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Post by JakeF » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:08 pm

Hi, I’ve been looking into the Atlantis resort and wrote a separate post with questions about that. But I’m looking for other ideas for good vacations for myself and my twin boys. I took them to Universal 2 summers ago and we want to do something different. 1 is desperate to go to Atlantis, but also they both had wanted to go on a cruise after a friend did about 2 years ago, it was a Royal Caribbean and their Dad told me it was awesome, but they had all sorts of credits and stuff. I’ve looked at Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and it looks like those are the 2 better lines with the water parks on board, and kid stuff. Carnival looks good, but I’ve read it’s still the typical Carnival party ships and I want to avoid that with my boys so it’s fun for them.

They both like water parks, we live in Massachusetts, and if we did take a cruise, I was hoping to save on airfare but the only cruises from Boston are Norwegian to Bermuda during Huky and August. I looked at leaving from New York and there’s a nice Royal Caribbean ship that leaves from there which is one of the newer and biggest ships. That goes to Bermuda to. I don’t mind going to Bermuda, my concern is my boys don’t like the “beach” really, and I don’t know what else we’d do on islands as they like fresh water for swimming, water parks, we did have a blast at Universal and Disney in Florida, but we’ve been to Disney twice before I got divorced and then to Universal afterwards. They like camping a “bit”, so I plan to go do that for a weekend or something, but I’ve also looked into even renting a place on in New Hampshire or Maine, but the prices are high and I know that we will all have fun going someplace else. I was thinking of driving someplace, but that takes up a lot of the vacation time and I get 2 weeks, that aren’t consecutive. My exwife is apparently taking them to Washington DC, and I’d wanted to take them there, but I won’t do it this year now.

Any ideas are really appreciated! I personally like California, butt I’ve only been to San Diego, and I’m not sure what to do aside from the San Diego Zoo which during the summer will be super hot.

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Post by LadyGeek » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:13 pm

Welcome! The other post is here: Atlantis Bahamas for myself with 2 kids?
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Post by brandy » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:40 pm

camping a bit, fresh water, etc
Introduce them to adventure:
Consider some of Maine's state parks and public lands for camping, hiking, boating, etc,
http://www.stateparks.com/maine_parks_a ... tions.html
or national park, or wildlife refuges
https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/par ... tate-parks
get them cameras, magnifying glass, maybe hike part of the Appalachian Trail or other.
Take some kind of class--rock climbing, being safe in the outdoors, camping--state parks here offer camping classes for newbie campers--boating, camp/basic skills etc.
Fun doesn't really have to cost big bucks or be far from home. Teach them how to be quiet .

New Hampshire probably has similar opportunities.

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Post by tibbitts » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:59 pm

If you aren't familiar with cruises, you should know that you usually only receive "goodies" with other than the least expensive cabins. But you're on the same ship with everyone else, get (mostly) the same food and entertainment, etc. However sometimes paying for a modest upgrade can be worth it, especially with more than two people - you might get a better deal on the third person, for example, that you might not with a base fare.

I don't see the point in going to the Bahamas in the summer. Actually any other time either, but that's just me. You can take cruises around New England and Canada from Boston (either one-way or round-trip), if Boston is a requirement due to being local. Otherwise, if you want a cruise, I'd say that in the U.S., Alaska is the way to go.

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Post by Pajamas » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:20 pm

I find it hard to believe that a vacation in New Hampshire or Maine isn't significantly less expensive than a cruise or a stay at the Atlantis.

There are several water parks within a day's drive of each other and Boston. Have you considered visiting three or four in one week since they like water parks so much? You could drive and stay in AirBnBs or relatively inexpensive hotels and do a few other things in between the water parks.

Probably would not be a good choice during the summer, but the three of you might enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. There are a couple of water parks there; relatively inexpensive flights, hotels, and dining (including the buffets); neat architecture; lots of shows; and short trips like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam; as well as camping or other outdoor activities nearby. They might enjoy a helicopter tour. I wish my parents had taken me to Vegas when I was thirteen.

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Post by 123 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:09 am

Of course we don't know the family situation but generally I think 13 year old boys would rather spend time with other kids of similar age than to hang around with a parent. Maybe find a location with 2 or 3 water parks where you can take the boys over the course of the week. The earlier suggestion of Las Vegas might work out well. Going on a cruise or staying at a fixed resort for a week seems to add a lot of cost yet may not include the kind of experiences the kids would prefer.
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Post by golfCaddy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:10 am

Have they tried surfing?

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Post by Hulahoop60 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:18 am

I saw the heading and without reading anything, I immediate thought, "The Atlantis". I have not been to the Atlantis in quite a while, but there was a nearby grocery store and restaurants where you can go to save some money - pizza, hamburgers, etc. When my kids were younger we stayed at the harborside which had a kitchen and pull out couch. One way we saved money was to eat breakfast in the room every morning, peanut butter sandwiches for snacks, pizza one night, hamburgers another. I believe there is pizza delivery available, but we never used it. I did pack a suitcase full of snacks, cereal, english muffins, etc. I bought milk, eggs and butter at the harborside store. You just have to plan it out if you would like to cut back on expenses. You can find money saving tips on the travel web that has a lot of reviews. My kids were 12 and 14 at that time & they said it was better than Disney. In our area, school does not begin until the 2nd week of September, so we went at the end of August, room prices where lower at that time of the summer, and a lot of students are already back in school so not as crowded. At that time, there was also a "sister" hotel where you can stay for cheaper prices off campus and still have full access.

Also Jake, you may want to book directly. I'm seeing rooms starting at $161 in August at the Atlantis. I also never fly anywhere without using airline points so hopefully you have some of those.
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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:23 am

Colorado Rockies. Hiking, mountain biking, water parks, hot springs, alpine slides.

And it’s pretty.

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Post by DidItMyWay » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:53 am

I found Atlantis to be overrated (food and service both mediocre at best IMHO.) If you are thinking of a cruise, here is what I would do. (I have been on all of these cruiselines/ships.)

-Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure/Freedom/Liberty...Not sure what these ships itineraries are currently, but see if they stop in Nassau. You can do a day excursion to Atlantis and visit the water park there. (I don't even like water parks, but the lazy river was fun and relaxing.) The boys can do both the teen club on the ship and hang out with you as well. Oasis of the Seas was one of our favorite vacations. The ship is incredible. It leaves from Orlando, and we plan to do it again.

-The Norwegian Breakaway or Getaway are also nice and have a good teen club called "Entourage". :happy

-Even the Disney cruise has a great teen club and would be enjoyed if you like Disney. Castaway Cay is their private island where they make a stop, and it's one of my favorite places. Some of them also stop in Nassau as well.

I agree with you; don't bother with Carnival.

For all of these, you'll have to spring for the airfare to FL, but I can pretty much guarantee that you and your boys will have a great/memorable trip.

Have fun!

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Post by smitcat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:16 am

DidItMyWay wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:53 am
I found Atlantis to be overrated (food and service both mediocre at best IMHO.) If you are thinking of a cruise, here is what I would do. (I have been on all of these cruiselines/ships.)

-Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure/Freedom/Liberty...Not sure what these ships itineraries are currently, but see if they stop in Nassau. You can do a day excursion to Atlantis and visit the water park there. (I don't even like water parks, but the lazy river was fun and relaxing.) The boys can do both the teen club on the ship and hang out with you as well. Oasis of the Seas was one of our favorite vacations. The ship is incredible. It leaves from Orlando, and we plan to do it again.

-The Norwegian Breakaway or Getaway are also nice and have a good teen club called "Entourage". :happy

-Even the Disney cruise has a great teen club and would be enjoyed if you like Disney. Castaway Cay is their private island where they make a stop, and it's one of my favorite places. Some of them also stop in Nassau as well.

I agree with you; don't bother with Carnival.

For all of these, you'll have to spring for the airfare to FL, but I can pretty much guarantee that you and your boys will have a great/memorable trip.

Have fun!
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Post by DidItMyWay » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:22 am

smitcat wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:16 am
DidItMyWay wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:53 am
I found Atlantis to be overrated (food and service both mediocre at best IMHO.) If you are thinking of a cruise, here is what I would do. (I have been on all of these cruiselines/ships.)

-Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure/Freedom/Liberty...Not sure what these ships itineraries are currently, but see if they stop in Nassau. You can do a day excursion to Atlantis and visit the water park there. (I don't even like water parks, but the lazy river was fun and relaxing.) The boys can do both the teen club on the ship and hang out with you as well. Oasis of the Seas was one of our favorite vacations. The ship is incredible. It leaves from Orlando, and we plan to do it again.

-The Norwegian Breakaway or Getaway are also nice and have a good teen club called "Entourage". :happy

-Even the Disney cruise has a great teen club and would be enjoyed if you like Disney. Castaway Cay is their private island where they make a stop, and it's one of my favorite places. Some of them also stop in Nassau as well.

I agree with you; don't bother with Carnival.

For all of these, you'll have to spring for the airfare to FL, but I can pretty much guarantee that you and your boys will have a great/memorable trip.

Have fun!
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Post by researcher » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:47 am

JakeF wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:08 pm
But I’m looking for other ideas for good vacations for myself and my twin boys...
They both like water parks...
I was hoping to save on airfare ...
my boys don’t like the “beach” really...
I would NOT pursue the Atlantis vacation. I looked into it myself and found it to be overpriced and uninteresting. There are lots of waterparks and aquariums you can visit in the US for much cheaper.

The cruise is not a bad idea, but there are better options. Your kids don't like the beach or saltwater (cruise ships have salt water pools). And you'd have the time/expense of flying to FL for a broader selection of cruises.

I think you should spend a week at one of the resorts/lodges in the Adirondack Mountains, at a place like this...
https://www.thesagamore.com/activities/

It is a fairly short drive for you and it would be a fun and memorable trip for 2 active young boys and their dad. There wouldn't be a shortage of things to do...
- Canoes, kayaks, boat rides
- Swimming pools, beaches, fishing
- Hiking, biking, horseback riding
- Sports of all types, rock climbing, mini golf, ect

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Post by delamer » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:58 am

DidItMyWay wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:53 am
I found Atlantis to be overrated (food and service both mediocre at best IMHO.) If you are thinking of a cruise, here is what I would do. (I have been on all of these cruiselines/ships.)

-Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure/Freedom/Liberty...Not sure what these ships itineraries are currently, but see if they stop in Nassau. You can do a day excursion to Atlantis and visit the water park there. (I don't even like water parks, but the lazy river was fun and relaxing.) The boys can do both the teen club on the ship and hang out with you as well. Oasis of the Seas was one of our favorite vacations. The ship is incredible. It leaves from Orlando, and we plan to do it again.

-The Norwegian Breakaway or Getaway are also nice and have a good teen club called "Entourage". :happy

-Even the Disney cruise has a great teen club and would be enjoyed if you like Disney. Castaway Cay is their private island where they make a stop, and it's one of my favorite places. Some of them also stop in Nassau as well.

I agree with you; don't bother with Carnival.

For all of these, you'll have to spring for the airfare to FL, but I can pretty much guarantee that you and your boys will have a great/memorable trip.

Have fun!

Just wanted to second that you can easily find cruise ships that stop in Nassau and spend a day at Atlantis.

Agreed that Norwegian or Royal Caribbean are good choices for a trip with the kids. Lots of activities that they’ll like onboard — bowling, mini golf, water slides, etc.

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Post by djpeteski » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:17 am

Just my .02 cents for Carnival. Sure the short term cruises tend to mostly be for the drunk and disorderly, but I would say the same holds true for Royal Caribbean as the others that offer the same short cruises (exc: Disney). Once you hit the 7 or 8 day length cruises they tend to be more calm. The drunks don't have the money to miss that much work, for the cruise, for the drinks or their time in the casino.

To me the food and amenities on the larger of the Carnival ships is right in a boy's wheel house. Many of them have ropes courses, the sky ride is a blast, the blue iguana is a Chipolte like burrito/taco stand and of course there is Guy's Burgers.

My family loves Carnival and we've sailed two other brands, but like Carnival the best.
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Post by djpeteski » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:21 am

smitcat wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:16 am


"It leaves from Orlando, and we plan to do it again."

Leaves from Orlando?
LOL! :D Believe it or not, they consider Port Canaveral leaving from Orlando. All of the cruise ships have buses from the airport and the logistics are you can fly in the day your cruise leaves.

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Post by wilked » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:35 am

Head to NH/Maine, get outdoors.

Plan a week and hit these things:
1. At least half the time outdoors in tents. But mixing it up with indoor not bad either
2. White Water rafting on the Penobscot.
3. Two decent hikes. Presidentials is an idea, Mt Willard's a nice one, lots of options. Appalachia or Arethusa Falls for some cool waterfalls
4. Do a day at a water park if they are into it. Make that a weekday, not weekend

A key for me would be to shut the screens off, phones / tablets.

Might consider having them bring a common friend, will act as an intermediary and take a little pressure off you

I would imagine 13 yr olds being bored outta their skulls on a cruise personally, doing a whole lot of this https://www.videoblocks.com/video/asian ... hwiqmf20k1

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Post by 2retire » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:03 pm

If you decide to try and kill two birds with one stone, there are cruises that make stops at Atlantis. However, if you are getting off the cruise ship and trying to go there, be prepared. It costs $130 per person, for the full park, for the few hours you are off the ship.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:37 pm

I'm not sure I would do a cruise with kids that age--just seems an "in between" awkward age for a cruise to me.

BUT if you do settle on a cruise, go to the Cruise Critic site and find one with a good program for kids that age. We took our 16 (I think) y/o on an Alaskan cruise and were all concerned that he would bored in the evenings. He met a bunch of teenagers at the ship's "kid program," and we seldom saw him except for excursions and day-time scenic opportunities on-board. He absolutely loved it! But girls were involved in his case, so YMMV.

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Post by renue74 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:41 pm

I have 2 sons (13 and 15). Here are the things we've done before:

Kid enjoyment level (1-10)

• Visit Orlando and do the water parks. Disney has a 2 and they are great. We also hit EPCOT during the same visit. Kid enjoyment level: 9

• Fly to Sanibel Island (Near Sarasota) and spend a week. Shell collecting is premium here. Even my kids who don't like the "beach" sorta like yours enjoyed snorkeling and finding shells. Level: 8

• Go to Puerto Rico. Lots of beach time, Old San Juan, Pool Time, Eating local, etc. They hated it. Level: 1

• "Man's week" spring break in Hawaii. Wife is a teacher in different school district...so she had a separate spring break. We left w/o her to Oahu. Awesome week. We snorkeled in Haunama Bay, Took surf lessons on the north shore, visited Pearl Harbor, Ate Shave Ice in Haleiwa. Kids loved it...lots to do. Level: 10

• Yearly "man's weekend" camping trips to the Smokey Mtns in NC. (No wife allowed) We are not outdoors-y folks as far as adventure vacations, but I make it a point that we go yearly for a long weekend. Rough it in a camp ground, sleeping in tents, cooking and eating over a fire. We find some beginner hiking trails, view some water falls, buy some NC apples and honey and call it a "win" for us "surviving." We actually look forward to the short trip. Level: 8

Anywhere you go will not hold their attention for long. I've been to Bermuda and taken short 3 day cruises from Charleston, SC to the Bahamas. I don't think my boys would had liked either.

I would love to take my kids on a white water rafting trip in Colorado. I think they would like that...or at least it be memorable. We all remember those special family vacations when we were young. Even if they sucked, it was the uniqueness of the experience. I remember family vacations to Myrtle Beach for surf fishing. I remember driving with my dad from Atlanta to Edgewater, MD and tent camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nothing special...but I remember the experience.

Take them on a train ride to some place. Rent a car and visit Texas looking for the hottest Tex-Mex in the state. Look for the largest water park in the USA and take them there...but make an experience out of it.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:02 pm

Great advice ^^^

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Post by smitcat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:37 pm

renue74 wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:41 pm
I have 2 sons (13 and 15). Here are the things we've done before:

Kid enjoyment level (1-10)

• Visit Orlando and do the water parks. Disney has a 2 and they are great. We also hit EPCOT during the same visit. Kid enjoyment level: 9

• Fly to Sanibel Island (Near Sarasota) and spend a week. Shell collecting is premium here. Even my kids who don't like the "beach" sorta like yours enjoyed snorkeling and finding shells. Level: 8

• Go to Puerto Rico. Lots of beach time, Old San Juan, Pool Time, Eating local, etc. They hated it. Level: 1

• "Man's week" spring break in Hawaii. Wife is a teacher in different school district...so she had a separate spring break. We left w/o her to Oahu. Awesome week. We snorkeled in Haunama Bay, Took surf lessons on the north shore, visited Pearl Harbor, Ate Shave Ice in Haleiwa. Kids loved it...lots to do. Level: 10

• Yearly "man's weekend" camping trips to the Smokey Mtns in NC. (No wife allowed) We are not outdoors-y folks as far as adventure vacations, but I make it a point that we go yearly for a long weekend. Rough it in a camp ground, sleeping in tents, cooking and eating over a fire. We find some beginner hiking trails, view some water falls, buy some NC apples and honey and call it a "win" for us "surviving." We actually look forward to the short trip. Level: 8

Anywhere you go will not hold their attention for long. I've been to Bermuda and taken short 3 day cruises from Charleston, SC to the Bahamas. I don't think my boys would had liked either.

I would love to take my kids on a white water rafting trip in Colorado. I think they would like that...or at least it be memorable. We all remember those special family vacations when we were young. Even if they sucked, it was the uniqueness of the experience. I remember family vacations to Myrtle Beach for surf fishing. I remember driving with my dad from Atlanta to Edgewater, MD and tent camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nothing special...but I remember the experience.

Take them on a train ride to some place. Rent a car and visit Texas looking for the hottest Tex-Mex in the state. Look for the largest water park in the USA and take them there...but make an experience out of it.
Good thoughts - if you liked the Disney water parks you would love the U-studios water park.

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Post by jlawrence01 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:47 pm

JakeF wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:08 pm
Any ideas are really appreciated! I personally like California, butt I’ve only been to San Diego, and I’m not sure what to do aside from the San Diego Zoo which during the summer will be super hot.

Phoenix and Las Vegas get super hot in the summer months (>100F) on most days. San Diego is NOT generally get to 90 and is usually in the high 70s or low 80s in the summer months as it is on the Pacific Ocean.

(Of course, it is going up to 85 today and is 20 degrees above normal as I type.)

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Post by JakeF » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:45 pm

Pajamas wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:20 pm
I find it hard to believe that a vacation in New Hampshire or Maine isn't significantly less expensive than a cruise or a stay at the Atlantis.

There are several water parks within a day's drive of each other and Boston. Have you considered visiting three or four in one week since they like water parks so much? You could drive and stay in AirBnBs or relatively inexpensive hotels and do a few other things in between the water parks.

Probably would not be a good choice during the summer, but the three of you might enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. There are a couple of water parks there; relatively inexpensive flights, hotels, and dining (including the buffets); neat architecture; lots of shows; and short trips like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam; as well as camping or other outdoor activities nearby. They might enjoy a helicopter tour. I wish my parents had taken me to Vegas when I was thirteen.
Thank you! It’s true that finding a place to stay in N.H and Maine in the summer that’s near water and decent isn’t much less Han traveling, of course it depends where, but it’s also quite hard to find rentals as well.
I have been thinking about just going to places that we can drive to. I’m going to start looking for water parks and other stuff outside of Mass, NH, because the biggest water park around is Water Country up in Salem, NH, and it’s ok, but there’s definitely far better.

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Post by dknightd » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:40 pm

If all three of you are reasonably healthy consider a raft trip down the Grand Canyon.
It will be something you never forget. There are outfitters who will basically take care of everything.
I did a self guided trip. It was a lot of work. As near as I could tell the people on the guided tours had just as much fun :) ;)
Just another alternative . . .

p.s. find out what it will cost. Don't get in debt to do it ;)

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Post by vveat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:50 pm

I am just back from a week cruise on Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas from Bayonne, NJ to the Bahamas and back. This may be the "newer ship leaving from NY" that you have been looking into. It was me + 2 kids, admittedly younger (7 and 9)

The ship in my opinion was not sufficiently catering to kids. The pools were small and couldn't keep their interest long enough, there was no water slide. Whenever we go to a water park they disappear for the whole day, here they were getting bored in a couple of hours max. There is a Flowrider surfing simulator yours may like though. The Seaplex has roller skating, trapeze and bumper cars in some hours, I found the lines too long but once you are in it's fun. The XBoxes were mostly not working. There is an iFly simulator, you are to book it the moment you enter the ship - in a couple of hours there were no more free slots. There were some games for teens only, can't speak to them. But my kids were bored. We took half of suitcase full of books and they read through them by Day 3, after that had to keep the Kindles full.

The stop at Coco Cay (their private island) was fine, but if your boys get bored on beaches they won't like it. The water park is pretty small.

At Nassau there is excursion to Atlantis and the water park, which is what you need I guess. We went to do a dolphin swim on Blue Island, which was pricey but very much worth it, well organized and we all loved it.

I hope this helps. This was our first cruise, and if we repeat it with the kids we'll probably try for more children oriented version, perhaps Disney

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Post by dknightd » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:12 pm

Cruise ships are for old folks. Take your kids on an adventure.

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Post by Dottie57 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:49 pm

Some year think about New Mexico.

Great national parks. Lots of historic sites.

I went in October and it was great weather.

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by delamer » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:56 pm

dknightd wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Cruise ships are for old folks. Take your kids on an adventure.
How often do you take cruises?

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by dknightd » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:52 am

delamer wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:56 pm

How often do you take cruises?
never have. Wife and I are thinking about it though

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by delamer » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:01 pm

dknightd wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:52 am
delamer wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:56 pm

How often do you take cruises?
never have. Wife and I are thinking about it though

Then how do you know that cruises are for “old folks”?

My kids went on cruises when they were around the age of the OP’s sons, and had a great time.

Cruises now are not all about formal dinners, shows based on 40’s music, and museums. There are special kids’ activities on the ship and there are a lot of shore excursions that are pretty active. We’ve been ziplining and tubing on cruise excursions.

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by dknightd » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:18 pm

delamer wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:01 pm

Then how do you know that cruises are for “old folks”?
Guess I was wrong. Sorry if I offended you. Carry on

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by delamer » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:29 pm

dknightd wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:18 pm
delamer wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:01 pm

Then how do you know that cruises are for “old folks”?
Guess I was wrong. Sorry if I offended you. Carry on

Not offended, just puzzled that you would make that statement without having any experience with cruises.

But do try one!

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by Hug401k » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:36 pm

Fellow MA resident with a 12 and 10 yr old. Here are some things I've thought about, but I'm waiting for the 10 yr old to get a bit older. They have Parasailing out of Newport. Add a fishing trip to that, maybe some sailing, and some beach time and I think that's a fun time. Beavertail in Jamestown is a small but awesome park, all rocks and crashing waves. Maybe add a ghost stories tour? There is also white water rafting in NH and Maine. I did that many years ago and that was fun. My oldest enjoys zip lining too.

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by Balefire » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:43 pm

We did our first cruise.
It was Disney.
It was very fun.
Children 10 and 11yo.
Water parks
Theater
Movies
Pools
Slides
Food
Games
No end to fun

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by Taylor Larimore » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:49 pm

JakeF:

Several years ago my wife and I took a cruise on Royal Caribbean's "Allure of the Seas." It was a better cruise than we expected. A large part of the ship was reserved for children (not sure about their ages). The Disney ship should also be considered.

Give them a look. Have fun.

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Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

Post by rj49 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:29 am

You might check out the Carnival 4-day cruises that leave out of Long Beach, CA, and go to Catalina Island (zip lining, biking, ropes course) and Ensenada (shopping and sightseeing). It has a water slide and putt-putt golf and deck parties, and I didn't feel like I was on a frat party or Spring break, with families and a very broad mix of people. They have two ships (Inspiration and Imagination) doing the same itinerary, both around 2000 passengers, so it's easy to get around, and it's not as overwhelming or stressful as megaships. The best part is the pricing, which can be under $50 per person for an inside cabin (easy to justify a separate cabin for the boys--just book an adult in each one and switch room keys). Flights should be reasonable to LA (Jetblue goes right into Long Beach), and it's easy to add on a Southern California theme park or sightseeing to add on to the cruise. I'm also bored by beaches and sitting in the sun, but those cruises make a cheap and quick winter getaway, and I can avoid having to dress up, the food is decent, the crew is fun, the upselling isn't as awful as on other lines, and the diverse passengers seem to have more fun than the usual older crowd on other lines.

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