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shaneg 03-04-2010 09:32 PM

I have a 10yr. old son who has been on 4 cruises already- i was thinking of doing a Med. cruise with him on a Oceania ship- a 12 day- seemed like a good way to do Europe with him- any thoughts?

Cruise Fanatic 03-05-2010 05:21 AM

What cruise line has he already been on? Are you concerned about the activities for him on the ship or about the activities in the ports? What itinerary are you doing? Oceania is a deluxe cruise line and isn't children oriented.

shaneg 03-05-2010 11:21 AM

He's been on Princess (3) Carnival (1- never again). Venice to Rome/ venice 2d, dubrovnik 2d, kotor 1, corfu 1, sicily 1, capri 1, almafi 1, florence 1, monte carlo 1, cinque terre 1, portofino 1, rome- I just want to make sure he won't be too out-of-place (he's well behaved.) And that the staff will be welcoming at least.

penny3333 03-08-2010 11:06 AM

I am positive the crew will be welcoming and will go out of their way to make his cruise memorable. Please let us know how it goes, what a fantastic way to get to see different cultures and countries. That is one of the best methods of education one can receive. Kudos to you!

LHT28 03-14-2010 11:02 PM

Depending on the time of year there may be a few children onboard
Be sure to bring something for him to do when on board they do not have any childrens program.


Polestar 03-29-2010 08:11 AM

I've been on Oceana with 2 kids (9+7) and they loved it so much we're going back. They spend all day in the children's clubs and had to be dragged away at night. The main restaurant will do chicken nuggets etc even on formal nights (not on menu, you just ask). They found the trips interesting although could get bored on coach. No cinema but film was put on screen in theatre some afternoons. We spent a lot of time dropping off and collecting for activities eg table tennis, water polo. Staff excellent.

LHT28 04-01-2010 07:32 PM


Originally posted by Polestar:
I've been on Oceana with 2 kids (9+7) and they loved it so much we're going back.
I think you have confused the cruise lines
Oceana is a ship from P & O
Oceania is the cruise line with 3 small ships (so far)They have no children's programs nor formal nights

LisaM 05-20-2010 08:56 PM

Just wondering if you've booked the mediterranean trip or have already been on it. I'm thinking of a doing a disney med cruise with my 3 kids (5 years old and 2 and a half year old twins) in August. People I mention this to think we're crazy, but I think it'll be a great way to see a bit of Europe and they'll love the Disney ship I'm sure.
How do most young kids do on the cruises? Is sea sickness a problem?

penny3333 05-21-2010 06:14 AM

Hi LisaM, welcome to Cruise-Chat! You know your children the best. If they get car sick, there is a chance they would get sea sick. There are natural remedies, green apples and ginger are two I know of. However, with as much fun as they will be having, I doubt sea sickness will be on their minds.

Like I said before, you know your children. I doubt that once they're on board, there will be much of a problem. How about flying? How about excursions? Can they handle rides in buses? Can they handle crowds? Personally, I think travel is the best education a child can receive. Disney is a fantastic line and offers a wonderful experience, not only for the children. I've been on cruises with children of all ages. Some of them love it, some of them throw tantrums.

Best wishes!

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