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Old 04-26-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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PC or concirge on the Fantasy?

I have a trip on the Fantasy booked for Jan. we are booked in a cat V. I really want to go but I also want to do the WBPC in May 2014. I really should not try to do both for financial reasons. I need to pick one. My preference is the 2 week trip but people rave about the new ship. I've been on the Wonder for a 2 week trip before and it was awesome. Keeping our Fantasy trip means not taking my son out of school and going on the PC means he'd miss two weeks. The school is fine with the absence (I'm in CA) so that's not an issue. So which would you do and why?
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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The PC Educational reasons...

I've never done a PC cruise but they sound wonderful and very relaxing. I'd love for my kids to have that experience.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:59 AM   #3
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We have chosen the Panama Canal over a week ( or 5 days) on the Fantasy. My kids are really looking forwArd to it
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:01 AM   #5
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I have a trip on the Fantasy booked for Jan. we are booked in a cat V. I really want to go but I also want to do the WBPC in May 2014. I really should not try to do both for financial reasons. I need to pick one. My preference is the 2 week trip but people rave about the new ship. I've been on the Wonder for a 2 week trip before and it was awesome. Keeping our Fantasy trip means not taking my son out of school and going on the PC means he'd miss two weeks. The school is fine with the absence (I'm in CA) so that's not an issue. So which would you do and why?
I don't know how old your son is but if he is past the 3rd grade I would vote for not taking him out of school. I know you said "its not an issue" but it does send him the wrong message about his education. School isn't always about learning (we can do that anywhere - obviously because many say the cruise is educational) school is about discipline and part of that is showing up everyday - even if it's homeschool. It's like working from home...you still have to get up, shower and get dressed. It shows your discipline.


As a single parent raising 3 boys, I would love to take my boys out of school to take a less expensive cruise but I can't send that kind of message. Not in this economy where so many are losing jobs and too many college graduates are having to work at fast food establishments due to lack of opportunity. Instead, I coupon, shop sales and stalk the internet for deals so I can afford to go when school is out.

I'm sorry if my response isn't popular but you posed the question. I respond out of respect and kindness.

THAT SAID, does the school support your decision? Will they allow you to turn in made up work? Will they allow for alternative assignments based on the cruise experience?

Only YOU know what is best for your family. I hope whichever decision you make you have peace with it and have a wonderful vacation.
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Both!

Luv2, I am in sort of the same dilemma abut the southern route in 2014 and our shared Fantasy cruise in Jan! I want you on the Fantasy in Jan AND you should do PC! Therefore I suggest perhaps you can give up concierge and slum with the rest of us and thereby save some $$. You can always try to upgrade at the port. Or, wait for a PC until after the Wonder has her next major dry dock!

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Old 04-26-2013, 06:20 AM   #7
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I have only done one cruise which was the PC, I am scheduled to do the Fantasy cat V in Sept. I don't have school aged children anymore, but my opinion would be based on how the child performs in school. If your child is a stellar student I wouldn't hesitate to go on the PC. If your child has difficulty in school I would have second thoughts. I do agree with the previous poster about discipline but, again based on the age and aptitude of the child the PC could be a great learning experience.

It doesn't sound like you have any other factors than the child in basing your decision. When I went on the PC there were more ports involved. I don't care much for the current ports or I would love to do it again. Think also of the crowd issue. You will probably have a much larger crowd on the Fantasy, not just because it is a larger ship but due to the length and time of year. Is your child very social? There were less than 300 children on our PC cruise.

Good luck in your decision. Either way it is a win win situation. Wouldn't it be nice if all our decisions in life could be like this . Have a great cruise
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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I don't know how old your son is but if he is past the 3rd grade I would vote for not taking him out of school. I know you said "its not an issue" but it does send him the wrong message about his education. School isn't always about learning (we can do that anywhere - obviously because many say the cruise is educational) school is about discipline and part of that is showing up everyday - even if it's homeschool. It's like working from home...you still have to get up, shower and get dressed. It shows your discipline.

As a single parent raising 3 boys, I would love to take my boys out of school to take a less expensive cruise but I can't send that kind of message. Not in this economy where so many are losing jobs and too many college graduates are having to work at fast food establishments due to lack of opportunity. Instead, I coupon, shop sales and stalk the internet for deals so I can afford to go when school is out.

I'm sorry if my response isn't popular but you posed the question. I respond out of respect and kindness.

THAT SAID, does the school support your decision? Will they allow you to turn in made up work? Will they allow for alternative assignments based on the cruise experience?

Only YOU know what is best for your family. I hope whichever decision you make you have peace with it and have a wonderful vacation.
He will be in 1st grade. I should have elaborated but in California if you have your kid out for more than 3 days then you have the option of applying for independent study. You get a packet before you leave, do your work while you are gone, and turn it in when you get back. The school gets paid for the days you were gone and the missed data count as actual attendance. I took him out for the Hawaii cruise last year and he still had perfect attendance (has not missed for anything else...super healthy this year).
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:25 AM   #9
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Luv2, I am in sort of the same dilemma abut the southern route in 2014 and our shared Fantasy cruise in Jan! I want you on the Fantasy in Jan AND you should do PC! Therefore I suggest perhaps you can give up concierge and slum with the rest of us and thereby save some $$. You can always try to upgrade at the port. Or, wait for a PC until after the Wonder has her next major dry dock!

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Haha! I know I should slum it, lol. Thing is I really wasn't that interested in the ports. I just wanted to try concierge. Otherwise the cruise itself doesn't seem that interesting. However, airfare would be reasonable because I can use points and I'd still like to take vacation then anyway. It's an off peak time because most kids are back at school. Our district has them out into mid Jan. so maybe we should just do both but I downgrade. Humm. More to think about.
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He will be in 1st grade. I should have elaborated but in California if you have your kid out for more than 3 days then you have the option of applying for independent study. You get a packet before you leave, do your work while you are gone, and turn it in when you get back. The school gets paid for the days you were gone and the missed data count as actual attendance. I took him out for the Hawaii cruise last year and he still had perfect attendance (has not missed for anything else...super healthy this year).
First grade....oh well...what's to think about?? DO IT!

There is no greater learning experience OR GIFT that you can give to a child than travel.

ENJOY!!!
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If you MUST choose, I'd do the Panama Canal. Hands down! The Fantasy will always be there to take cruises on...PC cruises are few and far between.

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:41 AM   #12
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I would take two weeks on the Wonder over a week on the Fantasy in a heartbeat, regardless of what category of room.

There is no better way to educate our children about the world and make them good citizens of humanity than travel. The American school system is far from the most effective and supportive way to instill a work ethic and a sense of discipline in life. If the school he's in is willing to let him do independent study, don't hesitate to book the PC cruise. Actually being on a ship going through the locks and learning about how long it took to build the canal and the coordinated effort required between communities/cultures/countries is an extraordinary opportunity.
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There is no better way to educate our children about the world and make them good citizens of humanity than travel. The American school system is far from the most effective and supportive way to instill a work ethic and a sense of discipline in life. If the school he's in is willing to let him do independent study, don't hesitate to book the PC cruise. Actually being on a ship going through the locks and learning about how long it took to build the canal and the coordinated effort required between communities/cultures/countries is an extraordinary opportunity.
I couldn't agree more and you beat me to the keyboard! We travel extensively with our children and it is far more educational than a textbook. Don't hesitate--go!
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #14
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Ok I'm thinking if downgrading on the Fantasy and trying for a port upgrade. This way I can do both.

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If you MUST choose, I'd do the Panama Canal. Hands down! The Fantasy will always be there to take cruises on...PC cruises are few and far between.

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