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DD is a college Sophomore - majoring in Math and...
DD is a college Sophomore - majoring in Math and Econ, deans list. Graduated top of her high school class (of just over 300). She has always taken her schoolwork seriously and has always had to work...
I agree with Cruisin' Chick -- As is the case...
I agree with Cruisin' Chick -- As is the case with any group of kids, the kids will be happiest in the kids program if they have a "friend". Our DD is an only child and we generally travel as just...
We tend to take port intensive trips - so most of...
We tend to take port intensive trips - so most of our concern would be what to do if the whether is bad in port. We come prepared (rain gear, layers) and continue on with our plans just as if the...
I work with an immigrant from Serbia, several...
I work with an immigrant from Serbia, several Indians, and two immigrants from Laos/Vietnam.

The Serbian collects English words and phrases and we spend time over lunch where I explain them to...
Yup, there can be some nasty behavior by young...
Yup, there can be some nasty behavior by young people. But the worst behavior by a group I've experienced was by a group of about 20-25 ex-US Navy submariners who had all come on for a "boys"...
Adventure Ocean programs are for 3-11. You may...
Adventure Ocean programs are for 3-11. You may request a 12YO be allowed in AO, dependent upon the number of kids in the program and the staffs' preferences, they may or may not accommodate aging...
DD is now nearly 20YO :eek: but we did the...
DD is now nearly 20YO :eek: but we did the Trans-Atlantic flight with her many times pre-tablet and pre-inseat inflight entertainments systems (think more adult-oriented movies being played for...
Rome - we've done a land tour there, one cruise...
Rome - we've done a land tour there, one cruise with a day stop, and two cruises where it was either the departure or arrival point. All but one time we used recommendations from Rick Steve's tour...
In the early 90's my then BF (now DH) convinced...
In the early 90's my then BF (now DH) convinced me to try a cruise. We both hate warm weather so I thought he was nuts, but he had found a cruise to Alaska.

We boarded. I had a backpack of...
Clean, "plain" athletic shoes should be fine. ...
Clean, "plain" athletic shoes should be fine. All black are relatively easy to fine and can be used at other times without too much problem. 95% of the others on the cruise will look at the shoes...
We do an optional formal dining session for our...
We do an optional formal dining session for our band students before each of our band trips (which always have at least one "formal" dining situation.

We go through dress code (including...
Part of the "night after" experience will also...
Part of the "night after" experience will also depend upon the travel arrangements you have to go back home. If the time between disembarking and catching a connecting flight is tight, the extra...
What most interests your teens? If, as a whole,...
What most interests your teens? If, as a whole, they enjoy and seem excited by some of the more active sports that the RCCI megaships have might be a good choice (activities like wave riders, zip...
I am sitting here with my co-lead chaperone...
I am sitting here with my co-lead chaperone supervising the loading of a semi trailer for an upcoming band trip. He is a product manager for OTIS (the elevator people). I am reading some of these...
I have had a valid passport all of my adult life...
I have had a valid passport all of my adult life because I travel alot.

But it does seem that the BC/DL-only folks do slow up the lines. Passport holders do seem to move through the lines more...
I am a long-time cruiser, generally pretty...
I am a long-time cruiser, generally pretty faithful to RCCI. My DH and I are just starting in on the "Prime" of our vacation-spending life. He will soon be retiring. I just hit a milestone...
There can be a happy medium -- set some...
There can be a happy medium -- set some guidelines for use of devices while at the table, or at grandma's, or whereever.

If you let your kids have devices and set/enforce expectations for...
If your kids are really into the Disney...
If your kids are really into the Disney characters and stuff, Disney can be worth it. If they are blase' about the whole character thing (or freaked out by costumed characters) it can be a pricey...
Inside passage scenary and Superior shoreline are...
Inside passage scenary and Superior shoreline are really completely different.

"Both beautiful but it is like comparing a Rembrant to a Monet!" . . . that is from my niece. She grew up in and...
Itinerary - exclusively
Itinerary - exclusively
Adventure Ocean is the Kids Club for those kids...
Adventure Ocean is the Kids Club for those kids 11YO and younger. At the younger age levels within AO, you will be required to sign the kids in and out. As they age, you can specifically give your...
On an Alaskan cruise years ago, a pax was...
On an Alaskan cruise years ago, a pax was complaining to a bartender that the Alaskan cruises were "grossly overrated". His primary evidence for that comment was that there was not enough wildlife...
Most of us have been to "luxury" hotels - and...
Most of us have been to "luxury" hotels - and when even the very NOT luxury Best Western is hawking generic bottles of water for $2.50 each; even those who may not frequent "luxury" hotels can...
As the kids age, you may want to reconsider the...
As the kids age, you may want to reconsider the types of vacation you take. less "relax" non-planned time. more time in port doing "stuff". Might be a good time for a Med or Baltic cruise and take...
How old is your DS and/or the other kids who will...
How old is your DS and/or the other kids who will be joining you? Kids clubs for the under 10 year old set in particular are fairly similar. There may be a few more kids on a similar sized RCCI...