Ok, this discussion among others has me very concerned about my decision. I suppose I could just stop reading but that is not my nature. Not ever cruising before I chose CCL because I have two kids 12 and 14 thinking there would be more activities designed for them. All I am hearing is a ship full of young adults partying all night long. Does anyone know if certain times for cruises are more prone to this or is this just common for this cruise line?
Originally posted by blackvinyl:
All I am hearing is a ship full of young adults partying all night long. Does anyone know if certain times for cruises are more prone to this or is this just common for this cruise line?
Spring Break will be well over when you cruise. This is when most of that type thing goes on. You also have to consider where you are leaving from and the length of the cruise as well as the time of year.
I have been cruising late October the last few years and think it is Senior City. They even tried to close the casino down at 1 AM!
Just trying to say, it does depend on the when and where, and how long. They have security, and they don't allow anyone to party all night long all over the ship. The Disco and Casino are open late is all. That time of year there should be plenty of kids your kids age, and plenty to do. And no worries the only balconies on Celebration are in the few suites.
People have all sorts of reason for cruiseing, that is how it should be, it is no longer the domain of the wealthy, that is how it should be,I had my 1st cruise in the Carrib this year,on the navigator,and for the most part enjoyed it,I will be on the triumph in september, against the advice of some, I hope I have an open mind, I suppose I am lucky I can afford a suite so I can retire to the balcony, if I feel uncomfortable, the food on all the ships I have traveled on has it highs and lows that also may apply to the service, if I find this, I eat off ship, again I suppose I am lucky that I can afford to do this, I have been in the kitchens off a number of ships,and the conditions that the staff have to produce the vast quantity of meals in make me hold them in awe.The only thing I really want is that the crew and passengers respect the hygiene rules, wash your hands and use the tonges, the port of Miami have some of the strongest implemetation agents,I do not delude myself that I have ever had the perfect holiday, but I always try it first, and then make a subjective decision about my return,I am not a cruise fanatic my wife is so I of course bow to her wishes, Kalo Taxidi, ps sorry about my spelling but I have slight dyslexia
I have just cruised Carnival for the first time again in 10 years. I was positively suprised by the food but generally Carnival is just not my cup of tea... I am just not the hairy chest contest kind of person... but it was still a good cruise I always found a spot that was quite read a lot etc. I do have to say though that we were on the Conquest which is the bigger ship giving one a bit more space to spread out over.....
blackvinyl, please do not fret over this. I, myself, have 2 daughters, ages 13 and 17. You are making a wise decision.
You will sleep well on the ship. At home, I live on 5 acres, surrounded by evergreens. It's peaceful and serene. I don't have to listen to sirens, cars, dogs barking, noisy neighbors, notta. I sleep like a baby. I have never had any problems sleeping on Carnival with partygoers. The rooms and doors are soundproofed from noise particularly well.
I have never had a bad meal either. In the dining room, if you receive a meal that doesn't satisfy your tastes, simply ask your waiter to try something else. It will arrive at your table immediately.
Your 2 children will thoroughly enjoy cruising with Carnival. The activities for them are plentiful and enjoyable. You are going to get "party people" on every cruiseline. Carnival is not immune. But, in all of our years of cruising with Carnival, we have never had any problems. Everyone just does their own thing on the ship.
I went on a Carnival Cruise in January and LOVED it! The food was great and so was the service and array of activities. I however went into the trip with a very positive outlook. Finances had not allowed me take any vacation at all for many years before we set sail. So I guess part of it is a person's outlook. Hope this helps.
blackvinyl, I am with Moeve, in that I'm not the hairy contest sort of person either. But, your cruise is entirely what you, yourself, make of it. There is so much more to cruising than late night partying and boozing. Art auctions, ice sculpting, ship tours, the spa, gym, dance classes, golf lessons.
Enjoy yourself. Your 2 children will quickly adapt to their own scene with peers their ages.
The week seems to fly by too. So, make the most out of it.
The kids adapting to their own scene with peers
is what I am hoping for. I made the mistake of not booking two rooms so DW and I will need to be clever in finding time alone in the room. I just read on another cruise chat (won't mention its name) that their 2 boys my kidís age were given alcohol by some of those peers. I know that happens anywhere but Iíd hoped to feel somewhat comfortable about a safe environment for them on the ship.
It sounds like RCCL may be a better choice for you based on the concerns that you've voiced. Carnival is for cruisers that want to be up all night and love plenty of activities. Well RCCL also gives you all of this without as many kids and nicer boats.