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Old March 11th, 2006, 04:55 PM
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My dd (12 yrs old) would like to invite a friend on a cruise this summer. How hard is it to cruise with someone you are not related to?

We'll make sure to have the girls id, a notarized letter from her parents, insurance card, etc..

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Old March 11th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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It's going to depend on both you, your dd and her friend. If they are both trustworthy, or is your dd fine but this girl sometimes brings the bad side of her out. How close are you with her parents? How do you all get along? Will the girls be in the room with you? Is your dh going to be there? How comfortable is everyone with him in the same room? (just that people will be dressing/undressing)
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I took my daughter's friend with us in August 2005 . My daughter was 14 and her friend 13 (I also had my son with us). The four of us shared a cabin and it worked out fine. You'll need a signed and notarized letter allowing you to take her out of the country, her birth certificate (or passport if she has one) and a letter from her parents authorizing you to obtain medical/dental treatment for her if necessary and a copy of their insurance card. The letter must be signed and notarized from both parents.

I keep a pretty close watch my kids so I wasn't concerned about taking someone else's child. I bring walkie talkies and the kids have to check in every hour by walkie talkie and every two hours in person. We eat dinner and watch the shows together. If they are in a camp program in the evening they have to let me know if they leave and we meet up. I don't allow them to wander the ship at night alone. We stay together in all the ports.

Hope this helps and if you have any questions feel free to email me.
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Thanks for the great input Darcy!
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We are bringing a friend of mine on a cruise this summer (havent booked yet)... she is19...and paying her own way...will she still need to get all of this paperwork done?
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No, at 19 she's legally an adult. All she'll need is a passport or a brith certificate and picture ID (driver's license).
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And as long as you or someone in your party is 25 y/o or older.

Guests are required to be 21 years old (on embarkation day) to travel. Guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom by a parent or guardian 25 or older.
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hey I'm 13, and about two weeks after I turned 13 I brought my friend, Kristina onboard Inspiration (carnival). It was amazing, and so much fun. Not that more much exspensive, although we did have our own room. I really suggest bringing the friend (if you think she is a good person.) My friend and I had a blast, so best wishes to your family!
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