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Ian Warren
4th May 2013, 08:47 AM
I spent a night onboard the brand new 4,000+ passenger Norwegian Breakaway in Southampton earlier this week. She is very big and certainly aimed at families, as well as couples, with a large aqua park and climbing area on deck. Follow the link if you would like to read my review (http://www.cruiseswithgocruise.co.uk/cruise-lines/norwegian-cruise-line/norwegian-breakaway-review/) of her. She is certainly different to the Pendennis Castle, which I spent the whole of 1972 working on!

Next week it is the other end of the scale, when I am on a 1 night taster cruise aboard Hapag-Lloyd's new 500 passenger MS Europa 2.

Keith Tindell
4th May 2013, 10:31 AM
Have never done a cruise, and would not entertain one with kids on board, the reason was a good example last night here, my son took us out for a meal for our birthday. Sitting at the next table was two couples with 6-7 kids (not exactly sure how many, they didnt sit still long enough to count), the kids were running around the table yelling and shouting, no parental control at all, the two couples too busy talking in their own loud voices to notice the kids. Spoilt the meal for everyone else. Selfish. When they left there was clapping in the place by other tables. Grumpy KT

Ian Warren
4th May 2013, 11:32 AM
I know what you are saying Keith, but would say that there is so much for the kids to do on the ships in their own supervised areas, many clients tell me that they hardly ever see any. They can even eat at separate times as well.

The good thing is that there are adult only ships such as Arcadia, Oriana, Adonia, Marco Polo etc

Neville Roberts
5th May 2013, 02:55 PM
My old lady and I just got back of our 4 th cruise and you hardly see any kids ,as they have a lot of stuff just for them ,I managed too convince the wife to go back on cruises ,as they are cheaper than a hotel room at the beach ,great food and entertainment included ,as many lobster tails as you want . mmmm , we are planing our 3rd just this year and will do as many as the $$$ allow in the future :cool:

Ian Warren
5th May 2013, 05:42 PM
Glad you enjoyed your cruise Neville, they certainly take a lot of beating. Also pleased to hear you agree about the kids having plenty to do in their own space, without annoying everyone.

Kevin Mercer
5th May 2013, 06:47 PM
Neville,
You lucky so and so living so close to where all the liners sail from. We have fancied a cruise on Holland America ships which have some good offers on at the moment, and don't really cater for kids, but the 1000 to get to Florida puts them out of reach.
Kevin

Ian Warren
5th May 2013, 07:44 PM
Holland America Line have some great deals out of the UK to the Norwegian Fjords at the moment Kevin. Let me know if you want details.

cappy
5th May 2013, 07:47 PM
kevin ive seen a couple of Holland America in the tyne look like proper ships cappy

Evan Lewis
5th May 2013, 08:52 PM
Magnificent presentation.

Great coverage!

happy daze john in oz
6th May 2013, 06:44 AM
Have never done a cruise........

Keith, I have done numerous cruises and can assure you that nothing such as that is tolerated in the dinning saloons. Even in the self service restaurants such behaviour is not tolerated. I have seen crew members tell parenst to keep the kids under control. But on all ships there is a kids centre normally open from 0800 hours till very late. Parents often leave the kids there all day where they are very well catered for.

happy daze john in oz
6th May 2013, 06:47 AM
For those who have never done a cruise then i think you are missing out on a good holiday. Forget your time at sea, things have greatly changed since then. Sit back and enjoy the time at sea and in port. But if you do go then I suggest ships of no more than about 2000 passengers. The very big ones 2500 plus are very impersonal.

Kevin Mercer
7th May 2013, 10:04 PM
Ian #8, thanks for that info, we were looking at Florida sailings because the wife wants to do the Caribbean ! We have done the Med a few times so are looking further, but its a bit too cold up Scandinavia!
We might eventually have to settle for one of those cruises, it's easier to do a " no fly" from the UK.

Yes Cappy the HA ships are pretty smart looking, not like some of those floating wedding cakes. They are well run too.

Kevin

Ian Warren
8th May 2013, 04:54 AM
Glad the info was useful. If you need any help at any time Contact GoCruise with Ian (http://www.cruiseswithgocruise.co.uk/contact-us/)