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On 8/18/2019 at 3:56 PM, Joebucks said:

Never ever cruise outside of the school year if you don't like kids.

 

But there are also premium lines to further limit it

 no such thing as 'outside the school year ' any longer.  between  homeschooling and  these new fangled year round schools and different areas/countries having different  school break schedules , the potential for kids is always there.

 

the best way to minimize exposure is to sail lines that do not have a well regarded kids club program( or any), to sail  longer itineraries(8+ nights)  and choose ships without all the on board bells and whistles.  

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We like HAL, first due to their more unusual itineraries, (and ports) second because they are smaller ships (Aside from their 2 new builds) third because there are rarely any kids aboard, and lastly (but certainly not least) because they are AFFORDABLE.  (Basic oceanview is typically $150.00/day or less)   As we are not yet retired (and not wealthy) that last item is important) 

 

Having said that, our next cruise is on one of the smaller NCL ships (AMAZING Itinerary in the mid east/Med) and two of the three before that were not HAL (Star Clippers and CMV)   

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8 hours ago, spookwife said:

 no such thing as 'outside the school year ' any longer.  between  homeschooling and  these new fangled year round schools and different areas/countries having different  school break schedules , the potential for kids is always there.

 

the best way to minimize exposure is to sail lines that do not have a well regarded kids club program( or any), to sail  longer itineraries(8+ nights)  and choose ships without all the on board bells and whistles.  

You're so right. I've noticed the trend toward year-round over the past 20 years. My own kids, now in their 30s, had year-round schooling in the 90's. Their main vacation was in October, giving us an opportunity to vacation during the off-season.  

 

I now fully expect a good number of kids on our Carnival cruises, regardless of time of year. Longer cruises (10+ days) have fewer kids.

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Just a thought for the OP - have you considered a european river cruise? There have never been children on any of the river cruises that we have enjoyed in europe. Very small passenger load (our last Danube cruise had only 138 guests) and most tours are included in the price of the cruise. Gate 1 offers some fantastic deals.

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So far we have only sailed on Celebrity and Royal. I would suggest Celebrity. Cruising during off seasons will also help with the yard apes. 😀

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I look for ships below 1500 passengers, the costs are usually at least a bit higher but the rooms are larger and the population density is lower.  Of course there is a trade off.  Smaller ships usually have fewer entertainment/amusement venues.  

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I'm really enjoying all of the replies - and I am so thankful for the advice. After looking at all of the options, I think Celebrity will be our next step up. Once we are no longer paying our son's college tuition we will probably start looking at Azamara, Oceana, and maybe river cruises. We're excited about the next chapter of our cruising life! 

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Try Viking Ocean we used them for Cuba and would use them again. 

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21 hours ago, SRQbeachgirl said:

I'm really enjoying all of the replies - and I am so thankful for the advice. After looking at all of the options, I think Celebrity will be our next step up. Once we are no longer paying our son's college tuition we will probably start looking at Azamara, Oceana, and maybe river cruises. We're excited about the next chapter of our cruising life! 

A slight added bonus is that loyalty points for Celebrity count towards Azamara loyalty as well.

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