I will be sending my two daughters to join the kid's crew. It will be nice to spend some free time without the children once in a while, but it is a family vacation and we plan on spending a lot of quality time with them. I just think its important for kids to play with other kids their own age. My oldest is a little shy and isn't the type to just go up and talk to another child but in a group setting she might. Plus my two daughters (4 and 8) will be in seperate kids crews so they'll have to play with other kids and not just together. If anyone actually thought it was a hassle having their kids on the cruise with them, I'm sure they would have realized its probably cheaper to leave them home. But like I said , its a family vacation and it wouldn't be family without my kids.