Post # 1
The husband and I are thinking of doing a cruise for our 1st anniversary. We want as few kids as possible and a more luxurious ship. Would anyone recommend Celebrity? I had heard that Carnival is kind of “cheap” with a ton of kids as well. We are open for suggestions! Thanks in advance ladies :]
Post # 3
I have never been on a cruise and when thinking about it, always looked at Carnival for their great kids programs because it would be a family trip. Based on that, my advice would be to find a cruiseline that has little or no kids program because people with kids, like me, would be less likely to book a cruise on a ship that doesn’t have a lot of fun for their kids.
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Post # 4
@Miss Sayrah: My Future Mother-In-Law went on a Celebrity cruise with her office in January of this year and had a BLAST! It was her first cruise so she couldn’t really compare it to other cruise lines but she had nothing negative to say. Fiance and I are planning on taking a cruise for our honeymoon though we are leaning towards either Carnival or Royal Caribbean (for budget reasons).
Post # 5
Thanks guys! My husband and I love kids (we are both studying Elementary Ed.), just not on our vacation :]
Post # 6
Carnival and Royal Caribbean usually have bigger ships with more kid friendly activities (rock climbing, mini golf, ice skating, etc.) so they often have more kids on board. I’ve cruised Celebrity once with my family and don’t remember a ton of kids. We really liked the cruiseline but have done a lot with Princess so have rewards and stuff with them that keep us going back. Princess also tend to have fewer kids. It also depends A LOT on the time of year that you go. If you go in the summer or over the time that is Christmas break for a lot of schools you are more likely to have more kids than other times of year when they are in school.
Something else you might want to look into before booking is what things are extra. Alcohol is a given but some lines are now charging for soda (can pay a one time fee when you get on for unlimited the whole week, but it used to be free) and they have a lot more restaurants on board that you have to pay extra for versus just the main dining room which means the main dining room food isn’t as decadent (part of the reason I love to cruise is the good food) so keep that in mind as you look especially if food is high on your priority list.
Post # 7
I went on a Carnival cruise last March and there were only a few kids. It was mostly college students (spring break time) and it was WILD. lol. I felt bad for the parents who thought that would be a child friendly cruise. Anyways, I went on the cruise with my boss and his wife whom are very regular cruisers. Their personal favorite is Princess!
Post # 8
I’ve been on both Carnival and Celebrity – while Carnival definitely has its positives, Celebrity was so great for our honeymoon because it was REALLY upscale and we wanted to just relax, be waited on, and have a week of “us” time. We sailed the Celebrity Solstice for a week and it was amazing – the ship was gorgeous, the staff was tops, and the food was delicious. Definitely worth the extra money if you want to do their “Concierge Class” upgrade too – just a little extra that we loved.
Post # 9
I was just on a Celebrity cruise a few months ago and let me just say: at 32 I was one of the youngest people on the ship! Hardly any kids but we went in the beginning of March so we weren’t too concern with school vacations/spring breaks.
I liked the Celebrity cruise because of the dinner seating. We opted for the “eat when you please” dinner (I forget the actual name for it). Basically we signed up for a 2 person dinner but we could go at anytime we wanted. Most cruises you have to dinner seatings at 6 & 8pm or you can eat at the pay restaurants.
I have also been on plenty of Carnival cruises as well. I liked the fact that there was so much to do for fun. I liked that you could go mini-golfing and other fun things like that. Again we went in the beginning of March so there weren’t too many kids on the ship.
I am a BIG ice cream person and Celebrity the ice cream shop was only open for 11am-3pm and they scooped it for you (1 scoop pushed into a cone that ended up being crushed from the force & this happened every single time!) GRR!! On Carnival they had 24 hour soft serve! So I could always get an ice cream and find Boyfriend or Best Friend in the casino!
I thought the service was the same on each…perfect. We never had any issues with any staff, everyone was very accommodating.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for the advice guys. I have never cruised before, so it is really hard to compare all of the options!