Carole, The best way for your son to meet people his own age is to attend the Family Welcome Aboard Show/Get-together. It is usually scheduled in the early evening of the first night. On these mega-ships there are so many places to be and things to do, that the Adventure Ocean activities and facilities is the best place for them to "hook-up" with others. Even if he isn't interested in the planned activites for the "Voyagers" (age 9-12) it is here that he will meet boys his own age and then can plan activities with new friends who have similar interests. Meeting new friends in this age group is Extremely Easy - If he is shy convince him to join the scheduled activities for his age group. If he is not shy, once he finds the meeting place he will be off and running on his own. Have a great time!