We are traveling in 4/04 with 10 adults and 12 kids ranging in age from 7 to 16.
The older kids 14-16 are mostly girls and my son does not want to hang with them in the teen program. Will they allow us to register him in the 9-13 group instead so that he can hang out with the guys in our group?
Also anyone ever hear anything about teens getting their hands on alcohol. I had heard on other posts last year that it was fairly easy on the Carnival Line.
I'm the family cruise editor here. Most lines are strict about children not participating in the youth group that is older than they are. However, they may let your son go to the younger group. You'll have to check once aboard ship since it really varies per line and per youth counselors.
What ship are you sailing on? Royal Caribbean has an excellent youth and teen program -- guarantee your crew will love it!
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Hi Royal has a deck patrol which keeps their eyes open just for this sort of thing. Also,
They usually have male counselors on youth staff that will help provide activities for the younger teens. They do neat stuff like tours of the ship etc. Check with RCCL and find out what they have planned. April is prime kid month so there will be lots going on. RCCL requires that you show your card to purchase alchohol and the kids cards will not swipe for alcholic drinks. The only time possible is at the Captains cocktail party when it is a champagne party before dinner. The bigger the ship the more there is to do. They all have the rock climbing walls and the largest ships now have ice skating rinks. They also do a get together to meet other teens. We haven't sailed om carnival but I have heard that it is easy for teens to make so bad choices. One other consideration also, Carnival has a sun deck that is topless.