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#1
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I’m taking my 18 year old daughter and a friend on a Bermuda cruise. Any safety and/or entertainment guidelines or ideas for the cruise as well as Bermuda would be appreciated!
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Hi and welcome. What cruise line are you sailing? We have specific boards for each line and you can ask questions and read the threads to get more information.
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#3
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Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Hi and welcome. What cruise line are you sailing? We have specific boards for each line and you can ask questions and read the threads to get more information.
We will be on NCL Escape for a 7 day Cruise.
#4
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Originally posted by scooktn
We will be on NCL Escape for a 7 day Cruise.
The girls will enjoy Carnival the most. It's the ultimate party ship with non stop action and fun!
Even Royal has plenty of activities for them.
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You and the girls will have a fantastic time on the Escape. It is a great ship with tons to do. Lots of venues (shows, eateries..etc.). I like that they have an actual restaurant..O'sheenahan's open 24/7. As far as safety, the girls are 18 and should be perfectly fine. Of course I would set a couple of rules, as one would for any vacation. For example: Always stay together, perhaps a curfew, and check in with you once in a while. Things like that. As far as Bermuda, you picked one of my favorite places for your cruise. I have been there numerous times. It is one of the most beautiful and safe Islands. The people are amazing, kind and respectful. FYI, since the girls are 18, just know that they cannot walk around in their bathing suits on the Island. The only place they can openly wear them, is on the beach. They are a very respectful people. Tons to do there. If you want any suggestions, just let us know. Have a wonderful time!
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Originally posted by drsel
The girls will enjoy Carnival the most. It's the ultimate party ship with non stop action and fun!
Even Royal has plenty of activities for them.


Except that she's already booked on the escape


The girls will love the activities on the escape...do not worry


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Originally posted by scooktn
I’m taking my 18 year old daughter and a friend on a Bermuda cruise. Any safety and/or entertainment guidelines or ideas for the cruise as well as Bermuda would be appreciated!


You picked a great ship and destination

I cruise frequently with my older teen and young adult daughters and have cruised out of NYC several times and love it as we live very close to the port

That said...and trust me about this....any cruise out of NYC in the summer will have an interesting demographic on it

Take that as you will but as far as my kids are concerned, they prefer to not party into the wee hours nor do they look to make new friends on the ship

They always have a great time with just our family and each other...rock climbing...going to spice h2o...rope course...shows...deck parties...

My kids have a great time and easily get by without finding a group to hang out with simply because they don't need to. Lol


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Originally posted by scooktn
Thank you, Maggie Cruises. I’m hoping to get that perfect balance of fun and safety!


Whenever I've cruised with just 2 of my 4 kids they have been just fine together and never bored so never a need to look for others to hang out with

Yours will have a great time but as a mom of 4 daughters please take my advice.....explain to your daughter and her friend that it's not wise to think that everyone else on the ship is worthy of their friendship. The vast majority will be great people of course but there will be some cruisers that are just not nice. Easily and not so easily spotted

I rarely tell my girls this these days because they figured this out years ago on our 1st cruise. Lol


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Make sure you have written permission from the parents to take their child, and also something saying you can make medical decisions in their absence.

I'm sure you'll have a blast!
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Originally posted by cb at sea
Make sure you have written permission from the parents to take their child, and also something saying you can make medical decisions in their absence.

I'm sure you'll have a blast!
Will do! Thanks!
#13
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Originally posted by scooktn
I’m taking my 18 year old daughter and a friend on a Bermuda cruise. Any safety and/or entertainment guidelines or ideas for the cruise as well as Bermuda would be appreciated!


Public transportation in Bermuda is inexpensive, safe, and easy to use. Do not let the girls rent mopeds/scooters! They are a common cause of injury on Bermuda cruises. (Narrow roads, driving on the left, unfamiliar surroundings, etc.)


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#14
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Originally posted by gymbomb
Public transportation in Bermuda is inexpensive, safe, and easy to use. Do not let the girls rent mopeds/scooters! They are a common cause of injury on Bermuda cruises. (Narrow roads, driving on the left, unfamiliar surroundings, etc.)


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Good to know! That’s something I’m sure they would ask about, so I appreciate the heads up!
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Just curious but how old is her friend, if under 18 there may be some documents you will need.

In Bermuda, you can get on and off the ship at any time. Although very safe I would stick to the tourist areas.
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Originally posted by scooktn
Good to know! That’s something I’m sure they would ask about, so I appreciate the heads up!
I agree, I drove a motorcycle at work as a Police Officer, would not rent a scooter in Bermuda.
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#17
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Originally posted by scooktn
Will do! Thanks!
That’s only if she’s under 18
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#18
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Originally posted by cb at sea
Make sure you have written permission from the parents to take their child, and also something saying you can make medical decisions in their absence.

I'm sure you'll have a blast!
Over 18 is an adult. I don’t think she would need her parents’ permission. Assume she has a passport. I would make sure she has valid medical insurance. Most 18-year-olds are on their parents ‘ insurance. Make sure she has coverage and ID card.
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Originally posted by Grandma Dazzles
Over 18 is an adult. I don’t think she would need her parents’ permission. Assume she has a passport. I would make sure she has valid medical insurance. Most 18-year-olds are on their parents ‘ insurance. Make sure she has coverage and ID card.
Except that many insurance policies do not cover the insured on the ship or in a foreign country. A travel policy for an 18 yo should be relatively cheap.