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Old January 3rd, 2011, 09:14 PM
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We're about to board Freedom of the Seas for the 1/9 Western Cruise.

One question I wanted to find out is what the costs are in the arcade. I'm guessing the video games cost. Are they typical fees?

I'm not too much of a penny pincher, but with three kids (17, 13, 10) I just want to set expectations appropriately. I know there are a ton of other activities aboard - and I'm just not too keen on shelling out fifty bucks a day on the same video games they could play at GameZone when we've got a floating city of entertainment options available.

It also looks like there are computers available during the 'kids club' activities.

If anyone has travelled with kids in these age ranges, would love to get your insight on how things went for you.


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Just curious - How come the kids aren't in school during that time? Especially since they just had a long time off over the holidays...
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It really boiled down to scheduling. Due to ages our kids are in three different schools with three different spring breaks, and even different Xmas breaks. My wife's job is busiest during the summer - and I've got work commitments late spring. We don't do big vacations very often, and have no concerns about our kids having a perfect attendance record.
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We took our kids out of school twice for cruises, it was fine, both were in High School and worked ahead before then made up some when got back, being upfront with school works fine in most cases, and as long as your kid's have not missed alot of time, they will be ok.
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from what I heard about the arcade games; you can load the kids seapass up to play the games. when they run out of tokens on their seapass; you can reload again. I do not know exactly how much the arcade games cost.
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Wow - Unbelievable that people would have their kids miss a week of school so they can play arcade games on a cruise ship...
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We have also gone on a cruise vacation with our children during the school year and if done responsibly, no parent should be made to feel "guilty"!
We were in contact with teachers weeks ahead of time so that school work remained on schedule. Also, all of the teachers managed to integrate this trip into the existing curriculum with projects and/or journals relating to their travels. Our kids worked hard for weeks before their cruise, putting in a little extra time each day to ensure their studies never suffered. So to "assume" that every child on a cruise during the school year is just wasting time in the arcade is a little shortsighted.
Our cruise and it's destinations, was a real eye opener culturally for my kids and they visited places that they never would have seen otherwise due to our geographic proximity to most cruise ports.
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I see no issue with taking kids out of school for a holiday on land or sea.

If the kids are good students, a week off school is not going to hurt them, especially if they diligently make up work before/after the trip.

Kudos to those parents who use the cruise excursions as history lessons.

The OP should be made to feel guilty for treating their family to a holiday.
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Wow - Unbelievable that people would have their kids miss a week of school so they can play arcade games on a cruise ship...
There's a lot more to a cruise than that for these kids. It's the whole experience. And if they end up playing a couple hr's of arcade games while the ship is at sail - SO WHAT? The adults are allowed to play around in the casino. It's a VACATION. It's OK to do out of the ordinary things. Your judgemental comments are rude.
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