Originally Posted by ivinsfan
...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.