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Old September 2nd, 2007, 09:43 PM
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Default Trying to plan a cruise for graduation. Need some opinions.

Hi, I'm a senior in high school, as is everyone in the group I plan to take on a cruise. But I've ran into a few problems with the planning. First off, almost everyone will be 18 before we graduate. I have maybe one or two friends who will hit 18 after that (latest being august 31st). Therefore, should I am for a ship that will have more people in the 18-20 range or teenagers (15-17)? Its, hard for me to figure this out properly because we're in that cut-off range between 17 and 18. Would it make more sense to plan a cruse for the 15-17 range, before half of my friends hit 18, or aim for 18 after they've hit 18? And if so, would stuff work out as far as activities based on age? I don't want to have half of my friends not be allowed on half of the ship, and the other half barred from the remaining half of the ship, due to age.
With those dynamics in mind, which cruise lines/ships would make the most sense?

I'm also a bit worried about age turnouts. Last cruise I went on was the enchantment of the seas last weekend, and there were only about 20 people my age on the cruise, on a ship with 2k people. I really want to avoid something like that, and get something like several hundred people in our age group on the same cruise. Though to be fair, school had started in most places during that time.

I read a bit of the forum, and noticed that many members here have a lot of experience with cruise ships, so I was hoping you guys/gals could help me out with this decision. And we're all from south florida, so optimally, the cruise ship would leave port from there.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 10:10 PM
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From what I see, some of your friends will be 18 if you plan for a cruise before everyone turns 18. This presents a problem because the people who are 18 will be left out of various things that the people who aren't wll be doing and vice-versa. Your best bet, from my view, is to wait for everyone to be 18, then go. You'll all be able to hang out as a group, and you won't be leaving anyone out. As for the ship, Enchantment OTS is a small boat to begin with; therefore, it doesn't surprise me in the least that you had trouble finding people aboard. If you want a good ship, aim for something over 70,000 tons (70,000 tons tends to be short on entertainment, so you may want to find something bigger).
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I see, thanks for the response. But more information has surfaced into my plans, and it looks like i'll be stuck with the month of july. Meaning some people will certainly be under 18. That said, will we have any luck trying to bend the rules a bit to get into places as a group? Its no more than 1 age difference throughout.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 10:35 PM
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It really depends on where you are trying to get in. Some cruises are more lenient than others, and some are really strict. Like I said, depends where you want to get into.
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I suggest you speak with a travel agent who might be able to pull some strings with the cruiseship.
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A graduation cruise is a great idea.

Are you planning on cruising with parents/other adults? because since you all are 18 you wont be able to book a cabin on a line other than Princess or Disney (and everyone would have to be over 18). So if youre not travelling with parents...you should look into the age restrictions of each cruise line.

http://vacationstogo.com/cruise_age_requirements.cfm

If youre cruising with parents...i would suggest going on a Carnival cruise. Theyre the most funa nd have the most party-orientated atmosphere.

But if not, go with Princess. They have a program designed specifically for 18-20 year olds.
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Yeah, I'll probably talk to a travel agency before making any plans, thanks Greg.

Hey Kristina, the way my plans are currently set up. I'll definitely have to have a parent around. Now, I have another crossroad. On one hand, I can ask my mom, and she'll gladly do it, but what will happen is, she'll be bored on her own most of the cruise (it'll happen, i'm sure). On the other hand, I could ask my brother or sister, both of which are capable of taking on the parental role, but at the same time are still young enough to hang out with me and my friends, and not be bored. Course, I'd have to check with them if they're even available to do it, but I think that's probably my best shot.

I've heard bad things from Carnival cruise, that they're generally not that good, and at the time I'm thinking of about going with Royal Carribbean, perferably one of their more teen-oriented ship. I've also considered Princess, but I haven't done enough research to see if its what I'm looking for.

In any case, Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it
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To the contrary to what you just said, Carnival has got to be one of the best cruiselines for parties and fun. When they say funships, they mean it. I just got off a CCL ship, and all though there wasn't all too many amenities, people would be out until 3-4 am just hanging out, or doing whatever. RCL, on the other hand, isn't so great with nightlife...everything just shuts down at aorund 1. Just a thought for you to consider. (I have been on 7 CCLs and 3 RCLs)
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Carnivale (2/11/93)
Ecstasy (9/5/94)
Fantasy (2/20/00)
Fascination (8/26/00) (2/18/02)
Conquest (2/20/05)
Inspiration (8/18/07)
Liberty (3/15/08.)
Dream (3/3/12)
Sensation (8/19/12)
NCL:
Sea (2/22/03)
PCL:
Golden (2/14/04)
Caribbean (8/20/05)
Crown (3/5/11)
RCI:
Voyager (8/25/02)
Navigator (8/28/04)
Adventure (8/27/06)
Freedom (3/7/10)
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Carnival Pride (12/16/12)
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