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para1

Deckhand
Hi Everyone!
Found your sight when tracking a friends cruise on Krooz cams. I am trying to plan a cruise for my family and finding it alittle overwhelming. I have a bunch of brochures but have not yet talked to travel agent. This is my first time but have a teenage daughter who has taken one with Carnival.
I would be thrilled to get some feedback on which cruise lines you find to be the best. We are planning to go to the Carribean. My kids are older so I need one that has things for teens.
My name is Teri and I sign on as para1. Looking forward to your help.8)
 

Liz

Deckhand
Hi, Teri, WELCOME TO THE FORUM.:joy: :green:

NOT having teens, anymore;) , can't give you much help, BUT sure that many here CAN
 

Steve

Deckhand
Welcome Teri

As you can see, all our cruises have been Carnival. From 1998 - 2004 our son traveled with us. (Ages 13-19) One of the reasons we continued to sail with Carnival was because of their excellent teen program. If your teens are sociable, there will be plenty of activities, dance clubs and fellow teens to “hang out with”

Feel free to send a PM with any specific questions.

Steve
 

NJVIC

Deckhand
Hello Teri -

- We have sailed several cruise lines but have done Royal Caribbean and Carnival the most. Both lines are excellent depending on what you're looking to get out of a cruise.

When our sons have sailed with us - we have sailed on Carnival and they have never had a problem meeting others their age and finding things to do.

Royal Caribbean has great activities and events for teens also. If your children are active - then you may want to consider one of RCCL's Voyager class ships - they have the Rock Climbing Wall, Miniature Golf, In-Line Skating Track, Ice Skating, Full Size Basketball Court & an excellent gym.

For your first cruise (with children) I would recommend one of these two lines. Talk to a cruise agent, because some of your decision will be based on when you want to travel and what ports you want to visit. If you have any additional questions - don't hesitate to ask.

Vic.
 

18fan

Deckhand
Teri,
We have sailed on Carnival twice with at least 8 of us going with kids ranging from age 10 to 17. They have always found plenty to do and were never bored. It seemed like something was going on all day.
Welcome aboard,
 

PowMacP

Deckhand
Steve, I was wandering why all of your past cruises were on Carnival. Now it makes sense.
Carnival apparently has that reputation of attracting younger passenger due to the activities onboard. Not that I am old now. :D

If I am not mistaken, Carnival is one with the lowest fares. We looked at Carnival, NCL & RCCL before deciding to go with the middle guy.
Not regretting for a moment.

Anyway, looking forward to our next cruise sometime in two years from now. Meanwhile I will continue drooling watching y’all cruises post.

Cheers

Marc
 

Steve

Deckhand
Marc,

Now that my son no longer travels with us, we were thinking about trying a different cruise line. However, as you said, Carnival is the cheapest of the major cruise lines. My wife works a high stress job in TV and needs to take frequent vacations. Carnival’s pricing allows us to do this. Also, they instituted a number of new perks for past guests who have sailed with them more than 10 times. As long as the ship is safe, clean and the crew is courteous, we can relax and have a good time.

For sailing the Caribbean, Carnival is fine. That said, we are thinking about a Mediterranean cruise for the summer of 2007. Many of our friends have urged us to try another cruise line. We probably will for that one.

Steve
 

tigersxm

Deckhand
Steve,

A few years ago Mike & I took a couple of 4-day cruises on Carnival's Fantasy out of Pt. Canaveral to get away from our high stress TV jobs! Food was good, cabin was nice, service was good, price was right! No complaints from here!!! Have fun & enjoy!
 

Lancashirelad

Deckhand
Steve, if you enjoy Carnival, why pay more and go with another line. Stick with what you enjoy and if the price means you can have more cruises then even better. :)
 

PowMacP

Deckhand
Steve,

D'ont take me wrong. I am all for it. The number of cruise that you did on the carnival says it all. ;)

Thanks

Marc
 

Steve

Deckhand
Any day at sea is better than a day at work. During the cruise, I’ll try to post a link to some pictures and video clips in the “Stalk of the Day’ forum.

Steve
 

para1

Deckhand
Thank you so much for posting your experiences and suggestions. I truely appreciate them. I will let you know what I plan when we decide what we are doing. I'm very excited to get the process going.

Teri (para1):)
 

BBT

Deckhand
Para1

Also need to take into consideration what part of the country and what port you want to leave from. Our last two cruises and one this year have been on NCL out of N.Y. We loved all of them. I think for those of us new to cruising that most folks will stick to the same line for their first couple of cruises-if you enjoyed your first. They give you deals after your first cruise and financialy they help. As I am becoming more versed and knowledgeable about cruising we are becoming more interested in all that is out there on other lines. I am sure we will try other lines soon but, why "fix something that aint broke" :)

Bob
 

Dani

Deckhand
On our Princess cruise last week, the ship was rocking with kids of all ages.

Lots of teens. I went up to their hangout and it looked great. A whole wall of LCD screens with games. A large movie screen. A bandstand and dance floor.
Soda and snack bar. Bunch of them were sprawled all over the place.

They were in the pools but very well behaved. Ceramics at Sea had lots of them involved. Table tennis, golf, tennis and basketball seemed to be going full blast.

The younger children had another great place with LCD screens with games, tv. stage, games and their own outside pool and playground.

When the children age range approx. 11-14 were in the pool, there was a counselor watching over them.

also lots of yellow shirted youth security guys around. Did not notice any late night running in the halls, yelling etc.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Did see them at the Princess Idol show but none in Casino or bars.
 
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