I'm 17 y/o and going for my first Caribbean cruise with my dad and brother. I really don't know what to expect from this cruise as we don't have these type of cruises in Finland. When a Finn goes cruising it usually means getting REALLY wasted and according to the Carnival website, it seems to be quite the opposite.
I've read that they're pretty strict with their alcohol policy so I've kinda given up my hopes for getting to the clubs. There's of course these clubs for teens, are they any good? It's not about alcohol, I know, but often without it people are too afraid to mingle.
It'd be nice to hear from teens coming to this cruise! I'm looking forward to this cruise but I'm still afraid of being stuck with my younger brother all the time..
I'm currently in Nassau and we have been watching cruise ships pass by for two days now so I'm pretty exited about this one.
People are as friendly as you are to them - in other words, you just got to be willing to open up. Yeah, it's awkward, but it's awkward all around which makes it easier for everyone to chat. You'll have no shot at an adult club as a 17 year old, but keep in mind that the teen club is the same music, just as fun, and you'll meet people your age. Alcohol isn't needed for a good time.
On a side note, welcome to cruisemates. I'm your teen host, let me know if you have any questions and I hope you stick around and let us know how the experience was.
Teen Host Past Cruises CCL:
Fascination (8/26/00) (2/18/02)
Sensation (8/19/12) NCL:
Sea (2/22/03) PCL:
Crown (3/5/11) RCI:
Freedom (3/7/10) Future
Carnival Pride (12/16/12)
I just got off Carnival Liberty for the third time. Although I didn't go this time I've used to teen club in the past and it really is great. There's tons of activities during the day and at night it's basically a nightclub. I'm still in touch and pretty close with about 10 people from my first time on the ship last year. The first night might be a little awkward but that's all part of it. By the second day you'll think you're hanging out with your best friends.
Like Mike said you won't have any shot at the adult club at 17, but you probably don't want to be in there anyway. Aside from the 18-20 group there are a lot of older people as well that you probably don't want to be dancing with. If you are looking to mingle with people older than you but not your parents age try looking around the main lido deck, the sports deck, and the gym. You definitely don't need alcohol to have a good time on the ship.
If you have any specific questions about the ship or anything just ask. It's by far my favorite ship !
__________________ Future Cruises ❤
Carnival Elation - November 25 & November 30, B2B
Past Cruises ❤
Navigator of the Seas - 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
Mariner of the Seas - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - 2008
Carnival Liberty - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 B2B
Carnival Miracle - April & June 2011
Carnival Dream - 2011, 2012
Carnival Glory - June & September 2012
Carnival Imagination - 2013
Cruise lines are very strict with their alcohol policy. But remember, it is very possible to enjoy a cruise without consuming any alcohol. Trust me, I've enjoyed 10, without drinking a drop of alcohol.
Past Cruises (all except one from NYC)
Carnival Triumph to Canada: August 1999
Carnival Victory to Canada: July 2000
Celebrity Zenith to Bermuda: July 2001 AND July 2002
Celebrity Galaxy to Caribbean (from Baltimore): July 2003
Voyager of the Seas to Caribbean: July 2004
Crown Princess to Caribbean: July 2006
Carnival Victory to Canada: August 2007
Carnival Miracle to Caribbean: May 2008
Staten Island Ferry, I mean what else in NYC is free?