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Have you ever had a bad experience on a HAL ship with tribes of unruly kids wrecking havoc on your cruise?

I've read posts about this sort of thing, but honestly can't relate to it. I've only been on one "kid packed" cruise ... the Zuiderdam in August of 2004 ... and honestly can't say the kids were unruly. There were just a whole lot of them.

What's been your experience in this area?

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Thankfully, no. We deliberately sail at times when school is in session for most places. We've seen kids on virtually every cruise, but not running in packs. In our experience, all have been charming, well-behaved kids. (My odds are sure to run out some day, aren't they?)
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Thankfully, no. We deliberately sail at times when school is in session for most places. We've seen kids on virtually every cruise, but not running in packs. In our experience, all have been charming, well-behaved kids. (My odds are sure to run out some day, aren't they?)
Probably; the only really wild ones we saw and they weren't that bad was on Celebrity during Thanksgiving week a few years ago. NMnita
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So far on HAL cruises, there has never been any hint of problem.
but I cruise in april and nov. when they are in school( or they should
be in school) You will mostly see kids on 7 day cruise.
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Not really. Once we had a problem with parents allowing their children to run up and down the dining room . We requested the parents to deal with their children and they did. However, on my last cruise I went to my table in the DR and there was a couple with 4 kids and they wanted me to sit there! The kids were coughing and drooling and crying. I told the maitre' d that this wasn't going to happen. He was very accomadating and found me another table assignment.
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I have seen overly tired and bored kids on all cruise lines.
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I have been on several cruises and although I sometimes see groups of kids playing by the elevators, I have never seen tribes or mobs rampaging through the ship. On a Carnival cruise a couple of years ago I rarely saw a child alone. I know they were there because I did see them in the dining room and around the pool. But the Carnival staff kept great control of the kids. This wasn't the case on RCI last summer. There were lots of kids around all of the time. They weren't bad but they were definitely there. The only time they(and their parents) were a problem was when they tried to use the adults only pool/spa area. The parents were almost worse than the kids by demanding the children be allowed in the area. But the RCI staff were very forceful and refused to backdown on the adults only area. Which made all of us very happy.
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Not really. Once we had a problem with parents allowing their children to run up and down the dining room . We requested the parents to deal with their children and they did. However, on my last cruise I went to my table in the DR and there was a couple with 4 kids and they wanted me to sit there! The kids were coughing and drooling and crying. I told the maitre' d that this wasn't going to happen. He was very accomadating and found me another table assignment.
Wow! I didn't expect to see you online. How's the road trip to Tampa going?

... I could just imagine being seated at a table with four young children. The matri 'd should have had more sense than to seat you there in the first place.

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Not really. Once we had a problem with parents allowing their children to run up and down the dining room . We requested the parents to deal with their children and they did. However, on my last cruise I went to my table in the DR and there was a couple with 4 kids and they wanted me to sit there! The kids were coughing and drooling and crying. I told the maitre' d that this wasn't going to happen. He was very accomadating and found me another table assignment.
Wow! I didn't expect to see you online. How's the road trip to Tampa going?

... I could just imagine being seated at a table with four young children. The matri 'd should have had more sense than to seat you there in the first place.

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Try checking your e-mail/PM! We are in Lake City, Fla. about 2 hours from Tampa. We got here about 3 days early. Made really good time. Using the hotels internet connection through tomorrow am. PM me!!

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Although we've never experience unruly kids on HAL, there have been some that were just plain old annoying. On our last cruise on Zuiderdam, the stools at the Lido bar were constantly occupied by tweens and teens. Not really an appropriate place for them to hang out. They weren't really unruly, just annoying. After about three days, I casually mentioned to the bartender that the kids were pretty annoying and I was certain that more people (meaning more tips) would be patronizing the bar, if the kids weren't there. I never seen the kids at the bar after that.

The Lido pool area is supposed to be reserved for adults only, with the kids being asked to use the aft pool. Initially, the lido pool was constantly overrun with kids. Again, not unruly, but annoying. Someone must have complained. By day three, there were very bold reminders in the daily program about the Lido pool area being adults only. And, there were a few announcements made over the PA.

I have noticed more and more kids sailing on HAL and they are becoming just a bit less well behaved on every cruise. Not unruly yet, but getting close to that line.

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I am very concerned about my upcoming cruise. I like kids but if they are running around disturbing people there really is no excuse for that behavior. I do believe the cruise line, be it Carnival, Celebrity or HAL needs to be proactive in guaranteeing we all have a great time. If there are places dsignated for adults only then HAL should insure these areas are adults only. They might not need a designated teen security patrol but that certainly should be on the list of duties.
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Although we've never experience unruly kids on HAL, there have been some that were just plain old annoying. On our last cruise on Zuiderdam, the stools at the Lido bar were constantly occupied by tweens and teens. Not really an appropriate place for them to hang out. They weren't really unruly, just annoying. After about three days, I casually mentioned to the bartender that the kids were pretty annoying and I was certain that more people (meaning more tips) would be patronizing the bar, if the kids weren't there. I never seen the kids at the bar after that.
While I will defend kids' right to use the pools (assuming, of course, good behavior), I can't imagine a bar as being an age-appropriate venue for children. The bartender shouldn't have had to wait for you to tell him they shouldn't be there. They NEVER should have been ... period. Same with the casino or any of the lounges onboard.

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I am very concerned about my upcoming cruise. I like kids but if they are running around disturbing people there really is no excuse for that behavior. I do believe the cruise line, be it Carnival, Celebrity or HAL needs to be proactive in guaranteeing we all have a great time. If there are places dsignated for adults only then HAL should insure these areas are adults only. They might not need a designated teen security patrol but that certainly should be on the list of duties.
Bridget, you will be sailing during spring break thus the ship will have more than the normal number of young people on it. This doesn't have to ruin your cruise. It depends on the behavior or the parents. When I hear the words "I paid for this cruise" I want to say and so did 2000 other people. It is called teach your kids respect for others and get them out of the "Me" world where too many of them live.

I agree with the security angle but unless the kids start acting in a manner that presents true danger, don't expect the crew to re-act.

Hopefully you will have no problems. We were on NCL last April with about 400 kids. Other than the pool being a little crowded a few days we encountered no problems at all.

go with a positive attitude; you will have a great time. NMNita
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