I am a new cruiser leaving on March 13 out of San Diego. The information on this site has been so helpful. I am concerned about activities for my 17 yr old. Too young for some things and too old for some as well. Will there be things for her to do?
Trust me, she will find a group to hang out with! She probably will skip the teen club in favor of trolling with friends. Walkie-talkies might be a good thing for the two of you! Just be careful about guys buying drinks for girls, or kids hitting the liquor stash in the cabins. It happens. My then 15 year old discovered the computer was down on the ship one night. He and my nephew ordered LOTS of drinks through room service! :evil: Took them both a long time to work off that bar tab! :wink:
I would encourage your teen to meet with the kids from the 02 club on the first day of the cruise. O2 is the club for teens. Also tell them to take and address book, or something to write numbers down with. Most likely they will come back with names and numbers of life long friends. LOL
Definitely tell your teen to check out the Teen club first meeting.. kids all show up meet and then lots do their own thing. My son would still show up for any planned activities.. then do his own things.
Walkie Talkies are so....not cool at 17. We tried them at 15 they lasted one afternoon. First of all a bit embarrassing if you are chatting away and mom chimes in.. second so many walkie talkies.. you end up chatting with someone elses kid! LOL. Even if you change channels.. not enough to go round. Also for the Adults they become annoying if you are at the pool and laying next to someone trying to catch a snooze or read their book! HA..
We worked out a message system and let our son know where we would be and gave him a CHECK IN curfew.
we left post it notes on the mirror and on the cabin door. He also left us voice messages. I asked that he call or show up at the room at a certain time so we knew he was ok.. lets say Midnight. If he was still having a good time we gave him a NEW curfew.
NO ALL NIGHTERS allowed as we didnt want him too tired for touring.. Sea Days.. He slept in a bit..
We were pretty predictable on sea days.. had our favorite spots.. when we finally selected a chair somewhere we would call the room and leave a voice message with our location. If he wanted to find us he would check for a message to locate us. He did his own thing for breakfast and lunch. We gave him a set time to return to the room prior to dinner!
It worked out great.
Of course we told him our rules.. NO partying in any CABINS.. only in open areas.
And to walk away if you thought the teens were doing something either against the Law or causing damage to the ship. AND no Elevator.. tours..
He loves cruising.. and the chance to meet people... He still keeps in touch with quite a few.. from past cruises.
Here's something that should help you....
Rules I have for my girls.... now 16 & 13 who have been cruising their entire lives...
They both MUST go to the Camp Carnival or Teen Meet & Greet the first night on-board the ship to meet others their age. From that point on, its really easy. They are allowed to hang out with their friends as long as I have some idea of where they are.
Most of the time at night my husband & I are in the Casino so if they need something or just to check in, they know where to find us should they decide to do something else or change location...
Depending on the ship, most teens are usually on the Lido Deck near the 24 hour pizza or in Club 02 if the ship has one. Last year we could always find the little one hanging out with about 15 others in the Library playing board games.
Definite rules are:
They better be with us at the dinner
They are always with us on the Islands...
They cannot enter anyone elses cabin and noone can enter theirs
If they have a soda and put it down for any reason, they need to dispose of it and purchase another one.... just in case some idiot decides to put something into it... Rather be safe than sorry
If I or someone else happens to catch them doing anything that they should not be doing, then their vacation and mine is over because from that point on, we're together, attached at the hips for the remainder of the cruise.... (and what teen wants to be stuck with their Mom on a Cruise???!!!)
Thankfully I trust my girls enough to allow them this freedom... If I thought for a second that they couldn't be trusted, I don't think I'd be so flexible. And so far, they haven't disappointed me...
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Hmm, well I guess maybe check with your 17 year old. My kids have never been embarrassed when we called them on the walkie talkie. We had a great time with them. As a matter of fact, this is how we kept each other informed of great bargains in port! Hey mom come check this out....you oughta see this....
Our group cruise intends to use them for everyone, and they do have a silent mode to prevent all the noise when you would rather not hear it. My kids have said our little interruptions have helped them out of a few sticky situations. But, if they said it was embarrassing like MOM said, I wouldn't do it.
Now that they've grown a little we tend to hang out together. Maybe it's a southern thing! This is a senior trip for the kids and I've had lots of them beg to go on shore excursions with me. My 18 year old is planning a party all night contest between the grads and the parents! She swears we will drop first, but I don't think so! They can't wait to video the parents and grads dancing so they can show it to everyone when they get home.
With that said, take all the ideas (and MOM had some good ones! note to self...bring post-it notes), find what works for you and have fun!
Only bit of advise.. come up with code names.. since there are soooooooooooo many MOMS onboard.lol
You are so right with that MOM...we have the corniest code names...but at least we know who we are talking to!!!! LOL
Thanks for the tips. My kids always seem to find friends when we go away so I will make them go the first teen meeting for sure. I will take "Moms" rules, which I totally like, and show the kids. They are great kids but you never know. Thanks. :D
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