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Old 06-02-2013, 04:13 AM   #31
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It's one thing to unintentionally make noise and then realize it later, but another thing to just be downright rude.

We just got off the Magic after 14 wonderful Transatlantic days. Unfortunately, our cruise was tainted by the most incredibly inconsiderate neighbors. Mom, Dad, and two daughters (about 3 and 8). These parents -- no joke -- were ENCOURAGING their kids to jump off the bed, run around, and had LOUD tickle sessions for 2 1/2 hours (from midnight til 2:30)! I could hear everything they said, and the constant "THUD, stomp stomp stomp, HAHAHAHA!" was something no one could possibly think is okay. The dad was like this: "Hey A____, I just wanna know one thing...what are you using to jump right now?...your legs! HAHAHA!" Then the kid would launch off the bed with a giant thump. I was very peeved, but felt even worse for the people below them.

Then the little kid would sleep until 2:30pm and make the stateroom host wait around to clean their room. He was the nicest person ever, and literally cleaned their room last nearly every day. He had to be off the clock by a certain time, and they pushed him to the limit daily. Now *that* is what I call rude. The same family was easily 45-60 min. late every night for dinner. Super lame for the servers, who then had to rush to prepare for the second seating.

We tried to be tolerant and give them the benefit of the doubt (perhaps they didn't realize they were being loud?) My husband even wrote a very short, friendly reminder on a post-it and put it on their door. When the noise got even louder the next night, we finally complained to security, who promptly came up and talked to them (at 12:30 am when their kids were jumping off the bed again). They were more quiet after that (not nearly as quiet as they should be, but at least better than the constant jumping), but the mom had the nerve to give me dirty looks when I saw her around the ship.

My kids aren't perfect, but I certainly try to teach them to be considerate of others (e.g., stand to the side when the elevator door opens, walk to one side so others can pass, close doors quietly, etc.) I just don't get how some people think that just because they paid for a vacation, they can do whatever they want.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:32 AM   #32
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That's why we LOVE deck one! The only people on that level are those who are staying there - not too many compared to the other decks . Some complain of small engine noises (I'm a light sleeper - didn't hear much really).

When delivering FE gifts to other decks, I cringed at the noise. I have two very busy boys but there would be no way that I would let them behave like that! Plus I'm a teacher and have a certain expectation of children's behaviour and what parents should be letting kids get away with.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:34 AM   #33
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That would drive me crazy.

Real quick...one time staying at a hotel I was looking out the window and saw a man pack and repack an ice chest. Went on for an hour. I called my hubby over..what is he doing? The wife went in already. Pack. Unpack. Pack. repeat. Water in, water out. The same ice chest, the same water.

Guess who happened to be staying in the room above us. He obviously had that compulsive disorder (?) He stomped from one end of the room to the other. Constant. Sounded like this: bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp (across the room) bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp (back) Repeat. Stopped for 2 minutes. Then back at it. I was going insane. My hubby was mad because I tried to drown it out with the TV. About 11:00 pm I had to go down to the front desk. It was college orientation week end...completely booked. I asked security to come to my room and sit on that lil itty bitty couch and just listen. I got a refund.
I'm sure it wasn't his fault and was not on purpose and was not like kids having a party. It was just bomp bomp bomp, you get it. But at least they should ask for a ground floor room. Everything was booked though, maybe they tried to find a ground floor room. I was happy in the end. Tired, but happy with the comp. Had I not asked security to come to the room to hear for themselves who knows. Slept with the TV on and homemade ear plugs out of kleenex. And he was our wake up call the next morning

Getting ready in the morning...out the window, he was walking the parking lot in a fast pace in circles, around and around. I figured his wife sent him out so she could get ready. Aw, poor guy. I knew that I could go home and sleep there. He obviously suffers from this every day.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:43 AM   #34
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It's one thing to unintentionally make noise and then realize it later, but another thing to just be downright rude.

We just got off the Magic after 14 wonderful Transatlantic days. Unfortunately, our cruise was tainted by the most incredibly inconsiderate neighbors. Mom, Dad, and two daughters (about 3 and 8). These parents -- no joke -- were ENCOURAGING their kids to jump off the bed, run around, and had LOUD tickle sessions for 2 1/2 hours (from midnight til 2:30)! I could hear everything they said, and the constant "THUD, stomp stomp stomp, HAHAHAHA!" was something no one could possibly think is okay. The dad was like this: "Hey A____, I just wanna know one thing...what are you using to jump right now?...your legs! HAHAHA!" Then the kid would launch off the bed with a giant thump. I was very peeved, but felt even worse for the people below them.

Then the little kid would sleep until 2:30pm and make the stateroom host wait around to clean their room. He was the nicest person ever, and literally cleaned their room last nearly every day. He had to be off the clock by a certain time, and they pushed him to the limit daily. Now *that* is what I call rude. The same family was easily 45-60 min. late every night for dinner. Super lame for the servers, who then had to rush to prepare for the second seating.

We tried to be tolerant and give them the benefit of the doubt (perhaps they didn't realize they were being loud?) My husband even wrote a very short, friendly reminder on a post-it and put it on their door. When the noise got even louder the next night, we finally complained to security, who promptly came up and talked to them (at 12:30 am when their kids were jumping off the bed again). They were more quiet after that (not nearly as quiet as they should be, but at least better than the constant jumping), but the mom had the nerve to give me dirty looks when I saw her around the ship.

My kids aren't perfect, but I certainly try to teach them to be considerate of others (e.g., stand to the side when the elevator door opens, walk to one side so others can pass, close doors quietly, etc.) I just don't get how some people think that just because they paid for a vacation, they can do whatever they want.
I think those same folks were our neighbors on the Magic in Jan 2011 on an EC cruise.
The minute dh and I would lay our heads down, the other side of the wall would be thud thud thud with the 2 boys in the other room jumping on the beds. This went on at night, in the morning, during the afternoons.. One afternoon after a Port we thought we would catch a quick nap, and realized the 2 boys were obviously alone in that cabin and they were just having a McFly competition. I was annoyed, dh gave a few whaps to the wall as a warning. My last resort was going to be making a call to guest services because at that point - i had had it.

Also- for those upset at kids ringing door bells - just an fyi - Captn Hook has been known to play ding dong ditch
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:49 AM   #35
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:04 AM   #36
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It is annoying. In general, more and more people just have NO RESPECT for others these days. I always feel like I'm the one moving out of the way for other people. Every time I do something in public, I always consider people around me. It really stinks that not everyone is like that. In the meantime, I definitely take control of my 4year olds behavior...especially when in public. I will not allow him to become that tween boy who thinks grown adults should have to make way for him.

Not everyone parents the same though. A lot of parents just think their children walk on water. And then there's the parents who just don't care.

I will yell at kids who are unsupervised running amuck. If they want to call me an old hag, so be it. If their parents want to approach me for yelling at their kids, let them! They will not like what I have to say back. And if a kid is running around like crazy, I will not move for them. And, I have said things to kids behaving like that. Usually, I get a very respectful apology. It's reassuring that they actually are good kids just having a good time.
I have to agree with you. I won't yell at other people's kids but I will definitely correct them if it effecting my kids (running into them)...Parents these days that act like kids are just kids...I mean yes they are kids, that'd why god gave them parents to teach them how to behave and when and where it is appropriate to run like mad men. Silly parents.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:07 AM   #37
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We had a runner on our 7n fantasy cruise, every evening at 11pm this kid would do laps.

I didn't mind, figured it was what he needed to burn the energy. And the stairs... Sorry, we were the parents that raced the stairs. The elevators were sooooooo busy mid ship and 8th floor, and we ate sooooo much every night, we got us and the kids moving by making a game out of it. Obviously, we tried to be polite, and didnt knock down every person we saw, but.... We are runners.

Now I did say something to two chatty girls at the wishes show one night... I don't think they "could" stop talking.. Lol. Parents right there tuning them out, so I gently reminded them twice, that I was trying to enjoy the show... I got a couple dirty looks from the girls, but they settled down.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:34 AM   #38
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I blame the parents. I was at the movies yesterday and we were waiting to get into the theatre the movie we were seeing was in. It's one of those big movie complexes with 12 theatres. Tons of people everywhere. There was a birthday party going on in the party room. The Dad took a couple of the boys out into the crowded theatre hallway and started throwing a football back and forth. I'm stuffing my face with popcorn and thinking is this actually happening? He was dressed nice . I told my DD if I get hit I'm dropping to the floor and faking paralysis (law suit). It's a joke (sort of...lol).
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #39
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Wow, I wish my kids were perfect and well-behaved all the time!

Yes, as parents we tell our kids not to run in the halls and to be quiet.

But, guess what? They are on a Disney Cruise, and they are super excited! All the time. I can't tell you how many times we had to correct them because they are just so excited that they start running down the hall.

We don't let our kids run amuck, but on a Disney Cruise they don't remember not to run sometimes and they're not quiet ALL the time. We remind them so that their behavior doesn't continue. We are doing the best we can.
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I fully understand "kids will be kids", having an 11 year old son that was, and never will be, a perfect angel. He can be too loud, has been known to run, and occasionally eats like he is in prison, but overall he is a well mannered child, and we receive numerous compliments on his behavior. On our cruise last year, our stateroom was on deck 8, first "forward" cabin. We were right next to one of the paintings for the Detective Agency Game, and if you would like a lesson in bad parenting, I suggest you hang around those bad boys late into the evening. On one evening, at about 11 PM, there was a Mom and a group of what sounded like 400 elephants in attendance, tromping around and waving their cards in front of the painting several times, laughing and SCREAMING. My husband and son were at a movie, I was packing, but man, after about 20 minutes of that nonsense, I had had enough, went out in the hallway and apparently shot a look of fire at this clueless mom, who had nerve enough to say "Maybe we should leave, it looks like some people are cranky and need to go to sleep."
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #41
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I've shared this story before......

In the Walt Disney Theater for a show one time. Little girl behind me, probably 6 years old??...not sure, but old enough to be told to sit quietly.

When she WAS sitting, she kicked the back of my seat...and it had nothing to do with her little legs being so short that she couldn't help bumping the seat in front of her.
Most of the time she walked back and forth behind me, with her hands on the back of my seat, and my neighbor's. I had long hair then, so every time she grabbed my seat, she pulled my hair.

At first, I turned and looked at her mother...without any real expression on my face, just hoping to get her attention so she'd notice what the little one was doing.
Finally, I had to say something to the mother. I told her (quietly and as politely as I could) that the little one was pulling my hair, and could she please sit down. Of course, mama bear went BERSERK. She went on and on about how "this is a DISNEY CRUISE and that means it's for KIDS and if you don't like it, then you shouldn't be here....blah blah blah....."

I was so shocked, I didn't say a word back to her. I could not believe that just because it's a DISNEY CRUISE, that meant that her child did not have to practice good manners.

We traveled extensively with our kids, and they knew the rules from the beginning. NO running in the hallways (or around the dinner table, which we've seen MANY times on the cruises) NO loud talking, no screaming, etc, etc etc. If they did, they knew they'd be confined to the room for an indeterminate amount of time. And we wouldn't take them the next time.

Parents need to be parents....and quit trying to be their kids' best friend.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:19 AM   #42
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Wow, I wish my kids were perfect and well-behaved all the time!

Yes, as parents we tell our kids not to run in the halls and to be quiet.

But, guess what? They are on a Disney Cruise, and they are super excited! All the time. I can't tell you how many times we had to correct them because they are just so excited that they start running down the hall.

We don't let our kids run amuck, but on a Disney Cruise they don't remember not to run sometimes and they're not quiet ALL the time. We remind them so that their behavior doesn't continue. We are doing the best we can.
OP here. I understand the excitement. I had three ecstatic boys that couldn't wait to get to the parks, or see what we're doing on the ship that day! But so much of parenting is not reminding them, it's enforcing rules, period. When you know full well, that many many people right around you are sound asleep, you better believe my kids are going to know right from wrong, and they just won't run. Why, because we just didn't allow it to happen, period. Some things are not negotiable, and that's one of them. Are they perfect, no way! Did they have a blast on our cruises, you betcha! But not in the hallways.
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Wow, I wish my kids were perfect and well-behaved all the time!

Yes, as parents we tell our kids not to run in the halls and to be quiet.

But, guess what? They are on a Disney Cruise, and they are super excited! All the time. I can't tell you how many times we had to correct them because they are just so excited that they start running down the hall.

We don't let our kids run amuck, but on a Disney Cruise they don't remember not to run sometimes and they're not quiet ALL the time. We remind them so that their behavior doesn't continue. We are doing the best we can.
I totally agree with you. Kids have to be reminded constantly and even then they don't always listen. We have never cruised but I can imagine that their excitement will consume them most of the time. I have no problem with that. I think it's when you hear or see the same kids (more so the parents) not remind their kids to quiet down or not to run.. that's when I believe it becomes a problem for other parents. Good point though!
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The answer is really just as simple as taking your child by the hand in the hallways and saying "You can have all kinds of fun at the pool"....or Kids' Club....or on the running deck...... Easy!
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Exactly! No child or parent is perfect. People know what they did when their parents weren't around, yet assume their kids won't do the same.

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I'm sure I wasn't a perfect kid but I hardly ever got in trouble after the first time (that I remember.) Because I was truly convinced that my mom had spies everywhere! She always knew where I was and what I was doing. And I had my DD convinced that I had eyes in the back of my head. She could never figure out how I knew what she was doing when she was in another room. (I could hear her)
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