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Old 07-14-2006, 06:38 AM
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How soon once on the ship can I check my 7 and 11 yo into camp? I am not sure what it is called. Are there activities from the get go or are we on our own on the first night. I just want them to be able to meet friends right away.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:19 AM
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It can depend on the ship, but typically they have an open house on embarkation afternoon and then have registration for the program during the evening. So to answer your question - there most likely won't be much going on the first day. I am looking at the Day 1 Cruise Compass from our recent cruise on the Freedom Of The Seas and it does show a teen mixer at 9pm that night, ages 15-17. Adventure Ocean registration from 8:30 to 10pm.
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Old 07-15-2006, 07:03 PM
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Dave,
Well it might work out to have the kids around on the first day. That way they can get a feel of the ship with us. I wanted them with us for the parade (on the Mariner) any ways. Tahnks for the info.
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I just got back from the Navigator, this was my 5yr old son's first cruise. we registered him at the adventure ocean on the first day right before dinner; they don't really have any adventure ocean activities on the very first night, everything starts in the morning of the first day. I was so worried about taking him wiht us, but he had so much fun and loved it so much thet we booked another cruise for the next summer wiht him! he was begging us to take him to the play center all the time! i spoke with the other parents and it seems that all the kids loved it! have fun on your cruise!
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:47 PM
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Lanar,
Do you remember the hours of camp? I am hoping that Hubby and I will still have plenty of free time. I am excited to take th kids along, but being a full time stay at home mom of 3 I am really wanting to have some time to myself. I know my 7 yo will have a great time and will want to go to camp. I am just worried about my 11 yo. He likes to make friends, however he feels he is too COOL for kids camp and I think he is too young to be off on his own. I guess we will not know until we get there. Thanks for the info and please feel free to pass on any more tips they are well appreciated.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:48 PM
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Chase,

I may as well warn you now that your "too COOL" 11 year old may be offended when he boards the ship. Kids 11 and under have to wear a wristband which identifies their lifeboat station. The staff often will sit by the entrance to the ship and snag the kids as soon as they board. I tell you this because my son considers himself to be "too COOL" and he was not happy on our Freedom cruise when they tagged him within 60 seconds of our boarding the ship! He is 12 now, so he won't have to endure that indignity again!

The wristbands serve an important purpose. In the event of an emergency the youth staff will escort your children to the correct lifeboat, which keeps panicked parents from rushing to the Adventure Ocean and causing a confused mob scene.

Look at this website for some examples of the Adventure Ocean hours. All of RCCL's ships will follow a similar schedule, depending on your port stops and at-sea days.
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:47 PM
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Thanks Dave! I have been so nervous about the what ifs, it is reassuring to know that they must wear the wrist bands. I feel it is an excellent idea. Did your son enjoy himself at the camp?
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Jacob didn't attend the youth camp on our last cruise. He is funny about these things. Some cruises he wants to go to the youth activities, other cruises he doesn't.
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I have a little one that will be 2 1/2 at the time we cruise. She is potty trained and I wonder how closely they check the actual age of the child?
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