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Old February 3rd, 2002, 02:36 PM
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We're about to take our first cruise on the RCCI Voyageur of the seas and have a few unanswered questions. Can anyone help?

(1) Our 2 girls are 4 and 6 and we've noticed that the children's programs are broken up by age which would see thenm in different groups. We're concerned that they may not want to take part if they aren't together. Are all the kids in the same area? Do you think the 4 year old could go with the 6 year old? Any suggestions?

(2) We're a little unclear on the tipping guidelines. When do you tip? Everyday or at the end? What is an appropriate amount for a family of 4 (2 kids 4 and 6)

(3) Any suggestions for shore excursions for our family keeping in mind our girls are 4 and 6? Anything to avoid?

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Hi Keith,
You may want to go and talk with the counslers and see if they will put your girls together, it never hurts to ask. As for the tipping, just follow the guidelines in the brochure, its $3.50 a day, per person for the cabin attendant and the dinning room waiter, and $2.00 for the assistant waiter, you may want to add something to the head waiter if he should do something special for you, thats up to you. They will give you envelopes the last full day and you can leave the cabin stewart his/hers when you leave for dinner and bring the rest of the envelopes with you for the dinning room staff.
We've alwasy tipped the same amount for the kids, the staff seems to go out of their way to keep them happy and they deserve the tip, they almost do more work when it comes to kids too.

As for excersions, depending on if your kids are old enough, I'd suggest sting ray city in Grand Cayman, a great time and Dunns Rivers Falls in Jamaica.

Having cruised on Explorer, there is so much to do onboard, just check your daily compass and see what activities they will have for the next day. Definately see the ice show and the girls will love the parades, at least 2 during the week.

Here is a link to some great first time cruiser information, great tips:
<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/first-time/index.cfm>


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We were also 1st timers last month (on Explorer). We followed the tipping guidelines given in the brochure, but we paid in advance by credit card and just put the vouchers in the envelopes. It was better than scrambling around for the correct cash. You can pay by credit card at the purser's desk if you do it by 4:00 Thurs. afternoon.
We booked our excursions on the inter-active TV, which gives a pictorial description of the trips to help you decide. We were glad we followed our experienced friends' advice and waited to do it after boarding. We had no problem getting into any tour. In lieu of snorkeling, which might be hard for your little girls, you might want to try the SeaWorld Explorer at Georgetown or the similar Sub-Sea Viewer in Ocho Rios. We did this in Nassau and it was great. We sat 5ft. below the surface in an air-conditioned viewing room of windows. The captain feeds the fish to bring them to the boat and we travel led over coral reefs and a shipwreck that attract fish. We saw sharks and sting rays besides the fish. The boat trip to and from the "semi-sub" was also interesting.
Have fun! I wish i could stow away!
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