WE WANT TO TAKE OUR 13 YEAR OLD BOY/GIRL TWINS ON THEIR FIRST CRUISE. THINKING OF MEXICAN REVIERA dec 31st.
Hubby and I have done E Carib on Celebrity which was magnificent.
Now our choices are Carnival Pride or Norwegian Star. Both have mixed reviews. nCL is a better price deal, but we have read horro stories re embarkation, changing itinery, food etc.
Is carnival suitable for coupl in mid-forties and teenagers????
I don't know about Carnival Price, but we just got back from Carnival's Triumph this spring. It was our first cruise on a Carnival ship. I would say Carnival would be a good ship to take your twins on. (We have twin boys, but are now grown. I wish we could have taken them on a cruise years ago, but we could not afford it then.) On deck 11 they have all kinds of activiites for the children, and they parents can do their own thing, if they wish.
We went on the NCL Star, and to say the least, we will (many others stated the same thing) never go on that ship (unless it is given free) line ago. The only good thing we found was the bed was very nice. Very little to do on the ship.
Carnival is a great fit for both you and the children. Check out Camp Carnival if they are a young 13 and if a real teenager then there is another club for them I forgot the name, but anyone on board could direct you. We find it fun to go after the points for your team color. Your kids might get into it also. Every night at dinner they announce the point scores. I'm convinced that teenages get more points than the parents.
I haven't been on the Pride, but it appears to be very similar to the Triumph/Victory with the addition of the specialty restaurants which I have heard are very good! It will be a great ship for you and your family and there will always be something going on for the kids too, even if its just hanging out at the 24 hr pizza joint! GO for it!
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We cruised the Pride in March and had a wonderful time. I am really surprised that NCL is more expensive than Carnival. Have you checked the 12 Days of Christmas sale going on?
You might just find a deal that works for you.
Our oldest son was 17 ( a high school Senior) at the time and he meet a great group of teens that hung together. (sometimes at Club O2 activities and sometimes on their own).
We found the Long Beach port to be an easy embarkation but then we had VIP Check In and Debarkation...so that was probably part of the reason.
Both my boys have always loved Carnival's children's programs. They have been cruising with Carnival since 1998 and this month is number 15 for the youngest (the oldest missed a couple over the years)
Which ever you choose, I hope you have a wonderful cruise!
I am also really surprised that NCL is a better deal. As far as mid-forties on Carnival, my last cruise we were the young people as in our mid-forties. Carnival has an excellent Kids Program as I am sure you have been told.
Have never done a New Year's cruise, or sailed on NCL, so I don't know what kind of crowd it draws. See that is the ticket about what is different. It depends on the cruise, when and where almost as much as the cruise line.
But to the original question, is Carnival suitable for mid-forties and teenagers?
Between NCL and Carnival, Carnival would be the cruise line of choice in my humble opinion. They cater to this demographic. And usually for way less. Are you sure you are comparing the same cruises?
I haven't been on either ship you're considering, but have been on a Carnival ship for a New Year's sailing with kids that age. My kids had a great time - Camp Carnival offers some structure for kids that age without being to "babyish". Lots of families onboard that particular cruise - makes sense with schools still being on break.