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I have returned from the travel agent with lots of brochures...but I need advice. My husband and I would like to take our three daughters on a cruise. We are what I would consider strict, no wet t shirt contests, no smoking, maybe places to explore-shopping, swimming, just relaxing. The s are very weIl-behaved, so I don't want lots of screaming kids running around unattended. I have not heard great things about Carnival, tho' they seem reasonably priced. Time is also a factor, we own our own business, so we don't get away for a long time (I would prefer 7 days). I prefer to depart from the US only. I know these are lots of restrictions, my travel agent just crossed her eyes and handed me the books. Any advice will be appreciated!

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    Hi Anna,
    Too bad you had an unpleasant experience with your travel agent. The agent might have been an employee and was not qualified to answer all your questions. Therefore gave up.
    I am a travel agent and have been on 48 cruises. My wife and I have an 8 year old and carefully scrutinize all the children's programs on all the ships.
    Let's take Carnival first. You are right, the price is very reasonable. This is not the Carnival ships of 2 years ago. The line has improved 100%.
    At one time I NEVER BOOKED AN OLDER PERSON on a Carnival ship, but now I book many senior groups and have very few complaints. I guess they all relive their college years.
    Granted the ship is 24 hour fun and excitement ( sort of like Las Vegas, if you have ever vacationed there). There are no rated X pool parties. You will see a hairy leg contest ( and hairy chest). There is one pool that is very active and noisy on all ships. There are other pools that are very quiet (my wife likes to read and sun). Also the sides of the ship is lined with lounge chairs and is quiet. The activities are so varied, you can certainly steer clear of those that are labeled risque. Most adult shows are after 10PM. Afternoon shows that would be a little risky would be the Newlywed Game and some other assorted stage shows that are listed in your daily activity sheet. If there is a question, just call the purser's office.
    Now let's take the children's program. I guarantee your kids will not want to spend ANY time with you after they find their new friends. Granted, the counselors are all college students and not professors and retired school teachers (as on Princess and Celebrity) but they do know how to keep the kids regimentated. The kids are very well controlled and you will not see them running and screaming if they are in the programs. There are some parents who could care less where their kids are or what they are doing (they think kids can't get in trouble in a confined ship). There will be a small assortment of kids like this. You will find them on ALL CRUISE LINES.
    I am a louzy salesman, I state the good and bad.
    Now, you mentioned "no smoking." There is a Carnival ship called the Paradise, brand new. Smoke and you walk the plank. Otherwise, Carnival does not allow smoking in any dining room, any showroom, any lounge and on only one side of the outside deck. The air filtering system is so good, non smokers say they can not smell stale cigarette smoke in their staterooms even if the passengers in the room on the previous sailing smoked.
    As you can see, I LIKE Carnival. I was on three of their ships last year. Of course if you ask about my favorite line, it is Celebrity. A little more expensive, entertainment not as great . Not as many bands and orchestras, but a very classy experience. True floating resorts with white glove service. The food on Carnival is good, the food on Celebrity is better.
    I find Costa to be a great reasonable cruise line that is not highly touted in the U.S. since they only sail a few short winter months in this area (summer in Europe). Not crowded with families, excellent children's program, good service and food.
    Feel free to write me with all your questions, I spend many hours answering questions from my customers and as you can see by my business name, I do not wish to get rich, I am 62 yrs. old and I don't want to retire.
    Looking forward to hearing from you. Paul, Affordable Cruises, CT

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    I understand your concerns regarding Carnival, however no matter what ship you go on there are going to be a lot of people. I have a 2 year old now and the only ship I would probably book right now for her would be the Carnival paradise, no smoking, sounds good to me. Carnival has improved over the years I have been on 3 different cruise lines now, maybe give the paradise another look.

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