As you say, a number of parents seem prepared to take the consequences of taking their children out of school in term time, to go on holiday. Royal Caribbean do attract a lot of children and would certainly not be my choice for "low child factor"!! (Though in fairness I have to say RCC would not be my choice in any event!!) Like you,I like to avoid children to a large extent on a cruise and would suggest you go for one of the less obviously child friendly lines. Cynthia.
Quite frankly I think you are daft booking a holiday on a cruise ship (aimed at families) during the summer months! It may be term time in England and Wales but Scottish children begin their holidays much earlier. Also lots of English children will also be on the ship during this time as it is close to the summer holidays, but cheaper for parents, and after the main exam period of GCSE's and SATs. Also children ARE allowed time off during term time. They can have up to 10 days term time holiday during an academic year.
I am booked on this cruise and am taking my 11 Year niece her school has said she can go as her SATs will be over infact they made a joke saying only if they can come too so I am hoping for plenty of children on for her .
RCI are aimed at families, have you though of Cunard, Celebrity or Fred Olsen ect. all of which are NOT so aimed at families.
This is supposed to be a ship which attracts families isnt it? im taking my 3 children on september 12th which is after the summer holidays.y es they are allowed 10 days out of term at the schools discretion. even if i didnt have permission i would still prefer the edfucation departmentsts fine as it is £2,500 more expensive to go from mid july to the first week in september. perhaps you should choose a ship which is adult only!!just in case there are any parents who think likewise to me in which case there could be kids on this ship all year round.
So long as cruise lines advertise free kids' places etc. in term time and add hundreds of £ for a cruise in school hols, people will keep their children off school. If you want to avoid children choose either an adult only ship or an intinerary that doesn't appeal to families.