I'd like an answer to that question also. And...are they strict on the ages of the kids in the different groups. Example: can a 14 year old tag along with two 15 year olds to the group for 15-17 year olds?)
I would think that they would let siblings close in age be together as long as they weren't causing trouble.
Bonni -- I don't know your kids & you need to do what is right for your family, but FYI -- I think the 18 year old can drink beer & wine on some RCI cruises. I'd check w/ the line & have a chat w/ him about what he can & can't buy his brother. :-)
I called and asked. My 10 year old son will be with his 12 and 14 year old girl cousins. He doesn't want to be alone. They told me he will have to spend one day in with his age group. The workers will then decide if he is mature enough to move up with the older kids. We are traveling on the Enchantment of the Seas on March 15. I am hoping there are other boys his age he can make friends with.
What week are you going Justine? We are going first week of April-2005. MY 18 yr old son also would like to be with the 15-17 year olds. (He will have just turned 18, and friends will still be with the 17 year old group.)
Just so you know our 18 y.o. was allowed to drink beer and wine on the cruise (Sovereign of the Seas), but had to have our permission ahead of time so they could mark his SeaPass. They leave it up to the parents as to whether or not you will allow your 18 y.o. to drink.
In the past, they allowed 18th year olds after the first night! It depends how many teens there are. Sometimes if you talk to staff and tell them that you had just turned 18th a few weeks ago, they let you come. After the first night, as old as 21 have been allowed in the club. I have noticed that sometimes they are more strict than other times. They do have a great singles program for those 18th and over. With that, being 18th means that there is no curfew.
I called RCCL and spoke with someone who advised me to speak to the Adventure Club coordinator once we board the Enchantment of the Seas. I am traveling with my 15 year old granddaughter and my 18 year old niece. It would really be a shame if they couldn't take part in the planned activities for the older teens together. As far as the 18 year old is concerned she will not have the parental consent to drink while on this cruise (not a big deal, she's not a drinker). She just wants to spend time with her cousin. They may decide that they don't want to take part in the planned activities, and may want to just "hang out" at the pool and see the shows with my sister and me. Guess I will just take RCCL advise and speak to them once we board. I am pleased to hear from you that there is the possibility that they will allow them to share this cruise with one another.
We just returned from Mariner with my 18 year on daughter and her friend (also 18). We were told that they would have to make a choice....either be a part of the teen program or retain the privileges of an 18 year old....beer, wine, casino. If they joined the teen program they would forfeit all these privileges. Because they wanted to be able to go into the casino with us and play a few slots, they decided to retain their adult status. They went to the Dragon's Lair nightclub most every night and seemed to enjoy themselves. DD and DH competed in the adult rock climbing compitition and both placed 4th.
Just got back from Rhapsody with my 15 and 18 year old sons. Turned out neither wanted to go to teen center because it was mostly under 15-year olds. RCI did ask me when boarding if I wanted to allow the 18 yr old to drink beer or wine-it's an option for parents of 18-20 year olds. We had some rough seas too so the 18-yr old claims he won't sail again.
My experience travelling with my kids -- and i have 5 -- is that beginning around 11-12 most kids want to jump into the next age category for the youth programs. THis has a ripple effect -- kids who are at the upper range of that program see the other kids as being too young, so they jump to the next age group, etc. What my experience has been is that by the time my child is actually a teenager, there are no teens in the teen program -- while a ship might a great teen program, and great facilities -- if there are mostly 12 and 13 year olds in the teen program,, you wil never see 16 and 17 year olds participating in those programs. The only time my daughter had a great time in a teen program was when there was a large (60+) group of South American teens on board -- so the teen program was hopping all week. At best my teenagers have used the first two days of the programs to meet with other kids, and then after that they just meet up and wander the rest of the evening.
I am not sure there is a good solution to this -- generally they get requests for younger kids to go with older siblings -- I've seen this numerous times , and I have never seen a youth counselor say "no" to the parents.
My last cruise was on the Mariner during a holiday (800+ kids on board) -- and the teen sun deck was deserted -- the teen "bar" had a couple of 12 year old boys hanging out there -- on the couple times we accidentally wandered on that side of the ship.
I am not sure if an older teen would have fun in a teen program based on my experiences.