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Old 11-04-2006, 12:06 PM
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Hello to all, your advice would really be appreciated if you can spare a few minutes--my wife and I would like to take a Mexican Riveria cruise this February and take our 16 year old son on his very first cruise. We've only been on two cruises before, both without our son...one when we got married to the Western Caribbean (on Royal Caribbean) and the other on our 10th Anniversary to the Mexican Riv (on Carnival). What is most important to me on this particular cruise is that my son has a really good experience....he's wanted to go on a cruise with us since he was a little guy. I would like to go on a cruise that has activities for teens, where he could meet up with other kids and do interesting things, rather than have to hang out with "the folks" the entire time. We are thinking of the Vision Of The Seas--a seven night cruise that goes to the same ports that were on our 10th Anniversary cruise. Can anyone tell me how this particular cruise line/this particular ship is for teens? Is there enough going on that makes it interesting for them? Is there any way to find out more about it from the cruise line? It won't be long until my son is "out of the nest" and moving on in his life and I'd like him to have a fun experience to look back on with fond memories.

I would REALLY appreciate some advice from anyone who has been on this ship and brought a teen with them, or just has knowledge of what it's like for a teen........it would mean a lot to me!

Thanks very much!

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:55 PM
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Taking my daugher (16) on this same cruise in the beginning of January and have the exact same question. Any info about the RCC teen programs would be helpful.
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:15 PM
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We just returned from that same itinerary, we were onboard for Halloween week. The Vision class ships in general have smaller youth facilities then the Radiance or Voyager class of ships, and consequently there are fewer things available for the kids.

On our sailing there wasn't a single teen in the teen program or area. There honestly didn't appear to be a teen over 13 onboard. I think this was because of the time of year, however February may see more teenagers onboard.

There is a teen area onboard, I have a few photos of the space in my www.mycruiseplanner.info/PhotoGallery photo gallery. What activities are available for your son will probably be strongly dependent on just how many teens are onboard for your sailing.

That being said, with the Vision of the Seas being a smaller ship, I think you could comfortable give your son quite a bit of independence while you're onboard. Especially since you'll have three days at sea.

We'll actually be back onboard Vision of the Seas for the repositioning to Vancouver for the start of the Alaska season this spring.
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