Posted January 21st, 2013, 08:45 PM
Going on our third cruise, but the first one for our kids, ages 12 and 9. (Royal Caribbean Indep of Seas)
Do they give them sea pass cards with lanyards, or should I bring them? How do your kids (and parents, for that matter!) carry these cards?
Are they allowed to come/go from the kids clubs as they wish?
How do you communicate with your kids- do they have walkie talkies available, or do you just wing it?
Any other advice? I'm sure the kids will stick with us for awhile, but they'll want to explore on their own a bit...not sure how I feel about that, given they are so young.
A few cruises ago when our daughter was 8, I still kept her cruise card with me. If she wanted to buy something, she would have to have one of us come with her. I didn't sign her up for in/out sign out status, so she would have to wait for me to sign her out.
The last two cruises she was 13 and 15. I signed her up for the teen club (Remix on Princess), but she met other teens on the first night to hang out with. They might meet up there, but would often spend time at the pool, watching MUTS, or go see the shows. When she was 13, she eat breakfast with us and go out in port with us, but otherwise it was her time to spend as she wanted. Last month, one of her friends from that other cruise was on this cruise too, so that worked out nicely. Another girl and three boys joined their group. She actually eat more with us by her choice.
Our communication system was using a notepad in the room (sometimes my hubby would tape a note to the outside of our cabin door), and often she would write a reply as to where she was headed). On our ship, there were phone all over that you can use to leave a message on your in-cabin phone, and I think many passengers used that system.
Certainly if you have a teen, go over all the rules (don't go in someone's cabin, watch your drinks carefully to make sure someone doesn't put a drug in it, etc.). As for children under 13, I wouldn't feel comfortable with them being at loose on the ship. Use the kids' programs so they can hang with other kids and not be bored and so that you can have adult time.