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Old 03-02-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Graduation trip - Cruise or Disney World

I posted this question on the teen board this morning but it doesn't look like there's a lot of traffic there so I thought I'd try getting some adult opinions...

My daughter and some friends are talking about taking a graduation trip next year. They've been talking about WDW - staying on site, water parks & more tickets, dining plan, etc. One of the girls prefers to go on a cruise. There are four girls in total (including my DD) and I know 2 of them really well. The girl who wants the cruise I don't know at all.

I've never been on a cruise so I can only go by my impressions. I went on the Disney Cruise site last night to check out the acivities on board. They'll all be 18 by the time they go so would not be allowed in the teen areas (which look cool by the way). I can't imagine them hanging out in the adult clubs though! And my daughter would be bored sitting by the pool for 4 days.
We all know the options at WDW! The theme parks, water parks, disney quest, mini-golf, downtown disney, etc. I just feel like my DD and the 2 friend I know would have so much more fun at wdw.

Having said that, in the end it will be their choice. I want them to explore each option with an open mind and not just go along with what the one friend wants.

I priced both packages and the cruise (Disney) is more money for a shorter trip. There were only 3 or 4 day options for June of 2014. They could stay for 10 days at a mod resort for only a couple hundred dollars more!
I mentioned the Land and Sea package to my DD so maybe that will be the compromise. Am I wrong about the cruise...is there more for 18 year olds than I think?

So what are your opinions...Disney Cruise (or other cruise) or WDW?

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Old 03-02-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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My son and some of his friends took a Royal Caribbean cruise for their senior trip. I don't know that a Disney cruise would be a lot of fun for high school seniors-lots of families and you're trapped with them on the boat. At least at WDW, there's the option to go back to the resort or another park.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Royal Caribbean cruise. Either the Freedom of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, or the Allure of the Seas (sister ship to the Oasis).

We have been on both the Freedom and the Allure. Plenty of activities for people their age!!!

I prefer the Allure, but the Freedom is no slouch Both were outstanding cruises.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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Check out some of the other cruise lines. Disney is on the high end of costs.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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Other cruise lines require passengers to be 21 yrs old. Anyone under 21 has to be traveling with someone 25.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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A couple of my adult friends are hooked on cruising. Must be some good reasons for this.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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I think you have to be 21 to book a cruise room?
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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You should check and see if the cruise lines will allow a party where none of the members of the party are over 21 to board.

I know I am thinking the worst here, after watching a 20/20 special on cruising, I would be hesitant to let my teenage daughter on a cruise without an adult. The simple reason being that there is a lot of drinking happening on a cruise. There may be people on board (guests and staff) that would be willing to give a bunch a teenage girls alcohol. The staff may even invite the girls into staff parties, which apparently are very wild.

Not saying it will happen, or that the girls would do that. But it could be tempting to act more "adult" on their first cruise out of high school without parents. The risk is there at Disney too, but I think it is less.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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Why not do the land and sea with a few extra days at WDW...that is if they are able to board being no one is 21....WDW is always fun...have they ever been there?
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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My DD and her friends are looking for something to do this summer when they all turn 18/19. They looked into cruises and concluded that they would need to be 21. I can't confirm that. They did the research so I am taking their word on it. They are looking at WDW now.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies!

I never even thought to check into a minimum age requirement since they'll be 18. The conversation may be at an end : )
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #12
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I do believe the minimum age is 21.

Beyond that, I wouldn't do a Disney cruise for 18 year olds. Royal's Oasis/Allure - yes, in a heartbeat. Far more things for them to do on these ships; more pools; more sports type things, more everything. To me, Disney is geared for a younger family audience.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:05 PM   #13
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Can they even rent a room at Disney or anywhere if they are 18?

I wouldn't do the disney cruise for them. I would look at Royal Caribbean's Oasis/Allure/Freedom/Liberty. There is plenty for that age group to do onboard.

I also would not let them go alone without a chaperone. Why don't you and another mom plan to go along. You don't have to spend every minute with them, but at least you are there as a safeguard and a reminder to be on good behavior. You can meet up once a day to check in--on the cruise that could be for the evening meal/perhaps excursions.

We have gone on spring break cruises for years and there were always groups of teens on board for their senior trip, with chaperones. So it is not a new concept to have an adult present.
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DCL is the one line that allows people as young as 18 to sail without an adult.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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DCL is the one line that allows people as young as 18 to sail without an adult.
This is correct. Royal Caribbean requires at least someone in the stateroom to be 21 or older. This requirement is waived IF the passengers are travelling with their parents in a nearby stateroom. Many families will book one parent in the stateroom with the kids and one parent and one kid in another stateroom, and then switch keys once onboard.
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