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Done ov twice now with my wife and 10yr daughter and 15 yr son no problem at all /caribbea.
Were just back from ocean village and my 11 year old found even the long tours oka.
I went on the same cruise and my son who is 8 hated the trips yet my daughter almost 12 liked them. I think it's a boy thing personally but he found the guided tours the worst as he hated 'hanging around' as he called it. They are very expensive mind you so try to go it alone when you can.
We are just back-2 daughters 12-15- They are expensive and you can, with a little planning, do them yourself. This cruise is a butlins-pontins holiday camp-If you have cruised before you may be dissapointed-lots of smoking areas and entertainment is poor. Your'e child will be okay if you can get them into the club early to meet new friends-otherwise- you are going to get what you pay for- regards - a seasoned cruise.
11 year old kids can do their own tours on OV2. St Raphael Water park, Barcelone FC, Naples climb Mt Vesuvius plus one other I cannot recall at present! Best to do your own thing as we did. far cheaper and you get to spend as long as you like at places - and go to there YOU want to. People of guied tours cannot get to climb the leaning tower, for example.
Believe us, all excursions are good for kids. I went with a 12 yr old and a 10 yr old. They can stay in the kids club if you want to go on your own, or if the kids don't fancy the trips. Wenever saw the kids once we got back on board as they made so many friends. The ship is fun and very safe.
Our children were 8 & 2 when we went last year to the water park at the rome stop. it was a great day! barcelona stadium was good if you enjoy football. went ashore in france and had a day on the beach, the ride across was quite exciting and there was a mcdonalds!
Excursions very nice - my husband and I opted for Milan as opposed to Genoa. Your son would probably be bored with the Tunis shopping trip.
Just back from OV2 2 week cruise. Our children 12 + 9 liked it best when we did our tours independently as they were bored with the organised ones. This is also very expensive for a family of 4 so research your trips and do them yourself. Agree with Clark family from Glasgow, the OV slogan should state the 'cruise for those who've not cruised before'.The ship is ok but the organisation is butlins at sea.