Seabourn Encore NZ to South Pacifik on the 20th december with children

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#2
270 Posts
Joined Apr 2015
There may be a few children on board for a Christmas cruise but please bear in mind that Seabourn ships have few if any children's programmes or facilities so you will be responsible for keeping your daughter entertained and occupied.
#3
Dallas, TX
216 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
I don't really think that Seabourn is a suitable cruise line for young children. It is set up as a cruise line mainly attractive to adults ages 40-80. All of the meals cater to adults as does the entertainment. And, as it is, the pool deck is quite small and the other passengers really hope that children will not be on board (that is what I've heard). I think your child (and you as parents) would have a much better time on a cruise that caters to families.
#5
Near London & South Coast Solent area
1,289 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Our daughter first cruised with Seabourn when she was around 12 and this Dec will be her 5th cruise with SB. She asks for them ahead of other holidays or cruises. I came on here, asked questions and ruffled a few feathers. The stock answer was to try Disney or another child friendly line.

It all depends on you & the sprog. Is it well behaved, do you like each others company, is it able to sit through a 2 hour meal at the table? Dont expect the whole ship to pander to the you youngster and dont expect any child specific activities. Occasionally they are arranged but more often than not they aren't. Sometimes Ems has been the only child on board, the most we've seen is about 20 but don't forget Americans see anyone under 21 as a minor. Unless they are sending them off to fight.

You won't be well received if a temper tantrum errupts during dinner, a show in fact anywhere. But not all children have temper tantrums. So ultimately it comes down to you as a family.

On the plus side the atmosphere on board is very civilised. You don't have to constantly queue for stuff and your suite will be much larger than a normal cabin on other lines. There are also free films on tap via the suite TV.

Less formal dining is available in the Colonnade or Patio grill. You can also enjoy room service but to not experience the dining room or TK Grill is missing out the heart of a Seabourn cruise.

If you have any specific questions feel free to fire away and as the owner of a Junior Seabourn cruiser I will try to answer.

Henry
#7
5 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Do you know, is it worth to go to the South Pacific?
How is the weather in december/january occasionally?
Is the see rough ?
Thanks a lot


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#8
270 Posts
Joined Apr 2015
It's mid summer so likely to be warm or hot. Sea conditions are impossible to predict but note that time of the year is usually cyclone season in the Southern Hemisphere.
#9
Near London & South Coast Solent area
1,289 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
As an alternative Seabourn Sojourn has a 2 week Caribbean cruise Miami to Miami. Other than 2 days at the start and 2 days at the end there are lots of port days so a chance to get off the ship, paddle in the sand or do other Caribbean stuff. If your daughter is anything like ours was a chance to get her hair braided as well !

Don't worry about Sojourn not being the newest ship. Seabourn is very different to other cruise lines, all the ships are well maintained and some people prefer her to Encore. We did Encore last year but are happy to return to Sojourn in December.

Henry
#10
Lincolnshire England
2,760 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Good advice so far - just to suggest that there are likely to be more children on the Caribbean cruise. And, if your little girl is used to restaurant dinners, starting at 7 or later and taking well over an hour, and is happy to sit quietly and enjoy the food (maybe with a bit of help from an ipad or whatever), then you may well enjoy your cruise. Or you can have the menu served in your suite during dinner hours. That would be the most likely time that other passengers might not be pleased to have a small child running around, or making a noise. That, plus in the bars in the evenings. It has been known for families with noisy children to be still running about and shouting at beyond 10 p.m. - not very popular at all!
#11
CA, USA
13,923 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Originally posted by Michaela Wild
Do you know, is it worth to go to the South Pacific?
How is the weather in december/january occasionally?
Is the see rough ?
Thanks a lot


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January can be the wet season in there South Pacific. It's matter of luck. You could have all gorgeous days or run into a hurricane.
#12
Near London & South Coast Solent area
1,289 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
I find it interesting that people sometimes felt restricted seeing Emily out and about in say a bar or on the front row of a comedian's show. If I didn't want her to see or hear anything I wouldn't have brought her. The reality is that having been brought up as the daughter of a used car dealer in an environment full of men there is nothing hasn't seen or heard before.

Don't be fooled by the angelic bone china English exterior

Children on Seabourn is a very emotive subject and it all boils down to making sure it suits your particular child. Dare I say it but a European child used to eating in restaurants might fare better than some others. Similarly if you have a bundle of energy always running around in 6th gear Seabourn ships are a very limiting environment. As children get older you need to factor in an unlimited internet package to keep the peace - the best $400 you will ever spend for family harmony
#14
Near London & South Coast Solent area
1,289 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
You are absolutely correct. My responses have been more generalisations towards helping people considering bringing minors. It was the topic which introduced me to this forum and is one close to my heart.

For us it works but it won't for everyone.

Henry
#15
london
1,362 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
I will bear that in mind if if and when I would consider bringing a 6 year old on a Seabourn ship.

Happy and healthy sailing!
#16
5 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Thank you very much for your information , all sugestions and all the lovely ideas being part of the cruise.
My husband and me did 5 times a cruise, once with SB in the mediterran ocean etc..
Caribian Ocean might be a wonderfull idea, but me and my husband are very keen in something new, we travelled in this part of the ocean several times with wonderful memories.
We all of us know, as parents, that children are children, they are as they are and should be like this, they should play ,jump, run... otherwise they are not healthy.
My question was, ‚is there anyone in the forum, ‚who is travelling in this Journey with children ‚?
SB say, ‚ families are welcome, on this cruise some few children/teens are already booked‘..
We never travelled this part of the world, a nice idea with our lovely daughter to spend Christmas holidays on this cruise





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#17
Dallas, TX
216 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
I think the real question is whether running, jumping and playing would be welcome by others on a Seabourn cruise. While most of us love children, we don't go on adult centered cruises to watch children run, jump and play. Many of us have grandchildren and see plenty of that at home.

That being said, I think bringing a child who is 11 or 12 years old and very well behaved is an entirely different question.

I wish the best for you in your decision and hope you have a wonderful cruise holiday wherever you decide to cruise.
#19
Dallas, TX
216 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Of course we have children---and grandchildren too! We love them all dearly--but haven't ever thought of taking children under the age of 12 on a Seabourn cruise! Our grandchildren are eight years old, seven years old and almost two. They are delightful children and we spend a lot of time with them . I think it will just be up to you to decide if your six year old will enjoy a cruise of this type and will be well behaved so as not to be a distraction for other passengers. One thing I take into account whenever we take our grandsons somewhere is if the place/venue/restaurant is suitable for their age. For example, I would not take them to a fine dining restaurant in our city (Dallas TX) but would consider a child friendly restaurant. In making choices like this, I am thinking not only of our grandchildren but of other diners/patrons. It is as simple as that.
#20
108 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
There were quite a few kids on our R/T Singapore Christmas cruise last year. All seemed to have a good time and the only behavioral issues were adults. If there are more than 10 kids - especially holiday cruises, Seabourn "borrows" a youth counselor from one of their sister lines and converts the card room into a games area.