My family has been on many cruises with and without our 2 small children. We are planning a trip in April (Carnival Imagination) with our friends and their 2 children, ages 6 & 8. My friend is terrified of going with his kids. He thinks it is very dangerous and something could happen to his kids. I tried to tell him that it is safe and the kids would not be unattended. Any suggestions or useful info I can pass to him would be greatly appreciated.
When your children are not in Camp Carnival (they watch them like hawks), the same parenting skills you have on land apply to the ship, supervise them and know where they are at all times. Most parents, when cruising, keep a very watchful eye on their children. The children you see running around alone are in the minority. I have been sailing alone with my grandson since he was 7 years old and never had a problem on the ship or on any of our shore excursions. We have seen wonderful, magical islands and snorkeled beautiful waters together. If he is in the game room, I'm in the game room, if he wants ice cream, I go with him, I have never allowed him to roam the ship on his own. Now that he is a teenager, he still LOVES to cruise with me, it's his favorite vacation ever.