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My father is turning 80 this year, and my parents, my sister, and I all live in different parts of the country.  We are thinking about taking a cruise together to mark this milestone, looking at Europe in August 2020. (I know we are late on planning this.)  The parties involved would be:
 

  • My mom and dad, ages 80 and 78. Both of them are fairly active for their ages and don't have any mobility restrictions.  They have been very anti-cruise their entire life, but last year decided to take a tour of Scandinavia on a Viking Ocean Cruise and loved it.  They have two more Viking Ocean cruises booked (Western and Eastern Mediterranean).
  • My sister and her family (she and her husband are 50, her kids will be 19 and 16). They have never cruised before.
  • Me and my family (we are mid-40s, my kids will be ages 15 and 13). We have cruised four times on Disney, once to Europe.

 

I'm not sure what cruise line would be best for us.  My parents loved Viking. They liked the luxury and the appointments on the ship. They are very interested in lectures/learning/excursions, so Viking was a great fit for them.

 

My family has enjoyed DCL in the past, but my kids are old enough that the characters/Disney is not a huge draw and they don't love the teen/tween activities. 

 

We are looking for a line that has interesting activities and appeals to this age group. We are kind of a nerdy bunch so good lectures are a plus, but obviously we will have teens with us.  We are not looking for a "party" boat.  I would consider Royal if it were just my sister and me, but I don't think it would quite be my parents' demographic.

Honestly, my family has been anti-cruise for so long that I never thought we would be looking to do this as a vacation together, but it makes sense for a lot of reasons.  Hoping we can find a good fit for this mix. Would appreciate thoughts or suggestions from anyone on cruise lines we should be looking into.

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Well  Viking would be out if you are taking your children

Maybe look at Celebrity or Princess

Crystal is  supposed to have good lecturers if you can find  a deal  that may work for you

I am sure you will get lots of  suggestions

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August is difficult because that's when children in Europe have their school holidays... I know of cruise lines leaving from the UK which have to put a stop to bookings with children because they've filled their limit (safety, children's clubs, extra beds in cabins) So some of the large ships will be pretty well booked up soon.

I suggest Cunard- children are welcome and catered for, but not every UK parent will think of that line first for family cruising; it is a more formal line, but the dining arrangements might suit the older members. 

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I still think Royal C. may be your best bet.   Of course, there needs to be some compromise from everyone to make an enjoyable family cruise.  

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2 minutes ago, ldubs said:

I still think Royal C. may be your best bet.   Of course, there needs to be some compromise from everyone to make an enjoyable family cruise.  

Royal C might be best for the young, but likely to leave the elders with a strengthened “anti-cruise” feeling.  I would suggest Celebrity or, better yet, Cunard - which has worthwhile enrichment for the mature and still plenty for the young ( — plus a good learning experience for them on how to live like a grown up).

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Agree that while a certain amount of compromising is required, since this trip is in honour of your parents, then their desires should bear the most weight. For that reason I'd lean away from lines like NCL, RCCL, or Disney, and toward Celebrity, Princess or Cunard. European cruises tend to be very port intensive, with few sea days, so having all the bells and whistles to keep the kids entertained isn't as important.

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Just now, navybankerteacher said:

Royal C might be best for the young, but likely to leave the elders with a strengthened “anti-cruise” feeling.  I would suggest Celebrity or, better yet, Cunard - which has worthwhile enrichment for the mature and still plenty for the young ( — plus a good learning experience for them on how to live like a grown up).

 

I have some doubts about Celebrity for the group.  I've never been on Cunard but it sounds like it can appeal to young folk from your description.   Hopefully a mature elder person can make some compromises in return for having an enjoyable family cruise.  

 

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I agree on rccl the larger ships have something for everyone, Broadway plays and ice shows and aqua shows should appeal to most everyone. Celebrity has very little for entertainment in general, but fine for relaxing. 

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1 hour ago, LHT28 said:

Well  Viking would be out if you are taking your children

Maybe look at Celebrity or Princess

Crystal is  supposed to have good lecturers if you can find  a deal  that may work for you

I am sure you will get lots of  suggestions

 

As there would be multi generations on board I would agree with Celebrity or Princess as good choices.  And both would have activities that would also appeal to the children.  As you indicate, there are likely to be many of good suggestions as there are a number of cruise lines that would work, but again, I think on balance your suggestions of Celebrity and Princess are good.

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1 hour ago, George C said:

I agree on rccl the larger ships have something for everyone, Broadway plays and ice shows and aqua shows should appeal to most everyone. Celebrity has very little for entertainment in general, but fine for relaxing. 

You should go back and read OP’s original post.  The elders were “anti-cruise” until they tried Viking.  Why would you suggest the typical, huge, shopping mall/amusement park type ship —-  when you have been given  a pretty good idea of a deal-breaker for an important part of the group - just to please the easiest-pleased group?

 

RCCL does not have something for everyone -  what they do offer is wham-bang, glitzy , wow factor for the easily distracted and most easily pleased  less sophisticated element - which is likely to be anathema to the thoughtful and mature. 

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56 minutes ago, navybankerteacher said:

You should go back and read OP’s original post.  The elders were “anti-cruise” until they tried Viking.  Why would you suggest the typical, huge, shopping mall/amusement park type ship —-  when you have been given  a pretty good idea of a deal-breaker for an important part of the group - just to please the easiest-pleased group?

 

RCCL does not have something for everyone -  what they do offer is wham-bang, glitzy , wow factor for the easily distracted and most easily pleased  less sophisticated element - which is likely to be anathema to the thoughtful and mature. 

I saw nothing sophisticated on celebrity , other than the suite restaurant and lounge . I think the four of this group 20 and under would much prefer Rccl. Only reason we do celebrity is music charters that have real entertainment and then only in suites. I do admit there are some elements of amusement park on oasis and such but there are many other things that they get like jazz club which we loved. 

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14 minutes ago, George C said:

I saw nothing sophisticated on celebrity , other than the suite restaurant and lounge . I think the four of this group 20 and under would much prefer Rccl. Only reason we do celebrity is music charters that have real entertainment and then only in suites. I do admit there are some elements of amusement park on oasis and such but there are many other things that they get like jazz club which we loved. 

Perhaps the interests of four who are 20 and under should defer to the  the six who are mid 40’s to 80’s. Admittedly Celebrity is not particularly sophisticated (RCCL certainly is not), which is why I said “better yet Cunard” — which does,in fact, have something for everyone.

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First of all, Europe itineraries are port intensive, so having all those activities for the younger members of the group might be a waste.  And I have found those port intensive itineraries to not have the enrichment lectures we so much enjoy.  Also, August would be very hot in the Med, which might not be well tolerated by the older members if they do not already live in the South.  Since they already have two Med cruises booked, I suggest Northern Europe/Baltic itinerary.  EM

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1 minute ago, Essiesmom said:

First of all, Europe itineraries are port intensive, so having all those activities for the younger members of the group might be a waste.  And I have found those port intensive itineraries to not have the enrichment lectures we so much enjoy.  Also, August would be very hot in the Med, which might not be well tolerated by the older members if they do not already live in the South.  Since they already have two Med cruises booked, I suggest Northern Europe/Baltic itinerary.  EM

Totally agree when cruising Europe line doesn’t matter as much as ports , have not yet done Cunard.  

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I usually recommend RCI for multi generations. But because the older folks like fine cruising, I agree with those who said Celebrity is a good blend. 

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50 minutes ago, navybankerteacher said:

Perhaps the interests of four who are 20 and under should defer to the  the six who are mid 40’s to 80’s. Admittedly Celebrity is not particularly sophisticated (RCCL certainly is not), which is why I said “better yet Cunard” — which does,in fact, have something for everyone.

Curious have you ever cruised oasis class ship ? I am 70 and enjoyed it last year , helped that I was in a owners suite. I have heard many good things About Viking but 6 of 8 wouldn’t mind rccl . 

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1 hour ago, navybankerteacher said:

Perhaps the interests of four who are 20 and under should defer to the  the six who are mid 40’s to 80’s. Admittedly Celebrity is not particularly sophisticated (RCCL certainly is not), which is why I said “better yet Cunard” — which does,in fact, have something for everyone.

 

13 minutes ago, George C said:

Curious have you ever cruised oasis class ship ? I am 70 and enjoyed it last year , helped that I was in a owners suite. I have heard many good things About Viking but 6 of 8 wouldn’t mind rccl . 

 

There are also smaller RCI ships that would perhaps have the needed balance.  You know as I read the OPs original note, the elders have only been on Viking Ocean.  Who knows, maybe they will enjoy a different cruise ship too. 

 

And it isn't four under 20 who would be deferring. Read the original OP and it is actually more likely 8 of 10 deferring.  But really that is neither here nor there if a balance can be had.    

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14 minutes ago, George C said:

Curious have you ever cruised oasis class ship ? I am 70 and enjoyed it last year , helped that I was in a owners suite. I have heard many good things About Viking but 6 of 8 wouldn’t mind rccl . 

From initial post, it seems that 2 of the 8 would likely hate RCCL - the fact that 6 “wouldn’t mind RCCL” hardly counters that.  The strong preference of just the 2 for Viking is probably not sufficient to outbalance the lack of attraction for the youngest - that is why something like Cunard would probably work.

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16 minutes ago, navybankerteacher said:

From initial post, it seems that 2 of the 8 would likely hate RCCL - the fact that 6 “wouldn’t mind RCCL” hardly counters that.  The strong preference of just the 2 for Viking is probably not sufficient to outbalance the lack of attraction for the youngest - that is why something like Cunard would probably work.

You never answered my question of have you ever sailed oasis class, cannot understand knocking something you have never tried . 

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With one Carnival cruise, one on HA, 13 on Princess, and 2 on RCL Oasis, I would heavily favour Princess. I cannot offer an opinion on Celebrity or Cunard which might be better fits for your parents. One thing to keep in mind is that European cruises are more about the ports and most of the time together on the ship would probably be in the evenings at dinner, necessitating a ship with a good dining experience.
 

For anyone looking for a multi generational cruise in the Caribbean, I always recommend Royal Caribbean‘s new, larger ships as there is something for everyone. In Europe, where the best entertainment is off the ship, and taking into consideration what you have said about your parents, I would give Princess a look, preferably one of their newer ships.

 

Given the age of your parents, I would make this a cruise that defers more to their interests. There will be many opportunities for everyone else to go on cruises, but having this opportunity, with all three generations together...the stars might not align again to bring everyone together.

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1 hour ago, George C said:

You never answered my question of have you ever sailed oasis class, cannot understand knocking something you have never tried . 

I have sailed several RCCL ships - and found that the larger they were the less I liked them.  I saw no point in going further with their larger ships — one of the aspects I found most unattractive about RCCL. I think I know enough about the line to make recommendations.

 

Do you think you would have enjoyed the Oasis class if you had not been in an owners suite?    

 

I can no more understand your endorsing something of which you had only a small, very select,  and hardly typical, taste than you seem willing to understand my reluctance to recommend something so very different from what OP’s parents clearly liked - and which was probably the sort of vessel which made them feel “anti-cruising”.

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2 hours ago, George C said:

Curious have you ever cruised oasis class ship ? I am 70 and enjoyed it last year , helped that I was in a owners suite. I have heard many good things About Viking but 6 of 8 wouldn’t mind rccl . 

 

I love all kinds of cruise ships from Oasis down to smaller and much less flashy ships.  I've sailed Oasis Class 4 times and was blown away every single time.  It is a totally unique experience that is comparable to no other ships, including other large ship classes within RCI.  I would recommend Oasis Class in a heartbeat to any large family or groups of friends.    

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11 hours ago, CaliKT said:

My father is turning 80 this year, and my parents, my sister, and I all live in different parts of the country.  We are thinking about taking a cruise together to mark this milestone, looking at Europe in August 2020. (I know we are late on planning this.)  The parties involved would be:
 

  • My mom and dad, ages 80 and 78. Both of them are fairly active for their ages and don't have any mobility restrictions.  They have been very anti-cruise their entire life, but last year decided to take a tour of Scandinavia on a Viking Ocean Cruise and loved it.  They have two more Viking Ocean cruises booked (Western and Eastern Mediterranean).
  • My sister and her family (she and her husband are 50, her kids will be 19 and 16). They have never cruised before.
  • Me and my family (we are mid-40s, my kids will be ages 15 and 13). We have cruised four times on Disney, once to Europe.

 

I'm not sure what cruise line would be best for us.  My parents loved Viking. They liked the luxury and the appointments on the ship. They are very interested in lectures/learning/excursions, so Viking was a great fit for them.

 

My family has enjoyed DCL in the past, but my kids are old enough that the characters/Disney is not a huge draw and they don't love the teen/tween activities. 

 

We are looking for a line that has interesting activities and appeals to this age group. We are kind of a nerdy bunch so good lectures are a plus, but obviously we will have teens with us.  We are not looking for a "party" boat.  I would consider Royal if it were just my sister and me, but I don't think it would quite be my parents' demographic.

Honestly, my family has been anti-cruise for so long that I never thought we would be looking to do this as a vacation together, but it makes sense for a lot of reasons.  Hoping we can find a good fit for this mix. Would appreciate thoughts or suggestions from anyone on cruise lines we should be looking into.

 

How much money can you spend, or do you want to spend? I think that's a very important question.

 

How important are the lectures for your parents?

 

If the lectures are very important I really can't help but if not, NCL's Haven or MSC's Yacht Club (on one of the newer ships)? You will get a bigger ship for the young and a more relaxed cruise for the old.

 

Your parents are old so even without any mobility restrictions they may enjoy to have bar, restaurant and sundeck close to the cabin.

 

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9 hours ago, navybankerteacher said:

I have sailed several RCCL ships - and found that the larger they were the less I liked them.  I saw no point in going further with their larger ships — one of the aspects I found most unattractive about RCCL. I think I know enough about the line to make recommendations.

 

Do you think you would have enjoyed the Oasis class if you had not been in an owners suite?    

 

I can no more understand your endorsing something of which you had only a small, very select,  and hardly typical, taste than you seem willing to understand my reluctance to recommend something so very different from what OP’s parents clearly liked - and which was probably the sort of vessel which made them feel “anti-cruising”.

I sure I would have enjoyed oasis even without a suite , not saying it was perfect but different from other ships. So many different types of music, Central Park had classical music every night , pretty sure they could afford suite if Viking was a option. We did Europe on the much smaller brilliance .

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