I'm trying to get together information to book a cruise this upcoming August out of NY. Going on the cruise are: hubby/me, our 2 kids (girl 17 boy 16), my brother/wife, their son (18), my sister. Here are the givens: It must be out of NY. We must go south (as compared to NE/Canada). My sister-in-law REFUSES to cruise NCL. We'd like to go for a week - 8/9 days. I don't think we have a lot of choices. Basically either Carnival Miracle, or Crown Princess. I'm pretty sure we want to book 3 balcony rooms and one inside room. Anyone have any mind-boggling insights as to what can help us make our decision? Is either ship markedly better (or worse) for teens? I know these are really general questions, but if anyone can give me any information, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
Hello. Welcome to cruise chat. Royal Carribean "Explorer of the Seas" goes round trip out of Liberty Harbour. According to them it is 7 miles from NYC. They have 9 night cruises that go to Bermuda and the carribean. That would be a great ship for the teens. It has an ice skating ring, rock climbing wall, miniature golf, a teens only disco, a Johnny Rockets. Bigger than any Carnival or Princess ship. I have been on her, she is beautiful. Good luck. Lil' Lori
It appears that Carnival Miracle, Crown Princess, and Explorer of the Seas are your best choices.
There's also Celebrity Journey from Cape Liberty, NJ to Bermuda, but I don't know if this would appeal to the teens.
From here, I'd suggest that your family look over the different itineraries, paying attention to the time spent in each port. But, as sailing from NY translates into lots of sea days when going south, the choice of ship is also important. I agree with Lori that Explorer of the Seas is likely the best for the teens, and the ship also offers a great deal for adults. Then again, we were very pleased with Carnival when we sailed on one of their other ships last summer. Princess will be a bit more elegant than either of the other lines, and will also offer your family Anytime Dining, if that appeals to you.
Good luck with your decision... and please feel free to ask further questions.