Multigenerational Christmas Cruise...So Many options, Help!

My dad wants to go on a cruise this Christmas.  It'll be my brother (30s), me, my husband, and our two kids (2 and 4), and my dad.  Which cruise line/ship would be the best fit? We plan to go out of Galveston.  The best ships cruising out of Galveston at that time are the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, Carnival Breeze, or Disney Wonder.  RC website is down, so I can't see final pricing.  Disney is about 2x more expensive even with lower class rooms than Carnival. Any experience cruising with diverse ages/interests?   


Thanks for the help!   

11 Answers

When I did the family thing with from 7 years old to 85 year old we did Royal Caribbean. It was good for everyone. The kids loved the kids club, only time they complained was that dinner took to much time in the MDR. The adults went to the shows and the bars, we all used the pool.

Disney is great for the kids, but it is much more expensive and honestly I think I'd go off the deep end for a week with all the Disney music and kids.

Carnival can be a blast and kids seam to like the kids club, but it is "The fun ship" and lots pf people on it just to party. Now I like carnival and have dome 5 cruises with them, but it is the floating Walmart and does get a lower class of clients.

Each offer their own experience at their own price point. The question is what would you and your family enjoy?

Carnival offers simple fun - pools, waterslides, sports for the kids, drinking, adult games at a cheaper price point.

RCI (I've not sailed with them yet) offer more extreme style sports (rock-climbing wall), and seem geared more for teens than young kids, as well as adventurous adults, at a slightly higher cost than Carnival.

Disney is, well, Disney. Good for kids of all ages, as well as adults. It carries a Disneyesque price tag on it, though. (I've not sailed Disney either).

The above is only my opinion, and probably unqualified at that; but only you know what would interest your family and you. We can only give you our opinion and experiences.

Note that all provide good service and good food, with Disney probably topping out the other two in this department.

Thank you for the feedback! The food is a big consideration, but I see such mixed reviews for all 3 lines.

With reviews, you must remember that people are quicker to write a bad review than a good one, and people will trash a line if one little thing goes wrong. Be sure to read the reviews and try to read objectively.

Generally, I will ignore all 1 star and 5 star reviews.

My recommendation would be to have a group meeting, set the expectations of each person, and a set of general rules, ie; Family diner times and such. Then have a few of you go to see a really good travel agent. We had 6 of us go to Bermuda a couple of years ago, and planning made it all that much better.

Great idea! What cruise line did you go with? Do you have opinions about RCL vs Carnival?

I have not travelled on either line, I'm partial to NCL and Princess. But if I had to chose I would look at RCL, as Carnival can get a bit rowdy. I hope you have fun.

Thank you. My mom took us on a few Princess cruises when we were teens. Bummer that they don't go out of Galveston.

Try our Cruise Genius. It might offer some guidance for you:

On second thought........ your kids are very young.

One thing I would suggest is looking into the child camps. Not all lines may take a 2 year old. What are the hours for kids camps? Is your 4 year old the type of kid to go with strangers all day with out mom and dad around ? Would you be comfortable turning your kids over to strangers for day care? If the kids will be staying with you all the time, then meals may be at the buffet. Nights may be movies in the cabin maybe room service dinner. I think I may have heard that Disney has in cabin sitters for after hours at additional cost (something to look into)

I see the largest issue being the kids, keep the kids happy then the adults can be able to enjoy themselves. Unhappy kids, unhappy adults.


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