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Old October 1st, 2004, 05:32 PM
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Hi, Think we need to worry about two 16 year old girls walkling alone on a cruise? Not just wondering aimlessly for hours, but going from place to place. They are not problem kids, but I wonder about opportunist taking advantage of them or crime on board. I have looked at the site about incidences at sea and have seen a few rapes, but most seem to be crew on crew or what sounds like a situation that someone got themselves into that got out of hand.
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Old October 1st, 2004, 06:44 PM
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Look unless they are wandering around late at night there should be no problem, you know most people will let kids as young as 9 or 10 run around on their own so don't worry about 16 yr olds .
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I bought 2 and 3 mile walkie talkies that my 11 year old daughter takes when she explores the ships without adults. It makes us both feel safer. You can get them for about $30.
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Old October 1st, 2004, 09:55 PM
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I never thought of using walkie talkies... good idea. I know sometimes it's really hard to find somebody on a big ship! Went with my 3 sisters once and spent a lot of time looking for each other a few times. Kept just missing each other. And that was on not too large of a ship - Enchantment. Can't imagine what it would be like on something like Voyager.
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Our girls, 12 & 15 (at the time), walked around on their own without any trouble. We also have walkie talkies and they work out great. Just make sure you get one with sub-channels as a lot of people on the ship will have them. We also set check in times and the kids had a curfew of 11:00 p.m. unless they were with us.

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I think the cruise line staff has taken a stronger stance on kids roaming ships alone-- they herd them out of public areas at the curfew times. IMO its safer than it used to be --

Just run through possible scenarios, tell them not to accept drinks from other people, and to use the same common sense that they have at home.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 01:27 AM
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Emm, What cruise line has a curfew? I 've never heard of curfew time.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 12:24 PM
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I know it will come to me as soon as I ask........... but what is IMO??

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Old October 4th, 2004, 08:32 AM
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IMO=In my opinion..... as long as the girls are "smart" they shouldnt have any problems. Tell them not to go into anyones cabin alone (as a pair). Stay in the public places. Now in port, I wouldnt allow them to roam on their own!

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On Voyager, my son said there was a 1:00 curfew for 12-14 year olds.

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Old October 5th, 2004, 04:33 PM
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Yes, RCI has curfews of 1 am for minors. They are letting parents know that they are responsible for the actions of their children, it's printed in the daily compass (curfew time and warning). It is sad that they have to do that, but I'm sure they have experienced financial losses in damaged property that has caused this. I think the curfew is in order and does make it safer for the children. Mine are so young that they are not out on their own yet anyway, so no big deal for us. Something to keep in mind if you have older kids though.
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My goodness what on earth is a 12 yr old doing out till 1 am. I guess some parents take a "vacation" from parenting on the ships.
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