I will be traveling in 2 weeks and have several questions:
Can teenage boys wear shorts in the dining room for breakfast and lunch with a nice polo shirt?sneakers? Should we bring a few of our own towels for the beach in Bermuda? Is Snorkle Park a good experience for first time snorkelers? Do teenagers(boys) usually go and enjoy the shows(ice skating)? Did the restuarants raise their prices to $25 per person a 25% increase? Can teenagers 12 ,13, 16 go to Johnny Rockets unescorted? Thanks for your help! This forum has been amazing.
Anyone can wear shorts to the main dining rooms at breakfast and lunch. Sandals are fine too, as are t-shirts. Only at dinner service are shorts and t-shirts not supposed to be worn.
The teens can go to Johnny Rockets on their own, but they'll need charge privileges on their cruise card. There is a $3.95 per person cover charge, and they will also have to pay for soft drinks unless they have the soda pass.
New Cruiser - we just, last week, got back from cruising in MAriner of the seas (very similiar to explorer (so I'm told). We had 3 teens (16, 17, & 18). The kids LOVED all the shows. If your kids are responsible & stick together they can have just as much freedom on the ship as you would. They will enjoy the arcade & teen rooms too. We had one boy & two girls. The boy wore shorts (like black or kahki) with a collar golf type shirt to dinner every night except formal. THen he wore kahki pants & a button shirt. He had a tie but its not required. You'll probably enjoy the buffet breakfast best. Many, many choices & nearly everyone wore shorts or their swim suits with a cover up & flip flops. Snorkeling is good for anyone unless they are afarid of the water. You don't need beach towels, they are provided fresh everyday. I suggest you take a few cloths pins so you can hang your wet suits or other out on the balcony to dry fast. They do have a small clothes line in the shower but with the cool AC temp it takes forever for anything to dry. Any questions feel free to ask again. This is a great site to chat with others. Again, we had a wonderful time. RCI has the best staff.
Wow! Thank you all for your input. I think we just cut down on one suitcase knowing the boys can wear Kahki shorts to dinner on the casual nights. I thought they needed pants and dress shoes for all the evenings. I'm sure this is going to be a great experience for all of us. If anyone has any special places other then Horsehoe Bay to take teenagers to when we dock at Bermuda, i'm certainly listening.
knowing the boys can wear Kahki shorts to dinner on the casual nights
Strictly speaking, that is not supposed to be allowed. It is at the discretion of the dining room management and I have seen people asked to go change. I wouldn't take the chance that the Explorer maitre'd is a slack as the one on Mariner.
I personally have no problem with shorts, in fact I wore them on our Carnival cruise last month - but they are specifically allowed on Carnival now days.