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Booie98 June 27th, 2006 12:42 PM

spring break cruise: bad idea?
 
Hi, wondering what the general thought is on family cruising during spring break. We have two teens but are not real rowdy...don't want to find myself in the midst of wet tee shirt contests, etc....thoughts? Lynn

Dave the Wave June 27th, 2006 01:09 PM

Go for it! Don't do Carnival though. Go RCI there won't be any wet t-shirt contests except maybe at the bars in some of the ports.

sal7202 June 27th, 2006 01:46 PM

If you plan on cruising anytime during March or April it's always "Spring Break" someplace, there's no getting around it. So long as it's not "Easter Week" the ship shouldn't be overrun with unruly kids. We always cruise sometime during this period and have found that by booking longer cruises, ie: 10 to 14 dyas, you can avoid alot to the kids because they usually only get a week off.

StephenAGoreJr June 27th, 2006 01:57 PM

this is a fun time on the cruise. don't worry people from 18-30 don't get too rowdy. There are all age types on these things. You also have to think most college kids can't do RCCL because it costs too much. I am trying to go on the freedom with some friends. wish us luck

Darcy June 28th, 2006 09:22 AM

We've cruised during our kids spring break with our children on both Carnival and Royal Carribean and haven't had any issues with either line. You'll find quite a few other families with children during these weeks. Keep in mind that on Carnival you have to be 21 to drink at all and on RCL 18-21 can drink beer & wine with parental approval.

LisaK June 28th, 2006 09:40 AM

Spring break season is the time when most families can cruise. You will find lots of teens for your kids to hang out with. RCCL is a very family friendly cruise line.

Donna June 28th, 2006 10:43 AM

We used to go during spring break all the time, when cruising with the kids, never had a problem. The weather is perfect and a great time to cruise, although you'll find the prices a bit higher, but all in all, always had good cruises then, I'd go for it with either Carnival or Royal Caribbean.

wiscguy2 June 28th, 2006 06:43 PM

You shouldn't have any problem... I was on spring break cruise this past March and ship was about 1/3 kids, 1/3 college kids and 1/3 regular guests. The college kids added to the fun and excitement and were never out of control as I thought they might be. There were some of the younger kids who would run around the ship... usually unsupervised, but if you have cruised before this is not uncommon on any sailing throughout the year.

Denise1 June 28th, 2006 07:51 PM

We have cruised many years on spring break. One thing to keep in mind is that the breaks are different all over the country so it's not like every family w/ kids will be on break that one week LOL . Ours has been the end of March the past couple of years. Our son is now 15 and not rowdy but loves to meet new people. RCL is the best!

Denise

Booie98 June 28th, 2006 08:11 PM

thanks Denise, and everyone for the reassurance....it's been several years since I've cruised so I feel like a newbie. Lynn

hcat June 29th, 2006 08:51 PM

Sorry but we had an contrary experience on an Easter break trip (maybe that is diferent) It left from Miami (Brilliance whihc is such a great ship! ) & there were many many unsupervised children getting into all sorts of trouble day & night--never again--partly parental fault but the cruise line did very little to get it back in contraol...Yo may have great kids but others may not control theirs so watch yours closely! Come to think of it--Easter week from that port was worse than our prior Spring break trips!

StephenAGoreJr June 29th, 2006 09:45 PM

yeah but the little kids are more out after easter, us COLLEGE kids are out in early march. We are fun. come join the fun!! :-P

selctsys July 5th, 2006 09:57 PM

We have gone on several spring break trips and never had too much of a problem unless you are turned off by kids sitting in the halls playing cards and talking. Our experience, however, is only on RCI and Disney so I can't comment on other lines.

hcat July 6th, 2006 01:35 PM

if they only played cards who would care? --on our Easter trip last yr on Brilliance out of Miami some of the many unsupervised children switched all the room service orders so no one could use the cards anymore...they poured chocolate over the railing onto the art auction.... monopolized the elevators & hot tubs & stair wells & ripped jewels off the elephant sculptures in the adult only pool area...& were brought to the nightclubs during late hrs to cry & whine & also could not sit through the long service in Chops & Portofino--somehow they were let in...That was some of what I recall,,,,I blame the parents for non-supervision& the cruise line for not enforcing the rules. I would prefer college spring breakers any day! There are many days to cruise for some of us so why pick a week that might be irritating...!

StephenAGoreJr July 6th, 2006 09:48 PM

you will have fun on a cruise whether you go then or you go any other week. Cruises are FUN!

Bunch July 7th, 2006 03:06 PM

We were on Mariner (RCCI) during one of the busiest spring break weeks (mid-March). There were over a thousand children on board (under 18) and they were no problem at all. We barely noticed them.

Go with a 7-night or longer cruise. Most college kids can't afford them. It often seems to be easier to handle the 7-year olds than the staggeringly drunk 19-year olds.

selctsys July 8th, 2006 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by hcat
if they only played cards who would care? --on our Easter trip last yr on Brilliance out of Miami some of the many unsupervised children switched all the room service orders so no one could use the cards anymore...they poured chocolate over the railing onto the art auction.... monopolized the elevators & hot tubs & stair wells & ripped jewels off the elephant sculptures in the adult only pool area...& were brought to the nightclubs during late hrs to cry & whine & also could not sit through the long service in Chops & Portofino--somehow they were let in...That was some of what I recall,,,,I blame the parents for non-supervision& the cruise line for not enforcing the rules. I would prefer college spring breakers any day! There are many days to cruise for some of us so why pick a week that might be irritating...!

Amazing! We were on the Vision of the Seas and saw nothing like that. That certainly doesn't sound like any fun. I can't imagine the parents that raised their kids to be such blatent vandals.

CruiseDreamer July 12th, 2006 06:50 PM

I've been on two cruises that took place during spring break. The only time I ever noticed rowdyness was either at kareokey (I know that is spelled wrong) or at "The Quest: the Adult gameshow". At the time of those cruises I was 16 and 17 so I went to most of the adult activities and I thought that it was a lot more low key than I thought it would be for a spring break cruise.


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