summer vs thanksgiving cruise with kids

Looking for a multi family group cruise out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride next year.   the summer cruises hit Grand Turk, Freeport and a private cay,    However there is one over Thanksgiving that is over 30% cheaper even though same ship and same number of days.  That one stops at Nassau, Freeport and Port Canaveral.      There would be total of seven kids from age 6 to 13 and 8 adults.

Would there still be a fair amount of kids on the Thanksgiving dates as it would appear that cruise is cheaper as parents don't want to pull kids out of school for the three days before Thanksgiving?  (three days not five as they would be off Thursday/Friday during Thanksgiving week) 

How about weather both periods of time and  I assume that the ocean would still be nice to swim in November in the Bahamas? 

I guess, bottom line is I get the impression the summer trips are more expensive not because its a nicer time to cruise with warmer weather/ better swimming/better port stops but only because kids are out of school and the market will bear the higher rates then or does everyone think the summer cruises would be better as far as ports and weather?

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Speak with a consultant first. With kids maybe Nassau is not the place. Just saying, there are many warnings. But for you Thanksgiving is a nice break especially when you live in a colder area. Research this carefully, as you have a whole group to e concerned about. There will be good advice from those on this site.Good luck.

Price is going to be a mix of a few things. Either way, I may see you come through the port! I work as an agent to assist in checking guests in for the cruises in bmore Happy

Weather in Canaveral may be hit or miss. And in general at that time of year the waters in and out of Baltimore could be a bit rough. If I think back to the past 5 Thanksgiving days the weather on the NE has not been very pleasant. Might want to hedge with summer ... at least that be my 2 cents worth and yes I know after taxes and all 2 cents buys very little ... especially 2 cents CDN it buys even less

Since they stopped making them. I still have whole bunch.

You’re right, summer trips tend to be more expensive, but it’s more because many ships go to Alaska or Europe leaving fewer cabins in the Caribbean than because kids are out of school.

We’ve found the water to be great for swimming in the Bahamas year round.

Sure, there will probably be more kids aboard in the summer, but there will still be tons of kids there over the Thanksgiving holiday. The question should be how will the kids be impacted by being pulled out of school for a few days. Some kids have trouble catching up while others learn so much more by traveling.

Think about what you’ll do when the ship docks in Port Canaveral. Will the kids expect to visit theme parks while you’re here? We absolutely love theme parks, but if you spend this port day going to them it may eat up a lot of the savings you got by picking this itinerary.

For many people, the private island stop is the highlight of their cruise.

It seems like you are looking to do something different for Thanksgiving this year than years before. It also seems like you may have the whole family with you, so you don't have to worry about the guilt of not bringing the family to grandmas house for Thanksgiving this year. LOL. There may be a lot of kids on board the ship, it depends. However, the ship will have youth programs for all ages in your group. Another person mentioned the Thanksgiving break and keeping up or staying caught up with assignments. No kid wants to be working on and assignment while on vacation. Hopefully, all the school aged kids are free and clear with that. Tropical waters can be wonderful even in the wintertime. We took a Christmas cruise one year and there weren't a large number of children on the ship. Most people forgot to say Merry Christmas to others on Christmas Day. We went to forget about Christmas, the cold, rushing, traffic, Christmas shoppers etc etc etc.


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