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    We've been on a few pre-kids and loved it. We are doing one at the end of September for our honeymoon with our 1 year old DS. We don't stop anymore, it just goes out for a couple of days and comes back. We thought that would be best with such a small kid, no issues getting him on and off the boat every day. He's too little for kids club but that's ok, we'll keep him with us and look for kid friendly activities. Hopefully he'll be ok and not too unsettled.

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    With carnival kids only need to be 2 and they don't have to be toilet trained. I think they also took younger kids for a fee ($8/hr?). They also took them for dinner at 530 or something. But were closed for an hour or so before. They gave out mobile phones to anyone with 2-4 year olds so they could call is if the kids got upset. This was great esp cause we could use the phone to call my sister to see where she was and to meet up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    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
    Room
    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
    We are just about to make a booking on Saturday. ....quick question we are looking at doing the Island Cruise to Vanuatu/New Caledonia when leaving the boat and going to the Islands what extra costs are involved and around about how much?

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    it depends a lot on the exact situation of each port/stop

    if you are doing a 'tour' - so a shore excursion arranged by the ship where they take you on buses on a tour - those are quite expensive.

    if the ship is 'tendered' (so at anchor in the bay, and htey get your to shore via smaller ferries), and you go onto the island an amuse yourself (if its in a village or a beach resort) then usually that is free or fairly cheap.

    If the ship is tendered or docked somewhere away from the village, the ship will usually have shuttle buses to the village/town/centre and you go your own way when you get there - and that is usually at a cost of $10-$20 per person (depending on how far away they have to take you)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    it depends a lot on the exact situation of each port/stop

    if you are doing a 'tour' - so a shore excursion arranged by the ship where they take you on buses on a tour - those are quite expensive.

    if the ship is 'tendered' (so at anchor in the bay, and htey get your to shore via smaller ferries), and you go onto the island an amuse yourself (if its in a village or a beach resort) then usually that is free or fairly cheap.

    If the ship is tendered or docked somewhere away from the village, the ship will usually have shuttle buses to the village/town/centre and you go your own way when you get there - and that is usually at a cost of $10-$20 per person (depending on how far away they have to take you)
    Hey I'm talking about just spending the day on the island what activities do they have and how much ? ( sorry should have explained better)

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    We are booked on a Disney cruise next year which looks great for kids and adults but the drawback is it's overseas.

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    day on the island is usually free -

    if they pull up at anchor (most of these ships are too big for the docks they have at small islands, so they anchor in the bay and use local smaller boats/ferries to transfer people to shore) then it can take a while to get off the boat - you need to get tender tickets and wait your turn ... but on the ships I have been on, tender tickets have always been free.

    The activities - it depends entirely on the island, but usually they will have a resort there where you can swim, snorkel, kayak etc. (you may have to pay to use the resport facilities or to hire equipment).

    Take towels off the boat and lay on the beach etc ...

    it sounds great.



    If you are unsure, there is a forum called 'cruise critic' - and they list all ships, and all ports with a lot of information about what is available, what peoples experiences are, private tours (rather than a ships tour, arranging a private guide) and the like.



    I have changed my holiday plans recently - and am now going on a cruise in a month's time which should be great.

    Out of Venice - to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

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    @loodle - that sounds great. Disney have a pretty good reputation.

    where is the cruise to?

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    I was thinking about a cruise (mine are 5yr and 3yr), but I think I prefer to relax on a sandy beach and watch the kids play in the shallows of the beach...

    Thoughts?

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    My mum has done a few cruises with royal carrebean and loved them. They are on a cruise in Oct/Nov this year and my cousins are bringing all their kids along


 

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