Our kids are ages 9, 7, 6 and 3 ....
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Some ships have what they call family cabins--we went on RCI with 7 grandkids and had a family OV room and a balcony cabin. The family OV was really nice--quite large, good storage, a curtained sleeping area for adults, a big sleeper sofa and a bunk room--which was very popular with the kids.I cannot find any ship with this option, can you tell me what ship it was? RCI site will not let me enter more then FOUR guests?
The only downside is that there was only one bathroom. It slept six--at times we had 7 in there.
Price was good as it was a 5 day and 3-4 passengers were greatly discounted. Sometimes there are kids sail free promotions. We took all 9 of us for under $4000, including 3 days in Florida and air from Nebraska.
Another option is to get connecting cabins; really nice since there are two bathrooms. Some people get a balcony and an inside across the hall, but I wouldn't with the age of your kids unless one of you is going to sleep in each cabin.
I cannot find any ship with this option, can you tell me what ship it was? RCI site will not let me enter more then FOUR guests?You will have to call RCI to book a cabin with more than 4 people in it. RCI has several categories of cabins which will take 6 people. The newer ships have more than the older ships. There are two types of suites: Royal Family Suite and Presidential Family Suite and 4 types of cabins: Family Balcony, Family Oceanview (present on voyager class and radiance class), Family Interior and Family Promenade. The family cabins other than the oceanviews are only present on Oasis and Freedom class ships.
I cannot find any ship with this option, can you tell me what ship it was? RCI site will not let me enter more then FOUR guests?You do have to call in to book these rooms, since otherwise probably two people would try to book them due to the extra room. They do 'save' them for larger partys, except possibly close to sailing. They might call them suites, though I don't think they are really suites. There are family suites on some ships, though, with a living area and one or two bedrooms.
We love MSC, kids sail free. They offer 50% discount on the second cabin too, but you will need one adult in each cabin.Just wondering which MSC ships you have sailed on and what are your favorite ones! TIA!
Just wondering which MSC ships you have sailed on and what are your favorite ones! TIA!Only Poesia, it's very convenient for us to drive and sail out of Ft. Lauderdale. But we didn't choose Poesia for the kids, just for the value. No slide, no rockwall. Back when we last went, the pre-teen kid program wasn't that great. We heard it has been improved. But it didn't matter, the kids loved the whole experience on the ship. We've sailed Norwegian and Carnival with them, and they liked them too. I guess they're not too picky, it's a great adventure overall just to sail to different places and explore. You can't go wrong.
I booked interconnecting cabins for 2 adults and 4 kids on the rci website as the family rooms had sold out. The trick is to start with a cabin for 2, one adult one kid, then add a cabin for 4 and check the option for a linked booking and make sure one adult is in each booking. You can then scan the deck map and make sure the rooms are interconnecting by looking for the symbol joining the rooms. The rci website lets you try out different classes of room to compare price. The 4 person room should give you a discount on passengers 3 and 4 in the second room. You can choose both your rooms and reserve that booking. You can pay at the rci website or take the reservation number to a ta who offers bonuses like onboard credit.Thanks for this tip! Gonna check it out!
I like the interconnecting rooms better than family suite, we get two toilets and kids get their own bedroom. We chose 2-4 config over 3-3 as there seemed to be more choices.
I tried a ta first but they seemed clueless about the best rooms or deck plans.