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Old 09-25-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Taking kids out of school?

Hello, we are sailing on the Dream in April 2013. This is our 1st Disney cruise and 1st cruise with kids, 7 & 3. Will there be other kids for our 7 year old to make friends with? She is very social and likes to meet new people.

Or will it be most per-school aged kids? Since school will still be in session, not sure if this is common practice to take kids out of school. Our last two cruises were in July/ August -no kids, and the one in March was during my 20 yr old's spring break.

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Yes, there will be plenty of kids to play with. We have taken our kids out of school in March and there was lots o kids of all ages running around.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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We are also taking our son out of school. I am sure there will be TONS of kids her age.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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Our first cruise was during school. Still plenty of kiss
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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One thing to remember is that different schools have spring break at different times. We did mid april last year and it was during a lot of spring breaks from new england, especially mass.

So chances are there will be a decent amount of kids on any march-april cruise.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #6
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You are right that late April and early May cruises tend to be heavy on the pre-schoolers. However, whether there are 15 kids or 150 kids in your child's age range makes little difference; he/she only plays with a few at a time.

There are always kids in each group. Parents take kids out of school, there are year-round schools with non-standard vacation times, home educators, and with all the school systems in the country, someone seems to be on break essentially all the time.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of the replies.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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Many Disney cruisers do not hestiate to take their kids out of school for a vacation. So there will be plenty of kids on board.

And this is one of the most controversial topics on this board. 'Nuf said.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:42 PM   #9
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my kids are 16 & 19 now. we have been cruising since the youngest was 3. Elementary - no problems. Middle school was a little harder but still not a huge problem. Admin ok with taking them out but catching up on homework was a burden as our schools have a policy that work does not have to be pre-assigned. Some of the teachers would do it, but others did not. High school was the point when we just couldn't take them out. Never approached admin - just realized there was too much at stake. Both were/are involved with extracurricular stuff that did not tolerate absences. Enjoy your cruise! My kids always had lots of other kids to pal around with on all our cruises.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:54 PM   #10
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We are traveling on the dream in April 11...two rooms of kids 12, 12, 10, 4, and an 11 month old....

...ours is a Thursday departure date and I didn't think it would be too bad to miss out on a Thursday and Friday in April...
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There will be plenty of kids on the ship
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:17 PM   #12
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We're leaving in 4 days for our Ca coast cruise. I'll be taking my dd out for a whole week. I was fortunate enough that her teacher gave her the homework assignments to do while she's gone. She's in 6th grade. Now, I'm hoping she'll get them done before we leave so she doesn't have to spend vacation time working of it. It'll ultimately be up to her. She's a good student, so I shouldn't have any worries.
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