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Old 03-28-2005, 10:29 AM
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I am in charge of finding a cruise for 11 family members, 5 of which are kids and we are interested in a cruise line that has plenty for the kids to do ... is RC our best bet?

Does anyone know if Princess cruises tend to be more older adults? I was told that they are but they have a WONDERFUL itinerary out of San Juan that I would love to consider.

Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-28-2005, 02:04 PM
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I don't know if it is the "Best" but we just returned from an eight day cruise on the Jewel of the Seas and there were a lot of families with children on it. The kids all seemed to be having a wonderful time. Since our kids are now 24 and 27 years old we could have done with fewer children but RCCL really seems to have a lot of things that are family-oriented. The wait-staff at dinner even carried around one little girl so her parents could have a few minutes to eat dinner on those times when she was too tired to sit quietly.
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:45 AM
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Hi Kat! I took my two kids (3.10 and 4.5) on the Grandeur of the Seas last January and they had a ball! I was also in charge of planning a surprise cruise for my husband's birthday so I was trying to balance itineraries with ship size, golf excursion availability and also consider the kids.
The younger one was disappointed that they wouldn't let him in (age limit was 4 years but I think they have a new playgroup-Mommy-N-Me type program now for 18m-4y) but we just brought playdough with lots of kitchen tools and lots of coloring books. He still talks about the playdough and several other "little" kids came over to join us, too. The older one had a ball in the kids program!! He couldn't wait to go every day and we DRAGGED him back to the room at 10 pm every night, protesting that he wanted to go back and wasn't tired while his eyelids drooped! One night, they dressed and made up the kids to be pirates and they paraded through the dining room (late seating) and had their pictures taken. For the rest of the cruise, other adults would see my son and say, "Aren't you one of the pirates we saw the other night? Boy you were a fierce-looking pirate!" He was in seventh heaven every time.
This was my first time cruising with kids and my first time on RCCL (previously only on NCL cruises) so I am not sure if the kids helped identify us or what, but I thought the staff was very attentive to both us and the kids. Do watch out for the video games next to the kids program entrance, though. We are telling our kids they have to save the money to play them for the next cruise.
ONE WARNING: I discovered this little fact thanks to this chat group: children who are not potty trained AND/OR with swim diapers are NOT allowed in the pool. When I emailed RCCL they confirmed this, stating that there are plaques beside all of their pools stating this. When I responded with a request for them to point this out to me in their brochure (I am not on the ship yet, people!), they never responded. However, I noticed that the very next issuance of their brochures had this "little detail" in it.

Good luck!

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Old 04-01-2005, 12:56 PM
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Princess does have a children's program divided into 3 age groups (3-7 / 8-12 / 13-17), but in my opionion is not as extensive as Royal Caribbean's. However, there are two additional variables to consider regarding your best choice: When are you planning to cruise and what are the ages of the children? The answers to both these questions will help determine if Princess would be a good fit.

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