From: Rosalie B. on
Bo1953 <bo1953(a)> wrote:

>On Nov 1, 1:20 pm, Bo1953 <bo1...(a)> wrote:
>> I and a few friends are wanting to go on a cruise next year.. the
>> first week in November and need some suggestions...
>> We want something small, under 1,000 passengers and is child friendly
>> (9 & 10). Any all-inclusives possible? If not, that is fine too...
How are you getting the kids out of school the first week in November?
There will be VERY few children on the ships at that time of year no
matter what ship you are on. We were on a cruise through the Panama
Canal in November (26 days), and the first part of the cruise there
was one family with a baby and a toddler, and the second part of the
cruise there was just one boy who looked to be about 10. That was
all. Of course it was a longer cruise and a shorter one might have
had more kids.

>> There will be between 10 -14 of us traveling.

>Thanks all for your input. We have given thought to the larger ships
>and we think it will be a bit more in terms of people and crowds than
>we wish to have. Yet if these are our only options for something kid
>friendly, then I might have to suck it up ...
>I was thinking Sea Dream for one... we will not be afraid of the extra
I went on my first cruise at age 12 - it was a transatlantic. In
those days children did what the adults did. There was no such thing
as a children's program.

Recently I've been taking my grandchildren on trips at about the age
of 12 or 13. The first trip I took a bus tour and there was no one on
the trip anywhere near my grandson's age. He got along pretty well
with the adults, but I think he missed interactions with kids his own
age. And this is a bit older than your children are and probably more
self sufficient (which is why I take them at that age).

The next two trips I took with a grandchild, I took cruises. One on
Norwegian Jade and one on Holland American Rotterdam. Both of those
ships have kids clubs. The Jade is a larger ship (2500 pax -
passengers), and my grandson was old enough that he could go up and
shoot hoops or play video games on his own - i.e. I didn't have to
take him up there. On the medium sized Rotterdam (about 1300 pax),
my granddaughter had to be in with the 9-12 year olds. She turned 13
right after the cruise and she was not interested in the 9-10 year old
boys who were registered for the program so she never went to it.

Having said that, Holland American might be a good choice for you.
Some of the ships are just a little larger than 1000 pax (1200-1300)
and they do have kids clubs. Not as extensive or as many 'toys' as
the bigger ships, but they do have some things and your children might
be fine with it.. (Although probably not the first week in November
unless you are bringing enough children of your own that they could
play with each other)

>We most likely will be flying as we are in NJ.. I was thinking
>something out of PR or VI... will have to do more research, thought to
>start here first to find out who else might have similar requirements
>and be in the know.
>I will take you up on advice of getting a TA, that is a great ideas
>for this type of vacation.
I try to avoid flying if I can, although the weather is unlikely to be
so bad that time of year that you couldn't travel. However November
is still the hurricane season in the Atlantic and even that late in
the season you might run into a storm.

The seven day cruises I see the first week in November that you might
like are

Silversea's Silver Spirit from Barbados (Caribbean)- a small ship
which does say it has a kids program.

Carnival Pride from Baltimore and Norwegian Jewel from NYC - both
cruises to the Bahamas which may not be as warm as the actual
Caribbean. Both of these are medium to larger ships

Queen Mary2 transatlantic out of Manhattan

Pride of America in Hawaii

Carnival Conquest out of Galveston

Sea Dream out of St. Thomas (but this is a REALLY small ship with NO
children's program)

A bunch of cruises out of Florida or Puerto Rico for the Caribbean,
several cruises in the Med, some river cruises in Europe (definitely
not kid friendly), and some cruises from California to Mexico.
From: John Sisker on
"Sue Mullen" <kjmullen(a)> wrote in message
> Disney is very good for kids, not bad for adults, but it is expensive and
> there are no casinos on Disney ships. They do have "adult only" areas on
> the ship and on their private island.
> sue

Excellent suggestion Sue, I was thinking the same thing. As you may recall,
Deborah and I have been on the Disney Magic before for a 7-day Eastern
Caribbean cruise, and we don't even have kids. And yes, it is a bit more
expensive than some of the other cruise lines, but at least to us, was well
worth it considering it's Disney and what you get. In addition, there is
plenty for the adults to do as well, for as you said, there are adult only
areas on both the ship and their private island of Castaway Cay.

In this particular situation, I don't think price would be the major
objection, but the fact that it is Disney, and obviously one would think it
would be overrun by kids. Actually, far from it. We have seen far more kids
on other ships and cruise lines than we did with Disney Cruise Line. This is
not to imply that the kids are not there, far from it, it is just that with
Disney they are so well organized, and into age appropriate groups, that
they are not board and running all around as they are on the other

In fact, I have put a detailed online photo album together of this ship,
cruise, ports and private island, that if anyone is interested, they can
simply e-mail me at jsisker(a), and I'll be glad to
forward them the appropriate link. In addition, for those on this newsgroup,
selectively telling others what to do in the way of information and/or
travel agents, here's a suggestions. Don't use any of us, but go to Disney
Cruise Line directly for the inside scoop, and without any so-called excess
baggage. This way, the original poster will know exactly what they will get,
and without any commission involved.

As a general background, Disney ships sail from Port Canaveral, Florida.
They sail either to the Eastern or Western Caribbean for 7-days, but also
have 3- and/or 4- day cruises to the Bahamas, which includes a 4- and/or
3-day Walt Disney World package as well. Just check out Disney's own website
for more information.

Disney Cruise Line: 888-325-2500 or

Smooth sailing...
John Sisker

From: Carol Eskra on
I took my family on the Disney Wonder and was not impressed at all. Only
thing I did like was the extra half bath. No lobster or caesar salad was
served and the ship could not compare to the Grand Princess or
Explorer. Thought the food overall was lacking!

From: Carol Eskra on
Forgot to mention the nursery caregivers do Not Change diapers, and if
your child or baby starts to cry you will be summoned back to the ship.

From: Sue Mullen on

Carol Eskra wrote:
> I took my family on the Disney Wonder and was not impressed at all. Only
> thing I did like was the extra half bath. No lobster or caesar salad was
> served and the ship could not compare to the Grand Princess or
> Explorer. Thought the food overall was lacking!

When you were on the Wonder was it a 7 day or shorter cruise? We have
been on both the Grand Princess and the Disney Magic and enjoyed both

I don't remember if we had lobster or ceasar salad on the Magic, but we
did have an excellent seafood buffet in Parrot Cay one afternoon.

The decor on the Magic is Art Deco, very interesting and very different
then other cruise lines.

If anyone is interested we wrote a review of our Disney Magic sailing,
just two adults alone celebrating our 60th birthdays. If you would like
to see a copy email me and I will gladly post it or email it to you.