This was our 5th cruise but our first with the kids, (nine-, six- and one-year-old.) We booked the Royal Suite (for space) and it was well worth the money!! We just got back and had a fantastic time! Embarkation was a breeze. Don't forget birth certificates for the kids. We immediately asked for recommendations on a babysitter for the one-year-old. We ended up with a girl from Costa Rica, named Yaconda, who worked in food service. She was TERRIFIC!!! We paid her to come to the cabin everynight for a few hours so we could do dinner, the casino and shows. The older kids went to the kids club or hung out with us. They were safe to roam the ship. We do Disney every year....no comparison to a cruise vacation though. You unpack once, and there is something for everyone. We have already booked the bigger ship for Christmas week. Try to get an outside cabin. But, if you are without kids, any cabin will do because the fun is all over the ship, not in your stateroom.About the kids program... It was terrific. But, nobody seems to remember to tip the folds running it!! The cruise line "encourages" tipping of waiters and cabin stewards, and the spa girls let you know that their "tip is not included!" But, the very people who spend a week loving and entertaining the kids to make our cruise more enjoyable, sometimes don't even get a "Thanks!" So, we definitely tipped them and thanked them, others should be aware of this before cruising.
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