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Is there a best time to cruise out of Sydney to New Zealand. Would like to be able to avoid a lot of children

 

Thank for any help

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Peak Cruise Season is Oct-Arpil

 

school holidays are Dec and Jan, 

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Early December before summer school holidays or March-April, outside Easter school holidays.

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Your choice of cruise company will have an influence on the number of children. From my experience even in non holiday times is that P&O and Carnival have more kids than Princess, and Princess is not usually totally devoid of kids.

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Cruised NZ on Carnival and Princess once each during school summer break. Many kids but they weren't a problem. Fewer on Celebrity or RCI and they are so well catered for you don't notice them. HAL would have fewer kids than most.

I've no experience with P&O.

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6 hours ago, Daan386 said:

Is there a best time to cruise out of Sydney to New Zealand. Would like to be able to avoid a lot of children

 

Thank for any help

November, early December, mid February. Cheaper, less likely to hit school holidays. 

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best time to cruise? Hmmmm……. I think any day that ends in a "Y"' 🙂

 

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7 hours ago, Daan386 said:

Is there a best time to cruise out of Sydney to New Zealand. Would like to be able to avoid a lot of children

 

Thank for any help

If you stay out of the day care and the kiddy pools and stick to the bars, the kids shouldn't be a problem!😀

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4 hours ago, lyndarra said:

Cruised NZ on Carnival and Princess once each during school summer break. Many kids but they weren't a problem. Fewer on Celebrity or RCI and they are so well catered for you don't notice them. HAL would have fewer kids than most.

I've no experience with P&O.

 

Princess usually has fewer than RCL. RCL has more children than most as it has more onboard range of activities for children than most others.

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February and March. The weather is usually more settled then too.

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23 hours ago, SinbadThePorter said:

 

February.

IMO, January and February are the optimal time weather wise, as it is still school holidays in Jan, that leaves February. As mentioned, the cruise line, itinerary and ship are all factors which affect how many kids will be aboard and also how many you may even see. X, HAL and Princess will have considerably less kids than P&O, Carnival and Royal. However the kids clubs are also very good on all these ships, so you may not see that many in any case.

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