Give them a land-based holiday they are more likely to enjoy.
Yes, that was most helpful - NOT! Hope I don't encounter any people like you otherwise my cruise will be ruined. They have done land based holidays (inc. Florida) before but to broader their horizons, taking them cruising will add to their experience of different holidays. Different places each day or two are much less boring than being stuck in a hotel for a week or two, and with useful tips and suggestions from others, it will add to our experiences.
I cannot believe the answer by MacDonald! Your children WILL most certainly enjoy the crusing experience. I have cruised since I was 5 years old and my children who are now 12 and 18 love cruising and have we have cruised with them since they were 6 months old. Children are well catered for on cruise holidays and I am sure there will be plenty to keep them occupied whilst on board ship. Personally I would split the sight seeing into half days. I wouldnt go on the organised coach trips as you have to go with the flow and cannot deviate. Make your own tour arrangements with a good taxi/guide and you can modify the trips to suit. Do the sightseeing/shopping in the morning and then beach or ship/poolside in the afternoon for the kids. Either take first sitting and eat evening meal all together or get an early teas for the girls and let them go off to the childrens club or night nursery whilst you enjoy your meal together on a late sitting. I am sure your girls will love it. We sometimes never saw our boys almost from one end of the day to the next as we couldnt prise them out of the kids clubs!
I think what "Macdonald" is saying " I don't like children so keep them away from MY ships". I'm with you, children love cruising and with good parenting everyone will see that they do. Hmmmp .....Neil.
I too have cruised since I was a nipper & have enjoyed every cruise to date. I go along with Bradbury regarding tours. Do your research, formulate a tour plan & take a private tour /cab. If the kids get restless you can always move on, divert or return early. Trudging around following the lollipop may not be too exciting for 4 to 5 year old's after the first hour! Regards Wilba.