Posted September 19th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Last edited by serendipity1499; September 19th, 2007 at 11:33 PM
I'm thinking about sending my teens on a scavenger hunt onboard.
Not sure if it will be for one of the at sea days -- or for the week.
But I wanted to come up with some fun ideas that were a bit challenging.
My girls are 16 and 17 --- (going on 25, as many are these days)!!!!
Maybe something that they have to take pictures of to prove they were there -----
We will be on a thanksgiving cruise on the Zuiderdam HAL ship -- if anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them!
I believe it is very dangerous to send teenage girls off by themselves for a scavenger hunt! I retired from the travel field, have traveled all over the world & have heard some very scary stories about teenagers being left on their own..In addition have been on 13 cruises..
You must remember that a cruise ship is just like a small city.. Occasionally they have problems with crew & or passengers becoming unruly & committing crimes against their fellow crew members or passengers.. That is why each ship has a Security force & a brig...As a Young woman in my 30's, on my very first cruise, I was accosted by a steward.. Fortunately my cabin mate arrived in time, but I was very frightened.. Here on Cruise Critic last year we had a young woman who was accosted by a member of the crew...
Many years later our Son at 15 was approached by a man in Amsterdam.. It was two doors down from our hotel in an area that DH & I thought was safe..We permitted him to go into a Video game room & gave him a one hour curfew..15 minutes later he ran back to our room a very frightened young man..DH & I realized that we never should have permitted him to go off by himself..Fortunately nothing happened, but I honestly believe that you should be aware of these possibilities..Just last year a young girl by the name of Natalie Holloway, disappeared in Aruba, which we've always considered to be a very safe port...She has still not been found..
Knowing what we know now, we would never permit our teens to be out on their own either on shore or on the ship ...The teen program is fine but they should always be with a group & never anywhere by themselves, especially never ask to go into crew quarters, laundry, etc.. You must remember the 99.9 % of the crew are wonderful young men & women, who would never accost a passenger..But you also have to remember that they have been away from their wives & girlfriends for many months..
I'm always amazed when I hear of Parents going off on tours & leaving their youngsters & teens on the ship..
For Meet & Greet Info. Pls. put Cruise Critic in Subject line.. Betty
Cruises: '70 Hellenic "Orion" Greek Isles; '83 Norwegian Carib. "Southwind" East. Carib. ; '96 NCL "Dreamward" East. Carib; '98 HAL "Ryndam" South. Carib.; '99 NCL "Majesty" Panama Canal-Mexico; '01 HAL "Volendam" Trinidad/Martinique; '02 NCL "Dream" Trans-Atlantic MIA-ROM; '03 HAL "Maasdam" West. Carib.; '03 HAL "Amsterdam" South Amer. RIO-SCL; '04 HAL "Westerdam" Trans-Atlantic BCN-FLL; '05 NCL "Crown" SCL-MIA via Canal; '06 HAL "Prinsendam" FLL-Amazon via Carib.; '06 HAL "Ryndam" Carib-Isla de Margarita; '07 Oceania "Regatta" Amazon via Carib. '08 HAL "Veendam"-Alaska; '08 HAL "Maasdam" Southern Carib.: '09 HAL "Statendam" RT FLL-SAN via Panama Canal; '10 HAL "Veendam" Bermuda '10 HAL "Noordam" B2B Carib.; '11 Oceania "Regatta" U.S. Coastal, Bermuda & Carib.; '12 HAL "Nieuw Amsterdam" B2B Carib.; '12 HAL "Noordam " B2B Carib.; '13 HAL "Prinsendam" South Amer. Antartica, & Amazon via Panama Canal & Carib.