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Old May 7th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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We were just on Freedom in April. DD is 20 - will be 21 in July. She looks young - people would guess she is 16. We walked into Serenity and were immediately stopped by the worker at the desk. He said, "She's too young to be in here." I thought Serenity is 18 and up (and yes there is a sign right there that says 21, I did not see it) and I said, "She's 20." He said, "I'm sorry. It's 21 and up. If my supervisor comes around and if they check her card, I'll get in trouble."

Well, I'm certainly not trying to get someone in trouble, so we opted to sit on the upper deck just outside the Serenity area (on Freedom it's two decks). Had to sit in a regular lounger but we survived.

Following day and rest of week we sat in Serenity with no issues but we didn't enter past that desk either.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Diet_Coke View Post
Wow. I keep seeing these threads that seem nice enough to start with, then turn nasty with the do-gooders (with H82seaUgo being a very regular "contributor". I joined here recently to take part, but based on the frequency of "regulars" trashing just about anything I'll skip it.

Incidentally, H82seaUgo, I don't think a lot of people would hate to see you go.

Seriously, CCers... I've been on a lot of forums in my day, and this one is near the top in terms of the a-hole quotient. Hoping this doesn't extend to the cruise.
irrelevant. they can't go.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by H82seaUgo View Post
of course. she's not 21.

A lot of people feel the rules are not meant for THEM but for everyone else. I don't mean to sound like a b-word but I get tired daily of people with that attitude..."Oh, I can park in the handicapped spot - they can't mean ME.."
Oh, I can park in the fire zone in this store full of people...that sign doesn't mean ME." "Why did my car get towed? That 'no parking' sign wasn't meant for ME!" I work in a crowded downtown area and live in a condo complex so I see it many times a day.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Anyone have any pictures to post of the serenity area? Looking for a quiet, shady place with loungers.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Our experience these past 2 weeks was that the Serenity wasn't very serene much of the time. If you are looking for peace and quiet, go elsewhere. Lots of laughing and talking with large groups of adults traveling together-- not a problem and we didn't mind, but it wasn't what I expected.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by RyanDMB99@aol.com View Post
You know what amuses me MOST about this post?! The people telling the OP to keep her daughter out of Serenity most likely won't even be on the same cruise, so clearly won't miss out on their "rightful" lounge on Serenity. I for one will continue to allow my non-disrupting SIL to join us on Serenity. (Assuming the chair hogs leave space open). I used to really enjoy CC boards but the more I read the more self-important whining babies seem to infest the boards. What a shame.
I agree. How would anyone know that the person sitting right there is the 18 year old off of cc.?? I also agree rules are there for a reason. But how would someone know she's not 21? I'm 28 and sometimes look younger if not dolled up. But this is my opinion and will prob get flamed for it. Like other have said some people live on these boards finding negative stuff to say. O well. To each their own.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:22 PM
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A few weeks ago, JH posted this question on his FB as he thought it was 18 until someone complained to him. I also pointed out that I was already in the military at the age of 20 and that the age should be reconsidered. The 18-20 yr old group don't have that much to do on the ship so if they wanted to sit on the serenity to get away from screaming kids, I think they should, after all, they paid the same fare as you and I.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by peptobysmol View Post
OMG, RULE BREAKER!!! I suppose she'll claim 10 chairs and use oranges to secure them!!! She probably doesn't even dress up for dinner and orders 2 entree's...

Seriously, just don't have her SS card with her. No one will care either.
And I bet she takes auto tips off and smuggles in alcohol. At the least she will be taking up a chair that one of us old people need.

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Old June 24th, 2012, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by fishtaco View Post
What is going to be strange is when Carnival Spirit comes to Australia for a stint,on the way over from USA only 21 year olds and above will be classed as adult then as soon as the American cruisers get off same day Australians get on and 18 year olds become adults,it will be a nightmare for security in the bars and club who would be used to spotting under 21,s,now they will have to spot under 18,s

No, they have been looking for the under 18s in the dance club for a long time. No real age restrictions in other bars. Can't buy alcohol if you're under 21...your ship card won't even allow it. It should be a smooth transition.

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