Aldrich - Answered a Question by King (09 Nov 08 16:38)

It really depends how 'limited' you are talking about ! Also it is not recommended to go to the Caribbean in the summer because of the hurricanes, so perhaps start in the Med. RCI is generally accepted to be the leading family cruise line but I'm afraid that you will find all their cruises 3/4 berth rooms out of Southampton for next summer already sold out. Perhaps you could fly to Barcelona and take a 1-week cruise from there - look on their website for Voyager of the Seas and that will give you ideas of pricing etc. I hope this helps.

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Brown - replied to Aldrich (10 Nov 08 19:19)

We have a 4 berth stateroom booked for IOTS from Southampton to med next July and there are some family staterooms left. We have been looking for a possible upgrade and have found that RCI are releasing them in batches. There were about a dozen 3/4 berths on Saturday (inside and outside) but they are all gone now! There was also a junior suite available a couple of weeks ago. I would suggest you log on to the RCI site and search for the cruise you want every day if possible ..and be ready to book the minute you see it!! Our travel agent also suggested waiting until the balances are due (11/12 weeks before departure) as there may be cancellations...but that's maybe too chancey for you Would definitely recommend RCI for children and we have found it very reasonable, unless you are heavy drinkers/gamblers! We went on Voyager a couple of year's ago and spent very little onboard, except for gifts as almost everything is included. Good luck.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by King (09 Nov 08 16:55)

Many of us have done cruise & stay & it's something I do most years & also most agree that stay then cruise is the better way around. Personally I choose a place I would like to stay for a week & then choose a cruise that appeals & also fits into the budget. It's also worth thinking outside the box that you wouldn't necessary board the ship from the same town as your weeks stay. Look at cruises starting from Barcelona, Palma, Venice, Civitaveccia (Rome) as a building block, talk to a 'good' cruise agent not a jack of no trades travel shop down the town & look at Royal Caribbean Ships which have probably the best kids facilities going. Good Luck......Wilba.

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Brown - Answered a Question by King (10 Nov 08 22:04)

There are family cabins on the Independence of the Seas - 4th July Southampton to the Med on sale NOW (10th November) - just been made available on the RCI site - a family outside statroom on deck 8 some others.

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Gracie - Answered a Question by King (13 Nov 08 09:41)

Have a look at P&O's Ventura. Great for kids. Also there seems to be a lot of special offers available with kids free.

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Owen - Answered a Question by King (14 Nov 08 21:22)

We have taken our two girls on P&O Oceana for the last two years. When you take the discounts afforded by P&O and any offers from cruise clubs, the children can travel for 10% or even free, giving a family a week visiting several countries for around £1500 including food and most importantly childcare! Our girls are at the door of kids club at 9am every day, except when in port, and we are under instructions from them not to collect them before midnight every night, that how much they enjoy the kids club!!! The kids club staff are wonderful and we spend quality time with each other every day both in port or at meal times. Every girls LOVES to dress up in fancy clothes and that's every night not just formal one's!! They are looked after by the waiters and all staff and treated extra special in the restaurants. We have already booked for next summer and having done it we wouldn't do anything else now.

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ritchie - Answered a Question by King (16 Nov 08 15:26)

Hi David My husband and I done a cruise and stay in 2007 on the island escape for a week, stayed in the resort of Santa Ponsa, don't get me wrong the resort was lovely but we felt it was a let down after being on the ship for the way you are looked after and pampered. The reason why we did a cruise and stay was because it was our first cruise and we didn't know how we would be on a ship for a week we loved it so much that we went on the Thomson Destiny for 2 weeks this year. I hope this will help make up your mind.

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