My husband and I are planning a cruise for the two of us and our eight children (will be ages 18,17,13,11,9,5,5,and almost 2) for next May.
We have narrowed it down to a five day on either the Dream or the Valor.(same destination)
A little info...we won’t be doing kids club. Our older three are boys and are responsible enough to walk around and explore (eat, arcade,etc) together without us for certain amounts of time.
We cruised without the kiddos on the Fantasy last month and LOVED the simplicity/size of it. Because it’s so small, walking around with all eight kids would be no issue. But the pool was ALWAYS either too crowded to fit anyone else in or it was closed, so I know they would have been bored during sea days with little to do.
Here are my concerns (having never been on either ship myself)... Is the Dream so big that navigating it with five younger children (and some times all eight) in tow will be difficult? Does it’s size make pool/water areas a bit less crowded and easier for young children to play and have fun in the water?
Does one have an advantage over the other for families?
I’d love any helpful info you can give!