Re: my wife, daughter and friend and myself want to take a Cruise....any ideas??
I've been on several cruises. I think the biggest impact depends on what cruise line you go on as each tends to have a little different culture. My favorite is Celebrity and I like Princess as well.
Shore excursions on "tropical" cruises tend to be on the cheaper end, but I would still count on between $40-$200 per person per stop depending on what you want to do. On a lot of the islands you can kind of do your own thing and not have to pay for the organized trip and that can help save some money.
There is usually plenty to do on the boats so I wouldn't worry about getting bored. Most of the boats have a kids/teen area and activities, which are very safe. I went on an Alaska cruise when I was 15 and I don't think I saw my parents at all. This again is pretty dependent on the cruise line, but most tropical cruises tend to be a little more family oriented and there should be lots of other kids around.
Food is again really dependent on the cruise line, but I would recommend doing dinner in the dining room. If you do a Carnival cruise it might not matter as much, but on the "formal" nights most people on the boat are dressed up.
The casino's tend to be pretty basic and there are pretty strict rules on when they are open. It isn't Vegas, but they are ok.
I don't get sea sick, but at times you will notice the boat moving around. It can be a little disorienting if you are in your room.
I don't know if they will let two minors have their own room. You could probably get a 2nd room and just have them stay in there, but it would probably be best to get two rooms vs. one. The rooms are a little small and four people in one room would get a little cramped.