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Hi everyone. I just discovered this site yesterday, and have found it a great source of info. I am a new cruiser, going on my first cruise this Sunday for 10 days on the Pac Dawn. Very excited, as this is my first holiday in 11 years. As a single mum having saved for 2 yrs to pay for this cruise, I'm a tad nervous that I will enjoy it, but looking forward to not having to work. I am taking my 20yr old and 16yr old sons. Could someone please tell me whether my 16yr (who isn't keen on 12 or 13yr olds but kids his own age) will have much to do? I'd hate to have to sit in the room with him of a nite instead of going out to adult bars/nite spots cuz I feel bad leaving him behind. Also, can someone plz explain how the money works onboard? Which is best? Cash or debit card? I don't have credit card. Thanks. Btw you all seem very nice and helpful ppl. Sorry if this is a bit long.

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hi milly,

welcome to the site and to cruising ...you will love it.Onboard you will be issued with a cruise card and this can be used to purchase drinks etc on board.There is no debit card transactions nor is there any ATM,s.Ifyou have a Visa debit card which can be used as a credit card that is fine.Normally I take cash onboard and leave it in the safe .I check my account at the pursers desk regularly and when its built up i usually pay a cash amount of it .The only place you can use cash is the casino...all purchases are made usuing your cruise card and you can settle that account at the end of the cruise with a credit card or cash.

Trust me your 16 year old will have a ball.....theres heapsfor him to do .he can go to the shows bars etc but he just cant purchase alcohol.

 

enjoy your cruise

Cheers

Col:)

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Thanks for that. Yes I do have a Visa Debit card, so that's good to know. So it's up to me whether I just keep a tally on a bit of paper during the trip, so I don't overspend, then pay it off using Visa Debit card at the end - or take cash with me. Does one spend a lot whilst on board? I like a couple of drinks during the evening..and prob will go to a couple of paid things on board. Still find this money thing hard to decide...

 

Oh glad my son will have things to do, so I don't do the 'stay in the cabin of a nite' routine cuz he's bored. Thanks for that reassurance.

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Hi everyone. I just discovered this site yesterday, and have found it a great source of info. I am a new cruiser, going on my first cruise this Sunday for 10 days on the Pac Dawn. Very excited, as this is my first holiday in 11 years. As a single mum having saved for 2 yrs to pay for this cruise, I'm a tad nervous that I will enjoy it, but looking forward to not having to work. I am taking my 20yr old and 16yr old sons. Could someone please tell me whether my 16yr (who isn't keen on 12 or 13yr olds but kids his own age) will have much to do? I'd hate to have to sit in the room with him of a nite instead of going out to adult bars/nite spots cuz I feel bad leaving him behind. Also, can someone plz explain how the money works onboard? Which is best? Cash or debit card? I don't have credit card. Thanks. Btw you all seem very nice and helpful ppl. Sorry if this is a bit long.

 

hi milly, welcome to cc and its a lovely site, if you need any info on cruising just ask

 

i'm cant help you with the 16 year old boy but someone will come along and give you some pointers

 

i would go out and buy 3 lanyards, one each and when you get to the dock you have to go and book in you are given a cruise card, and when you get to your cabin you are given another card which is your front door key, its best to keep the cruise card and front door card on your lanyard so it wont get lost

 

as for paying if you want to pay by cash you have to put $300 down at the pursers desk and anything over at the end of the trip you will get the money back, the only time you need cash on board is at the casino or when you go to port to buy any gifts, whilst on board when you buy something you use you cruise card

 

rkmw

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Trust me- You will probably never see your 16yr old!!!! ;)

 

I took my then 15yr old daughter and only saw her occasionally during the day and at dinner, then at curfew(which was midnight)

He will meet new friends at the teen club.

Make sure he checks it out!!! :)

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Congratulations on saving the money as a single Mum:) I had my first cruise in many years back in 1999 as a single Mum, I couldnt afford to take the kids back then, but had a well deserved holiday.

 

In 2006 we took our then 20yr old son and 15 yr old daughter, they both had a blast. I was probably more worried about my daughter as she wasn't able to join my son in the casino etc......but she had the best time out of all of us, she met a group her age, who didnt want to do the teen thing, and just hung together, having pizza, taking lots of photos as they do:rolleyes:

There was always someone knocking on our door asking for Jade:) we met most of the kids and their parents and didnt have a problem, and she still keeps in contact with them two years later!!

 

Hope you all have a wonderful time!

 

Chez

xx

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Hi and welcome!

 

I don't have teenagers...yet...but one thing I've noticed from reading lots on here is that some teenagers feel reluctant to initially join in the teen programmes because they think that it's going to be "lame"...but once inside they hook up with heaps of similar aged kids and then have a great time with all their new friends.

 

You can pop to the pursers desk to get a copy of your account every day if you wish to keep it all under control. (if you can be bothered!!) You can also pop spending money straight onto the kids cards- or place a limit on them I think.

 

I hope that you have a wonderful time- smooth seas and strong cocktails!

C.

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Congratulations on your first cruise and long awaited holiday.

 

Make sure your kids fully understands that the cruise card can just be run up and up if you have it linked to your visa debit card. It is up to them to be responsible for it. Of course I would be checking up on their spending. The internet is something that will easily rack up your spending. I believe it is 50 or 75c a minute and extremely slow so it takes a lot of minutes to do anything.

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Thanks for the great feedback - and the kind words. In response to one person, my son is the same - everything will be perceived as 'boring' until he actually joins in, and yes I do worry he won't have a good time. But hopefully as you say he will have a ball. So I presume there is night life for 16 yr olds? Like alcohol free supervised somewhat?

 

Regarding my sons' spending money, my 20yr old has a full time job and is funding his own spending money. My 16 yr old has a part-time job as well as school. I told him I would pay for his fare but in no way will pay for his spending. He has saved his own money, but yes I will advise them both to watch what they spend. No doubt I will keep a tab on it all. I'm a worrier after all..

 

And thank you for kind words re single mum finally getting a holiday. Yes it's been a long time coming. I have worked 7 days a week with 1 full time job and 2 part time jobs (plus running a house) for past yr to afford "extra" money to put aside for this cruise. So that's why I'm so nervous that I have spent my valuable $$ on a great cruise. But it sounds great so far...

 

I initially booked on Carribe deck but asked to be placed on waiting list for available spots on Dolphine deck. Just before paying, P&O offered me Baja deck in double rooms so I was thrilled. Have booked a tour on le petit train on Noumea and am on a waiting list for Esukap village (however you spell it). Not sure if I should just cancel the waiting on that one and just venture on our own to shops etc.

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We're also travelling on the PD this Sunday with 16 yr and 15yr old sons.

Both have already said they are going to avoid the Teen Club as it would be 'gay' and boring and not cool to be seen there, but I've advised them to at least check it out before presuming the 'worst'.

 

16yr old has already said he is going to take his maths books to study in the cabin for his for upcoming exams as there will be nothing to do other than sit in the sun all day being bored ! (Yeah right)

I've already said we're not carting maths books with us :eek: as I know they will not be opened.

 

I'm hoping they will meet up with others the same age on board and once they realise that they have to go outside their comfort zone to actually socialise and make new friends they will have a ball.

 

We're also on baja deck in inside cabins. We decided we wanted to be on a high level and with no outside quad cabins on baja we are happy with inside cabin.

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Wow Kazda, what a small world? Well, I guess not. It's just great to talk to someone who's going on this trip also.

 

We are on outside rooms right down the back end (right hand side) - the last 2 rooms in fact. Think its B305 (boys) and B301(or 2) (me and partner), but next to each other. We should get these "oh wise ones" of sons together..maybe they may have a nice time together.

 

Thanks for the feedback. Least I know my son is normal then - tho there's no way he would study on holidays. Wish he was as studious as your son tho.

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We're also travelling on the PD this Sunday with 16 yr and 15yr old sons.

Both have already said they are going to avoid the Teen Club as it would be 'gay' .

 

Had to laugh at that Kazda,:D :D we're also on the PD on sunday, with two children 11,14 who think everything is gay and boring. I think the teen club would be a good place for them to meet other kids the same age,then go do their own things,(go check out all the other gay things on the ship):D

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Wow Kazda, what a small world? Well, I guess not. It's just great to talk to someone who's going on this trip also.

 

We are on outside rooms right down the back end (right hand side) - the last 2 rooms in fact. Think its B305 (boys) and B301(or 2) (me and partner), but next to each other. We should get these "oh wise ones" of sons together..maybe they may have a nice time together.

 

Thanks for the feedback. Least I know my son is normal then - tho there's no way he would study on holidays. Wish he was as studious as your son tho.

 

Hi Milly, We're on the Plaza deck,My wife and i, 2 kids,1 cabin,wasn't really fussed about cabins, don't plan to spend a great deal of time there:)

P.S Don't forget the roll call

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=388

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thanks aussiedisneyfan for the copies of the teen daily news.

It was good to see what the centre has on offer for that age group.

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Welcome to CC Milly. Isn't it amazing how all kids these days think everything is gay & boring:rolleyes: . Our first family cruise 2 years ago our kids were 10,11 & 15. The 15yo had an absolute blast (as did the other 2). Last cruise they were 11,13 & 16 and again, all had a great time. Our next cruise, our oldest one isn't coming, unfortunately but our other 2 will be 13 & 14 so will both be in teen club. They are both really looking forward to it. As someone else said, you won't see much of them except at dinner (and actually on our Dawn cruise we didn't even see them then as they prefferred to eat with their friends, especially the oldest).

I hope you all have a wonderful time. It truly is the best, most relaxing holiday you can have and a great family holiday where you'll spend time together but also apart.

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16yr old has already said he is going to take his maths books to study in the cabin for his for upcoming exams as there will be nothing to do other than sit in the sun all day being bored ! (Yeah right)

Also going on Sunday with 10 and 12 year old sons.

12 Year old told one of his teachers he was going and the teacher asked "has Dad got a laptop so you can do at least 1/2 an hour on your project every day"

Yeah Right !

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Also going on Sunday with 10 and 12 year old sons.

12 Year old told one of his teachers he was going and the teacher asked "has Dad got a laptop so you can do at least 1/2 an hour on your project every day"

Yeah Right !

 

Told my 9 year old son he has to do a bit of homework in the july school holidays as our cruise is out of the holidays and he will miss 3 weeks of school!

I have just been setting up a website{thanks Minyx for the tips} for him so he can post everyday or every other {depending on how slow the net connection is on the PS} so his class mates can talk to him and see his location on the cruise cam.

Hopefully that will keep his teacher happy for the three weeks!

 

Mick

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On our cruise in February - our 10 year old had been given work to do while we were away to review for exams when he returned:eek:

 

We tried to do some most days --- although it wasn't always possible (it was my holiday too!!!) --- but we did go to the Library some nights and do some revision.

 

It was interesting when we were doing some English revision, one of the cleaning staff came and sat near us and was listening in ... he ended up doing some spelling revision with us!!:)

 

I didn't worry too much about it ... he go enough done to get through the exams ... and the experiences he had were far more important than school work!:D

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Thanks a lot for the info you attached AussieDisneyFan. I too found it really helpful and got an idea of what they will do. I think the hardest part for the kids will be taking a leap of faith, letting their attitude drop and actually going there. I think they'll soon realise all kids are in same position. It's good to see the minimum age is 13 too, as 15 and 16yr olds prefer to be around their age, as I'm sure the younger ones do too. Sure makes me feel a tad better for asking now.

 

Now the hurdle for me will be convincing son to rock up on registration day. Just to get him there...then I think he'll be ok. Umm if you don't make it the first registration day, can you come another day and register? I'm thinking if he says no he doesn't want to but changes his mind 2 days later. Just a thought...

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Just tell him on registration day that he will get "free beer tomorrow". He will register and then meet the other?? and then give you a hard time until you explain "Tomorrow" is never actually a day so no beer but its one joke he gets to play back on you once {i will clean my room tomorrow}:D. Haha maybe not a good idea if he takes it to heart.

 

Mick

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