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Old 09-19-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Default Carnival Ecstasy for High School Trip???
Hi,
My daughters school its planning and end of year cruise to the Bahamas (5 day Bahamas cruise on the Ecstasy). She is in 9th grade but kids from all grades can attend. I have never been on a cruise so I have no idea how good of an idea it is to take a bunch of highschoolers on a cruise. The people I know that have been on Bahamas cruises only talk about the drinking and the casinos.
Can you help me make a better informed decision regarding letting her attend or not? I've read about the O2 club and I would for sure let her go if I was going. I know it is never the same when someone else is supervising your child and that teenagers are sneaky enough to sneak and do thing they shouldn't. My concern is how "safe" will they be while roaming around the ship without appropriate supervision. Also, will they be allowed off the ship by themselves?
Thanks in advance for your answers!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:31 PM
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I would check this out extremely well . . I can't imagine a school sponsoring such a trip. Think of the liability on the school's end. . . Is this a trip planned by a group of students and parents? I can't speak to the ship or the cruise line policies, as I don't sail on Carnival ships - there are others on this forum who can do that. I would just be careful about committing to a trip like this without a thorough vetting of what iit is all about and finding out who is actually sponsoring it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:28 PM
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I don't think someone at the school has done their "homework" on this. If they are looking at a Carnival cruise, the cruise line requires if anyone in the cabin is under age 21 then there must be someone at least 25 years old in the cabin. This sounds like a bad idea for a high school to consider IMO.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:15 AM
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Minors cannot leave the ship unless they are accompanied by an adult on their booking. I know this from first hand experience when our son got ahead of us in the line leaving the ship. When they scanned his card they got an alert screen and the guard wouldn't let him exit until we got up to the security station.

You know what I'd do if you really wanted to let your daughter go on the cruise? I'd go too. Either go as a school chaperone or make your own individual booking.
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I definately have to agree with Dave....I wouldn't be letting my grade 9 daughter go on this trip alone....I've been on a lot of Carnival cruises (had a great time) but.....not easy to keep tabs on teenagers.....my 28 year old daughter and husband just came back from a carnival cruise and were absolutely appalled by the behavior and the drinking that went on with 21 yr. olds.....they would sit in the hot tub with jugs of beer and wouldn't get out for hours (I'll leave the rest to your immagination)....like Dave said....they might not be able to get off the ship at the ports without supervision....but carnival certainly is not responsible for babysitting them while they are on the ship.....could be loads of fun ....IF THERE IS RELIABLE SUPERVISION.....I'd definately do my homework and alot of it.....GOOD LUCK
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I am going to join in on this one, dont do it, dont allow it, no way, no how ... unless you are going to go with your child. too many bad things can go wrong. I am surprised that these kids parents would encourage them to go. Natalie Holloways mom thought her daughter was with responsible adults and look what happened.
Carnival has the policy that all cabins must have a 25 yr old in them for a reason. I would strongly discourage this trip.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:57 PM
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I'm with macmom111: no way, no how. This is a disaster waiting to happen. I can't believe a school would even consider such a thing.
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I just checked my tracking list and our 18 year old son has been on 22 cruises...all with us. Now, he certainly knows the ropes and I'd trust him alone on a cruise but I'd still worry myself sick.

By the way, for a graduation present we are taking him on Oasis Of The Seas next June. Note the use of 'we'.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:40 PM
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What a nice graduation present, Dave; I think I got a portable typewriter to take to college :-)

Back to the topic. Now you're a guy and you admit you'd be uneasy about your 18 year old son, a veteran of 22 cruises, going on a cruise alone. How much more should AninaW be concerned about her 9th grade daughter, who must be all of fourteen, going on her first cruise, with who knows how many peers, and who knows with what kind of supervision. She says, "My daughters school its planning and end of year cruise to the Bahamas (sic) . . . ;" what are they thinking?
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To me, there is never going to be enough supervision on a group cruise with young people to make it safe for my kid. Let's face it, a lot of chaperones go along to get a free or reduced price cruise, and they are more concerned with having a good time on their own and not keeping an eye on the kids assigned to them.
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