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1 hour ago, Queen of Oakville said:

 

The difference here is that we are signing activity waivers.

 

Those waivers mean nothing. They offer minimal protection should something happen. 

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2 hours ago, dcgrumpy said:

 

Yes. I grew up in Queens and started riding public transportation on my own at 10 or 11. If I hadn't moved to LI, my kids would be doing the same. 

I hope that Cocoa Cay’s water park is safer than the MTA. With the parental policy they have one might wonder.

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11 hours ago, dcgrumpy said:

 

Yes. I grew up in Queens and started riding public transportation on my own at 10 or 11. If I hadn't moved to LI, my kids would be doing the same. 

Ah, the beauty of NYC, where public transportation is ubiquitous.

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On 7/23/2019 at 11:56 AM, Leeannpal said:

How do you prove age at the waterpark? We are planning on going on a cruise for my daughter's 18th birthday. The Coco Cay day will be the day after her birthday. How can we prove that she is 18 without her passport? She looks young.

 

You have to scan your card to get in. The age is on the card.

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18 minutes ago, kevinkingmd said:

 

You have to scan your card to get in. The age is on the card.

But that would be the age at embarkation. 

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3 minutes ago, gerif said:

But that would be the age at embarkation. 

 

And Royal Caribbean's stated policy is that your age on the day of embarkation is your age for the voyage.

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Waterparks in Florida requires everyone entering the waterpark pay for entering the water park.

 

RCCL is currently doing the same no matter the age.  Their park, their rules.

 

No different than Disney charging adult rates for 13 year olds when entering their parks.  Fair or not that is you to decide.  Vote with our dollars.

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On 7/23/2019 at 2:14 PM, dcgrumpy said:

 

My 14yo daughter takes the ferry to Fire Island with her friends. I heard through the grapevine that my sister was horrified. 

Yeah, every kid is different, most not sure would trust 100% but I also know some 50yr olds should have an Adult supervising them(and all ages in between doing dumb stuff). Was 16 living on my own, joined Army at 16(Parent had sign). Raised 3 kids on my own Home schooling my Oldest. She Graduated at 16, was living on her own at 17 working and going to College...

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In fairness to RCI, there have been serious accidents at waterparks.  One poor child was killed in the most horrific way at a Schlitterbahn waterpark.  It's a little more than just a slide with a shallow water pool at the bottom.  I do however agree that 18 is unreasonable.

 

We have a large amusement park nearby and usually take turns being the parent(s) who has to pay to accompany younger kids into the park.  I believe 14 is the age that they can go in by themselves.  They have a waterpark option also, but I was never comfortable allowing my kids to be there without adult supervision.  They both outgrew the amusement park by the time they got to high school.

 

I would be great if parks offered a reduced rate for parent "watchers", but they just don't.   In most scenarios, it's a once or twice a year visit to these places, so it doesn't seem like a big deal to have to pay for those times - or you can choose to say no to your kids and enjoy the beach and pools for the day.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, momofmab said:

In fairness to RCI, there have been serious accidents at waterparks.  One poor child was killed in the most horrific way at a Schlitterbahn waterpark.  It's a little more than just a slide with a shallow water pool at the bottom.  I do however agree that 18 is unreasonable.

 

We have a large amusement park nearby and usually take turns being the parent(s) who has to pay to accompany younger kids into the park.  I believe 14 is the age that they can go in by themselves.  They have a waterpark option also, but I was never comfortable allowing my kids to be there without adult supervision.  They both outgrew the amusement park by the time they got to high school.

 

I would be great if parks offered a reduced rate for parent "watchers", but they just don't.   In most scenarios, it's a once or twice a year visit to these places, so it doesn't seem like a big deal to have to pay for those times - or you can choose to say no to your kids and enjoy the beach and pools for the day.

 

 

I guess one could pay and then leave. I’d hate to spend my day at the water park with a bunch of screaming kids.

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9 hours ago, gatour said:

Waterparks in Florida requires everyone entering the waterpark pay for entering the water park.

 

RCCL is currently doing the same no matter the age.  Their park, their rules.

 

No different than Disney charging adult rates for 13 year olds when entering their parks.  Fair or not that is you to decide.  Vote with our dollars.

Disney’s water parks require anyone under the age of 14 be accompanied by someone 14 or older. A 12 and 14 year old can go without an adult. Much more reasonable.

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I am so glad my granddaughter has no desire to go to the water park.  She just loves the water and has no interest in slides or the other things.  Look at the money we will save.

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I can understand the policy (side of caution).  The important thing in my book is that no one should be doing water based activities alone and a responsible person needs to be there.  On our cruise there is just one person in our party, my very responsible 23 year old who wants to do the waterpark and as I think he'll have more fun with someone else along and believe that water based activities should not be done alone I'm a 58 year old who purchased my full day ticket too (my husband and all the others in our extended family group won't be going to the waterpark).  I'll skip slides unless they have a raft or mat (speed slides that don't have a mat are not my thing any more).  If the slide has a raft or mat, though, I'm fine.  I'll also enjoy the wave pool.  I am a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, swim instructor and swim coach.  

 

If DS had a friend / significant other on the cruise, I would skip it and just have them go, but that's not the case on this particular trip.  And me, I'm the main person in our party who feels strongly about the not swimming alone theme, and I'm also the adult who enjoys waterparks the most - plus DS is really fun to hang out with.  

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5 minutes ago, kathy884 said:

I can understand the policy (side of caution).  The important thing in my book is that no one should be doing water based activities alone and a responsible person needs to be there.  On our cruise there is just one person in our party, my very responsible 23 year old who wants to do the waterpark and as I think he'll have more fun with someone else along and believe that water based activities should not be done alone I'm a 58 year old who purchased my full day ticket too (my husband and all the others in our extended family group won't be going to the waterpark).  I'll skip slides unless they have a raft or mat (speed slides that don't have a mat are not my thing any more).  If the slide has a raft or mat, though, I'm fine.  I'll also enjoy the wave pool.  I am a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, swim instructor and swim coach.  

 

If DS had a friend / significant other on the cruise, I would skip it and just have them go, but that's not the case on this particular trip.  And me, I'm the main person in our party who feels strongly about the not swimming alone theme, and I'm also the adult who enjoys waterparks the most - plus DS is really fun to hang out with.  

You might have changed my entire vantage point on this 18 year old thing. I didn't really take into account the endless possibilities of the normalities that could go entirely south. 

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So how is this enforced? Only upon entry to the water park? Or do they only let a 16 year old down the slide if the parent is there too?

 

 

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52 minutes ago, Host Jacquelyn said:

So how is this enforced? Only upon entry to the water park? Or do they only let a 16 year old down the slide if the parent is there too?

 

 

I assume the parent must be present upon entry.

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16 minutes ago, jbethel11 said:

I assume the parent must be present upon entry.

 

If that's the case, then it certainly is nothing more than a cash grab, as the parent can then leave the water park area after they enter with their teen.

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5 minutes ago, Host Jacquelyn said:

 

If that's the case, then it certainly is nothing more than a cash grab, as the parent can then leave the water park area after they enter with their teen.

Hellooooo 👏

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2 minutes ago, jbethel11 said:

Hellooooo 👏

???

My point is that I don't expect RCCL to be that blatantly obvious. I just reread your post and noticed that you 'assume' it to be the case.

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7 minutes ago, Host Jacquelyn said:

???

My point is that I don't expect RCCL to be that blatantly obvious. I just reread your post and noticed that you 'assume' it to be the case.

I was agreeing with your response regarding how you think this is nothing more than a cash grab.

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Question...When we go to CoCo Cay, our son will be 19 and our daughter will be 17.  Will he be able to escort her in or do either my wife or I still have to go with her?

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On 7/23/2019 at 11:57 AM, jbethel11 said:

That's what is so messed up with companies, and quite frankly, this world. Stereotyping.

 

 

There's really no way to have a "maturity" test.  The only way is to put a numerical age on the requirement.  I think 18 is too high.  I would think 14 or 16 is more appropriate.

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3 hours ago, TerpsBball said:

Question...When we go to CoCo Cay, our son will be 19 and our daughter will be 17.  Will he be able to escort her in or do either my wife or I still have to go with her?

 

 

I would think the 19 year old could escort her into the park.

 

The rules say:  All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

 

An adult is someone over 18, though that was not actually defined.

 

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5 minutes ago, Justicedog said:

I would think 14 or 16 is more appropriate.

Agreed.

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9 hours ago, TerpsBball said:

Question...When we go to CoCo Cay, our son will be 19 and our daughter will be 17.  Will he be able to escort her in or do either my wife or I still have to go with her?

 

 I would guess that an 18-year old would be considered an adult for the purposes of escorting minors into the water park.

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