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Old 11-09-2005, 06:34 PM
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Only cruised once before with 2 other people shoved in a tiny stateroom. I want to plan a cruise for 9- me, my husband, our 4 teenagers, my mother in law, my father, and my sister. What is our most economical and comfortable situation?
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Old 11-09-2005, 07:19 PM
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Jeanie, it all depends on how many people are willing to sleep in the same room, and if they all have to be same sex (except for your husband and yourself).

Sometimes, suites on ships are bigger than standard rooms, but still hold a maximum of 3, 4 or 5 people, depending on the ship. There are family suites on the newer ships than have 2 bedrooms plus a pull-out sofa in the living room, which may or may not be less expensive than getting 3 doubles (you and your husband, your motherin-law and sister, your father and youngest teen) and 1 triple (your 3 other teens). Of course, I don't know the gender of your children so there could be some switching as needed.

Don't forget, paying more money for more rooms does have a positive side. You get more bathrooms (you know what it's like for 4 teens to need the bathroom at the same time to get ready for dinner!). You get more storage space per person and everyone has a bit more privacy.

Once you have chosen the itinerary and cruise line that's right for you and your family, you and your travel agent can figure out that best configuration for your family.

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Old 11-09-2005, 07:36 PM
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I'd go with several interiors and maybe one balcony stateroom. The teens will probably be up late and interiors are fantastic for sleeping. I'd get them near each other but not necessarily side by side. When we travel with family, it's so nice to have a balcony, a spot to sit out and enjoy the ocean and have private, family-only conversations. That time just can't be beat for sweet memories.
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Old 11-10-2005, 05:37 PM
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Thank you both for your input. The teenagers are 1 girl (12) and 3 boys (13, 14, 15). I guess I'll have to check with each individual cruiseline for their maximum per room. I know I saw a post on this site about rollaway bed used for a 5th person in the room, so I'll just check about that too. As far as travel agents- I've never used one. Is it more expensive to use one, or can I get just as good prices as I can online at say Expedia or Cruises.com?
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:28 PM
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I use cruise.com and have been pleased with them. There are people on these boards who say their travel agent can beat the internet, but I never found that to be true. I no longer have kids at home and I enjoy searching the internet for the perfect cruise. However, in your case, time might be a consideration and you would benefit from having a travel agent do your searching. Also, if things go wrong, travel agents have more clout than an individual.
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Welcome to cruise-chat Jeanne!

As far as who to use to book your cruise, here is the link to the article that Tom wrote...great advise for 1st time cruisers and why you want to use a Cruise Specialist.

http://www.cruisereviews.com/BeforeYouBook.htm
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