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Nita 03-12-2006 06:24 AM

I am taking my 10 year old son with me. When I take him to camp carnival, does he stay their until I return to get him at a certain age are they allowed to come and go as they want? Will he be their until I come back to get him? Do they feed them as well, or do I have to come get him when we go get something to eat or can he go and get him something eat by himself???

peachcrek 03-12-2006 07:03 AM

Nita they can sign themselves in and out it is up to you, weather you want him to. some parents prefer to pick up thier children other let them fend for them selves and I do not mean to make it sound like they do not care, some kids are more responsible then others you know your child better then anyone else so you know if he will be able to handle the trust and be responsible to check in with you or not, they do sometimes have meals for them it depends on how many children are sign up they take them to the shows as a group on one of the nights they also have a sort of sleep over where they stay up till 3 in the morning and the gals or guys bring them back to your cabin and see that they get inside ok so you have a entire night to your self not to worry about leaving them alone the cost was 25.00 first child and 10.00 for each extra sibling, but again it depends on the staffing, and how many kids are on board, they have a wonderful program for the kids, they will have an orientation the first nite on board it tells you all about the program and then you can decide if its right for both of you, it should be in your news letter in your cabin, or you can ask the purser at the information desk about where it is scheduled, and they will give you information Fran

Cruise Specialist 03-12-2006 07:52 AM

Nita, Camp Carnival's program is set up that if the child is 9 yrs or older they sign themselves in and out. Under the age of 9 the parent signs them in and out. I would suggest that you take your son to the first night gathering of Camp Carnival so you and he can meet the counselers and the other children in his group, and get the Camp Carnival Schedule for his age group. He will be in the Intermediate group which is 9-11 year olds. Some of the activities include:
Swimming under the Stars, T-Shirt painting, Karoke, Indoor Beach Party, Meet the Entertainment Backstage, Jewelry Making, Scanvenger Hunts, Talent Show, Outdoor fun..and so much more.

So you will feel comfortable with him signing in and out himself, just let him know where you will be most times, or you can invest in a set of 2-way radios. This way when he signs himself out he can find you.

He will have a great time!! Relax you will have a great time also.

swimmersonboard 03-12-2006 01:55 PM

We went last year for spring break with an 8,10 & 11 year old. I got permission for the 8 year old to hang out with the other two and I gave them exact places to meet us when they left Camp Carnival.
The first couple of days they were a little nervous but then they chose going there rather than things with us.
Take a set of walkie talkies and that might alleviate some stress about knowing where he was.
We did have to get them for lunch and then could sign up for them to eat supper with Camp Carnival they did it about half with us half with the children's program. One of the formal nights they had a coke tail party during our cocktail party.

Cruisen Jackie 03-13-2006 08:58 AM

No matter how responsible, I would not reccomend letting a 10 yr. old roam around a ship on their own(it is difficult for adults to keep in touch).On our last two cruises my 8 yr old granddaughter loved Camp Carnival, while the 5 yr old grandson wanted nothing to do with it. I hope he will try again when we go in June.She will be 9 but we will check her in and out.

Cruise Specialist 03-16-2006 02:18 AM

Jackie, the only problem with Camp Carnival is its ok for the parent or grandparent to sign the child in or out of the program, but they do not enforce this, their policy is if the child is 9 or over and they decide to check themselves out of the camp, the counselors can not stop them. This works if the child understands that you will not allow them to sign themselves out.

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