No, the ratings are from the number of posts you have. The more posts, the higher the ratings, ie they have me rated as a cruise guru. We've only sailed on 18 cruises, there are plenty on this board that have a whole lot more cruises under their belts. It's just that I've posted a lot. I really think they'll let the 11 year old hang out with the rest of the group, especially since 11 years and 5 months so close to 12. I remember when it was so important to be so many years and so many months and so many days old, now...well, not so much
Have a great time!