If you bring your lovely children on a cruise please be adult enough to watch over them, I really hate to see parents that bring the children (young to teen) and totally forget about them. Let the other passengers and cruise staff deal with the unruly, rude and down right nasty brats. Find another type of vacation, like in the desert or better yet the Middle East.
Wow, am I surprised to NOT see all those parents ganging up on you with this loaded remark. You know the ones I am talking about. They are the ones who thinks little Suzie is the apple of "everyone's" eye! One of my favorite readings on the "boards" are about children (bad, unsupervised, unruly, etc.) and the parents who miss the point by defending their well behaved, sweet little tyke. I have to laugh because anyone who has been there (having small children) knows these parents are going to change their tune in a few years. Sadly, they think they must be politically correct and say "what a joy my child is and I can not leave them for a minute without missing them". Anyone who says they had a great time on a cruise taking care of their 2 year old obviously has been bumped on the see saw one to many times. I just read on another site where a mother was bringing her 2 year old child and wanted to know if she could just "slip her in" the age restricked room for 3 year olds. Duh?!! What really surprised me are those parents who think it is ok to leave a toddler locked in a room (oh, but they are sleeping) so they can do the ship! Just because one can afford a cruise does not mean they have any sense(ha ha, Hey I just made that up.)
Tigger, you are so correct. Last summer we were cruising on the Grandeur and one night at about 11pm we were going back to the cabin to get more money for the casino. When we got off the elevator there were about 10 young teens (younger than 16) sitting on the stairs, with the wonderful odor of marijuana in the air. The kids just sat there looking at us, holding their breath, and other things behind their backs. When we got to the room, my husband called security but of course, the kiddies were gone, but the security man did say he smelled the marijuana. Where in the heck were the parents of these teens? Ignoring them!! But you know, my straight "A" little darling would never misbehave like that. With so many kids doing drugs and whatever else, and every parent saying that their kid is the best behaved kid on the planet, well, you do the math. It just don't add up. Every parent thinks their child is the best thing since sliced bread, but some parents are so detached that they have no idea what their kids are doing. My kids tried to pull things on us , just as I tried to pull things on my parents. But we, and my parents were aware enough, and involved enough to know better. Every kid tries to push the envelope and unless the parents are totally invloved with their kids and not themselves, they don't have a clue in the world. Tigger wrote:
> If you bring your lovely children on a cruise please be adult
> enough to watch over them, I really hate to see parents that
> bring the children (young to teen) and totally forget about
> them. Let the other passengers and cruise staff deal with the
> unruly, rude and down right nasty brats. Find another type of
> vacation, like in the desert or better yet the Middle East.
I am sure there are Adult only Cruises for people that do not want to share their vacations with kids the same as land holidays. We cruise with four families with a total of 6 kids and have enjoyed all of them give the kids a break, they are the future of cruising.
Netty I love cruising with my boys also. They look better in their suits than the sloppy adults that walk into the dinning room in shorts and a tea shirt. Your right, they are the future of cruising. As I see it, it's a lesson in socializing for them. Last year on the Grand, my older son made friends with a nice boy from England and they were pals the whole week. They are counting the days until our next cruise on the EOS in April.