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Old 01-26-2004, 07:34 PM
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we (family of 5) are going on the Royal Western Caribbean at the end of October.
We booked 2 balcony rooms, but our rooms are on deck 9 right below the bridge. From looking at pictures we are pretty much in the front of the ship. Is this ok? I was told the bridge is pretty quiet so being under it should be ok.
Also traveling with 19, 15 and 16 year olds... will they be kept busy and have fun? anyone have any opinions on labadee in Haiti?
we were either going to book RC or carnival but read so many bad reviews on carnival, we chose to stay with Royal. Will also be booking airfare on my own thru continental as it is so much less expensive than thru the cruise line.
Thanks and happy sailing.

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we (family of 5) are going on the Royal Western Caribbean at the end of October.
We booked 2 balcony rooms, but our rooms are on deck 9 right below the bridge. From looking at pictures we are pretty much in the front of the ship. Is this ok? I was told the bridge is pretty quiet so being under it should be ok.
Also traveling with 19, 15 and 16 year olds... will they be kept busy and have fun? anyone have any opinions on labadee in Haiti?
we were either going to book RC or carnival but read so many bad reviews on carnival, we chose to stay with Royal. Will also be booking airfare on my own thru continental as it is so much less expensive than thru the cruise line.
Thanks and happy sailing.

[This message was edited by sstaarzz on January 26, 2004 at 08:11 PM.]
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Old 01-27-2004, 01:23 AM
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Hi,

cabins below the bridge should be fine. It is indeed very quiet on a ship's bridge.

I'm sure your kids will have an excellent time. There are simply no other ships in the world which match the number of activities or facilities for children provided on RCI's "Voyager"-class ships. Your kids will love it!

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Old 01-27-2004, 03:49 PM
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We were on the Navigator in November and it was great. We were on Carnivalís Victory two years ago, and there is a big difference, everything about Royal is better, but I found the buffet on the Victory to be better. Your boys will have a blast! Labadee was nice and just a good place to have a restful and peaceful day. The locals will help you move the beach chairs, and just tip them if you can. I found it impossible to visit the vendors because they are literally all over you and it was very stressful for me to even look at what they had to offer. The ship will bring lunch to the island. If you get off the ship early, you can find yourself a good spot just under a shade tree overlooking the beautiful water. Have a great time!

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Old 01-27-2004, 04:03 PM
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We went on the Explorer two years ago with our then 20 year old. Your teens are going to have a blast! I believe, and someone correct me if I am wrong, that those 18 and older can be served beer and wine. They are considered "legal". I don't think they can be served hard liquor (by the bartender, anyway).
You might want to investigate this further, perhaps online or by calling Royal Carribean.
They can also gamble in the casino at 18 if I remember correctly. So, my comment is, YES, they will find a lot to do (including meeting lots of girls but I would highly recommend that you set your expectations/limits BEFORE you leave so that each has an understanding of your family "rules", etc.
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It's true that you can drink alcohol and gamble in the casino at 18 yrs old but the parent or "guardian" of the 18 yr old must sign a consent form at check-in. If the parent signs for them, the 18 yr old will get a hole punched in their seapass card that indicates they are "approved" for drinking and gambling.
 
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