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We are booked as a family to go on 7 night Cruise in August (Allure of the Seas).  

 

We are a family of four, myself, my husband, my son who is 12 and daughter who is 11.  

 

We have never cruised before.  

 

What and is there much to do as a family (apart from eat) in the evenings?  

 

We have spoken to them about the kids areas, and this is either going to be an enormous success for them, or will not work for them at all.  Given their ages, I believe they will have to attend separate areas, which may not be the best, but then again a break from each other may be what they need.  So many unknowns.  

 

It would be great if they did enjoy the kids entertainment giving me and dad an hour or two to enjoy a bit of time out, however, this will only happen if they really want this. Should they not want to go to these areas, do you think as a family we will find something/somewhere to go for 7 evenings?

 

I would be very interested in other family experiences of cruising and keeping kids happy too.  

 

Many thanks for sharing any of your experiences.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our son always loved the kids activities and couldn't wait to get to them. My husband and I had a "date" every night of the cruise! But - if for some reason your kids do not like the separate kids activities, there are lots of things to do on a ship at night. We see families playing games in the sports area at all hours. There are shows every night. Depending on the ship's schedule there are movies. Usually it's more of a problem getting everyone to agree on a single activity than it is finding something to do.

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You might want to split up at least one night for a Dad/Daughter and Mom/Son activity and one night MomDaughter and Dad/Son.  If they don't care for the kids activities you can still have some fun.

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I've sailed with my kids 9 and 12 (10 and 13) 4 times in the last 12 months...we sail again in April......in the evening my kids LOVED going to the shows with us after dinner.  They would finished eating and then run over to the theater and get the seats they wanted for us, order themselves smoothies, then the show would start......

 

They did NOT like the day care stuff....we tried it on one cruise and they were like...Please no....so that was that 😉

On sea days I take them swimming, they sing karaoke, they make friends.  On nights when I was doing Casino after the theater my wife and the kids would watch movies on the pool deck, or go dancing, many things to do.

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Allure is a great ship with so many things to do in the evening. Shows, ice rink water slides, carousel, zip line, etc.... you are going to be blown away especially being your first cruise. Don't try and over plan just enjoy. Great choice again on ship

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We will be on Allure in the med. in October.

 

My kids aren't huge fans of the kids clubs. On our last cruise they were 9, 13 and 15.  In was in the South Pacific and had a lot of seas days, so the opposite of our next cruise really. The younger two met someone to hang out with the last few days but my oldest never did. Even with friends, they tended to stick around with us in the evenings. We saw some of the shows and our oldest loved some of the evening trivia games. She would also just sit and chat with us in one of the bars in the evening, with a mocktail or whatever. My younger two hung out with friends in the day and after the show they most went back to the room to relax and watch movies. One night all three of them watched a movie on the pool deck, cuddled with blankets since it was quite cold.

 

Anyway we found plenty to do as a family, even with mostly sea days. For Allure in the Med, I think several days we will all get to bed early. Especially since we will be very busy traveling for the 8 days prior to the cruise. 

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If you are doing the Barcelona sailing with stops in Palma, Marseille, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, and Naples...you and the kids may be too tired to do anything after dinner.  😊  You'll have one sea day to enjoy the ship.

 

Wow!, your first cruise and it's on the Allure!...prepare yourself and read as much as you can about this wonderful ship.  (We sailed on the inaugural sailing of the Allure...and we didn't see everything on the ship...it was so big.)

 

Perhaps it will help if you join your "roll call"...you can ask questions from other passengers sailing with you.

We are guessing that you and your kids will have a great time...would love to see the expression on your face once you get onboard the Allure.  Please come back and tell us.  Happy Sailing! 😊

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We cruised with a 10 and 13 year old and honestly, most nights they wanted to be alone.  We took it as an opportunity to get "alone time".  The kids saw a few shows with us and then usually they either wanted to go to the kids club (one in teen and one other age group), or they ran (I say this figuratively- I hope!) around the ship together.  They enjoyed checking things out, getting pizza together, dessert, etc.  

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1 minute ago, zeppgirl said:

They enjoyed checking things out, getting pizza together, dessert, etc.  

 

It's funny the things that some kids do.....my 9 daughter last time we were on Anthem drank hot coco from the coffee shop every night...didn't hurt they would also give her a free pastry or other sweet.  Then she cleaned up the seating area.  She acted like she had a job she had to go to, she did it every night.  She was like "i have to go clean the shop and get coco....see you later"

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We have cruised with our 4 daughters on RCCL 9 times so far.  Our 11 year old twins have are similar to your children's ages.  They always love the ship.  They liked the kids programs several years ago, but now prefer to be out an about on the ship with friends or family who often travel with us.  Our older girls often make friends in the kids' clubs the first day or two, so be sure to get your children in there the first couple of day or it may be harder for them to make friends when groups are already established.

 

We have been on Oasis and Allure before, our kids' favourite ships.  There is so much to do on the ships with your kids.  4 pools, 2 flowriders, parades, rock climbing, the merry go-round, ice skating, along with things like ping pong, mini golf, shuffleboard.  You cannot possibly get board.  Their are sometimes things like family scavenger hunts as well.

 

Our kids love ALL the shows and often want to go back and see the same shows a second time.

 

Even if you never left the ship in any of the ports, you would not be able to find enough time in a week to do everything you will find onboard to do.  Prepare to have your best family vacation ever...and don't forget after you take the kids, they will be bugging you to take them on another one...and another one....

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7 hours ago, dodgestang said:

I've sailed with my kids 9 and 12 (10 and 13) 4 times in the last 12 months...we sail again in April......in the evening my kids LOVED going to the shows with us after dinner.  They would finished eating and then run over to the theater and get the seats they wanted for us, order themselves smoothies, then the show would start......

 

Our kids run and save us seats for the shows as well while we enjoy dessert and a coffee in the MDR.  I  was not going to mention that here though because we will be ambushed by all those who say saving seats is not allowed.:classic_wink:

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9 minutes ago, Russ Lomas said:

Our kids run and save us seats for the shows as well while we enjoy dessert and a coffee in the MDR.  I  was not going to mention that here though because we will be ambushed by all those who say saving seats is not allowed.:classic_wink:

 

Doesn't count as saving when the sit in them....grandeur seats are two seaters on the balcony 😉

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Your kids will be fine...yes, they will be in different "clubs", but they aren't there ALL the time, and there are times when the groups are in sight of each other.  You are worrying about nothing.  They aren't in the same classes in school, are they?  They'll be fine.  Take them the 1st evening...that's when everyone meets everyone else....sort of like "orientation".

 

Your kids can go EVERYWHERE you go...even into bars, if that's what you want to do. They might be bored, but they are allowed.  A ship is not like land based places.  So...give them an opportunity to have age-appropriate fun....if they don't like that, then do what you do at home with them.  Either way...it's a VACATION!  Just go and have fun...relax...take it easy!  There is no "right or wrong" way to cruise.

 

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With Allure getting amplified soon, I think Adventure Ocean age brackets will change. They did on Oasis. 11 and 12 year olds I believe will be in the same age bracket. Now, there is a ton of things to do on this ship. Some of the shows might be something the kids will like. Ice skating might be available ,the slides will be open at some time. Of course, kids that age might strike up a friendship with other kids.

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They are changing the age breakups in the Kids Club so that siblings (and cousins) are not as separated and there is more of a family feeling amoung the young cruisers.  I would suggest calling RCCI and asking about the program on your particular cruise. Dinner, with or without the children is often the parents choice.  Our grands have always loved the “kids club” and are hard to drag away.

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Make sure your kids go to the event scheduled in the kids' club on the first night. That is when friendships will start to form. They will get a feel for what the activities are going to be like for the week and also start to get to know some of the other kids in their age group.

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I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who has answered my question.  Not sure whether I need to do this individually or able to do this as a collective thank you as I am doing.  

 

I have taken all the advice "on board" and talked over the many options with the family.  It is good to read that there are so many different experiences.  

 

Should they want to use the kids club It does look like they may be in the same group (as mentioned in the response above - great advice) following the refitting of the Allure of the Seas, so this is a bonus - I think.  LOL.  

 

Can't wait to get on board now (sadly we had to postpone this cruise from last year due to illness) so we are twice as excited this time.  

 

I hope each and everybody who took the time and trouble to respond to my question reads this message of thanks.  😀😀

 

 

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