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CARMEN HANSEN
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012

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My husband and I were just hitting 40 when we went on our first cruise.

Having done a fair number of trips of various kinds, this came out on top as the best way to have a real holiday, and for us with two boys in tow (aged five and seven) it was the first holiday that gave us all what we were looking for.

We totally recommend the kids' clubs on Carnival cruises. We had trouble getting the kids to spend time with us as they were having so much fun.

The shows are Vegas-quality and both family and adult entertainment are polished and never in short supply.

The extras on the ships, swimming pool, gym, cafe, games room, etc... mean you don't even have to leave the ship to have a good time.

The opportunity to see seven places in seven days without unpacking and packing up every day is the best. The service is first rate.

Excursions are where you will add some expense but you can always do your own bookings for these if you want to save a bit, bearing in mind it can come with risks.

The food is amazing and much more tempting than the gym, we don't know anyone who has come back from a cruise lighter than the were when they started.

We can't wait to go on our next cruise, nor can the kids, its only the bank account holding us back.

We have friends who have travelled on Princess and Royal Caribbean too, all had a fantastic time. You won't be disappointed.

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