We have been on several Princess cruises and often wondered where all the kids were. It's like they are hidden away somewhere. I saw them get on the ship and then I saw them get off the ship but I haven't a clue there whereabouts during the cruise.
Sure thing - I'm turning 21 this June and will squirrel gobs of money (or win it) to go on a cruise with an age restriction similar to the DCL specialty dining venue, Palo (it does not permit anyone under 18)! No screaming banshees in Formal Night, no brat interruptions in the Broadway-style show revues, and no Cheerios on my Angus steak! I'm going to love it!
Here is the policy for Celebrity Cruise lines.
Facility Age Requirement
Thalassotherapy Pool* Age 16 and over*
Fun Factory Facilities Ages 3 through 17, with age-specific sections.
Theater Under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Pools** Guests must be fully toilet trained to enter the pools or whirlpools
Whirlpools ** Under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult
Ports of call Under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult
Bingo Under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult
Fitness Center Age 16 and over
Aqua Spa Age 18 and over
Ages 13 through 17 may only be present while participating in scheduled treatments
Adult Night Club / Disco Age 18 and over (see Alcohol Policy)
Casino*** Age 18 and over (except Alaska***)
Hey hey - I'm doing Celebrity Century this spring and will love to go there - I can't wait to check out the Casino, do the slots and not worry about screaming meenies!
Sure we like cruising without kids but that's why we don't cruise during spring break, summer and holidays, other than Thanksgiving, and never had that many to worry about. On Princess if there are 30 to 50 kids on board you'll hardly notice them. If you cruise during spring break on a 7 day cruise you're asking for it.
I think we would feel differently if parents controlled their children...but most (I know I wrote most) think that since the ship has boundaries (the sea) and limited space (railings)...that their kids can and should run free...or run amok.
When you cruise a warm weather and port intensive itinerary it's not as bad because most passengers are outdoors or enjoying the ports...but if it's a cooler or rainy itinerary (like we experienced twice in Alaska) wow...you really notice the restless kids and teens. They're bored beyond belief looking for entertainment on a ship that has limited space and boundaries and no parents within sight or sound.
Parents can idealize in their own minds what a family cruise will be like rather than what the realities are. It takes work and planning to have a successful vacation with kids let alone a cruise. What happens is when their children or teens get bored with nothing to do on 'sea' days these same parents relinquish care and responsibility to the ship crew so they can 'chill out', and that's usually when we have the 'opportunity' to meet their kids.
NO not all parents are this way and not all teens and children find cruising boring...but certainly enough.
Sorry, but in defense of families and children: I don't have any small children. Mine are grown and in fact, my only Grandchild is now 17 and is a Platinum C&A member. We took a 12 day cruise to Hawaii that was what we refer to as the "Blue Hair Cruise"...I've never seen so many rude passengers on one ship EVER. When it's a child that bumps into you, there's a parent saying "I'm sorry." When it's a walker or a cane that just took out your toe, there's no apology. Forget using the elevator. Forget trying to get around them in the hallways. Forget trying to get a seat in the windjammer. YOu've got too many people that are finished with the meal, but are sitting with a magnifying glass doing a crossword puzzle and won't give up the table. I'll take small children on a cruise any day. At the least, the kids and parents don't feel "entitled" to forget manners. As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for...."
I've met more responsible, respectful parents with children than elderly on cruise ships. Case in point is the number of rude remarks on this thread regarding parents and children. Again, let me point out I'm AARP and no children. I'd prefer to see the families than the nursing home set.
On RCCL, they have:
Solarium - Adults only pool. Kids can't even go to the Solariium. Who is splashing you?
The hot tubs - Adults only
Casino - Adults only
Cigar Lounge - Adults Only
Theater - Adults only Comedy Show
Lounges - Lounges for Teens; Separate Lounges for the Adults
Specialty Restaurants have very few children daken the doors
Your cabin - No children unless you bring them along
They have a kids club where the majority of the kids spend the day. They have sleepover programs for the kids on special nights. Hopefully someone will be able to find a cruise that is Adult only, but the picture of the little girl screaming her head isn't typical and is rude...If you're looking for LESS or NO Children on cruise lines that still allow them to cruise with you, see the above list and avoid the main dining room and the Windjammer until you can advertise and see if you can fill up a ship and charter it as Adult Only. So far, you have around 88 posters. If you double that, assuming this person has someone to bring along, you're of to a good start with around 176 people that are willing to book an Adults only cruise.
Well supervised kids don't bother me. I figger that counts for the vast majority of kids on the cruise. Being a parent of a 4 year old might make me more tolerant of children. I just have a problem with most kinds of demographic segragation. I'm a little put off by the Tom Joyner Cruise.
I used to be a kid but never got to go on a cruise---always wanted to. Then I got "old" and can now go on cruises and the kids don't seem to bother me or my wife. Guess I see a little "me" in those lucky kids.
Those that say kids don't bother them on cruises aparently have never wanted to get in the swimming pool on their cruise.
I'm all for a cruise without children and now cruise during the Winter months when most are in school.
There is a certain percentage of the population in America that is constantly looking for a way to sue somebody and make some easy money.
The cruise lines are one of their favourite targets.
Celebrity had to stop the Adults Only cruises after multiple lawsuits over "age discrimination". Parents claimed that the line was discriminating against younger people. That is illegal in America.
If im not mistaken.....Celebrity ships are not American flagged ships. The laws of the USA should not apply to a Celebrity ship then. I realize though that people are sue happy about everything these days so I guess I can understand their reasons for stopping them.
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