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Old January 31st, 2005, 11:20 PM
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Hi, I'm looking at a 4-night Bahamas cruise with my 9-yr old daughter as a special getaway over Spring Break. We are very close and both looking forward to spending quality time with each other, not just separate activities on our own. I'm sure we will occasionally check out the Kids Program (looking to book on RCCL Majesty) however I'm interested in hearing what options we would have for onboard entertainment together. Games, activities, public areas, dining areas, shows... which ones are OK and not off limits for a 9 yr old? Are there certain hours or curfews in place if she is with me? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old February 1st, 2005, 09:34 AM
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I dont know what all Majesty has to offer. As for shows, they will usually tell you what shows are for adults only (and usually these are later at night). Most are family oriented I believe (some of the comedian shows may have a few cracks that are off the wall though). Sometimes they offer classes (like learn how to play steel drums) which will be posted in the daily compass. Why not do a spa treatment together or have your nails done too. I think as long as shes with you, there is no curfew (its really set up for kids running around without adults).

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Most everything offered during the day and into the early evening hours are fine for both you and your daughter to attend together. There is usually a comedy show around midnight that's for adults only. The Newlywed, Not so Newlywed game can get a little off color, as can some of the games around the pool. I would say attend and if you think its getting out of hand you can always leave and go do something else. On port days I'm sure you'll plan excursions together and most likely won't be on the ship except in the morning and in the evening. We cruise with our kids and they love it. I've never heard "I'm bored" on a cruise!

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Old February 1st, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Thanks so much for the quick replies :-)! I agree the excursions will be no problem at all, I can't wait! I was hoping to find options for 'at sea' and evening time and it sounds like there will be plenty. Whenever I've searched sites for "Kids Activities on Cruise" the main (or only!) thing that kept coming up was the Kids Clubs. I was starting to wonder if I would be better off doing an AI Resort for activities that could be done together. So for instance grabbing late night pizza at one of the lounge/cafe's or whatever isn't off limits to her? Thanks again.
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Old February 1st, 2005, 05:44 PM
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I've only cruised Carnival, but the off limit areas would probably be the same: disco (after a certain hour), casino, spa (excercise area). There may be an adults only pool, not sure. Also, check the rules about hot tubs.......some might be adults only. Agree about the late night commedian...NOT FOR KIDS!!! Of course, she can go get pizza, snacks, whatever, on her own. If you buy a soda card for her, she will be served from a bar (it's not like here at home, where the kids can't go to the bar).

You might want to see if somebody has a copy of the daily "newspaper" listing all the activities for the day. Then you'll be able to see if the activities offered are what you are looking for.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 06:44 PM
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When we were on RCL there was family bingo, and family disco night offered through the kids program. My daughter and I also enjoyed Name That Tune poolside on one of the sea days.There is also a game room with lots of board games for the two of you to enjoy. If you guys are feeling mellow you could always watch a movie in your stateroom. The options are really endless without her always being in Kids club. Enjoy your trip!!
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Old February 3rd, 2005, 12:29 PM
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On the cruise I did on the Rhapsody I went to the napkin folding class and when I got home I taught my then 8 year old how to make some things. She loved it. I'm really hoping they'll have those on the cruise I'm taking with her. A nice bonding time and the class I took showed us how to make some really fun things. If they offer it I would check it out.

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What date are you going???? Our family is going on the 28th of March
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Old February 3rd, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Hi! We booked March 27-April 3rd on the Rhapsody :-)! Now instead of stressing out over what trip to book, I get to be obsessed with shore excursions, but that's just me, lol! I have seen on different message boards some conflicting info about Where the Rhapsody is actually sailing to in March....that Grand Cayman is off the schedule... that there are issues with stopping in Key West, etc. So not sure where to plan for shore activities depending on the itinerary but (hopefully) that will be straightened out soon and there will be fun options regardless. Thanks again!
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