Best cruise for kids, not Disney

Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:12 PM
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Best cruise for kids, not Disney

What is the best cruise to take kids ages 5 and 11? We have done 3 day Disney and absolutely loved it. We have never cruised other than that and want to go on a 5 to 7 night cruise over Spring Break=March 27th-April 4th. We need it to be a good deal, but I need to have a great kids program. I read that some kids programs cost $$. Will I get a better deal if I wait until it is closer or will they book up and we won't find anything?
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Jan 24th, 2004, 12:56 AM
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Spring break is high time. But to answer your questions- no kids programs are included on all the major lines, but tipping the staff at the end is in order, in my opinion. If looking for sitter service- some have group options, investigate what the line policies are?? Disney is a "unique" cruise, not typical of other lines. I would perhaps suggest RCI, NCL for you to look at, and Carnival- the longer the cruise the less "party hardy" usually. I would look and book now, since you are limited to a specific week. consider the bargain finder site at
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Jan 24th, 2004, 01:30 AM
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my son who is 8 now has been on 2 carnival cruises and absolutely loved the kids program. even the late night pajama party(babysitting 5 bucks per hour per child after 10:00 p.m.) also you usually find alot of children on most of their ships especially during a school vacation which is when we always go.One more thing... have priced disney many times and have always found them to be much costlier than other cruise lines. Not to mention the no casino thing lol

(babysitting 5 bucks per hr. per kid)
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Jan 24th, 2004, 10:09 AM
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thanks, Disney is much much more expensive. We have looked at RCI, NCL, and Carnival and just can't make a decision.
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Jan 26th, 2004, 12:08 PM
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I think Carnival has pretty good kids' programs.
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Jan 26th, 2004, 01:39 PM
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If you plan a cruise over any school vacation, there will be plenty of kids on most lines. We have sailed three times on Royal Carribean and my sons enjoyed each cruise. Two years ago we sailed on Celebrity's Galaxy and my 14 year old said it was the best cruise ever. It is always what you make it. All of them have kids programs and strive to attract families.
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Jan 27th, 2004, 06:39 AM
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HAve sailed Disney, RCCL and Celebrity and my kids loved them all, Disney and RCCL had fantastic kids programs. Celebrity's was pretty good too, but we adults preferred Celebrity.

Whatever you do, don't sail NCL. We booked the NCL Sky a few months ago and JUST found out that the kids program only runs during the day on Sea days. We only have one sea day. The rest of the port days they only offer group babysitting for $5.00 an hour. I was completely misled 3 times by NCL customer service, they told me the programs were offered every day, AND they were free.

Now I find out that's not true. The reason we cruise is for the kids program. I now have 3 cabins on hold with Carnival and am in the process of deciding whether I want to cancel NCL and rebook with Carnival.
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Jan 30th, 2004, 04:49 PM
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Good info. about NCL. I was reading about the charge durint port days. That is why I need info. on the best children's program. I need a vacation with kids, but need some free time.
Any more ideas? We are looking a RCI Mariner of the Seas-2700.00, Carnival Glory-2700.00, Carnival Conquest-2600.00 or Carnival Elation 1800.00
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Feb 2nd, 2004, 09:57 AM
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I would think that Carnical and RCCL's kid programs are highly regarded. During spring break there will be tons of kids on either of those cruise lines. I think that RCCL has a leg up with their rock wall, ice rink, in-line skating, and large arcade and johnny rockets.
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Feb 2nd, 2004, 05:35 PM
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We went on the Princess Cruises to Alaska 4 years ago. OUr kids are grown, thank God, but checked out kid and teen programs for friends. FANTASTIC!
One lady with a 3 year old said he cried WHEN SHE PICKED HIM UP AFTER DINNER because he was having so much fun he didn't want to go with Mommy and Dad!!!!
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