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View Poll Results: Best Kids' Programs?
Royal Caribbean 12 75.00%
Carnival 3 18.75%
Other - Please Explain 1 6.25%
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Old June 12th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Default For kids: Carnival or Royal Caribbean?

Hello all,

I'm new to cruises, and my parents are taking us and our two kids on a cruise in April '07 to Mexican Riviera. We've kind of narrowed it down to either Carnival or Royal Caribbean, but which one do you think is best for kids? Daughter will be 5 and son will be 3.

The ships are Carnival Pride or Spirit and RC is the Vision of the Seas.

Any advice will be appreciated. TIA.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 08:31 PM
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Hi! I can't vote, as I've never sailed RCCL. Have taken 4 Carnival cruises though! We choose Carnival by default: they were the only one who would take a 2 year old in their camp AND changed diapers. Our first cruise DD was 25 months, and I knew where her brother went (especially if it looked as cool as the kid's camp!) she'd want to follow. Sure enough she did, and we all had a great first cruise.

We have really enjoyed Carnival. Really have no complaints, and each and every cruise has been truly wonderful. So much so that we're planning our 5th in the eastern Med. next April! I KNOW we're all going to have a great time!

Whatever you choose, I hope you and your family really love it!
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Old June 12th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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Hi -

I've priced the Mexican Riviera to take my girls (we went in Feb and are going again in October) and have found that Princess ends up being the best deal because the 3rd/4th person fare is less (but that also depends on the week you go). As an adult I prefer Princess, so the fact that it was also less expensive made the decision easy. My girls were too young to be left alone in the kids program (age 3 is the minimum), but I went with them and saw how much the kids there loved it. Since the ports are the same, and I think the kids are going to enjoy themselves no matter which you choose, you might make your decision based on either price or which you think the adults will most enjoy.

Have a great time - I think cruising is a great way for a family to travel together.

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Old June 12th, 2006, 10:06 PM
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My DD has participated in Camp Carnival on the Pride and the twice on the Spirit. She loved, loved, loved them both.

We've never sailed RCCL so can't comment on their program, but I understand both lines are comparable. We've always had good experiences on Carnival and so have stayed with them. We're on Princess later this summer because they offered the itinerary we wanted with an addition stop at Princess Cays. Looking forward to seeing how my DD enjoys the Princess kids' club.

Have a great time!

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Old June 13th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Default Been on both

and both were wonderful. My daughter truly enjoyed both programs.

ss Veracruz 04/1987
Big Red Boat 09/1995
Celebration 05/1997
Regal Empress 12/2000
Jubilee 07/2001
Fantasy 02/2003
Regal Empress 03/2003
Pride 04/2003
Inspiration 11/23/2003
Mariner of the Seas 1/18/2004
Celebration 3/21/2005
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Disney Wonder 05/25/2006
Playin' Hooky 06/30/2006
Legend of the Seas 12/16/2006
Disney Magic 03/17/2007
Disney Wonder 04/10/2008
Inspiration 06/30/2008
Playin' Hooky 01/24/2009
Inspiration 04/06/2009
Playin' Hooky 06/10/2011
Paradise 02/28/2013
Playin' Hooky 06/08/2013
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Old June 14th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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royal carribean, but at there age disney
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Old June 14th, 2006, 04:33 PM
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Pick the cruise based on the adults' preferences--itinerary, activities, cabin availability, cost--because the kids will have a blast at either Camp Carnival or Adventure Ocean!
RCI Brilliance OTS, W. Med, Jul 2016; Regal Princess, E. Carib, Apr 2016; Celebrity Reflection, E. Med, Jul 2015; Celebrity Reflection, W. Carib, Apr 2015; Celebrity Silhouette, Italy/Adriatic, Jul 2013; Celebrity Silhouette, E. Carib, Apr 2013; Century Diamond, Yangtze River, Jul 2012; Celebrity Solstice, W. Carib, Apr 2012; HAL Eurodam, Baltic, Jul 2011; RCI Liberty OTS, W. Carib, Apr 2010; HAL Noordam, W & E Med, Jun 2009; RCI Brilliance OTS, Panama Canal, Mar 2008; RCI Grandeur OTS, NE/Canada, Jul 2007; RCI Radiance OTS, W. Carib, Nov 2006; RCI Radiance OTS, Alaska, Aug 2006; Carnival Liberty, W. Carib, Nov 2005; RCI Explorer OTS, E. Carib, Sep 2001; Regal Princess, E. Carib, Nov 1993

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Old June 14th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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My boys liked RCI. AO gets very high ratings, higher than Disney.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 11:36 PM
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We've never done Camp Carnival, but my kids (3 and 7) had a blast in the Adventure Ocean program on Mariner of the Seas earlier this year.
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Old June 15th, 2006, 11:19 AM
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Also consider Disney. We took our DD at 4 on the Disney ship and she had an absolute blast! All the shows are perfect for the kids and the Characters are everywhere! This year we are going on RCCL as she is now 6 and can enjoy the skating and mini golf. Be aware that a lot of shore excursions will not allow kids under 4 (it is an insurance thing). Both my kids fell in love with the cruise experence from the first day on the ship, it is a great family vacation.
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