We will be on the Serenade in April and my son will have turned 18 just 3 weeks before the cruise. As I understand it, he will not be able to participate in the older teen activities (15-17). I may be wrong, but I'm not sure how comfortable he will be trying to fit in with the 20 somethings on board. Any ideas for this transitional age?
Hi, This was a problem that we will face in December. This is what I have found out. If the ship does not have a full group of 15 to17 year olds, your 18 year old will probably be welcome in that age group. Tell him to go to the welcome aboard party at the beginning of the cruise. They will tell him more then. He might also meet others who are his age, who will also not be invited. Maybe they can organize something together. Remember, your son will be of legal age on the ship. He will be able to get in the adult shows. and to gamble. He will not be allowed to drink.
If you have other questions, please ask.
Have a great trip.
We ran into this same situation with our son on our last cruise. As you probably know, most 18yr olds do not want to hang around 15 year olds.
Teens have a way of finding eachother. 9 times out of 10 they will be in the pool, playing sports or video games. He is old enough to participate in the adult games like volleyball, pool plunge, stuff like that.
Depending upon the maturity of your son, the activities are really geared towards the younger teens, our son did not participate in any of the activites, as they were "stupid and totally lame"
He should go check out the teen activites to see if -the staff will allow him to participate if he chooses and to meet other teens his own age.
we took our 3 boys on Valor. (11,16,18) The youngest one had fun with all the kids activities. The middle boy had trouble getting intop the activities. They did not affer as much for his age and when I visited the teen disco it was neerly empty. My oldest just took part in ship activities as a yound adult. To my knowledge he did not drink. I saw him involved in alot of the adult games and competitions. He even commented to me that he was glad that he was 18 as it allowed him to do so much more.
I am sure he will have a blast.
I am encountering this also...
Sailing on RCI in in July to Alaska... daughters will be (just turned) 18 and 17. Both have expressed that they want to go to the teen activites...( they want to hang out together, and have some 'planned activites' < strange I know for teen girls to want to be together, but they are very close>)...So I was also concerned if they'd both be allowed to perticipate..neither have any desire to drink , gamble, or go to the 'real clubs' (as they put it).
**It's been a lovely cruise**
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SERENADE of the SEAS -- 07-23-2006--ALASKA