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Old 03-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Not taking child on excursions?

So have you ever left your child on the boat while you went on an excursion? My 12 year old is not interested in the Mayan ruins. I can see her asking to stay in the tween club.
Can that work?
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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So have you ever left your child on the boat while you went on an excursion? My 12 year old is not interested in the Mayan ruins. I can see her asking to stay in the tween club.
Can that work?
I left my kids on the ship when they were young in the kids clubs. It was no problem. I just let the CMs know what we were doing, what my cell number was, and For my own sanity, i booked excursions that weren't too far away from the ship.

I assume you can do the same with a kid in the edge, but they aren't restricted to the clubs like the little ones are. You might want to call DCL and ask before you book your excursion.

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yes, we have left the kids behind. They don't want to get off the ship so they are more than happy to stay behind.

As your DD is 12, she will be able to fend for herself getting lunch, going to the pool or whatever she wants to do.

Go for it and have a good time.

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I'm not usually a "worst case scenario" kind of parent, but when it came to leaving DD on the ship I just couldn't do it. Although I'm sure everything would probably be fine, I wouldn't have been able to fully enjoy the excursion.

On the other hand, having a child rolling their eyes the whole time would probably have made the excursion less enjoyable as well.

Ah, the challenges of parenting!

Whatever you decide, have a great trip!! Travel safely.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Haven't done it on DCL, but left our son in Camp Carnival so we could go diving on Grand Cayman. Wasn't a problem.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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I think, some cruises have great tween group and other don't. My oldest has been in the Tween club twice and there was not much action happening in the club it was a little boring. We did the Baltics on the Magic and recently last June on the Dream. But I've read countless stories on here about how great the Edge was. So, I guess, for me it would depend on how long I was on the excursion and whether my tween could entertain themselves without a friend or family member around. Also, I don't even think the Edge is open first thing in the morning. They definitely had later hours. Luckily, my kids like tours and are happy to go on them with us. The Mayan ruins are actually pretty cool if you rope in the history aspect of it.

In the Mediterranean I felt totally comfortable leaving my 5 year old behind on an all day excursion. We were gone 10 hours and she did fine. I just haven't done it with my older kids since they like the tours.
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I think you should go for it...if I could ever make up my mind on wheather or not we will take our baby on our Augsut cruise then we would be in the same stays in the Kids Club
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I left my daughter in the clubs when we went on our last Disney Cruise. She just would not have been able to do all the walking that was involved for our excursion. She actually had a great time and didnt miss us at all
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #9
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Are you talking about the all day excursion to Tulum? That is a 7-7.5 hour excursion. I don't think I would be comfortable leaving my 13 y/o on the ship alone for that length of time. At your daughter's age, she would not be required to stay in a club. She could come and go. When someone leaves a younger child, they are under CM supervision all day. Not saying you have to worry about your daughter, but what about other people? I don't know how DCL would feel about a minor being left alone for a long period of time onboard their ship.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #10
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I did it

We left DS13 on the Dream when we did an excursion at Atlantis last summer..with the excursion and some walking around, we were gone about 6 hours. DS wanted to be left behind (he wanted to hang out in the club with the friends he had made), and I was perfectly content to leave him on board.

I think only you can decide whether you think your daughter would be OK. If you trust her to be at home for an extended period of time alone, I would think you would be OK to leave her on the boat.

Disney won't stop you at the door and ask where your kid is - so that should not be a concern.

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