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#1 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

I have been asked by a few people with large families to let them know of our experience taking 7 young children on a cruise as they were considering it also.

We have just returned from a 9 day cruise to New Caledonia and all I can say is our next big holiday will be a cruise holiday! We have been on various holidays over the past 11 years and this was by far the best one so far.

It was very cost effective, we paid one price and all our meals, accommodation, travel, entertainment was included. There were additional extras we bought, but there were a couple of days where we didn't spend a cent. On average we spent an extra $90 a day and that was mainly on souvenirs, photos, shore tours and drinks.

Never a dull moment, we were either relaxing, being entertained or exploring this islands. The kids club kept the kids happy and meant me and DH could have some time out as well.

It was by far the easiest holiday as well. We unpacked all our stuff into the cabin and apart from doing our laundry, everything else was done for us. Our cabin steward cleaned our room for us twice a day, we even had our blankets pulled back for us before bedtime and every single meal was cooked for us. The staff were all friendly and loved kids.

My husband had been concerned that you only got such a short amount of time to see the country, however I found the time we had was enough and even he agrees. The Islands we went to were great to visit, but not somewhere you would want to spend a week to look around.

Usually the kids get a bit tired and fustrated towards the end of our holidays and are glad to go home, however this time they were begging to stay and had made plans to hide in a cupboard when it was time to go. lol

Edited by The 7 Dwarfs, 08 February 2013 - 09:10 AM.


#2 anotherid

Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

Awesome!

Can I ask some questions? What line did you cruise with and what type or room/s did you have?

Thanks.

#3 crazymum76

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:06 PM

Hi thinking of taking my kids with us next time just wondering what cruise liner you where on and what sort of cabins u need. Etc

Thanks

#4 Bryden

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for sharing. I'd also love to know about rooms. We only have 3 children but I'm hoping we could all stay in one room!

#5 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

We went with P & O on the Pacific Pearl and we had 3 cabins next to each other (2x Quad & 1x twin). I have since been told they now offer interconnecting quad rooms, which would still be 1 too short for us, but for families with 3-6 children this would work.

#6 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

We went to Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. The cave shot is from Isle of Pines.

#7 Walkers

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

Fantastic! Love the pics  original.gif
My parents came back from a cruise a few years ago and tried to get us to go with them on their next one. I wasn't convinced it would be a great holiday for a large family so we didn't end up going. Looks like I was wrong!



#8 *Caro*

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

That looks awesome, thanks for sharing!

#9 ~Sorceress~

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:42 AM

Wow! Looks great! original.gif

#10 Fabulous

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

Awesome, I have always been interested in cruises but worried that it would be a lot more expensive than flying overseas and staying in a hotel. Can I ask how much it cost?

#11 Natttmumm

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:39 AM

Looks great. My thoughts of taking the kids on a cruise were negative.
Maybe they would enjoy.
Can I ask whether any of them had any seasickness?

#12 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

All up the cruise cost just over $9000 for 9 days for 10 people (we paid for my mum to go as her birthday / Christmas present) and we spent about $800 on the cruise and equivalent of $100 on the islands. That included 1 shore tour and transfers to the airport. We drove to Sydney, but our Hiace could only fit in airport parking. Just to fly 9 of us from Sydney to New Caledonia would have cost more than $9000

None of us got seasick. A couple of us did feel a little off colour and dizzy the day we left for about 2-3 hours, and we had bad weather at times which required the open decks to be shut down.

Edited by The 7 Dwarfs, 17 December 2012 - 12:37 PM.


#13 *Caro*

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

This is going to make me sound paranoid, but did it seem safe for little kids? I have fears of a two year old slipping into the water!  I realise this is probably unlikely, but I can't get it out of my head  unsure.gif

#14 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

It is a possibility obviously, but unlikely as they would have to get to an open deck and then climb over the rail. Probably like there is a possibility they will get hit by a car while walking along the foot path if they were to run off onto the road IYKWIM.

The main deck had windows which sealed it so there was no way anyone could get through. The top deck was open, however the barriers were one piece and came up to my arm pits, so a 2 year old would have to do some significant climbing to get over it. The kids deck had mesh over the rails and the deck that was more open and only had the rails we didn't take the kids out onto and it was several decks below us.

In bad weather where it was too rocky or too windy, the open decks were locked down and no one could go on them.

#15 *Caro*

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

Thanks for that, that is reassuring original.gif

#16 QueenIanthe

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:05 PM

I have been googling cruises all afternoon ninja.gif

#17 Therese

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

It looks like you had a wonderful time!

#18 nik_klinger

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

Fantastic photos  biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

#19 gemgirl

Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

Great post. My partner and I were just discussing whether we'll "ever" get to holiday again (soon to have 4 kids) and I told her about this post original.gif

#20 a2z

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

QUOTE (The 7 Dwarfs @ 16/12/2012, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have just returned from a 9 day cruise to New Caledonia and all I can say is our next big holiday will be a cruise holiday! We have been on various holidays over the past 11 years and this was by far the best one so far.

It was very cost effective, we paid one price and all our meals, accommodation, travel, entertainment was included. There were additional extras we bought, but there were a couple of days where we didn't spend a cent. On average we spent an extra $90 a day and that was mainly on souvenirs, photos, shore tours and drinks.

Never a dull moment, we were either relaxing, being entertained or exploring this islands. The kids club kept the kids happy and meant me and DH could have some time out as well.

It was by far the easiest holiday as well. We unpacked all our stuff into the cabin and apart from doing our laundry, everything else was done for us. Our cabin steward cleaned our room for us twice a day, we even had our blankets pulled back for us before bedtime and every single meal was cooked for us. The staff were all friendly and loved kids.

My husband had been concerned that you only got such a short amount of time to see the country, however I found the time we had was enough and even he agrees. The Islands we went to were great to visit, but not somewhere you would want to spend a week to look around.


Thanks OP, although we only have four kids, you inspired us and we have booked a cruise, yay original.gif looking forward to it.

#21 fleeting

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

We also did one in September (with only 4 kids) and we also had a marvelous time!


#22 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE
Thanks OP, although we only have four kids, you inspired us and we have booked a
cruise, yay original.gif looking forward to it.



biggrin.gif Hope you all have a fantastic time

#23 mards

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

did you book it online??

#24 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

I booked through flight centre.




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