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Old 02-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Daydreaming of a Med cruise- best age for kids?

Someday I would love to save up to take my family on a Mediterranean cruise. For fun, please share your opinion on the best age range for kids to get the most out of it. I'd love for them to be old enough to have learned about the sights in school but young enough that mom and dad aren't so lame to be with haha. My 2 kids are just under 3 years apart. Maybe when they're 11 -14 ish? All pie in the sky for now but I would love to hear opinions and experinces. Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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My kids are 14 and 12. I would love to take them on a Med cruise.
But my youngest still complains about walking around ports. Maybe in a few more years....
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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My kids are 13,10,7 right now. I wondered about this too. There are certainly reports of children who enjoy touring European ports. We had put a deposit on a 7 night Magic Med cruise for this August. But we know our kids and after careful consideration decided it was not for them. You know your kids best and you will know what they will tolerate / enjoy.

At this point in time, my kids have little to no desire to sightsee historic sites. They just need a beach / pool or water park to keep them happy. I'd hate to spend the high airfare / cruise fare only to have them be buzz kills, not worth it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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We're doing it this summer and our kids will be 17 & 11 at the time of sailing. My DH and I did the Med the first time Disney was there (`07) and there is no way that I would have taken our kids @ those ages (11 & 5). Too much walking and very long port days. We could've taken the 11 year old, but that wouldn't have been fair to the 5 year old. That's why we decided to wait so long to do another one so they'd be at better ages to handle those parts of the excursions/cruise.

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We took our kids in 2011 at 3.5, 6 and 7.5. It was great and the cruise was a very simple way to travel with younger kids. HOWEVER, my youngest now 5 doesn't remember much of it of course, so we are going back this summer and I think 5.5, 8 and 9.5 will be even better I can't wait to walk in Italy with no stroller!

My older two really learned quite a bit about the history of the places we visited last time, but this year I can engage them all more, which is nice.

I don't think any age is too young or too old because they are always going to take something special away from the experience at any age. I am raising citizens of the world and love showing them there is much more to it than our little city in Kentucky and hope all the travel they do now will continue their entire lives!
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:58 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! My kids are only 3.5 and 9months now so realistically in 10 years who knows what our options would even be. But I do want to to provide meaningful experiences for them and this seems like such a glamorous and fun way to see amazing part of the world ( that mom and dad have never yet had the opportunity to see! ) Like I said it's fun to daydream. And it may take me 10 years to convince dh to spend ~$15k on a vacation haha!
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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We are taking our kids in 2014. They will be 12,11,7, and 7 by then. I would have loved to go sooner but DH really felt the twins had to be 7 at a minimum to walk around the ports. My older two could have gone years ago! Both of them have been begging to go to Europe for the last 4 years. A lot of their friends have gone (Partly because for two years my kids went to an international school taught only in Spanish and a lot of the children traveled to other countries). I am really excited about going. Of course it is still really far away! And I had wanted to go where they could speak Spanish (DH, DD(11), and DS(9) are fluent) but it looks like we are headed to Greece instead on this cruise. (DH's decision, not mine). But I am not complaining. It's still going to be amazing, right?!

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We started to travel to the Med. when our dughter was 8yrs. old. This was perfect for she could walk around and function on excursions and eat "adult" foods which is part of the treat when traveling to Europe. The locals were very nice to our daughter at the ports mainly for the reason of so few kids are being born in Europe. Luckily she is a great travelor who never gets jet lag but the parents???? not so much. If you chose to go I would suggest to fly into port the day before just to get use to the time change and jet lag.
P.S. when we did cruise with Disney the tours were set up to cater to families with the kids being included in all the tour by the local guides.
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