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Old 05-24-2015, 11:22 AM   #21
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MooreBonds & ggbutcher - Thanks for the suggestions. It'll probably be a combination of guided tours and self researched rental car/uber rides/tours.

I like cruisecritic.
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Thanks for the suggestion of Playa del Carmen, but we're set on Hawaii.

Kids will be 9 and 7 at the time of the cruise. If the kids get bored, they will just do extra homework that I create....practice reading, writing, and math on the deck

This is from a cruise critic for the ship we are looking at:

Norwegian is one of our favorite lines for family cruising, and Pride of America is no exception. The ship's Splash Academy kids club on Deck 12 midship is bright and cheery, with a climbing maze, computer stations and plenty of play space. It also has a kiddie pool adjacent to the hangout space. Potty-trained kids from 3 years old are welcome; there are complimentary age- and destination-appropriate activities available for children up to 12 years old. The kids are divided into age groups: Turtles (3 to 5 years), Seals (6 to 9 years) and Dolphins (10 to 12 years). Free programming runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, with activities like teddy bear adventures, pirate treasure hunts and wacky water games for Turtles; Hollywood Night, Mad Scientist's Lab and sports court play for Seals; and wacky dress dance parties, crazy ball games and Wii play for Dolphins.

Norwegian doesn't offer private childcare, but it does have group baby-sitting services nightly from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. ($6 per hour, per solo child, or $4 per hour, per child, if there are multiple siblings).
That sounds nice for the kids and it seems you've been wanting this trip for a long time. I hope it's a wonderful adventure...we are thinking about a family cruise trip that would include some grandkids, but don't really want to do Disney. If you have time, would you mind posting a short follow-up about how your kids did on the cruise and if you would change anything?
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...we are thinking about a family cruise trip that would include some grandkids, but don't really want to do Disney. If you have time, would you mind posting a short follow-up about how your kids did on the cruise and if you would change anything?

Well, we just returned to the mainland, so this will be a short update. We spent the last 14 nights away in Hawaii. Overall, it was awesome. We spent several days in Waikiki, NCL cruise, and capped it with several days at Aulani.

Everything was great. The cruise was awesome for the kids (DS age 7 and DD age 9) and adults. We spent most mornings and partial afternoons with the kids on the ship or island, but they spent some time at the ships Splash Academy too. The Academy is age appropriate for 3 - 12 with a variety of games and activities. Basically, it's free daycare with fun games. The kids asked every day if they could go for the evening themed games/activities. This was fine as we had adult time for dinner and evening shows. The freestyle dining made it easy to feed the family along with the specialty dining with reservations needed.

Aulani was good if your grandkids enjoy water parks, etc., but a bit overpriced in my mind.

PS. The cruise was a bit less expensive than I quoted above as I delayed booking and received a bit of a discount. Overall, we were under budget.

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