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Best Ship out of Port Canaveral for 7+ cay cruise?

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I'm turning 65 and have a 19 year old son who will probably go with me. . .


Years ago cruised Carnival Legend (15 years ago) and really enjoyed the ship (it was new). In 2014 went on a 4 day cruise on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. . . it was nice, but the ship was a little too small and not enough to really do. . .


Have been heavily leaning towards Oasis of the Seas (RC), but the more I watch videos the less it appeals to me. . . seems focused on kids, is way too big, not enough "sea" views (with the center park concept). . . and probably way too crowded.


I'd like something maybe a bit bigger and nicer than the two ships I've been on, with fun events like games, karaoke, lessons maybe, nice (quiet) pool areas like the adult ones on Enchantment. . . good food. . . with fun people who like to mingle (I'll mostly be alone since my 19 year old will find friends of his own)...


Am I wrong about Oasis? I want my son to have fun, too -- but he is "too old" for the teen clubs...


Thoughts? Should I consider going down to Fort Lauderdale for a ship (I live in Orlando)?


Any advice appreciated! Thanks much!

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You don't say when you want to cruise, so we can't say for sure who will be sailing from there on 7 day cruises, Consider going to http://www.cruisetimetables.com and choose Port Canaveral from the departure ports list. then select the time you want to cruise. It will show you who is sailing then, and their itineraries. Carnival Breeze might be a good option, and if you want one more day, Carnival Sunshine. Neither have an adult pool area. they do have a Serenity area for over 21, but no pool. EM

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Most likely the Caribbean -- since that is where most of the ships from Port Canaveral sail. . .


Since I'm just about retired I could go any time -- but I have a son in college so am stuck with the more expensive times -- most likely Christmas?


I guess I'm asking about the cruise lines as much as the cruise ships -- I always thought RC would be my main cruise line, but now that I'm a bit older the idea of all those rock climbing walls, wave runners, slides, etc. is totally unappealing. I want to do fun things, but not wind up throwing my back out!



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19 yo old is a hard age to cruise as they have aged out of the kids programs and there is no place for them specifically to gather. Our boys are 14 and 20 and the last couple of years, the older has used his Christmas cruise (we go as soon as college let’s out) to recover from exams with a lot of sleep. Likewise, spring break is post mid-terms. So, in addition to resting, He spends more time with his brother and us as a result.


We have cruises on the Sunshine and the Magic (sister of the Breeze) and the boys actually prefer Sunshine as do we for all the additional food options and the great sports square. It also has a fantastic serenity deck.


I would encourage you to look for a cruise with lots of ports of call and few sea days because you will be busy ashore and there won’t be much down time on the ship. That way, if the 19 yo isn’t running into friends to hang out with, he won’t be bored.


For example, we had a great trip of the Fascination, though it is an old ship with no bells and whistles, because we had 5 ports of call, plus San Juan and only one sea day. It wasn’t as relaxing for us but we were ashore all day, showered, ate, watched a show or two and had some beverages and the crashed. As a result we didn’t miss all the bells and whistles but got to experience a lot of islands.


All in all, consider how outgoing the 19 yo is, how important making friends will be, how much time is going to be spent together and the select something that appeals. If the teen likes surf rider and walk wall and would make friends easily, Oasis might be the ship. If those things are not of interest then maybe a cruise that hits some exciting ports of call and spend a lot of family time both on and off the ship.



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I think you'd still be able to enjoy the Oasis. The ship truly has something for everyone. I hate crowds. The only time I really felt the ship was too crowded was right when a show or event would end and everyone would sort of pour out into the hallways. Lingering for a bit cured that problem.

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I would vote for the Oasis of the Seas as it has about everything you may want for young and the 'young at heart'.

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