Looking for a Ship


#1

I’m looking for a ship that would interest three 18/19 yr old girls in late spring early summer for 3-5 nights in either the Bahamas or Carribbean area, preferrably leaving out of Cape Canaveral or Tampa. This will be a 1st cruise for all 3.
Disney Cruises would be my 1st choice for obvious reasons, but not feasible as 2 of the girls are footing the bill themselves and won’t have much left for incidentals/excursions after paying for room.
Most boats i’ve researched seem to have a good bit targeting teen/tweens or over 21, but not much other than the pool for those knocking on the door to complete adulthood. That’s a really tough age, you’re legal-but you’re not.
I’m not looking for someone to book a cruise for us but rather information on personal experiences with ships that would be of interest for that age group. There’s a LOT of them out there and if I could narrow down a few it would help so much.
Thanks in advance.


#2

I am not sure this is info is still correct, but you might want to check…

I think there is something that says they have to be travelling with someone over 25 in order to go.

It might sound crazy, but I am pretty sure we dealt with this when DH and I honeymooned on a cruise, but it was ok bc we were older than 21 (just) and married.

Anyways… I would suggest Carnival for them. It is affordable and known as the “fun ship” lol!


#3

Cyndi,

Also include checking the web site for ‘VacationsToGo’ for prices and ship floorplans and stuff to do onboard. The link is below:

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#4

Oh geez I forgot :laugh:, I’m the 4th tagging along. I’ve looked on carnivals site and the excursions look fun but can’t find much on the boats i’ve researched for that age on 4 day trips.
Can 18/19 yr olds go to the comedy clubs or piano bars. I know they can’t go into the casinos or the main bars.


#5

[QUOTE=Mickeybug;1116228]Oh geez I forgot :laugh:, I’m the 4th tagging along. I’ve looked on carnivals site and the excursions look fun but can’t find much on the boats i’ve researched for that age on 4 day trips.
Can 18/19 yr olds go to the comedy clubs or piano bars. I know they can’t go into the casinos or the main bars.[/QUOTE]

Good gosh Mom, nothing worse than a 4th wheel to mess up a good trip.:laugh:

As to the bars, some will allow the kids to be with you, some are really strict about the 18+ only. If it is advertised as a lounge they should be more flexable.

As to rooms, consider booking rooms that have a door between them. And if you can book one that can accomadate 3 with a fold down bunk even better. Each room will have 2 people registered to it, but you might get you own room by default if the girls want to stay up late talking. I know, that would NEVER happen with teenagers.:laugh:


#6

[QUOTE=Pam&Rich;1116229]Good gosh Mom, nothing worse than a 4th wheel to mess up a good trip.:laugh:

As to the bars, some will allow the kids to be with you, some are really strict about the 18+ only. If it is advertised as a lounge they should be more flexable.

As to rooms, consider booking rooms that have a door between them. And if you can book one that can accomadate 3 with a fold down bunk even better. Each room will have 2 people registered to it, but you might get you own room by default if the girls want to stay up late talking. I know, that would NEVER happen with teenagers.:laugh:[/QUOTE]

Umm, HELLO!!! I don’t want them following ME around :laugh:. Getting my own room is a must…they’re pigs :nuke:. I’m just there to make sure they make it back on the boat when it’s time to set sail, and to sign for anything that may require one to be 21+. The youngest will be a couple weeks shy of 19 so no “real” minors going, but still too old for one group-not old enough for the other. So glad the clubs didn’t go to 21 until I was 21.


#7

You’re right…that is a difficult age. Honestly, I wouldn’t worry too much. Many ships have movies theatres or show movies on the deck at night, there are sports (rock climbing, miniature golf, etc.) they can have spa treatments; most ships have a daily special, all the live theatre entertainment is open to all ages, to say nothing of the pools and the boys they might meet. (My dd met the son of a multi-millionaire on one of our cruises - his parents had this enormous luxury suite - I never saw the kid the entire cruise, except when she dropped in to moan about the fact that we weren’t rich.:laugh:) Depending on their attitudes, they might enjoy the teen clubs; maybe not. Of course there is shopping at the ports and a ton of excursions to choose from - ziplining is especially fun.

Have you read Little Miss Magic’s trip report on her sister’s graduation cruise? Sounds like those girls had a ton of fun. Why not PM her and ask her what they particularly enjoyed?