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cruisingwithtwins
02-27-2010, 10:26 PM
So...my twin daughters will be celebrating their 16th birthday.....are there things that they can't do because of their age (obviously I'm not talking about drinking, lol)....but things like the spa or sauna.....is there dancing available for their age.....night activities that they can or can't attend with me?

Still definitely in the exploring and learning phase, but I keep wondering if their age will limit their experience. They don't typically like to do the teenager type things....not into computer games or the playstations or those types of things.....the music they enjoy isn't exactly "today's popular" music, etc. I keep reading about teenagers going to the Stack, but can't find any information about what they do there, lol (maybe as the mom I'm not supposed to know :rotfl:).

kcashner
02-27-2010, 10:46 PM
What happens in The Stack is very dependent on the group that is cruising that week. DD had cruises with some really neat kids and cruises where she basically didn't go there because she didn't "fit" with the group. The Stack has computer games, Guitar Hero, etc. There are music stations with a wide variety of music. There are dances/parties every night. They meet on the first night to learn the rules and supposedly establish what they want to do for the week, although this is something of a joke. Even though there is the illusion that the teens pick the activities, they come out almost the same on each cruise...DD says they really don't determine much if anything. If they still do it, video scavenger hunt and Gotcha were favorites.

What your 16 year olds cannot do--anything labeled "adult." That means no spa, no sauna, no fitness center, no adult cabaret shows, no adult dancing. The night club area will be off limits after 9 pm. What they can do--anything labeled "family" or "teen." There are family cabaret shows at 7:30; family dances in Studio Sea and the Promenade Lounge, family game shows, and some really fun activities. They can stroll on the deck or go for late night swims.

There are a couple of sessions in the fitness center open to teens with the group from The Stack. Even if this is the only thing they do, they can attend those.

aurorafan65
02-27-2010, 10:54 PM
Really they can pretty much do everything except stay in the adult only areas - I believe that's only 18 & up.

Our kids never do the kids rooms, they stay with us which is fine since it's a family vacation. We stay by the pool & go to the shows together. We also go sit in the lounges & listen to music or walk on the deck. There really is tons to do without staying in the stack.

If you look at the Navigators (there's a link to them in the sticky) they show activities broken out into age groups i.e. 3-5, 8-10, family & adult. So there's plenty of stuff to choose from. They can try the stack, they may find other kids who have the same interests.

For the spa - dh did a father/son thing, I'm not sure what the age requirement for them to go solo to the spa is (sorry this was on a RCCL ship)

kcashner
02-27-2010, 11:20 PM
On the DCL ships, the spa is an adults only area most of the time. If there are available appointments, they will sometimes offer port day specials for teens or mother/daughter pairs. However, these can only be booked on board IF those specials are offered. If adults have filled the spaces, there won't be any teen times.

PirateSnowmen
02-28-2010, 12:29 AM
I've cruised at ages 12, 15 & 17 and I never went to any of the teen/kids clubs. I've never had any problem finding anything to do. Some of the things I really liked to do: lounging on deck 4, playing shuffleboard on deck 4, going to family game shows before dinner, going to the nightly shows, and just exploring the ship. I've also watched a movie in the theater, but that was because it was raining outside and it was a sea day. They always have plenty of activities going on for families.

They won't be able to do any of the adult things (18 & up) like Palo, swimming in the adult pool, and going in the adult areas. It certainly never bothered me much.

On the DCL ships, the spa is an adults only area most of the time. If there are available appointments, they will sometimes offer port day specials for teens or mother/daughter pairs. However, these can only be booked on board IF those specials are offered. If adults have filled the spaces, there won't be any teen times.

We did a cruise last March and the first day my mom went up to the spa to see if she could make an appointment for a manicure. They fit her in right away. I expressed interest in it (I was 17 at the time), and she said she'd ask them if they'd let me get a manicure. They had no problem fitting me in for one :thumbsup2

I think for things like a manicure, pedicure, etc. they don't really have any problem letting teens in (as long as they have available spots). I'm not sure if they'd let a teen go in for a massage or something, unless it is some sort of special.

kcashner
02-28-2010, 12:43 AM
They do make a difference between the spa and the salon (where they do hair, manicures, and pedicures). Minors are allowed into the salon, although this is a relatively recent change that mothers have been asking for over the years.

cruisingwithtwins
02-28-2010, 05:54 AM
On the DCL ships, the spa is an adults only area most of the time. If there are available appointments, they will sometimes offer port day specials for teens or mother/daughter pairs. However, these can only be booked on board IF those specials are offered. If adults have filled the spaces, there won't be any teen times.

How sad that the spa can't be open for teens! For their 13th birthday this year we pampered ourselves at a spa and had a wonderful time. This rule will probably disappoint them the most. :sad:

PigletsPal2
02-28-2010, 02:13 PM
On our last cruise, they offered a back/neck/shoulder chair massage on deck (not in spa), if that's something that interests you.

Queen Colleen

js
02-28-2010, 03:32 PM
How sad that the spa can't be open for teens! For their 13th birthday this year we pampered ourselves at a spa and had a wonderful time. This rule will probably disappoint them the most. :sad:

I agree with you.
We are sailing with my mother and my sister, her dh and her three young sons.
My son will be 13 and my daughter will be 17 and going into her senior year of high school.
She had gotten massages on RCCL and Princess before and she really thought she could eat with my dh and me at Palo since she enjoyes fine dining.
Although we don't have any problems on the RCCL ships, I think she may be at an inbetween age for sailing DCL but we are going as a family and it is a cruise so I am sure she will still have a great time with the kids she meets.

kcashner
02-28-2010, 04:33 PM
How sad that the spa can't be open for teens! For their 13th birthday this year we pampered ourselves at a spa and had a wonderful time. This rule will probably disappoint them the most. :sad:

And I treated DD to a spa experience on the ship for her 18 the birthday. She also celebrated her 18th at Palo. The wait made it that much more special.

If you are not happy with the rules, let DCL know. If they believe they can make money by allowing teens to have spa treatments AND that it won't offend adults they will do it. However, there are many family experiences on the ship and they are cautious of keeping spaces for adults only.

I would hazard a guess that Palo will never change the "adults only" policy. That is the draw of that restaurant. Yes, I know that many teens can handle an elegant restaurant, but until the day that they can't fill Palo with adults (which is never!) it won't be open to minors.

cruisingwithtwins
02-28-2010, 05:03 PM
However, there are many family experiences on the ship and they are cautious of keeping spaces for adults only.

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See, that may be the problem....reading about the "family experiences" there just doesn't seem to be a lot that MY teens are interested in doing....so far nothing about The Stack that we've read appeals to them. They aren't kids who just "hang out" with other teens. They're obviously going to be too old for the kids club......so their reading of these boards so far is really making them wonder if a DISNEY cruise is going to any fun except when we're off ship. And considering their obsession with all things Walt DIsney World and Disneyland....that is just not normal for them. They are actually saying they want to look at OTHER cruise lines to see if there is more for their age bracket to do and where they won't feel left out because they are 2 years too young by someone's standards.

This has just happened this weekend so maybe they'll keep reading and find more about the Disney cruise to interest them, but sadly I'm worried they won't....and "I" really want a DIsney cruise just because I know that the service will be exceptional. That's not enough for them, though.

So, if a teen isn't interested in The Stack....and while they may sit through the DIsney movies, we own all of them so that's not very special, that's more "time to kill" activities...........what does that leave...swimming, shuffleboard and eating? LOL.....help! Tell me more of what they might enjoy.

And...since they have been raising the money to pay for this cruise, they're going to be the ones to have the final say of what we do. One of them just pointed out that they already have almost enough if we go on another cruise line......and that if they still wait until they're 16 we could do a longer cruise with that company if they keep up their working for the money.

This is not looking good for me. :sick:

PirateSnowmen
02-28-2010, 05:13 PM
See, that may be the problem....reading about the "family experiences" there just doesn't seem to be a lot that MY teens are interested in doing....so far nothing about The Stack that we've read appeals to them. They aren't kids who just "hang out" with other teens. They're obviously going to be too old for the kids club......so their reading of these boards so far is really making them wonder if a DISNEY cruise is going to any fun except when we're off ship. And considering their obsession with all things Walt DIsney World and Disneyland....that is just not normal for them. They are actually saying they want to look at OTHER cruise lines to see if there is more for their age bracket to do and where they won't feel left out because they are 2 years too young by someone's standards.

This has just happened this weekend so maybe they'll keep reading and find more about the Disney cruise to interest them, but sadly I'm worried they won't....and "I" really want a DIsney cruise just because I know that the service will be exceptional. That's not enough for them, though.

So, if a teen isn't interested in The Stack....and while they may sit through the DIsney movies, we own all of them so that's not very special, that's more "time to kill" activities...........what does that leave...swimming, shuffleboard and eating? LOL.....help! Tell me more of what they might enjoy.

And...since they have been raising the money to pay for this cruise, they're going to be the ones to have the final say of what we do. One of them just pointed out that they already have almost enough if we go on another cruise line......and that if they still wait until they're 16 we could do a longer cruise with that company if they keep up their working for the money.

This is not looking good for me. :sick:

I would suggest taking at look at recent Navigators. It'll list all the activities that there are to do throughout the cruise. Even if something looks lame, go ahead and do it anyways. You might be surprised. They have activities scheduled almost all hours of the day, so go ahead and do some of them.

Trust me - I was never interested in any of the teen/kids activities and I still found a bunch of stuff to do. I'm also pretty shy, and I still found most of the activities fun.

Now that I'm 18, I'm really excited to cruise again. Having the age limit does make finally being able to do adult activities more special. It is a bummer that they won't be able to do the adult things, but there really are plenty of fun things to do on the ship.

kcashner
02-28-2010, 05:14 PM
All I can tell you is that DD is not a "typical" kid. She was taking classes at a local college while she was technically in middle school. She was very used to hanging with adults and others older than she, and played classical music on several instruments.

At about 17, I asked her whether she wanted to cruise another line. She said that if I wanted to, it was OK to look at it....but to keep in mind that it wasn't going to be as good as Disney. She added that if it started with a "C," don't bother even considering it.

I can't promise that your kids will love it, but we do. For high school graduation, she wanted a cruise with friends. ALL the girls loved the Disney touches. I don't know what the boys thought--18 year old boys don't talk to old ladies!

cruisingwithtwins
02-28-2010, 05:30 PM
but there really are plenty of fun things to do on the ship.

Could you be more specific? Everything we've read about The Stack says the same thing....dance parties, movie nights, interactive games and a bar that dispenses smoothies and soft drinks.

So to them they're looking at watching moveis they can already see at home....and drinking smoothies. Not exactly worth a few thousand dollars of their hard, very hard, earned cash.


I am so depressed today with their talk of not wanting to go...it's all they've talked about for almost a year as they worked and saved their money. I told them until they had 1/2 of the cost saved we wouldn't even start researching it....and they reached that savings account goal last week. And now they just want to forget the whole thing. I want to cry (because secretly I too have been looking forward to this cruise....but for me, just sitting and doing nothing sounds like heaven....because at home that rarely happens, lol).

kcashner
02-28-2010, 05:42 PM
Ok, a couple of activities in THe Stack that I know she likes...there's one where they are divided into groups and actually make a movie. THey get a video camera, and they script, act, film, and present it to the group.

Video scavenger hunt--find things around the ship and film them (cameras are provided) to prove that you found them.

Gotcha game I don't pretend to know all the rules of this, but it is a day or multi-day long game where they are assigned to "kill" specific people including ship's officers, etc. They are provided with a photo and must figure out who the person is, etc. There is also a way they eliminate each other. I know DD got a server to put a sticker on the bottom of another teen's glass with an X on it. By drinking the contents of the glass without having detected the X, he was eliminated.

Brains vs. Brawn game...girls vs. boys to answer questions/complete tasks. Better to be physically stronger or smarter????

In addition, the Stack has a long list of crafts, etc. that can be done at any time by requesting the necessary supplies from the CMs.

eva
02-28-2010, 05:57 PM
Do check out the navigators. Here's a link:Navigators (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruise-new/cr-stateroom-navigator.htm)

Everything is open to them unless it is listed as Adults. Unfortunately, they will not be able to sit around the adult pool or any of the other adult areas that most have already listed; like the spa, fitness room, Cove Cafe, and Palo. After 9 pm they will not be able to go in the adult nightclubs. But Studio Sea is a family nightclub that has events going until 11:30 or so each night. There is also family dancing in the Promenade Lounge most nights. They can still use the other two pools. And I think they will really enjoy the events in Studio Sea. DH and I do. You will find that a DCL cruise will be great for some teens and not so great for others. You will need to do some real research and make a decision.

eva
02-28-2010, 06:00 PM
Gotcha game I don't pretend to know all the rules of this, but it is a day or multi-day long game where they are assigned to "kill" specific people including ship's officers, etc. They are provided with a photo and must figure out who the person is, etc. There is also a way they eliminate each other. I know DD got a server to put a sticker on the bottom of another teen's glass with an X on it. By drinking the contents of the glass without having detected the X, he was eliminated.

This game sounds really fun. I assume they are mimicking the movie "Gothcha", where kids on a college campus hunt each other down with paint guns.

PirateSnowmen
02-28-2010, 06:14 PM
Could you be more specific? Everything we've read about The Stack says the same thing....dance parties, movie nights, interactive games and a bar that dispenses smoothies and soft drinks.

So to them they're looking at watching moveis they can already see at home....and drinking smoothies. Not exactly worth a few thousand dollars of their hard, very hard, earned cash.


I am so depressed today with their talk of not wanting to go...it's all they've talked about for almost a year as they worked and saved their money. I told them until they had 1/2 of the cost saved we wouldn't even start researching it....and they reached that savings account goal last week. And now they just want to forget the whole thing. I want to cry (because secretly I too have been looking forward to this cruise....but for me, just sitting and doing nothing sounds like heaven....because at home that rarely happens, lol).

I've never been to the stack or any of the kids areas. I was saying that there were plenty of fun things to do without going to the stack.

Just check out the navigators. I really enjoyed the game show type things. The ones I went to and really enjoyed were after the nightly show and before dinner (or after dinner and before the show if you have early dining). One of my favorites was "Who Wants to be a Mousketeer?" It's just like the tv show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" but all the questions are disney-themed. When you enter the room they give each person a different number. When the game starts, they pick a number and the person with the corresponding number goes up into the "hot seat." If the number picked is an adult, they can take a kid to go up with them and vice versa. The set is just like the tv show and there are 5 questions you have to answer. They start off easy and get increasingly hard. There are 2 lifelines you can use (I think - I don't remember the exact number). My number actually got called and I took my mom up there with me. I'm usually a pretty shy person, but I had a blast going up there! I actually won, and I was the only person that night to win. The questions do get quite hard, but it's a blast. It's the little things like the game shows that makes the cruise really fun for me :thumbsup2

aurorafan65
02-28-2010, 06:53 PM
I think you are focusing WAY too much on the Stack! As said several times by many people there are plenty of activities that are for everyone in the family. My kids never go to the kids rooms & we all have fun together. We go by the pool, we play bingo, we do trivia, go to the library, walk around the deck, go to the shows, eat, sit in the lounges & listen to music, animation class & one of our favorite making towel animals. Just because they can't stay in the adult areas - basically quiet cove area & Paolo's shouldn't be a deal buster. Even if you look at other cruise lines, there are places they won't be allowed either. We've been on RCCL & they have adult only areas too - any cruise line will have them.

As said before check out the Navigators & take a look at all the activities. You can also go over to cruise critic & look at the Compass' from RCCL & believe me you'll see a big dfference in how much is offered for all ages on DCL compared to others

DMMarla07860
02-28-2010, 07:00 PM
I pretty much started cruising DCL in 2005 when I was 17, went for the first time when I was 14 in 2002, but since I have been 17 years old I have gone every year in a row, going on my next cruise in 6 days and turning 22 years old. I go and do stuff with the college club onboard more now and talk with people more now, but when I was 17 I didn't go to the teen club onboard and I had a blast doing different things on the ship like going to movies, going to partys, going to different shows, going to the pool lots of fun

aurorafan65
02-28-2010, 07:16 PM
I just pulled out a navigator from our trip last April - here's a sampling of family activities throughout the day:
Paper Plane Making
Trivia
Bingo
Family crafts (we made a mousepad)
origami flowers
chip-it gold (this one states 12 & up)
salsa & merengue class
who wants to be a mousketeer (gameshow)
karaoke
fun in the sun with DJ Mike at the goofy pool
rock & roll at MIdtown
Nightly show - this night was a comedian/juggler/physical comedy - he was very funny
I know I did a scrapbook class another day too

like I said this is just a sample from 1 day

cruisingwithtwins
02-28-2010, 08:42 PM
Ok, a couple of activities in THe Stack that I know she likes...there's one where they are divided into groups and actually make a movie. THey get a video camera, and they script, act, film, and present it to the group.

Video scavenger hunt--find things around the ship and film them (cameras are provided) to prove that you found them.

Gotcha game I don't pretend to know all the rules of this, but it is a day or multi-day long game where they are assigned to "kill" specific people including ship's officers, etc. They are provided with a photo and must figure out who the person is, etc. There is also a way they eliminate each other. I know DD got a server to put a sticker on the bottom of another teen's glass with an X on it. By drinking the contents of the glass without having detected the X, he was eliminated.

Brains vs. Brawn game...girls vs. boys to answer questions/complete tasks. Better to be physically stronger or smarter????

In addition, the Stack has a long list of crafts, etc. that can be done at any time by requesting the necessary supplies from the CMs.

Ok, now the filming your own show perked them up...they've taken several video courses at the community college so they love that....but the Gotcha game, that really turned them off. And after reading about that their reaction was they hoped the filming wasn't to follow the killers around! And I have to say that the idea of "killing" people really bothers me as well and is a bit shocking to think of on a Disney cruise. No offense to those who find it entertaining...I didn't even know there was such a movie out....but that's just not something I could ever find entertaining even in a movie.

Ok, I've told the girls we need to step away for a bit.....I appreciate everyone's input, both positive and negative.....I do think this is something we need to learn more about before we can decide if this type of cruise is right for us. They're looking at other cruise lines to see if there is more things that they would enjoy. And I think I'll keep trying to find out exactly what goes on at a Disney cruise, lol.

cruisingwithtwins
02-28-2010, 08:49 PM
I think you are focusing WAY too much on the Stack! As said several times by many people there are plenty of activities that are for everyone in the family. My kids never go to the kids rooms & we all have fun together. We go by the pool, we play bingo, we do trivia, go to the library, walk around the deck, go to the shows, eat, sit in the lounges & listen to music, animation class & one of our favorite making towel animals. Just because they can't stay in the adult areas - basically quiet cove area & Paolo's shouldn't be a deal buster. Even if you look at other cruise lines, there are places they won't be allowed either. We've been on RCCL & they have adult only areas too - any cruise line will have them.

As said before check out the Navigators & take a look at all the activities. You can also go over to cruise critic & look at the Compass' from RCCL & believe me you'll see a big dfference in how much is offered for all ages on DCL compared to others

It's not the adult only areas...though the spa was one that they were definitely excited about....it's the lack of things to do for them. As I've said, they aren't typical teens...they don't play video games, the music they listen to is not likely to be on 99% of the other teen ipods (and actually they don't even HAVE ipods, lol)....watching movies that they can see at home (and have seen a hundred times) isn't something they want to do...they want to experience new things. The ports of call sound wonderful, but then if they're bored on the sea days that won't be much fun. They know they can't be having exciting adventure 24/7, but 2 days at sea with nothing to do but swim (that does sound fun to them since we don't have a pool)...not so much.

I think I'll make a list of all the things people have said they enjoy with their teens....and we'll just have to do a pro/con graph and see if there is enough for them to think this is the right vacation. Maybe what we need to do is skip the cruise and go straight to a vacation with just ports of call, lol.

eva
02-28-2010, 08:53 PM
It's not the adult only areas...though the spa was one that they were definitely excited about....it's the lack of things to do for them. As I've said, they aren't typical teens...they don't play video games, the music they listen to is not likely to be on 99% of the other teen ipods (and actually they don't even HAVE ipods, lol)....watching movies that they can see at home (and have seen a hundred times) isn't something they want to do...they want to experience new things. The ports of call sound wonderful, but then if they're bored on the sea days that won't be much fun. They know they can't be having exciting adventure 24/7, but 2 days at sea with nothing to do but swim (that does sound fun to them since we don't have a pool)...not so much.

I think I'll make a list of all the things people have said they enjoy with their teens....and we'll just have to do a pro/con graph and see if there is enough for them to think this is the right vacation. Maybe what we need to do is skip the cruise and go straight to a vacation with just ports of call, lol.

Well, DH and I have been on 4 DCL cruises so far and have yet to see a movie.

kcashner
02-28-2010, 09:24 PM
And the movies shown in the theatres are recently released Disney/Touchstone/Miramax, other Disney owned company films. The classics that you've seen 100 times are on the TV.

aurorafan65
02-28-2010, 10:03 PM
....it's the lack of things to do for them. As I've said, they aren't typical teens...they don't play video games, the music they listen to is not likely to be on 99% of the other teen ipods (and actually they don't even HAVE ipods, lol).... .

IMO the video games are a boy thing - I don't know any girls that play but trust me my boys do :rotfl: but they don't play while we're on the ship - it's like a weird force comes over them. They'll sit & read books in deck chairs - I usually look for the UFO at that point.

I know you keep saying they aren't typical - but you haven't mentioned anything they do like to do.

I think you need to figure out what you guys do for a 'normal' vacation & compare that to a cruise. For us we like to go to the shore so going on a cruise to tropical places seemed natural & staying by the pool. Now that we've done a couple carribean cruises we're heading on to the baltics. This will be totally different since we won't be having fun in the sun everyday. We're looking at the cities & seeing how to relate it to school or other interests. My 8th grader is in his 2nd year of latin so we're doing Bath in the UK & there's something else I can't think of right now in another stop that relates. Anyway I totally digressed :confused3

Even if you look at other cruise lines, there will be age limitations on what they can do/go. We've been on RCCL's Freedom which is a great ship with lots of fun things to do also. You might want to check out cruise critic to get more info on different lines & activities.

aurorafan65
02-28-2010, 10:06 PM
And the movies shown in the theatres are recently released Disney/Touchstone/Miramax, other Disney owned company films. The classics that you've seen 100 times are on the TV.

The premiered the Hannah Montana movie on the ship at 12:01 - all the girls went nuts. We also saw Bolt in 3D & Race to Witch Mountain


Last time there was a ventriloquist who was totally hysterical. He had this bird & the bird kept saying how he loved to watch the movies & spent the day in his cabin watching Iron Man 15 times. I know that doesn't sound as funny as he was

everafter1
02-28-2010, 10:19 PM
I agree, you'll probably want to make a pro/con list. I really love DCL and it's always my first choice, but you may want to take a look at a few other cruise lines to compare. I'm sure you'll have fun no matter what you choose :goodvibes

eva
03-01-2010, 08:10 AM
aurorafan65, Good idea! Looking at the excursions that DCL offers is a great idea. Remember that the ship is only half the destination. There are great ports of call and Disney is pretty good at offering great excursions. I don't think there are any excursions that a 16 year old can't do. Well, I'm not sure if they can drive the jet skis at CC. But that is all I can think of. Oh yeah, do investigate CC too. There is a lot to do there for all ages.

anijac1412
03-01-2010, 09:37 AM
Do you know if they'd let a 17 year old do the galley tour if they have it? Is that an "adult-only" tour? My sister will 17 at the time of the cruise (if we book it) and she is really an enthousiast when it comes to restaurants and food (she watches the Food Network on TV more than anything!) so she would really enjoy this... Think they'd make an exception?

mmouse37
03-01-2010, 09:57 AM
Could you be more specific? Everything we've read about The Stack says the same thing....dance parties, movie nights, interactive games and a bar that dispenses smoothies and soft drinks.

So to them they're looking at watching moveis they can already see at home....and drinking smoothies. Not exactly worth a few thousand dollars of their hard, very hard, earned cash.


I am so depressed today with their talk of not wanting to go...it's all they've talked about for almost a year as they worked and saved their money. I told them until they had 1/2 of the cost saved we wouldn't even start researching it....and they reached that savings account goal last week. And now they just want to forget the whole thing. I want to cry (because secretly I too have been looking forward to this cruise....but for me, just sitting and doing nothing sounds like heaven....because at home that rarely happens, lol).


Sounds like they may not be happy on any cruise..... and I don't mean this as putting them down.....it just seems they may not be happy on other lines either unless the activities they are looking for are more towards what RCCL has with the flow rider, rock climbing, ice skating, etc. On any cruiselines the nightclubs will be for 18 and older and will be playing mostly today's pop music or dance hits with some oldies (we have been on many different cruiselines).

How will they know if they won't like it until they actually try it. If they like Disney as much as you say they will appreciate all the wonderful Disney touches and themeing onboard. The shows are fantastic Disney productions. They will probably meet many new friends onboard. Do they have to be kept busy every moment or do they enjoy some down time? Not quite sure what they are looking for as far as entertainment or keeping busy during the cruise...if they don't like to "hang" out are they looking for seminars or lectures or courses at sea? Just trying to figure out what type of activities they are interested in.

Our teens loved making new friends and always had a fantastic time onboard without going to the teen club all week. They went the first night and made friends and then did not go back all the time.

Can you compromise? Ask they to go on DCL with you and if they hate it the next vacation they an pick.

MJ