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Old April 26th, 2004, 04:58 PM
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I see the Solarium is adults only. Is this inforced? I don't know if the kids wanna use the outdoor pool in Alaska! Also, is ice cream free onboard (I know...that was pretty random)? We're gonna be on the Radiance. Thanks! Griffen
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Old April 26th, 2004, 05:30 PM
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I was on the Serenade this past January, and it was enforced. There are signs posted in the area that say no kids. Generally I just saw kids passing through, or getting pizza at the food station. Ice cream is free. The Serenade had soft serve machines set up in the Windjammer. I can only assume that it would be the same on the Radiance.
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I thought there were designated times for children to be able to use the pool in the Solarium? Is this not true???
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It was enforced on the Navigator. There are times on the NOS when kids could use the Solarium.

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Thankfully (IMHO)...it's enforced. It's one of the reasons I find the Solarium to be one of my favorite on-board spots.
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There are some limited hours when families can use the Solarium but it is meant as an Adult Only area. I would be annoyed if it wasn't enforced since it is posted very clearly.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 09:08 PM
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On Enchantment last December the Solarium was an absolute zoo and out of control the first day at sea. Completely overtaken by kids. I am not talking 1 or 2 kids, but 30-40. The staff new about it as some kids were in the hot tubs with the parents while all the staff did was take as many bar orders as they could and serve drinks.

I like to see everyone have a good time, however the solarium is posted as not having kids - so that is my expectation. If it was not designated that way I would not care. However since it is designated as no kids, my wife and I like the solarium as it is a nice getaway. After that incident we had on Enchantment, my wife complained to the purser. The next day they were enforcing it big time.

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Old May 15th, 2004, 09:45 PM
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Wow you guys must not like kids! !

I agree, there's a difference between 4 well-behaved kids or it being run by 40 screaming 11-year olds.

It's supposed to be a place to relax...Ahhhh
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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:16 PM
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We were on the Radiance - the Solarium was adults only & it was enforced. Quite a different atmosphere in the Solarium. There is self-serve ice-cream in the windjammer. Also - places all over for snacks for free. There were kids on the Radiance & there was a lot for them to do & lots of places for them but the Solarium wasn't one of them.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:31 PM
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Griffen,

Actually we like kids and her job is working with them. That said, it is nice to get away and we find the solarium a nice place for that.

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I said "", that means I was JOKING!!! You're right, it's nice to have a place away from the kiddies.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 12:02 AM
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When you get back from Radiance, can you post a review? We are thinking of that same cruise next summer.

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Old May 16th, 2004, 08:03 AM
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Sorry to all the kid haters...just kidding...but I recently sent RCCL a letter asking if kids can use the Solarium...and the reply I got was...

RCCL Guest Policy

*During inclement weather, the Solarium Pool(if covered) may be used by children under sixteen if directly supervised by a parent or guardian from 12:00 noon to 2pm and from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
**Young children in diapers/pull ups/swimmers may NOT use the pools/whirlpools , even if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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I'm printing it out...laminating it...and the first old bitty to get in my face about the kids being in the Solarium...may read it!!! Hell I might even print it out onto T-shirt transfers...lol.

Folks...believe me...I think the Solarium is a great place for adults-only...but only if the weather is allowing the kids to enjoy the outside pool...I'm heading out on the Vision out of LA in Feb...when the weather isn't predictable...and you can bet your sweet a$$ that my kids will enjoy the solarium pool if the weather is bad...they are paying cruisers...just like you!!!
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Old May 16th, 2004, 01:26 PM
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We were on the Enchantment last year and thankfully the no kids in the Solarium rule was enforced. From what I observed elsewhere onboard the ship, the phrase parental supervision is an Oxymoron.

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Old May 20th, 2004, 04:14 PM
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You don't have to be a "kid-hater" to want to relax & have a little quiet time in the "adults only" Solarium area.
The kids have their own pool, so why is it such a huge deal that adults want their own, too?
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Catnip- Take a wild guess! As tsetse said, If a child pays the full cruise fare, he/she should be entitled to entry to all parts of the ship. Though it's a whole other story if the kids are rude/disrespectful.
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I am not a kid hater, in fact I have 4 of them. But if I take a cruise with my husband and not my 4 kids it's nice to know we can relax around the "adult only" pool without being surrounded by other peoples kids, well behaved or not, even if we took our kids with us it would still be nice to go to the "adult only" pool without them. Even though children pay a fare for the cruise parents need to understand there are certain places on the ship children don't belong, the casino, the bars and the adult only pool, except during times when they are allowed of course.

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Old May 20th, 2004, 05:32 PM
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This has nothing to do with being a "kid hater", this thread is going off topic, I don't care if you like kids or not(Luv2B@sea), my question was been answered.

This is all about facts, not opinions, so just drop it.
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the fact is, the solarium is an adult only pool and adults should be able to enjoy it without kids around

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Old May 20th, 2004, 10:47 PM
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Griffen & any others re: Radiance. Just the facts like I said - it was posted adults only, lots of snacks for free everywhere - kids nor adults will go hungry. The Radiance was BEAUTIFUL. There were children of all ages on the ship & there was lots for them to do. Might find that there is so much to do that you won't even be worrying about all the swim time. It doesn't matter if it is Alaska or anywhere - the weather could be rotten. We went E.Carib & we had a downpour of rain, HIGH winds some days & sunny days but there was never a lack of things to do. On Radiance there was a children's pool & an entire play area, a big main pool & the solarium. The pool in the solarium is small, enough to float & swim a little - no room for pool toys. Hope you have a good trip.

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Folks...believe me...I think the Solarium is a great place for adults-only...but only if the weather is allowing the kids to enjoy the outside pool...I'm heading out on the Vision out of LA in Feb...when the weather isn't predictable...and you can bet your sweet a$$ that my kids will enjoy the solarium pool if the weather is bad...they are paying cruisers...just like you!!!
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and........you can bet your sweet A$$ that I will complain and ask to have them booted out once their time is over > I paid for my cruise TOO... just like you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 06:15 AM
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Just been on Jewel of the Seas and there is actually a notice in the solarium which says "children must be accompanied by an adult". There were no restrictions at all on the amount of children in there.
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I received another response from RCCL...and as you all probably know they are notorious for giving 3 different answers to one question...this was says nothing about designated times...but this was their response...

We apologize for the delay.

The average high in Mexico in February is between 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, which is warm enough for the main pools to be used.

Children are discouraged from using the adult Solarium pool but are allowed in as long as a parent accompanies them.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard the Vision of the Seas!

Sincerely,

Royal Caribbean International.


This wouldn't be the same notorious Folgy from over at cruisecritic......I should have known you'd pop up on this thread somewhere....How is you blood pressure doing....

Listen...as I've said...no problem...just as you don't want to hang around with kids...they wouldn't want to hang with all the old bitties in the Solarium anyway...but if the weather is terrible...I think the kids should have a place where they can come and swim. My kids are going to be 9 and 16...so according to the 1st letter...my 16 year old could use it whenever he pleased...and children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult during designated times. I think the cruiselines misadvertise the solarium being "adult only"...because that really isn't true...it is adult only during designated times.

Folgy...I don't know if you want to go to bat against me...when it comes to my children...I'll put up a pretty good fight!!! You wouldn't have to have mine or my kids' A$$es out of the Solarium area when our time was up...because we would respect the rules of the ship...I would expect you to do the same!!! But it was good to hear from you!!!
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, tsetse71,

I will never get involved with a Momma Bear. I bow out graciously. *giggle*

I 'll go misbehave elsewhere now.
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Folgy...you truly are a hoot...always love your posts...kid hater or not!!!
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