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Old January 12th, 2004, 12:36 PM
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Question about celebrity pool policy relative to children. I've seen posts where people comment that kids are relegated to the "kiddie" pool and forbidden from others. This concerns me. We've booked an upcoming cruise and are taking our two kids. ( Potty training is not an issue so PLEASE no one get into that whole discussion!!) I was on Infinity a couple of years ago and this was not the policy. I also recall seeing the "kiddie" pool - it was about the size or one of thos inflatable plastic backyard pools and I would hate to think that my daughter would be relegated to that thing. I haven't seen anything in Celebrity's info that answers this question. Anyone been on a Celebrity cruise recently who is able to comment?

Remember - no potty training discussion please. My question relates to a child who is well beyond potty issues and from what I've read once the issue comes up, the discussion gets sidetracked and firey!
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Old January 12th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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Last time I was on a Celebrity ship, all pools except those in the Aqua Spa were available to all passengers. The pools in the Aqua Spa were adult only (18 and older - no children even when accompanied by an adult.)

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Old January 12th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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We were on the Mercury last summer in Alaska. Kids were in all 3 pools, including one that was unheated (brrr!). Kids were also in the hot tubs. We never saw any security asking kids to leave the tubs.

All the kids we encountered at the pools on our cruise were well behaved and it was no problem at all. I heard no complaints from any passengers.

The Kiddie pool had no water in it the whole week.
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I went on the Mercury last August to Alaska with my two kids ages 10 nd 12. They had a blast in all the pools! There were mostly kids in them and they would spend hours there! (They especially loved the two rocky days at sea when the water would slosh around!). Hope that helps. You'll have a great time!
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I think the biggest concern of most cruisers is the behavior of the children. Well behaved children will be perfectly accepted in the pools no matter the age.

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Old January 13th, 2004, 09:42 AM
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Christine, We just returned from a New Years cruise on the Millennium.. and there was never any room for adults in any of the pools hot or not at any time unless you went in to the pool reserved for adults and this was so full most of the time because of all the kids in all the other pools. A few times parents would try and bring their kids in to the adult pool and were asked not to by those in the pool. It had nothing to do with potty training; itís just that the kids ruled just about every thing on the ship. I wrote a report on this on 01-11-04 titled Millennium New Years , you can read all about it. Celebrity NEVER stopped any Kids from doing anything at any time. So you will be home free, I think to do what ever you want to do. Michael M
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Old January 13th, 2004, 10:26 AM
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Thanks to all who replied!
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We were on the Century over Thanksgiving with our kids who are 5 and 3 years old. There was no seperate kiddie pool, and the two regular pools were too deep for my kids to stand. This didn't discourage them from wanting to go in with my husband or me, and with their swim rings on just in case. There were a lot of families on this particular holiday cruise, and I observed a lot of children in the pools, more so than adults. There were also many kids in the hot tubs because the water in the hot tubs wasn't very hot. Parents seemed to accompany the kids most of the time, and were good about going into tubs where other kids were already, and not tubs that only had adults in them. I did witness one security guard ask a mother and her very young toddler to get out of the hot tub - the toddler had been jumping on the seat and went down in the middle a couple of times. I was glad they asked her to leave because it made me nervous.
I think that generally people didn't mind the kids in the pools as long as they were well-behaved and in control.
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Old January 14th, 2004, 10:49 AM
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Thank you for your comments. I know that this is off-topic but I'd love to know: Please tell me how your 3 year old liked the kids club and what type of activities they had for children of this age. I am especially interested b/c our 3 year old has cruised on Carnival before and did not like the Camp Carnival program. E-mail me privately if you wish. Thanks!
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