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  1. We did an Alaska cruise on HAL when DD was 10. She really enjoyed it - she is an animal lover so I chose animal focused shore activities. Our choice was based on dates, round trip Vancouver and an ‘Alaska expert’ cruise line. We did not do the land portion. As KitKat said, what does the 10 year old like to do and what do they think might like to do in Alaska? While she has enjoyed the kids club on other cruises, she did not really care for the HAL one - no particular reason that she articulated. I have read good advice from others on this forum about focus 1 being itineraries and activiti
  2. I have looked at Mekong cruises for three of us. Pandaw looks great and while they only have cabins for two they do have dates where 18 and under are free. And it reads they can have the cabin and not split the adults. we did A triple on AMA Rhine when DD was 13 and it was very cozy and not a full twin bed for the third sleeping space
  3. We did AMAKristina with our then 13 year old daughter on the foldout. It is quite firm and comfy, but narrow - kind of solid foam, not a mattress. Once it was folded out, cabin space was pretty tight. hope that helps
  4. We did a great family trip on Celebrity. Not sure if they have family cabins though.
  5. We did the Celebrity excursion about a year ago. We had a full day (Christmas Day) and then a half day. We did the half day junk on the second day. We opted for that rather than private for a few reasons, knowing we would just get a 'taste.' One nice thing was that the junks came to the ship, so that reduced the hassle. They were all about the size of the red one - held around 20-25 I think. It was pretty full. I think they provided drinks (scary how bad my memory is). It was very crowded walking to and through the cave - pretty much wall-to-wall people. The views from the junk were
  6. We were on the Millennium cruise right before dry dock and did not notice anything. Lots of chats with crew about their roles, and apparently some workers came onboard a few days early. A few spots in public areas looked they had been ‘let go’ a little, but overall the ship looked better than I expected. My parents cabin was not in great shape, but as one of the only handicap suites there was not much that could be done. now I just want to sail on the refurbished version!
  7. What an adventure and some great tips! here are some things I’ve learned from multiple long flights and trips with kids: - bring a stash of snacks from home that your kids like - many of our travel arguments involve looking for lunch.....or when your kid wakes up hungry on the flight - eyeshades can help with sleep - planes can be bright - I also like a light blanket - we have some from travelsmith that are great and we use them in hotels too often - only use a sleep aid if you have tested them out at home - we use melatonin and essential oils - DD started with melatonin a
  8. Fun idea! things that pop to mind - sunscreen stick - games to play waiting for meals or hanging out in the cabin - Uno is a stand by, or a pack of cards - sushigo is fun and gamewright makes a ton of others; scattegories can be fun - pick ones the whole family can have fun with - iTunes or apple card to download music or apps - journal and pens or markers; word find or sudoku books; book for the trip - my daughter is not a reader despite my best efforts but has fun with word finds - I usually get a couple at the dollar store before a trip have a great time
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