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Old 01-17-2006, 08:06 PM
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My wife and I along with another couple will be sailing Mariner (3/19/06) with our teenage boys. Ours is 13 and theirs is 15 years old. It looks like the boys will be split in shipboard activities because of their age difference. Is there anyway around this? We are fine with our 13 year old hanging with the 15 to 17 year olds, he thinks he's 18 anyway! But we are afraid it may be a little boring for the 15 year old hanging with the 12 to 14 year olds. Am I making sense? Thanks
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:02 AM
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they wont exactly be checking birth certificates, so, he's 15 for the cruise.
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We are on the Explorer 2 Apr 06 with four boys. 9, 12, 14, 15. The oldest three pretty much hang out together, so I hope they can run together. The 9 year old thinks he's 15 so he tries to go with the big boys.

They pretty much just make friends the run with their pack.
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I don't think RCCL is fastidious with age enforcement for the older kids. The 13 year-old should be able to simply show up with the 15 year-old and I'd be surprised if any of the youth counselors batted an eye.
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Actually, the youth staff already have a manifest ofall the children onboard each sailing (along with their ages). During the day there will probably be very little problem. However, in the evening the staff of Adventure Ocean does monitor the Optix lounge (teen disco) and there are age restrictions for each age group. The 9-11 year olds must be picked up by their parents at 10 PM, then the 12-14 yr. olds have the Optix Disco from 10:30 - midnight and the 15-17 yr. olds are the only ones allowed in the disco from midnight on.

Mercedesno, I know you have already sailed on the Navigator, but it is my understanding that the 9-11 year olds must be signed in and out of the Adventure Ocean program by a parent and children ages 12-17 are free to come and go at their own discretion. They will certainly be able to hang together when not in the Adventure Ocean program - but since there are separate Adventure Ocean facilities for the 9-11 age group that may propose a problem. He will definitely not be permitted to be in Optix when the older children are assigned that space exclusively (at least that has been my experience when traveling with children of various ages). But, as you know - the ship is very large and there are many other activities and facilities excluding that one small teen space on the ship that allow for them to be able to hang out together.
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Nancy,

Thanks for the info. I hadn't even thought of the teen disco! I was thinking of the daytime activities where things are more of a 'come and go as you please' deal.
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thx for the info. My nine year old will love being in his own program anyway. He makes friends very easily and loves doing things with adults and other kids.

My 12 year old is thrilled that he is treated like a teenager. He just wants the same rights that his older brothers enjoys.

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Don't count on this - we have a 5.5 yr and a 7 yr old - they split them up and they were miserable - it really put a damper on our cruise....
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jeme,

I'm sorry to hear your kids were split up. The cruise lines are more stringent as he ages decline. This can be a pain, as you experienced. I wish they'd be forthcoming with policies about kids who are friends or family, and happen to not fit into the RCCL age groupings.
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Thanks to all, looking forward to this trip!
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