Considering a family trip

Last night was talking to DH and thought about (in my head of course) scheduling a cruise for next July with our 14 year old boys (they are 13 now). Does anyone have any suggestions on which line would be best? I am also thinking about a short weekend cruise since neither of them have cruised before.


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7 Answers

Carnival has a lot of activities for teens and is a great family oriented cruiseline. They also have 3 and 4 day cruises which might interest you to see if your boys enjoy it. The week long cruises might have more teens onboard, though.

Also, the three day in particular can be more of a party cruise--maybe not the best environment to see if your kids like to cruise. We thought our 4 day was a little rowdier than our longer ones have been, but it wasn't too bad really. That's not only for Carnival, but likely for NCL and RCCL as well.

We booked a cruise with Carnival (Sunshine) for Dec, it will be our kids first time going, they are 8 & 14yrs old. They are over the moon about it. Hubby & I went once before, 10yrs ago & it was also with Carnival (Liberty). We are doing an 8 day cruise with 4 ports of call & I think the kids will love it. Between the onboard activities & beaches to explore during the ports, they won't be bored. I suggest doing your research, find out what line you would like to go with & then search every detail possible to help you decide. I only booked 2mths ago & still have a ways to go til we sail but I already know all onboard activities, food options (I have menu's saved as most were available on Carnivals website), I have thoroughly explored all port of calls & figured out which ones we can enjoy the beach at vs which ones we should do an excursion in. I don't want to hear "I'm bored" so I made sure to cover all of my basis. Good luck!

Took my niece on Royal Caribbean and she loved it, tons of kids activities broken don to age group. Not as party as Carnival and a slightly higher demographic of passengers. If you take one of the Jumbo RCI ships lots of outdoor activities for the kids.

A 7 or 8 day cruise on either Carnival or Royal Caribbean would be ideal (IMHO). Both lines offer plenty of activities that many people in that age group enjoy, as well as a "Kid's Club" that will introduce your boys to others in their age group.

A shorter cruise may turn out to be too "party-centric" for your family; a longer one may result in boredom. There is no way to know, though, until after the first cruise.

I agree with either Royal Caribbean or Carnival. I know other cruse lines have youth programs, but these two seem to offer more. I know Carnival has age appropriate groupings and counselors. there are also many activities available on both lines that you, as a family, can enjoy, such as water slides, mini golf, rope course (on some ships), basket ball, and more. When researching the itinerary and ship just check out the activities. Good luck!

Carnival short cruises are party cruises, Royal Caribbean may be better for 14 year olds. Depending on what they are into, I would even look to a Princess cruise.


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