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Old 02-01-2009, 05:04 AM
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I am off on a RCI western Carribean cruise. At the Port my wife and I wish to do some excursions, such as the zip wire in Haiti. We will be putting our two boys in the childrens club whilst we do the trip. Once finshed can we just get a tender back to the ship and join our boys or do the tenders only travel back at certain times. In relation to the formal evening events can we put the boys in the child club or would you recommend taking them (they are 3 & 5) We would love to go, but we are very mindful of the boys being away from us to much.

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Old 02-01-2009, 05:18 AM
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Hi cameron, and welcome to cruise-chat.com.

I can't answer the question on the private island as I have yet to visit. However, having taken our son on almost all of our cruises since he was a year old, I would definitely recommend taking them to dinner with you on the formal nights. It will be easier on all of you if you have early seating or My Time dining, as the late seating may be too late for them.

When our son was little, we used to get a table just for our family. But, Royal Caribbean is great at putting families of similar ages together for dining.

To get them used to dining, I recommend starting out slowly at home -- first going to very casual restaurants near you, and eventually working up to those in which the meal takes longer to be brought to you.

Of course, if you want to have an evening to yourselves, you could have them eat in the kids club on one of these nights (most lines will do this -- I leave this to the RCCL experts to confirm).

They might also enjoy the evening shows. My son did. When he was that age, we'd sit more toward the back of the theatre in case we needed to make a quick exit. (Which was rarely necessary.)
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:08 AM
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My kids were somewhat older when we began, but the wait staff was very good at bringing their food with the salad course so they could have something to occupy them, and keeping the dinner moving along before they could get too restless. We had a 4 and 6 year old boy at the next table a few years ago, their parents went to Chops and these two very young gentlemen elected to eat at their table alone. Not kidding. They were adorable (dropped off before and escorted out after by the parents) and had copious amounts of waitstaff attention that they did not require. they were just so cute! Anyhow, you will have had a chance to see how the dining room runs on a nonformal night before you need to decide--it is all very similar from night to night, formal or not there is no real change in how things operate.

You went on vacation to be with you kids. If you take a couple hours on a night or two to decompress with just each other it is all right. We have not done this--spending nearly every minute together--and maybe we should have.
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When you are in Labadee, the tenders run frequently for cruisers to traverse back and forth between ship and island. You should be able to go back and get the kids and return to the island. The beach in Labadee is one of my favorites in the Caribbean. There are numerous places to sit and relax.
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