We've had a 10 year hiatus from cruising. Life has been busy with small children. Last time we cruised was with Disney Magic and it was dreamy. We loved almost everything about it. Now, the kids went and grew up so Disney (and it's price tag) are not what we want. 

Our family of 5 has 3 children - age 9, 14, 17 at time of trip. We want this to be a fun experience for them. I think one of the bigger mega-ships will get my kids excited and they are most interested in the ports and trying some fun water excursions. I'm currently looking at The Norwegian Epic or the Norwegian Escape or possibly one of the RCI bigger ships like Harmony, Oasis, or other new big ships)... if I could find it at a comparable price to the Epic/Escape. 


I would appreciate any thoughts or insight, keeping the following in mind:

1) My 2 older kids are foodies... like their parents they appreciate good food. They are not the kind of kids that will grab pizza or a burger off the buffet each night. They like ethnic foods and just GOOD and creative prepped food. I wouldn't say they are fussy. I know they will find things they love - but FOOD is a big part of what they will enjoy about our trip.

2) The pools on cruise ships don't appeal to me. I know they need to be small and even on the Disney cruise I only hopped in a few times to cool down because they didn't seem that clean and debris/napkins/etc would fly into the pool each time the wind blew. I'm thinking we want something fun for the kids that is interactive like waterslides, etc and that will make hanging by the pool better. I'm also interested in an adults-only type pool that may be a little less mayhem and where I can just sit and sip a drink and read a book.

3) Surprisingly we did not mind interior rooms on the Disney. It was a considerable savings - especially when we are looking at getting 2 adjoining rooms since only 4 fit per room (3 in one room, 2 in the other room for us).


Appreciate any insight. We are looking at late Feb - anytime in March as our dates 2018. I'm assuming we need to book soon to ensure we get rooms adjoining or close to each other.