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Old August 12th, 2005, 01:53 PM
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My family is planning a cruise for next Aug., 2006. We will have several age groups and varied interests. They youngest will be 2 ten year olds and the oldest will be celebrating his 60th birthday on the ship. There will be about 15 -20 people total.

Could some of you recommend the Royal Caribbean cruise liner that would best suit our needs? We would prefer a newer ship or recently refurbished. Also one that is not decorated in a Las Vegas style motif or any other glitzy motif. While some will enjoy the casino, the parents of the younger ones do not want that atmosphere.

Also, are the evening shows appobriate for children or will there be some we would not want them to see.

Also, just doing a 4 day cruise this time. I appreciate any help you can give us!
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Old August 12th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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If you're only doing a four night, I suggest a 4 night Bahamas cruise (Nassau and Coco Cay, RCI's private island) on the Sovereign of the Seas. It was my first cruise when I was 13 and I loved it. My mom also found stuff for her to do, too.
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Sovereign was also our 1st cruise and we loved it. Most shows are Ok for the kids, however, they may be having to much fun at Ocean Adventure to attend the shows. There is (usually) an adults only show later in the evenings. The ship is well decorated and if memory serves recently refurbished. The casino shouldn't be a problem and unless there is a need to cut through the casino to get somewhere kids aren't allowed anyway. Enjoy your cruise.

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What port do you live near too?? OM
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We will go out of Florida. Either Port Caneveral or Miami. Thanks for your help
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Old August 12th, 2005, 08:27 PM
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Absolutely the Sovereign...it is a wonderful fun experience....we're heading out again (#4) in Dec...and so looking forward to all the changes as they refurbished it last Dec.
The service is great, and whatever age..there is something to do....and now there are special fun areas for teens and kids too.....
four days is never enough but great for a starter....
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Those short cruises are never enough be we take one in between our one week cruise. We still get the excitement of a cruise and it beats having to wait a whole year for our long cruise. We booked a 3 day cruise for December a quick getaway but have our long cruise next July. Hey, a cruise is a cruise
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For your range in your group, I would recommend any from the Voyager class, but I don't believe they do 4 day cruises. Alternately, you may want to go for one of the ships that was recently lengthened. I think Enchantment was the last ship to have a new section added to the middle.
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