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carolandgeoff
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NCL Christmas
      #1588789 - 05/11/14 09:28 AM (174.118.30.59)

We're thinking of a Caribbean cruise this Christmas, wondering what the typical age group is at this time of the year ?

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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: carolandgeoff]
      #1588848 - 05/11/14 02:38 PM (173.145.199.124)

There will be a lot of younger kids (under 10) that time of year.

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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1589291 - 05/13/14 02:32 PM (209.202.77.115)

Under 10's fine, they won't likely wander through the halls after midnight singing.
I should have mentioned that it is out of the port at New Orleans, that might have some bearing....no Disney to pop in to.
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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: carolandgeoff]
      #1589335 - 05/13/14 05:40 PM (108.96.171.66)

OK, I really don't know what kind of a crowd they draw out of NO, but if you're worried about college age kids, I personally think NO would be a lot more problematic than say, Port Canaveral..

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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1589444 - 05/14/14 09:02 AM (50.105.153.143)

We have decided to NEVER do another Christmas cruise. There are tons of kids of all ages, many large family reunions. Now, if you are part of one of these groups, you probably will have a great time. But, if you want a nice quiet relaxing cruise, forget it. The last two years we had suites and normally we have outstanding service but not at Christmas. Our cabin steward had three or four people in all but two of his assigned cabins. He had so much extra work and he was exhausted all the time and not in the best mood. The MDR allowed tables to be pushed together to accommodate large groups. Large groups and lots of alcohol doesn't make for the best situation when you are sitting next to them and can't hear anything your husband says. People say and do some real stupid things after drinking a little too much. People save large numbers of lounge chairs around the pool for "their" group. You can get into a fight if you try to take one even after it has been empty for over a hour. Kids are in the adult pool and they take over the hot tubs. And there are many rude people. I could go on and on but we have done it too many times and with the extra costs over the holidays, we just aren't up for it anymore. Last year the two inside cabins across for us had two young kids in each one. They were wild and slamming the doors constantly. We would come around the corner and almost get knocked over by them as they chased each other around the halls or having pillow flights in the hall. They also ordered room service a lot and just toss the used dishes out in the hall - many adults also do that. Also wet towels. I never once saw the parents around. I did talk to concierge once and she walked down with me but they were long gone.
I guess if you really want to go over Christmas, you should go with low expectations. Although we did do that this past year and it didn't help.
So to answer your original question, you will get all age groups.


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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: SandyC]
      #1589468 - 05/14/14 10:05 AM (108.4.121.156)

On what ship did you have the bad experience?

We would never cruise over Christmas or New Years but for that being the only time to get some of family on board with us - it is a much more expensive time and there often will be more of a party atmosphere - which can be good or bad depending on how the particular people are partying. We do enjoy the decorations, but if it would just be the two of us, we would go before Christmas in December.


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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: Snorkeller]
      #1589602 - 05/14/14 11:21 PM (96.250.7.12)

The age groups and personalities of guests on cruise ships will differ on different cruise lines and different ships. Some cruise lines like Royal Caribbean will cater to families with kids. Likewise, Celebrity while there will be some kids, will be more conducive for adults. Also, the amenities, activities and kids programs will also influence the type of passengers on a particular ship. I would strongly advise you to consult with a knowledgeable cruise consultant before booking a cruise during holiday time.

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Re: NCL Christmas [Re: COACHIE]
      #1589614 - 05/15/14 06:52 AM (174.118.30.59)

Whoa... thanks. We are rather quiet and certainly would not enjoy the chaos. It was just an idea... a change from Club Orient at Christmas. But a cruise with groups/reunions is not for us.
Thanks everyone.


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