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I admit that DH and I are now bonafied cruise junkies. However, for the next couple of years it will definitely be family cruises. We have been on Western once and are going again next year. Can anyone out there tell me what other itineraries are good ones for teens - I would hate to go on a ship where there were no other teens for my guys to hang out with.


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So far I've taken my teenaged daughter to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. She liked the Eastern better. Next April we are doing the Southern Caribbean (Aruba) route. She's looking forward to it because she has never been to Aruba or Curacao. I think the Caribbean is great the kids and teenagers, lots of excursions and shopping.


My daughter (14) actually is just so happy to be on the cruise and hanging in the teen club with her friends, :rolleyes: . We did the parasailing and loved it. We did the Jamaica waterfall climb, didn't like that. I think you just need to ask your kids what they like to do off the ship and they will be very busy with their new friends on the ship so it wouldn't matter which itinerary you chose in the end.

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I am taking mine to Alaska, but I think most sailings nowadays, even during school time, have a significant amount of kids. Every recent cruise we have been on had many kids on board and when I asked one of the mothers what vacation it was, she told me that she pulled them out. I don't think your kids will have a problems with having other teenagers on board.

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We cruised on 4-day Sovereign a few years ago with our boys, then aged 16 and 12. They fell in love with cruising on that trip. The bigger ships provide more activities for kids, but they also tend to cruise longer itineraries. If you aren't sure how your kids will react to cruising, you may want to consider a shorter length cruise (3 or 4 day). Sovereign, although one of the older and smaller ships, provided enough to keep my kids busy and they absolutely adored Coco Cay. Just a thought!:)

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We take our 14 yr old granddaughter with us on cruises. Her favorite island seems to be Labadee (RC private island) and only because she loves the water sports. We have been west., east. and south., she really liked St Marteen too because they have a tramp set up in the water and jet skis. She swam with the dolphins in Curacao and really enjoyed that too. I would have to say she liked the Southern Itinerary the best. We always cruise for 7+ days and sometimes do a B2B for the 2 different itineraries. Mostly any cruise they make friends and have a great time. She didn't like the Western Islands at all, but had just as much fun on all ships no matter where she went!

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My soon to be 18 year old daughter has been on 5 cruises - (will be 6 next summer when we take an Alaskan cruise) and has always been able to find kids her own age on board with the exception of our Mediterranean cruise. Because the Med cruise was so port intensive, most kids just stayed with their parents and got ready for the next day's activities.


Any of the Caribbean cruises we've taken, even during the school year, have been loaded with other teens.

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