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Wilba - Answered a Question by bagley (06 Jan 09 07:31)

Your parents would probably favour the five star ambience of Celebrity over the OTT, in your face decor of Carnival. Celebrity are a 5 star line Carnival are 4 star. I have been cruising since the age of 10, long before ice rinks & rock walls etc. were available. I enjoyed it then & still enjoy it now, but if the kids are your main priority, then Royal Caribbean must have the best facilities on the water on their Voyager & Freedom Class ships. Hope this hasn't confused you even more......Wilba.

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McGregor - Answered a Question by bagley (05 Jan 09 21:32)

Hi, we sailed celebrity Summit in August 2008 and the itinerary was amazing. Barcelona to Venice via Florence Rome, Naples, Athens etc. Good option would be to do limo tours, as some Americans at our table did. Cheaper than the Celebrity organised excursions when there's 6 of you and they could be tailored to meet the needs of yourselves, your parents and the children. You can find out more on american cruise critic websites. There were 450 children on board out of 1800 passengers on our trip which surprised us, and they always seemed to be very well entertained and looked happy. Lots of British kids. It is not, however, like Royal Caribbean which is more geared to the family market but think it would suit everybody. Hope that helps.

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Yates - Answered a Question by bagley (06 Jan 09 18:38)

We sailed Summit Aug/Sept this year. Celebrity is first class for service etc. but I would agree with Wilma, I would recommend Royal Caribbean for the best children’s facilities. The med itinerary is fantastic for older children interested in history etc but does require that you either book an excursion or travel independently as the ports are some way off the main areas of interest. This can be expensive. My 15 year old loved this cruise but she wouldn’t have 2-3 years ago. Tip- Before you book contact the cruise line and check how many children are booked and in what age category. This info would help me determine which cruise to select when my children were younger. 13 can be a difficult age to mix if there are only a few teenagers on board.

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