View Full Version : Concerned about 18 YO & 21 YO having a good time
03-18-2004, 06:52 AM
Our late teen and early 20's daughters are leary of taking a disney cruise. They are concerned about the activities/entertainment being geared toward younger children etc. To tell you the truth, my wife and I took a 3-day Wonder cruise last fall but really didn't notice what was available for late teenagers to do. Are they allowed in the adult piano bar, game show etc. areas? Are there any planned activities for that age? My wife is worred that they will get bored but I told her that I didn't think other cruise lines offered any additional activities for this age. Other lines have casinos but our 21 year old wouldn't care for that anyway.
03-18-2004, 07:03 AM
My daughters - now 19 and almost 21 have been sailing DCL since the Inaugural year. They are never bored. Although there are not specific events tailored to that particular age group (with the exception of an initial meeting on the first evening), there is plenty to do. Sunbathe, spa, adult activities (dance parties, game shows etc.. in the evening). I think that they would have a great time.
03-18-2004, 08:50 AM
I agree with Dawn....we have 3 teens that also have been cruising from the day of DCL (we were on the maiden voyage of the Magic) and they have pretty much grown up and thru all the clubs. Our two older ones who are now 20 and 19 LOVE the cruise. They always find things to do...they love participating in the adult theme shows....we also took my neices who were 21 and 20 and my son's friend who was 18 and they all had the best time.
It will be what they make of of it...our kids joined in the theme nights in the clubs and had a blast...check out the links below!!! Where else can they get up on stage and play Bon Jovi or be one of the band members from the GO's GO's!!!!
During the day they sit by the pool (adult of course) go to the spa...fitness center, nap. They love walking around ports on their own. And believe it or not...they all LOVE getting dressed up for formal night!!!!
Brian as Bon Jovi at 80's night.....
Keri, Karen as Go Go's on 80's night
Keri, Karen on stage....
If they get involved...they will have a good time.
03-18-2004, 02:30 PM
They'll be allowed in the adult night clubs at night and be able to have fun there. There are also movies playing throughout the day in the Buena Vista Theater. They may be interested in some of the adult entertainment series and heck they probably would enjoy some of the family activities that take place throughout the day.
I went through this problem exactly a year ago. My daughter, junior in college, and my son, junior in high school went with us this past August on the Magic Western itinerary. My son was psyched to go, as he's been on previous disney cruises and knew there would be kids his age on board. My daughter, however, went practically kicking and screaming - she was too old, only teenyboppers would be aboard, etc. etc. etc. Well, guess what - she had a ball. She and her brother did the Stingray swim, and in Cozumel, they went swimming with the dolphins. She loved the adult beach at castaway, dinner at Palo. She never complained once, and couldn't believe what a good time she DID have. And she met some kids who were in their early 20's, in college, so she met up with them at night, etc. She does not regret going in the least. So I'd say go for it !! Seeing new places and having new experiences will be worth the trip alone..
03-19-2004, 08:34 AM
We cruised when our son was 16. We were going to go again this fall, but cancelled (he's 18 now) because we just didn't think there was much for him to do. He's got some developmental and other types of disabilities, and really fits in much better with kids several years younger than he is, but DCL wouldn't confirm he'd be allowed to participate in the teen activities :(. We're thinking we might go again in a year or two (lots of DVC points to use!), but not sure he'll be with us for that trip.
03-19-2004, 09:08 AM
We took our 18 and 21 yr old DD's on the Magic in January. It was the first cruise for the 21 year old and she loved it so much that she took advantage of the onboard booking promo.
They had a great time.:D
03-20-2004, 10:52 AM
We have taken our sons 19 & 22 with us the last three times we cruised. They love being on the cruise and have never complained about not having enough to do. Last cruise was their first time eating a Palo's. Needless to say, that is at the top of their list for the upcoming cruise.
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