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Old September 14th, 2006, 11:36 PM
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Hi..
I am first time cruiser. (a very excited one!)
I have a couple of questions I have not been able to search out in the forums.

-We are headed to the caribbean on Princess CP. I have been trying very hard to try and find out the qualifications of the childcare providers on the ship. Does Princess have a degree requirement, experience level, etc? We have 4 year old twins, and I just want to know who will be overseeing their care.

-I have pre-registered on-line and was looking at the excursions, and some of them only have 20 spots left. (we leave Nov. 19th) Is this something I should move on and book now? I really didn't think I would have to make those decisions this early.
Thank you very much!
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Old September 15th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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I have never sailed Princess, but on the other 3 lines I have sailed the childcare staff has always had an educational back ground in early childhood development or something right along those lines. More importantly, they love children. I have never had any problems with the kids clubs, other than the fact the kids never want to leave when its time to go.
I would think that having twins would actually make going to the kids club a lot easier. I know its always easier on my kids when they know their siblings are joining them. Especially on that first day when things can be a little scary.
Many of the workers we've met are from Canada and Europe and even though I am a little more vigilant than usual the first few days of a cruise, I have always been impressed by these staff members.
Occasionally you hear a complaint, but for the most part the cruise lines must be doing this right, because you rarely hear a negative comment.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 09:26 PM
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Hi 6rumps,

Welcome to Cruisemates!

As beenie weenie said, the childcare staff is very good! Here's the link to the Princess children's programs, if you haven't seen them:

http://www.princess.com/answer/kids.html

Your biggest problem will be getting the kids out of the children's programs !

As far as shore exursions, yes, if there's something you really want to do, book them online. From what I've seen the excursions always start with 20 people. Go ahead and book what you think you'll want to do. Once you get onboard you can cancel if you change your mind (within 24 hours, I think).
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