Leaving kids in kids club when you go on shore
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What don't kill them will make them stronger or they choose a messed up nursing home for you.
In areas prone for natural disaster/earthquakes, being in control is not an option, so you learn to trust and have faith.
However , I would love to tell my grandkids about the time when I was abandon on a cruise ship with all the food I could eat
My kids get to hear how I was traumatized from having to walk up hill both ways by myself to school.
OP- a life lived in fear is one half lived. You could take them on an excursion and have an accident, with the parents badly hurt. Now you shouldn't leave the ship...NO!.
Have faith and trust this has been done countless time without incident.
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The other issue that concerns me is what happens to her if something happens to me. LIke if I miss the ship or have an accident in port.
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On some cruises, we have other family members traveling with us, but most cruises are just the 3 of us.
One trip comes to mind when we were on a Southern Caribbean cruise during thanksgiving week, and the ads for all the Black Friday sales in St. thomas (our last port stop) looked amazing to get a jump on our christmas shopping.
Well, DD, then 8, took one look at the shopping list being developed and said, "I"d rather stay in the kids club- just get me some pink to blue (color changing) nail polish at del sol while you're out."
So everyone was much happier with this arrangement, and we were back by 1:30 to take her to the butterfly place right near the dock.
Overall, I think it depends on how old your kids are and how well they enjoy the kids club (DD wasn't a big fan when she was younger- she enjoys it more now).
The other issue that concerns me is what happens to her if something happens to me. LIke if I miss the ship or have an accident in port.If you have an accident in port, then your daughter is far better off in Kids' Club than if she was standing by the roadside watching you bleed.
If you miss the ship with your daughter on board, then you're a naughty mother. There are no circumstances where it's reasonable to miss the ship in those circumstances - you simply would not be (barring the aforementioned accident) so far from the ship that you can't get back. If you're going far from the port, you do it in the morning so you've got a whole afternoon to get back, or at the very least you do it on a ship-run excursion so they'll wait.
I have seen bad accidents in both ports and you wouldn't want a young child there.