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hello we are going on the liberty in july with three teenagers any advice?
Is there anyone else going on july 21st?
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How old are the teenagers? If they are the age for Camp Carnival, be sure to go to the meeting the first night. I have never read of any child that did not absolutely love it.

Are they siblings or friends. If friends, they will tend to stay together, which is good.

Have specific times that they check in with you and a way to leave messages about their whereabouts.

Common senses will go a long way toward a safe cruise for everyone.

Also, when in port, plan activities for everyone. Have a wonderful cruise!
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How old are the teenagers? If they are the age for Camp Carnival, be sure to go to the meeting the first night. I have never read of any child that did not absolutely love it.

Are they siblings or friends. If friends, they will tend to stay together, which is good.

Have specific times that they check in with you and a way to leave messages about their whereabouts.

Common senses will go a long way toward a safe cruise for everyone.

Also, when in port, plan activities for everyone. Have a wonderful cruise!
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Get some walkie-talkies and insist they carry them so you can stay in touch with them. Be sure to get the ones which have sub-channels (a little more expensive) so you can have a private line without interruptions from other people.

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I'm going on Sensation a week later, July 29th. My son is 14. We're going to mostly do things together (like excursions) but I guess I will get walkie talkies for us to communicate should he want to do something with the Camp Carnival for his age group. So we'll do things we both want to do and he can participate in camp activities if he wants, and I'll likely hang out nearby and write or read, or take photos. I am not a parent happy with letting my son out of sight and I will have to play it by ear as this will be our first cruise.
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if he is a typical teen on his first cruise..for about the first 4 hours he will be bored and then you will not be able to keep up with him and he will have more going on then you ..just make sure you establish check points thru out the day on a regular basis and require at least one meal together every day (and insist that he bring his friends to a few meals)
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hello we are going on the liberty in july with three teenagers any advice?
Is there anyone else going on july 21st?


NO, we won't be there with you (wish we were) but here is something I always keep to remind my kids when we cruise... Hope you all have a great time....


My daughters are now 16 & 13 and 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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Hi Elaine, I'll be sailing on the 21st of July on the Liberty with my grandson who is 16 years old. He has been cruising with me for years. Also, he wouldn't be caught dead in Camp Carnival. He is a gamer and brings his portable DVD player, Nintendo DS, etc. He will go to the game room and loves the adult disco but they kick him out at 11:00 p.m. He would not go to the teen disco. He could care less about meeting children his own age. We enjoy our quality time together and don't miss a show or fun activity, do shore excursions involving water sports or beach, love to snorkel, etc. He is a very athletic teen and we hit the gym every morning and love to walk on the outside track.
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The basic rules we had with our kids was:
Try to travel around the ship in pairs.
Don't drink!
Check in every 4 or 5 hours.
Don't leave the ship.
Our kids were 15 and 19 the last time we cruised together.
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Hi Elaine, I'll be sailing on the 21st of July on the Liberty with my grandson who is 16 years old. He has been cruising with me for years. Also, he wouldn't be caught dead in Camp Carnival. He is a gamer and brings his portable DVD player, Nintendo DS, etc. He will go to the game room and loves the adult disco but they kick him out at 11:00 p.m. He would not go to the teen disco. He could care less about meeting children his own age. We enjoy our quality time together and don't miss a show or fun activity, do shore excursions involving water sports or beach, love to snorkel, etc. He is a very athletic teen and we hit the gym every morning and love to walk on the outside track.
Your post interested me because he sounds a lot like my son.

I was curious about the disco thing. Teens can go in before 11:00?

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The rules you have been given are great one, but let me add one more.

STAY AWAY FROM THE RAILS OF THE SHIP!

This keeps down the chance for horse play among the teens.
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This will be our 4th cruise and the kids are 14 and 12.

Last year was the first we really let them go further than usual.

The following were our rules-

Safety in numbers - always at least 2 - preferred more.
No one in the cabin - not allowed in anyone else's.
Must check in with us every 2 hours.
Must be in cabin 1 hour before dinner to shower and dress. Dinner with us.
Not allowed to leave ship with anyone other than Mom and Dad.
Had a curfew - back to room by 11p unless with parent.
Keep drink with them at all times. If set down, leave it alone.
At night we would review the activities of the next day and we would use a highlighter to note who was doing what the next day. We kept a copy of their plans with us and ours with them.

We tried the walkie talkie thing but too many on the ship. That is why we meet every 2 hours.

Hope this helps.

The kids will be fine with a little trust and alot of communication.

Enjoy and safe sailing.
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Our guys are a little younger, 10 and 13, but we had similar rules. They LOVED camp carnival, though. We had a notebook in the cabin and everyone, including Mom and Dad, was required to write down where we were, and if we changed locales, we stopped by the room and changed the book. That way, if I wanted everyone together, it was easy to round everyone up. We had dinner AND lunch together, and the same rules as anywhere, no going into someone else's "home", etc.
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hello we are going on the liberty in july with three teenagers any advice?
Is there anyone else going on july 21st?


NO, we won't be there with you (wish we were) but here is something I always keep to remind my kids when we cruise... Hope you all have a great time....


My daughters are now 16 & 13 and 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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