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Old June 21st, 2008, 10:55 PM
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My friend has 9 kids with 2 adults, kids ranging from age 15-5 yrs old. Question is, do they have to have an adult for every room that the kids are in? Obviously there isnt enough kids to go around. Cant afford the penthouse lol.

What about ajoining rooms? Can they get an adjoining room with 4 kids in one and 1 adult and kids in the other?

Let me know what you think asap, she's booking soon. Thanks so much!!!
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I have sailed on Carnival a few times with the kids in a different room. As long as the kids were next door or across the hall there was no need to have an adult in the room with them.
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According to Carnival's website they might not be able to put just kids in a cabin.

Guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom by a parent or guardian 25 or older. The exceptions Carnival will make to this policy are married or same sex unions.

They might want to check out RCI. They have Family cabins that sleep 6. They could book 2 cabins next to each other with 1 parent "listed" in each cabin. Our friends had a very nice one with plenty of room. The 3rd, 4th and 5th person is a lower rate too.
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We are booked on the Carnival Destiny sailing out of San Juan on August 3rd and our kids ages 13 and 15 are booked in the room next to us.
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The rules they have are is that one adult most be in a cabin with children under 21. If you have an adjoining room, then the rules would be different because you have a door between the two cabins. A regular cabin you'd still have to have an adult in each cabin.

They would have to bring someone else with them and each would have to take three kids with an adult in each cabin. I would tell that family to leave the children at home with grandma/grandpa and go on their own. The price, even with the cheapest possible cabin will set them back $6000+, and that doesn't include airfare. They would be cramped in this category of cabin and if they went up a category it might set them back 10 grand! I can't imagine how much effort it would take to keep NINE children under control and behaving like little angels (with only a slightly cracked halo).....

They also have to remember they that the first two people in each cabin will pay $7 (or maybe $9 by then) per day fuel supplement and then each and everyone will pay $70 gratuities ($770 for 11, $840 for 12) for a seven day cruise it will cost them a minimum of $1000 just for fuel supplement and gratuities. I wonder after hearing this if they would consider leaving the kids with granny and gramps and just go as a couple. Costwise, it will be very expensive for them, but one fact I do not know is their financial status--for all I know they are very well off or millionaire/billionaire!!!!

It is a nice thought to take the family on a holiday...I wish myparents did that for us instead of the usual jump in the motorhome and pullin a boat for a god-knows-how-long drive to some stupid lake for two weeks of hell.....
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When we have travelled with friends that have taken children they just make sure that 1 adult is booked per room and then switch accordingly.
But with 9 kids I'm not sure how you would split the adult to kid ratio.

I would agree with Misguidedangel too, that would run a small fortune with the fuel charges and that gratuities.
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I went through this recently. Took 2 nephews and even though they were 19 yrs. old, there had to be an adult booked in each cabin. Then, as long as the cabins were adjacent, we were allowed to swap around once on board, so the boys had their own cabin. Your friend would need to have another adult along and then book one adult and 3 kids in each cabin. And, the cabins that sleep 4 are not the cheapest by any means. Just FYI. Best of luck to you and your friend.
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This is cruise number 10 for us. Our kids have been on each one and we have never shared a room or had to put an adult in the room with them. Also we have never had an ajoining room either. They have always been across the hall or next door. Each of our cruises were booked directly thru Carnival. If I were your friend I would call Carnival direct. The only time that we came close to needing an adult in the room was when one of the rooms was going to be on a different floor.
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