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Old April 17th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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Could someone please suggest the most economical way for a family of 5 ( 2 adults, 3 children 15,14,12) to cruise with regard to stateroom options? We took our first cruise in early March and are anxious to take another one, possibly with the kids. Thanks in advance for any advice, FYI, we are considering the Mariner out of Canaveral.
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Old April 17th, 2005, 08:14 AM
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Travelling with 5 offers a few options on Mariner:
1) Connecting cabins e.g. 2 balconies
2) One balcony and a inside across the hall
3) Two connecting insides
4) The kids on deck 3, you 2 on deck 10!!!

I don't know how you could fit 5 in one( non-owners suite sized) accomodation. We had four in one D2 balcony in Feb. on Mariner, and it was tight. Our friends had 4 in an inside on deck 8, and vowed never to do that again.
Look at the deck plans for ajacent or connecting cabins.

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Old April 17th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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We're a family of six and we cruise with our kids (3-4 depending on school and college vacations). We've found the most inexpensive way to do it is two inside cabins, side by side. Adults in one and kids in the other. I bring the old baby monitor to keep track of what's going on in the kids room (ours are 20, 16, 13, & 11). Having two inside cabins also give you the advantage of having privacy for the adults and two bathrooms!

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We have just down Mariner with 5 and did a balcony d2 and inside across the hall. It worked out great. Kids love having their own room and you don't have to see their mess.
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The Mariner also has a few cabins AFT that are a balcony cabin with a connecting inside cabin. Perfect combo instead of having them across the hall!

There is also the Royal Family Suite.....very pricey, but if you can swing it....worth it!
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What about a Family Oceanview Stateroom? They are over 300 sq ft and sleep 6. This way you get the 3rd, 4th & 5th passenger rate. Only problem, still only 1 bathroom.

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Old April 18th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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Go for the connecting 2 staterooms. Two bathrooms and some privacy but you can still monitor them so you can see their mess and keep them in check.
Have fun.
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Old April 18th, 2005, 04:34 PM
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We're crusing with our family of 5 in July and are renting two staterooms. Our kids are teens, so they'll be fine by themselves plus they're right across the hall from us. Plus the added benefit of having 2 bathrooms! We always run into this problem at hotels as well - everywhere is designed for families of 4!
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Old April 18th, 2005, 08:43 PM
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we found the least expensive alternative was two adjoining rooms...we chose balconies...but that was just our preference, I imagine ocean view would be cheaper and still adjoining.
With teenagers, we definetly wanted two rooms , so we had two bathrooms, and twice the electrical for hairdryers, curling irons, shavers, etc!
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