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Old 03-14-2007, 04:07 PM
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Just let her do what she wants, shes 17 for the love of god. Just use common sense and she will be safe. There are like 5 billion cruises per year some reported problems some not but I would say that cruising is for the most part safe.
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I'd go one step further relating to accepting drinks only from wait service personnel: make sure the wait service person is ON DUTY. I have seen some wait/bar staff hanging around bars after their shift, and in plain clothes.
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One thing I would recommend. I always carry a Carnival insulated mug (with a top). I sing karaoke and am usually in there alone. I always sit close to the host and use a covered mug so that my drink is not to accessible while I am singing.
Both of these are wonderful advice, and the best I have seen in a long while.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:26 PM
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Sorry all, but I tend to be a little overly cautious, as I work in, and see on a daily basis, the underside of life.....which explains why I volunteer at a winery...it's my therapy.

I agree that LHP offers up some good advice.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:38 PM
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raffles: you're entitled to your opinion, and I respect that; but you're dead *** wrong.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:46 PM
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Just let her do what she wants, shes 17 for the love of god. Just use common sense and she will be safe. There are like 5 billion cruises per year some reported problems some not but I would say that cruising is for the most part safe.
Yes it is safe as a whole, but as good parents we have to let them think they are doing their own thing, while we watch out for them.
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There is a difference between letting our kids do whatever the hell they want to do, and being aware of whatever the hell they are doing. You're right on the money, Gary.
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Not to go against anyone here... I feel it's my job to keep my child, notice I said child, safe until she's an adult. Adult, in my book is 18(and I say 18 loosely). Children are being abducted, sexually abused and killed every day. If you think it cannot happen on a ship, you're dead wrong. I do agree with goin' cruisin. I didn't have my children to have them disappear. And, if I don't keep a watchful eye over them, who will? Yes, they can have their freedom. My daughter (17) has her own car at home and she's free to take it and use it as she pleases, as long as she tells me where she's going, who she is going with and what time I should expect her home. That is just good parenting in my book.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:52 AM
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Let's not lose site of the fact that at 17, you as a parent are still legally responsible for your child.
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Just let her do what she wants, shes 17 for the love of god. Just use common sense and she will be safe. There are like 5 billion cruises per year some reported problems some not but I would say that cruising is for the most part safe.
I am a parent of an almost 16 year old, and she has been on 7 cruises, I still monitor who she is with and we go over the rules constantly...she knows not to except drinks from anyone..not to go into others cabins..and even though she knows this I still keep a watchful eye on her at all times.

Example: We arrived on the Carnival Valor on November 26, 2006, we were one of the first passengers to board. While waiting for the rest of our party to meet us at the bar in the American Lobby I spoke with a mother of an 18 year old girl from the previous cruise. They had not disembarked the cruise at that time because the previous night her daughter was raped by a young 20 something passenger. The mother stated that the girl had spent most of her time with them througout the cruise and was usually in her cabin early each night. On this night the family was together for the last night of the cruise and the daughter wanted to go to the cabin early so she boarded the elevator to head to the cabin. As she was walking to her cabin this young man grabbed her by his cabin and dragged her in and raped her. They immediately notified the authorities on the ship and they were holding the passenger the next day until the Miami authorities could get on the ship to investigate. You know what the result was??? It happened in international waters and there was nothing they could do..they let him go. The mother of course was distraught.

The point to this is no matter the age, women do not need to walk the ship halls at night by themselves, always have a companion, or if you are going back to your cabin have someone escort you. If the parents are already at their cabin, then call them and have them meet you at the elevator to escort you to your cabin. An extra measure of precaution can prevent something of this nature of ever happening to your daughter, niece or grandchild. This is not a normal occurrance on a ship, but it does happen.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:58 AM
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That is an awful story, and most likely a rarity; it does, however, bring to the forefront that a cruise ship is in fact a small city, with all kinds of different people. There are nice people, and not so nice people, and there are deviants.

Although this thread has been largely focused on female teens, don't lose sight that such revolting behavior/conduct can be inflicted upon anyone: kids, teens, adults, male or female.
 
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