Hi try Navigator or Independence with RCI much more to do for you son,and you for that matter,dress code is normally a recommended one and providing your reasonably dressed it is usually ok,again the RCI ships have more informal eating areas and as for age, out of school holidays the average age will be higher than in the school holidays ? 12yr olds will have there own area to meet and make new friends?enjoy which ever you pick.
I did"nt think that Celebrity was cheaper,from my experience the best by far.On one cruise we had 59 couples on honeymoon no so fuddy duddy you see.There is also a good interest for children especially the young .The food is the best not quantity only but quality and presentation.
We went on a Princess cruise in March - it couldnt have been any less stuffy. if you had wanted to you could have spent the whole week without putting long trousers on. The 24 hour buffet is excellent for families - there is so much choice - and there is no dress code apart from no swimwear or topless (men and women!) Also - loads of swimming pools and seperate teenagers clubs and younger kids club as well.
the resaurants are 5 nights smart casual and 2 nights formal. Very relaxed, and can sit with who you like ie just your familyor ask to go on bigger table with others. also , no set times for dinner - anytime between 6 and 10.
Princess might start off more expensive, but if you look on bargain saites can get soem really good deals
If I was you I would go for a Thomson cruise on the Med.
Not stuffy, family friendly, and a great time is gauranteed for all of you. You can be as formal or as informal as you like. Best ship is the Destiny, great holidays, no problem.
Hi, having previously sailed with Princess around Caribbean and Med, last year we went on Royal Carribean Navigator of Seas. WOW, would never sail with anyone else again. We have 3 sons, one the same age as yours and much more for them to do. Food choices much more varied and entertainment much better quality. If you have children I would not go past RCI. Not too formal or informal, the choice is yours and many people dressup on formal nights , but equally aas many don't. We are going on Independence next year and can't wait.
We love Celebrity, but it is usually an older age group. Sailings from USA can be geriatric. There is alternative dining but it is still not too suitable for young children. As Buckley, Rhyl said RCI would be a better choice or why not try Ocean Village. No formality and totally suitable for young children. Your 12yr old would love it.
I have travelled on both Pribcess & Celebrity and find the ages about the same and do not have a preference. I do not find them stuffy .. then give me a coctail bar with music before dinner and a show after and I am happy.
Both only have a few nights formal and a dark suit is ok .. you do not need to be too dressy.
The food on Celebrity is very good and depending on the ship you can have a choice of places to eat.
You could also Try NCL or Ocean Village. They are informal.
Celebrity does tend to be formal, but not stuffy.
HI the large Princess ships will be in the med for 2009- these have good facilites for kids and a range of formal/smart casual dining. Rnage of passengers will include lots of kids if sailing in summer hols. Not sure about Celebrity, as I've only sailed with Princess.
Hi - I agree with Buckley of Rhyl. Having cruised with all three companies many times they are all excellent cruise lines. If you do wish to travel with either Celebrity or Princess then I would go for Princess. Celebrity is by far the most 'formal' of the three, usually with a more 'mature' age group onboard and less children. Dress codes are normally in place in all public areas from 6pm onwards and Celebrity give an excellent traditional cruising experience, especially in the evenings. Princess have their Personal Choice / Anytime dining option wich is very flexible when with travelling with younger members of the family. They also have several other dining venues onboard for you to enjoy other than the main dining room. Royal Caribbean (RCI) would be my choice for your family mix as they sucessfully blend both the formal and informal sides to cruising with several choices of restaurant and great entertainment. Their ships will also have excellent onboard diversions and 'clubs' to enable your 12 year old to be kept entertained and meet new friends.Take time in choosing the right cruise line for your needs and you will have a great time .