and leave it up to the cruise line to parent their kids. Seems that the only way to avoid large groups of children on board is to book longer (2 wks) cruises on more expensive lines. Would never cruise with Norwegian again.
This happened to me on the Golden Princess and the Oosterdam. They ruled the ships. It was my boo boo when it came to the Oosterdam. I booked my cruise during the peak of Spring Break. Never again. On that cruise, they were throwing sports equipment overboard. They took over the atrium at night. Thank goodness for the bars and casino. There was no peace on either cruise. The Golden Princess cruise had over 400 kids onboard. This was the first week of November. Do the parents care that school is in session? As an ex teacher, this infuriated me. I asked a few of them why they were not in school and most replied because Mom and Dad wanted to take this cruise. I asked if their schools were in session and all them said yes. I saw RED. I have heard the best time to take a cruise and avoid this kaos, was to cruise in January, May and October. Good luck!