Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
Sign in to follow this  

Need ship and cabin recommendations for large group

Recommended Posts

We're planning a Christmas 2020 cruise for 13-15 people in 7-8 cabins. There are mostly couples, my family of 4 (kids 16, 12), and one grandmother (78). Other ages of couples are 20's, 50's, 60's.


We all went to Alaska on Hal Oosterdam a few years back and had a great time. Unfortunately HAL has no good family cabin options and my youngest slept on a cot the whole trip. He's older now so that won't work.


I'm really stumped on which line/ship to consider. Are the new megaships overwhelmed with people? This is mostly an older group so I'm not sure something like RCCL would be good. 


Any recommendations for newish ship with good activities that doesn't feel like an amusement park? 


We're probably just looking at the Caribbean out of Florida.

Edited by brookeinmn

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

We sailed on Harmony over Thanksgiving, and there were only a few times where we felt a bit crowded, but there were many times when it felt empty.  In terms of activities and entertainment, no other ship comes close.  That being said, we actually prefer the next class or two smaller - Freedom class (Freedom, Liberty, or Independence), or Voyager class (Navigator, Explorer, Mariner).  In 2017, we did the 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise out of Miami.  It was fantastic - it felt much less crowded than our 7 night Thanksgiving cruises, the ship had plenty to do, and the islands could not be beat.   

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

. Thanks for the response, RSLeesburg. I'll look into some of those. I was a travel agent for a long time, so I'm comfortable planning a big trip. I've just been out of the cruising loop for a while. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The larger ships are the norm now...but many cruise lines have "family" rooms, for those with more than 4 in a cabin.  You can't book them online, you'll need to book via phone. 


Get some brochures from different lines, or go online and do your research...see what sorts of accommodations are avail, and go from there.


With such a wide range of ages, I'd think an RCI ship would suit you all...they do have all sorts of cabins to suit everyone!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
  • Create New...