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Old 02-04-2004, 07:37 PM
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Hi! I've been looking into cruises and am wondering which line would be best for my family. We have two teenage boys and are looking for a good family cruise. Right now my main focus is on Princess and Royal Caribbean. If you have any pros and cons for these lines, experiences which you would like to relate or any other suggestions it would sure help a lot! Thanx! PS We are also looking for something in the Caribbean because that seems to be the cheapest.

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Hi! I've been looking into cruises and am wondering which line would be best for my family. We have two teenage boys and are looking for a good family cruise. Right now my main focus is on Princess and Royal Caribbean. If you have any pros and cons for these lines, experiences which you would like to relate or any other suggestions it would sure help a lot! Thanx! PS We are also looking for something in the Caribbean because that seems to be the cheapest.

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Old 02-04-2004, 08:28 PM
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We have 4 kids ranging from 14 to 20. Since we needed 2 cabins, we needed to watch the dollars but at the same time wanted the kids to have a great time both on the ship and in the ports. We found the Carnival Conquest (carnivals largest ship) out of New Orleans.Ship is 110,000 tons of fun! We booked one balcony and one inside cabin. I went on the internet and booked my own excursions and ended up not only saving money but experienced the time of our lives by fully enjoying each port. Montego Bay was our favorite because we booked with a private tour guide, determined our day of activities, and then went on line at www.cruise-addicts.com and invited people to join us (two families jumped on it right away) the whole day only cost $20 per person plus food and entry fees. Grand Cayman was captain Marvins and stingrays with beach after.
Cozumel was beach, snorkel, Carlos and Charlies and some shopping. Total cost for the cruise was about 6K for the 6 of us. Many other teens on the ship and all our kids made new friends. Our kids are begging to go again and say it was our greatest vacation. (we've had some great ones). I have compared RCL and Carnival and Carnival always comes in about 15 % less than RCL. I wouldn't pay the extra just for a climbing wall and a skating rink which is a feature on the Voyager class ships of RCL.

If interested, I can give you more info.

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I have been on both RCI (Brilliance of the Seas) and Sun Princess.
Do not have kids myself but would go for the Brilliance if possible.
There were a few kids and the ship had a specific area with pool etc for families which was nice and quiet.
Free ice creams as well!
The Sun had very few kids although did seem to have a small inside area for them.
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Depending on the ages of the boys.(13 is a lot different than 17) The older they are, the more bored they would be on a smaller ship without many amenities or other teens.

They would not be happy in a "kids area"
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thanx for the responses!

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