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Old March 16th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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Default elation spring break-are there lots of kids?

Hey, Im 18 and im going with a bunch of guy friends on the elation over spring break and dont know what to expect cause we have never gone before. Are there a lot of kids my age on the boats spring break time? What all is there to do for guys our age on the ship? Any info would be great thanks.
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Old March 16th, 2004, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: elation spring break-are there lots of kids?

Chris,
There will probably be a lot of kids on the boat because I heard from someone to expect a ton of kids anytime between late Feb. and August (breaks fall at various times).

I am 23 and am also sailing on the Elation (4/11). When are you going?
Have a GREAT TIME!

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Old March 16th, 2004, 06:53 PM
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I meant to ask how a bunch of 18 year olds got away with booking a cruise. I hope you have some parents/guardians going with you or you could have some problems upon check in!
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Old March 17th, 2004, 11:47 AM
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well its me and all my friends but we have one of my friends parents comming with and they were able to book it for us and my friends has older brothers who are staying in the room with us. Im going on march 21
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Old March 17th, 2004, 05:15 PM
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Chris - I hope your TA told your group that any minor cruising without at least one of their parents is REQUIRED to have a notarized letter signed by both parents, and designating a specific adult as their "guardian" for the duration of the cruise, and authorizing that guardian to seek medical attention if necessary. Carnival won't let you board without it. Also, all of you should check your local health plan, because they are not recognized on the ship or outside the US.. It may pay your bill when you get back, but if you have any medical expenses, you'll have to pay out-of-pocket, up-front, and then submit the bill to your health insurance company. Some insurance companies only cover 50% outside the US. Hope you all bought trip insurance!
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Old March 17th, 2004, 06:28 PM
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Default Re: Re: elation spring break-are there lots of kids?

well thanks a lot for all the feed back its helped a lot we have enough parents to cover us so thats not a problem and we also got all the letters to notarize that the parents are out gaurdians and are responsible. anything else i should know about?
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Old March 17th, 2004, 07:20 PM
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Sounds like you're pretty prepared, Chris - which is good! You can drink alcohol at most ports of call (as long as it's not a US port), but you won't be allowed to drink (alcohol) or use the casino while on the ship. You can do the disco, though. You're sailing during a major Spring Break time, and should have LOADS of other late teens/early 20's to meet and get to know. I was on a cruise at the end of March last year with my 20's kids, and we had a blast! Just try to follow the ship guidelines for dining (long pants - try zip-off - and no T-shirts in the dining room. Jacket, tie, and khakis for formal night/s). Just don't set yourselves up as a "target" for being obviously drunk teens making a scene. It happens on every Spring Break cruise, and your age is the first to be kicked off at the next port of call. I've seen it happen several times, and it's not just you that gets booted - it's your whole group. Drugs? Don't even think about it! No fun in a Mexican jail! Your rights as a US citizen won't mean much, as you wouldn't be in the US. Not trying to say these things are all about you - just trying to be helpful as far as what to avoid. I worked as a TA in a large University town, and despite my repeated warnings and contact with parents, there was ALWAYS an "incident" every year with 18-19-20 year olds. Bring travellers checks, and bring more than you think you'll need. Don't use your bank/debit card. Your cell phone will NOT work on board or at ports (especially Mexico) , so leave it at home. When you get your cruise documents, leave the page on how someone can contact you onboard with your parents. And, listen to me, my man....get trip insurance! Above all, use good common sense and have a blast!!
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Old March 17th, 2004, 08:27 PM
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wow man thanks a lot thats just great and has helped more then i can thank ya for, ya thanks for all the tips on the whole drinking and casino and what not. I dont have to worry about the whole drug thing. Glad to know there are gonna be a lot more kids there thats nice to know i was worried i was gonna get stuck on a boat with lots of elders. Well i just cant wait now and im sure we will have a blast, thanks to everyone
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Old March 18th, 2004, 06:17 PM
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Good for you, Chris! ("Elders" tend to avoid Spring Break cruises, but I've been on many!). Last year, I went with a group of friends and family and brought 3 of my kids aged 19, 23, and 26 at the time (and they brought friends) the last week of March on the 7-night Norway out of Miami, doing the Eastern Caribbean. I hardly saw them, except at dinner, because they hung out with all the other Spring Breakers they' d met during the day, and closed the disco down at night. The best part for them was to meet other kids and young adults their age from different parts of the country. Youngest son (19 - now 20) is still in contact with the very cute girl he met the first night, although they live a thousand miles apart. It also really helped that they brought their friends with them - which is what you're doing. One word of warning - on your days at sea, the poolside chairs are nabbed REALLY early in the morning, and there are never enough for everybody. So, if you're into hanging out by the pool on sea days, drag your sweet selves out of bed to grab your chairs and park your bodies there. Sounds like your group is going to be well-prepared to have a great time, and I know you will! Please let us know all about your cruise when you get back, OK? Have a blast!! (And keep your warm weather wear orders from A&F and J. Crew to a minimum. You'll need the money for your good times on board. Mother of Experience here)
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