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Old 04-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Oceaneers Club/Lab -10yr old

We are taking a DCL cruise to Alaska but I'm concerned the Oceaneers Club or Lab may be too juvenile for my 10 yr old. Anyone have a preteen who did these clubs? Any insight into activities for older kids?
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #2
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The Club and Lab are for kids up to the age of 12 so a 10 yo shouldn't have a problem there. This is especially true on the Wonder where the two areas are separate so there should be less little ones in the Lab. My own 10 yo will be on the Wonder in a few days.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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My just turned 10yo was miserable but then she doesn't really like little kids, especially her brother . She had more fun roaming the ship with friends. And, in all fairness, she may have been the oldest one in there. At least she looked like she was and even though she's almost 11 now many people might think she's still 8 because she's so tiny. Come to think of it she probably still fits in some of her 8 clothes . Poor girl.


Anyway, I'll try to get her into the Lab next week on the Wonder since it's separated from the Club. My understanding is that they still let kids go where they want but that it's night quite as mixed up. My hopes aren't up though as she'll have a friend going on this cruise as well and she loves the freedom to roam.

I'll throw in the obligatory disclaimer that every kid is different. YMMV.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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My oldest loves the kids club and she just turned 11. I told her that if she wants I would let her go to the preteen club on the Nov and Jan cruises we have booked and she doesnt want too. She wants to stick with the kids clubs.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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My oldest DD was 10 last year on our Alaskan cruise on the Wonder and she was bored in the club and lab. She ended up spending most of her time hanging out with us, but when we insisted on some adult time she preferred to go to the lab. I do think part of her problem is that she's become a little shy and she wouldn't participate in the organized activities of her own accord and didn't make any new friends.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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On our last cruise my daughter was a month away from being 11. I thought she would be more interested in the Edge. We went to the open house and then went to the clubs. She loved the clubs and spent all her free time there. I think it really depends on the personality of the child.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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My son had just turned 11 when we sailed the Dream. They gave him the option of the Edge or the Kids club. He was MUCH happier in the club with his younger brother. The Edge space is pretty small and unfortunately we toured the Vibe with our oldest right before we went to the Edge... It just did not measure up to that. He had lots of fun in the club. We also have him check in/ out privileges so he could come or go as he pleased. We usually found him eating ice cream. Lol! Who knows how much he consumed during that trip!
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
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I'm really glad this was brought up. From what I understand, they don't permit kids (young adults as the case may be) that are 18 into Vibe even if they turned 18 while on the cruise, and even though they're still a teen. (I understand that issue.) But how strict are they about letting kids bounce between Oceaneer and Edge? I can see my daughter being bored with Oceaneer after a while, but she'll only be 8 (almost 9) when we sail so she's not even really that close to the age Edge is said to be for. I'm assuming they won't let her into Edge because of her age, is that correct?
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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My son was 10 on our first cruise and he hated the Oceaneer club/lab...he ended up in The Edge with a friend and had a blast. I personally think the Oceaneer Club/Lab are too juvenile for 9-10 year olds. He will be 12 on cruise coming up and he has no intention of going anywhere but The Edge.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #10
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I'm really glad this was brought up. From what I understand, they don't permit kids (young adults as the case may be) that are 18 into Vibe even if they turned 18 while on the cruise, and even though they're still a teen. (I understand that issue.) But how strict are they about letting kids bounce between Oceaneer and Edge? I can see my daughter being bored with Oceaneer after a while, but she'll only be 8 (almost 9) when we sail so she's not even really that close to the age Edge is said to be for. I'm assuming they won't let her into Edge because of her age, is that correct?
On most cruises the kids that are in the overlap age group (11-12) will have a choice, but must choose one. Sometimes, when Edge isn't particularly full, they will allow the child to go back and forth. The Club/Lab ages are 3-12 (Club - 3-7; Lab 8-12), and Edge is 11-14. I really don't think they will allow an 8 year old in Edge. Do you want your 4th grader in with high schoolers?
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... But how strict are they about letting kids bounce between Oceaneer and Edge?...
I spoke with CMs in both the Edge and the Vibe last week on the 3/23/13 cruise. They said that on our cruise and others that are full, they do not allow the younger kids to age-up to the next club. We heard them telling parents of 10 yos they had to stay in the lab. They did say that the policy is now to allow 11/12 yos to go between the lab/Edge, and 14 yos to go between the Edge/Vibe. DS14 had to get a red Vibe card that allowed him to access the club. This wouldn't let him use the elevator to get to Edge, but he just went up the stairs from deck 11 when he went there. DS did end up not spending very much time at Vibe because most of the kids there were 16-17 and he felt out of place.

ETA: Also they have done away with the bracelets/bands for the Edge. The CMs said that kids didn't want to wear them and ended up having to replace them often. They did put an Edge sticker on the KTTW cards to signify that the child was allowed to be there. Also, kids in the proper age range were able to go to deck 12 for Edge via the elevator by tapping their KTTW card to the scanner in the one elevator that goes there. Their KTTW cards were already activated for this. The guest KTTW cards can only have one access, so that is why DS's Vibe KTTW card wouldn't work for the Edge.
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Had a 9 & 10 yr old in the club/lab last week on the Fantasy, they both LOVED it. Surprisingly my 10 yr old seemed to be in the club more, while my 9 yr old was in the lab more.
They loved interacting with the counselors and doing the scheduled activities.

Whenever we went in there to pick them up there seemed to be lots of kids their age there as well.
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I spoke with CMs in both the Edge and the Vibe last week on the 3/23/13 cruise. They said that on our cruise and others that are full, they do not allow the younger kids to age-up to the next club. We heard them telling parents of 10 yos they had to stay in the lab. They did say that the policy is now to allow 11/12 yos to go between the lab/Edge, and 14 yos to go between the Edge/Vibe. DS14 had to get a red Vibe card that allowed him to access the club. This wouldn't let him use the elevator to get to Edge, but he just went up the stairs from deck 11 when he went there. DS did end up not spending very much time at Vibe because most of the kids there were 16-17 and he felt out of place.
Good to know, thanks.
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I'm really glad this was brought up. From what I understand, they don't permit kids (young adults as the case may be) that are 18 into Vibe even if they turned 18 while on the cruise, and even though they're still a teen. (I understand that issue.) But how strict are they about letting kids bounce between Oceaneer and Edge? I can see my daughter being bored with Oceaneer after a while, but she'll only be 8 (almost 9) when we sail so she's not even really that close to the age Edge is said to be for. I'm assuming they won't let her into Edge because of her age, is that correct?
While they are sometimes more lenient - depends how many kids are on a particular cruise - I would never expect them to allow an 8-year-old into the Edge, which is aimed at the middle school/junior high age group of 11-14 years olds. Even if she thought that would be a fun place, most of those activities are based on the friendships the kids make and I don't think the older kids would take very kindly to having a little one tagging along. I'm not even sure they allow an 8-year-old to have check-out priviledges at the Lab - doesn't that start at 9?

Have you joined your cruise meet? See if you can find her a pen-pal of similar age. Look at the Navigators. Really encourage her to find the fun in the Lab activities. If she really doesn't like it, there are plenty of other things to do onboard that are family-oriented without an age restriction, but you won't get adult-only time if she doesn't go to the Lab.

Enjoy your cruise!
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