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Old 05-21-2013, 10:21 AM   #31
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From a trip report....here...over at the trip report threads...I read it just now...

"So one story that is pretty funny in hind-sight is how we lost our daughter on the verandah. On three separate occasions, she crawled into one of our neighbors verandahs. The first time we panicked when we looked out at the veranda and she was gone. We found it odd to hear the neighbors rearranging their deck furniture so we peeked over and saw our little girl playing next door. She is a toddler who walks primarily but her world is only 2 feet off of the ground. She must have seen something that caught her eye and crawled right under the divider. The first two times we lured her back with a toy and then pulled her under the wall again. The third time, our neighbors were on the verandah so they were kind enough to deliver her to us out in the hallway. Again, it is pretty funny now since no-one plummeted off the side of the ship. We also had to tell our son (multiple times) to never-ever-ever stand on the furniture on the verandah."

They got to 3 OP, just don't get to 1
I have been on four cruises on the classic ships and cannot fathom how this is physically possible unless it happened on one of the new ships with the removable divider? I just got off the Wonder yesterday with an extremely inquisitive nine-month-old and there is no way he could have gotten through the few inches of space between the side wall and the plexiglass. I am paranoid (wouldn't let anyone hold him near the rail in case they lost their grip for whatever reason) and had no concerns about him crawling around on the verandah with one of us out there.

I haven't been on the Dream class yet, so I don't know what the clearance is between the removable divider and the floor. I will say, though, that regardless of the size of the space, no child should have been left alone on a verandah long enough to be able to crawl under THREE separate times. If I had been those neighbors, after the second time I would have reported that family to security for negligence.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:42 AM   #32
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I have been on four cruises on the classic ships and cannot fathom how this is physically possible unless it happened on one of the new ships with the removable divider? I just got off the Wonder yesterday with an extremely inquisitive nine-month-old and there is no way he could have gotten through the few inches of space between the side wall and the plexiglass. I am paranoid (wouldn't let anyone hold him near the rail in case they lost their grip for whatever reason) and had no concerns about him crawling around on the verandah with one of us out there.

I haven't been on the Dream class yet, so I don't know what the clearance is between the removable divider and the floor. I will say, though, that regardless of the size of the space, no child should have been left alone on a verandah long enough to be able to crawl under THREE separate times. If I had been those neighbors, after the second time I would have reported that family to security for negligence.
There is more of a gap on the Dream. We had a neighbor's baby get 1/2 way under the divider onto our balcony before they pulled her back. Luckily we were right there and would have been able to get her for them, if needed.

To the OP, it is kind of scary. I had a talk with my DS about ship safety before we went on our first cruise but we still had one small incident.

We were all standing on the balcony watching dolphins swimming along side the ship. DS was not quite tall enough to see over the top of the railing and down the side so while all 4 of us were out there, he got up on the chair to see over. I was right next to him and immediately put my arm around him and explained how doing that was dangerous, etc. He didn't think he was disobeying my earlier safety rules, he just wanted to see what the rest of us could see. So we had to revise our safety rules a bit

But to ease your worries, I would just make sure that your child is never on the balcony alone. You can remove the furniture if that helps, but I think you being there with them will be fine.

Also, in addition to the locks being up high and the door being hard to open, there is also a very noticable whoosh of air that comes in when it is first opened. I know others have posted concerns about children opening the doors while they are sleeping but I think that change in air and noise level in the room makes it impossible for that door to be opening without someone knowing.

Here is a picture of my DS at the verandah railing (this was on the Wonder). He was 7 1/2 in this picture. The plexiglass is on the inside of the railing so there is nothing on the railing itself for them to climb on.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #33
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I have 3 kids (8, 6, 4yrs) and share your concern. On our first cruise (Dream) we booked the family oceanview room with the huge porthole window. It was awesome! The kids loved sitting in the window seat and it was nice to be able to look out as a family and have no concerns at all about safety. When the kids are older we will get a balcony but for now we love the oceanview family stateroom and can't wait for our Fantasy cruise in November.
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