cruise is good for you as it got all the things that you described. we went on a cruise for the first time last year and the cruise is very mixed ans also the ages too. the kids had got a activity day by day rooms and they can be there all day if they wanted to. plus you can eat much as you want on the cruise.. all you need to pay for is the drinks
I've only cruised BC but have a colleague who went with a slightly younger one (and had a fab time) - we did a week round the Med.
Think it's excellent and if you pick the right ship there will be activities - but i guess you need to check if OK for your DD to eat (formal)dinner with you etc. Don't remember seeing any "youngsters" around in the evenings.
I researched this a lot b4 xmas as booked my parents a cruise as suprise golden wedding present-they are there now-hopefully enjoying it!
Before researching I couldnt think of anything worse than being stuck on a ship with my kids BUT have been completely converted. Some of the ships are huge and have great looking kids stuff-playrooms/pools/climbing walls/activities. Some have family rooms for up to 5.
Seem to vary a lot though, someone lines being more child friendly.
There is a good site called www.cruisereview.com (and also www.cruisecritic.com) with reviews of all the ships.
DH really cross now as has been persauding me for years to do a cruise and I have always said no-Ooops!
i went with P&O cruises - they have some good bargains - we got ours on the teletext on itv and the bargains are really mental..
i would go again as i was 6 months preg when i went on the first cruise and it was the most relaxing holiday ive ever been on as on land you need to worry about finding a restaurant/ bars/ night clubs/ theatre/pool... etc but on the boat everything is there on your lap ! you get served on everything !! - i hated it when i came home and had to cook the tea
We went on one to the carribean and it was AMAZING! Not only will you get what your after with the dancing, entertainment etc but the things you get to do are brilliant! I learnt so much by going and got to see so many differnt places. If we could afford it we would go every year.