Just dicovered this great website. I'm planning on taking my 12 year old daughter on a Caribean cruise next spring and I'm wondering is it possible for her to have the time of her life doing 12 year old things and for me to find time to relax and even go out at night. This cruise is mostly for her but if she is busy and content it would be nice for a single dad to hang out with others. Would that be a bad thing? Is there many "single" parents that even cruise? Thanks..
Well, this single mother is taking her 9-year old son on our second cruise over Spring Break, going on the Pride March 22nd. So, yes, there are some single parents out there cruising. Your daughter should have a great time. Camp Carnival has activities for her age group, so she can meet fellow kids and have fun hanging out while Dad gets in a little R&R of his own, which is definitely not a bad thing. My son was begging to go back to Camp Carnival after his first time, so I told him I would try to find something to do on my own. ! Hope you and your daughter have a great time!
There are lots of singles on board as well as activities for your daughter. I think that she will have the time of her life and always thank you for it. There is nothing wrong with you going out and having a nice time. That is what you are there for, so feel don't feel guilty by any means.
I truly believe you will both have a great time together and apart. Camp Carnival is wonderful for the kids. Even though your daughter will be 12, read some reviews especially where people have kids who have to be taken away from the camp to spend time with their folks. The final review of the Pride-Oct. 5 is a great representation of what the camp has to offer even if their child is younger. I highly recommend the Pride, too as it has a great Video Game Room, 3 pools one with a dome cover in case it rains, etc. (plus 1 kiddie pool). Good size cabins no matter if they are inside or outside. A wonderful spa and gym (for dad). The variety of food in the buffet is fabulous with Pizza available 24 hrs. a day. The shows and entertainment are such that even a almost teen will enjoy. You can rent a walkie talkie if you feel the need to stay connected. We met people who had these and it was great. Dad was in the lounge and the kids met up with him for dinner. The cruise will help give some independence to your daughter which I am sure she will enjoy. Dad will get a chance to learn how much of a young lady your daughter has become while you can enjoy sports in the pub, casino games, relax on deck, communicate by internet, and relax.
I took my 12 year old daughter on a carribean cruise last summer. Carnival kids club was a little "stupid" to her at that age. None-the-less, she attended a couple of functions in the very beginning to meet some others her age. Also - the kids seem to take over a jacuzzi (one they're allowed in) and they meet that way. Then she met up with them in the disco, for ice-cream or swimming. I met lots of other singles, just sitting on deck or in the casino or at one of the bars. The two of us hung out a bit together also and always met for dinner. We both had the time of our lives. Cruising is perfect for the single parent with kid in tow.
Thank you so much for your input! I'm really happy to hear from an experienced cruise'er. You know its like many single parents feelings I'm sure. Make sure the child is happy and busy-content then MAYBE we can even relax too....I love my daughter soooooooo much...She has been through so much and this cruise will be the single most awesome thing she has ever experienced. Well..Maybe for me too I've never been on a boat longer than 28ft... Thanks again...
Hi Jules...Thanks so much for your input...You sound like a wonderful mother. This cruise I'm wanting to book is for both my daughter and myself but mainly for her. I want to show this lil lady the time of her life!!! And I'm positive I will..The only thing I wasnt sure of was "what happens when the princess goes to bed?" I've never cruised so I'm going blind you see? Have so many questions. If your ok about it I'd love to hear from you..Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoping to hear from you..