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    Looking at maybe doing a Cruise with kids give me some ideas ....never done one before ...how are the kids catered for ...
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    I would love this information!!

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    Subbing! What age are your kids OP?

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    16/11/6/3.....

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    Mine is only 10 months, but I'll still be watching this for tips. I haven't even looked into what the age limits are, if there are any!

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    cruises are a GREAT holiday for families ... if you like those kinds of things.

    If you like doing activities together, relaxing together and having dinner etc together, but also being able to go off and do things on your own and relaxing by yourselves.

    Especially with the age ranges of your kids its ideal, as cruises cater very much for all ages.

    I have been on a few different lines ... and essentially they have
    - Under 3 (or not toilet trained) must be babysat or have adult supervision ... so wait till your youngest is 3

    Kids Club
    - 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12 each usually have their own kids club, with their own area and activities.

    - 12+ have their own area and activities but are not 'supervised' ... have the run of the boat

    - the kids clubs and activities are VERY engaging. The kids LOVE going as they are great fun and quite varied.

    - kids club is usually open from 7am - 10pm (a few breaks for meal times if at sea, in port they are open all day so you can leave kids on board if you want) ... with paid options after that if you want (I think last time it was $15 per kid till 2am or so)

    - Katie would usually forgo desert to go to kids club (it closed over dinner, then re-opened at 7pm so that gives you an indication of how fun it was)

    - there are family activities, teenage activities and adult activities all day, shows each night, lots of dining options, bars, a nightclub, a casino (18+)

    - or you can just relax by the pool

    We decided after a few that we preferred Royal Carribean as the standard was a bit higher .. though the average age of people on board is a bit older so that was a downside. Star Cruises were ok but had a lot of 'pay extra' options rather than everything being included.

    Whats included
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    Inside rooms are very small .. the family options on most boats are limited ... you just get connecting rooms etc.

    Food
    All ships have a main dining room, and a buffet which are both free for all meals. Most also have a 'cafe' type place for sandwiches and supper etc.

    Most ships these days also have a few other restaurants that you pay extra for.

    The main dining room is really lovely - and on all ships we have been on the service is 5 star !!! This is a formal dining room though, so dress is smart casual. Casual is only for the buffet

    Entertainment
    Each ship will have a show of some kind every night. The quality of these range vastly, even on the same ship. Some nights are great and some are terrible. They range from dancing and singing, comedy, magic, the last boat we went on had an ice show ... all kinds.

    Most of the bars have music of some kind as well. they have karaoke, dance competitions, trivia, all kinds of stuff.


    Honestly - its worth the money

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    I just did a cruise with P&O - was great fun. But of course, we haven't worked out how to control the weather - boo! Haha.

    If you have any intolerances or allergies, P&O are the best. They are so good at catering for that type of thing.

    The best part of the cruise for me was all the incredible food - and of course, all paid for in the ticket. We did the south pacific - so getting a taste test of the islands was great.

    We went on the Jewel - so there was all the outdoorsy stuff onboard - like flying foxes and those big elasticated jumping things etc. Each boat has a different theme.

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    We are going on a cruise in a few weeks with our 4 daughters and my mum so I can come back and tell you what it was like then
    We booked through escape travel who gave us a better deal then most.
    I know with cruise lines you need to book in early if you have kids. We tried going with P&O but they didn't have spaces for 4&5 year olds which I have one of both so we booked with the Royal Caribbean instead.

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    I'm looking at a carnival spirit cruise in October. Will probably book in the next few days. It's me and my 14yo and she wants to take a friend so I'm a bit nervous about the extra kid but think it could be fun. I'm nervous about getting sea sick - but I am a nervy traveller. We go overseas every year but I've never done a cruise. I think if it goes well it could be the perfect holiday.

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    @beancounter, DH and I wrent on Carnival Spirit last year for our honeymoon, it was fantastic, couldn't fault them on anything! Can't comment on kids side of things but they did have kids club and heaps of stuff to do...we would Love to go on another cruise!


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