Posted September 9th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Last edited by Scrapchick; September 9th, 2010 at 06:44 PM
Holland Amreica has put in kids activites in as an after thought and squeezed them in to their existing ships...
For Children I would suggest Disney, NCL and Princess all of whom have built up their programs and built their ships with family in mind.
Holand america has much smaller ships 1200 passenger verses the 2400 and 3000 passenger ships which have total entertainment centers
On the smaller were built for a small group of people that dont really need to be entertained and with a strong leaning toward the older travler rather than younger ones
As such Hals is not a warm atmosphere for the youngetr set
Quote from Hawaiidan in another thread...
"After experiencing the totaly out of control kid seen I will NEVER go on a cruise during any school holiday, or when the cruise line has a family special... that is kids sail at any discount. on any line.
The Kids factor drove me to sail Regent where they didnt give a discount to kids, has a strict policy ( a Kid is someone under 21 in their book.) and way willing to pay 500 to 800 a day to be on a kid free ship. On Kid cruises the parents are as bad the kids... and actualy facilitate the bad behaviour.
The whole promotion of bring kids as many and as young as possible is in my book wrong and self indulgent. sitting next to the little darling during their food fights in the buffet.... have then ringing cabin doors, A crying baby in the dining room..... NO way pal.... Children shouldbe seen and not heard.... I say let them wait till they have the maturity and the financial ability to take themselves.... Adults deserve cruises as a place to relax.... kids , in my book just plain dont belong a a cruise abnd any line with a Kids program has lost me as a passenger
Run dont walk from any ship that welcomes kids because the spolled adults who bring them are as big a problem or worse.
Thought I'd share Hawaiidan's comments from another thread about kids on HAL now on page 3... He's absolutely entitled to his opinion, but this might help you see where he's coming from and why he doesn't want to encourage you to go on HAL with your family.
We have found HAL to be absolutely fine for families and will happily take our DD on their ships. There is a small minority of people who don't want to see kids on ships under any circumstances, but you probably won't encounter this on board and I'm sure your family will have a wonderful time. Kids don't need rock walls to be entertained and as long as Hubby and I are paying for the cruise, we will decide which line we go on, not our 9 year old!
There are two other recent "kids on HAL" threads you would learn a lot from, so do a search for those and enjoy the variety of opinions on offer...