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Happy Time In The Italian Mediterranean. by Mcpeake, Belfast

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  • Liz, Harrogate - Commented on this review

    Pleased you had such a good time, I've done two cruises on her now and although I felt my first cruise was fantastic, it was better this time because the food was hotter. I think it's an ideal ship for a family party as there is something for everyone.....Liz.

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  • Littler, Falkirk - Commented on this review

    Good review, McPeake. WE are on her next April and yours is another of a long line of consistantly positive reviews. How old are your kids? Did they enjoy the kids club? Did you have a go of the climbing wall or skating?

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    • McPeake, Belfast - Commented on a comment by Littler (16 Aug 10 09:59)

      My boys are 12 and 8 and the youngest has autism. Even though they weren't in the same age categories, they were allowed to be together. The clubs seemed very good but our children were happy to stick with their cousins and do their own thing most of the time. We felt very relaxed as to the childrens' safety on the boat. They had great fun ordering room service themselves when they just wanted to stay in the cool of the room and watch TV. You can order films on the TV but they are $12. However, these films can be saved and watched over and over again. My eldest boy has a fear of heights but did do the skating (need long trousers and socks for that). He really loved the flowrider after his lesson and the personal confidence and pride he gained from that was priceless. Your children will have a ball. They will have freedom and you can have 'me time' too without anxiety or pressure. We didn't allow our children to run amok though and did take turns going to the arcade or pool to sneak a peak to ensure they were behaving. Some parents don't do this and we did see some brattish behaviour but not enough to spoil the atmosphere but I was glad they weren't my children!

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  • Morris, Bryn - Commented on this review

    I am going on the Independence 1st Sept 2010. Children are 4 & 7 years old. How strict are they with regards to their dress code in the evening?

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    • McPeake, Belfast - Commented on a comment by Morris (16 Aug 10 09:47)

      Not strict at all but most people did dress up. You can just go to the Windjammer for dinner instead of your dining room if you want to avoid formal nights. I just bought cheap black school trousers and white shirts from the supermarket and got 2 dickie bows from Bhs which were about £3 each. So the boys looked smart but we didn't have to fuss!

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  • Brian, Swinton - Commented on this review

    Great Review, we are taking our parents on her next sept,there young at heart 70s and if half as good as the Navigator we will have a great time, I dont suppose you can recall on the 14 day trip which days was the formal nights and Ice shows?

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    • McPeake, Belfast - Commented on a comment by Brian (16 Aug 10 09:43)

      The first formal night was the second night I think and then 2 days after that. The third one was towards the end. I think they were all on 'at sea' days though so you have time to get ready. The ice shows were dotted similarly during the cruise but get organised for those as they were very popular and at times that don't clash with the main shows so check the times carefully because we got caught out making assumptions about times. You do get a daily 'newspaper' left in your room with full details on the next days activities so you can plan ahead.

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