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Old 05-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #31
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Kids do not sign in or out of the Edge or Vibe like they do at the Oceaneer's Club/Lab.
I was about to ask how people were signing their kids out of Edge at 11 and 12.

Of course, you can just tell them to Wave Phone you when they want to leave, and walk up to meet them, I guess.

When we sail, my daughter will be 12 and her best friend (their family will be sailing with us) will also be 12. I imagine that we would let them go together alone to a specific place like from the room to Edge, or from the dining room to Edge. I wouldn't let her (them) go wandering aimlessly. Never by herself anywhere.

I am too paranoid to let my daughter swim without her Father or me up there. I was before that little boy almost drown, and I still am.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #32
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I was about to ask how people were signing their kids out of Edge at 11 and 12.

Of course, you can just tell them to Wave Phone you when they want to leave, and walk up to meet them, I guess.

When we sail, my daughter will be 12 and her best friend (their family will be sailing with us) will also be 12. I imagine that we would let them go together alone to a specific place like from the room to Edge, or from the dining room to Edge. I wouldn't let her (them) go wandering aimlessly. Never by herself anywhere.

I am too paranoid to let my daughter swim without her Father or me up there. I was before that little boy almost drown, and I still am.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:44 PM   #33
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We let DS12 (at the time) have freedom of the ship. But, with rules and dire consequences if he broke the rules.

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He could be in the tween club.
He could be in the pool area.
Period.

He did not want to spend the rest of the cruise attached to Mom (me), so he obeyed.

We have been talking about our upcoming cruise on the Fantasy and he asked the question: You mean I can get a snack at Flo's without you?? The answer was "Yes, you could have done that last time". He took the "Rules" very literally....gotta love it.

On another note: By the time DS#1 was 21, he was in the USMC and had already spent 2 tours in the war zone. Having freedom on the ship at that age is not a worry.
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #34
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I am not saying that I do not worry about my older children (aged 24 and 22), but I would no way be at all concerned about them roaming alone on a cruise ship!!!!! They are independant adults!!
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #35
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My 2 DD are 19 and 21 and I hate it when they roam alone-like someone said it is a city and there has been plenty of info regarding crimes on cruise ships.

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Old 05-26-2013, 08:27 PM   #36
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We're on the Wonder right now. Too many bored kids running down the hall, playing with the elevator buttons, whining! That they don't need a nap. For the sake of the curmudgeons on board, puhleeze make sure your kids will act responsibly before giving them the option to check themselves out of the clubs.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:59 PM   #37
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We're just off the Magic. My DD (10.5) had roam privileges. She had to call me if she was changing locations ever. We would set up times for her to check in if she was at the pool (we'd use the movies playing in funnelvision as a guide since clocks aren't easy to find) It worked very well with us. If she was out after dinner, it was with the other girls from our dinner table to go to Edge, and she would come straight back to the room.

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We're just off the Magic. My DD (10.5) had roam privileges. She had to call me if she was changing locations ever. We would set up times for her to check in if she was at the pool (we'd use the movies playing in funnelvision as a guide since clocks aren't easy to find) It worked very well with us. If she was out after dinner, it was with the other girls from our dinner table to go to Edge, and she would come straight back to the room.

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Old 05-27-2013, 01:06 AM   #39
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I asked my 16 year old son that has been cruising since he was 9, how old a kid should be before they have privileges to run around the ship. He answered very quickly 8 or 9. Then he thought about what he said and changed what he said. He clarified that it all depended on how mature and responsible the kid was and how they were raised. He said some kids are ready for the responsibility at 8 but he has some friends at 16 that he questions their decision making. So I asked him, "Then you cannot give a age unless you know the kid?" and he agreed that was a good statement.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:45 AM   #40
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I just got off the Dream on 5/16 and gave my daughter (almost 12) free range on the ship but she had to carry the wave phone and had to check in regularly or I would with her and I was very comfortable. That being said, I don't let my daughter walk around my neighborhood alone. That is how comfortable I was on board. I've worked in a prison for 24 years so I would say my level of concern is higher than most but found the ship to be very comfortable. Once we left the ship we went right back to not leaving Dad's sight. I think it depends on the child, not sure she would have been roaming at 9 or 10 because I wasn't faced with it then but feel really good about my decision to give her some freedom this trip at her current age.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #41
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No you guys miss understood-I meant no way at the age the OP was talking about not 19 and 21-HaHa!!!!!


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Old 05-27-2013, 07:43 AM   #42
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This is simply a curiosity to understand a different opinion and I don't mean it as a judgement, just genuine curiosity.

Those of you who will let them roam the ship at 8-12 years old all say things like "if they are mature enough", "they call immediately on the wave phone when changing locations"', "they check in at certain times". Do you not worry about situations like what just happened with the 11 year old or do you think it's too rare to happen? Just trying to understand the mindset because checking in with you wouldn't stop those situations from happening.

The more I read this thread the more dangerous I think cruise ships can be because clearly, people let heir guard down. What better place for a child molester to work?

On another note, I agree with the curmudgeon, lol. Add me to that list too because I would be annoyed at watched unsupervised kids acting up on the ship. I just don't get why vacation means to stop watching what they do.

Maybe I'm just too overprotective. Apparently DCL thinks it's okay or they wouldn't allow check out privileges or encourage parents to send kids to the MDRs unsupervised. But it just leaves me scratching my head.

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Old 05-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #43
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Speaking as someone who just came out of the child year(I'm 19) I would say it is a case by case basis at ages 9-10. You know your child, if you think they can handle situations, then let them roam free. If they have a habit of getting into sticky situations, then put them on a shorter leash. My first cruise was when I was 9 and I was allowed to roam free, but I could handle it and my parents knew that. (my 11 year old brother went with me almost everywhere though) I was the kid who memorised the fire escape plan of everywhere I went and memorised the ship layout weeks before the cruise. Only you know your child well enough to know what rules to give them.

With that said, speaking as a child you was given a shorter leash later on, give your child the freedom they can handle, not what makes you comfortable, but what they can handle. If you give them too much, they could get into some trouble, if you give them too little, they can go a little crazy(like cabin fever).

I would give them the freedom they can handle, if they are good kids and don't get into trouble, let them lose, if they tend to get lost or get into trouble, keep them closer. Only you know how much freedom your child can handle. However, it's best to start out short and let the leash out, then to slowly bring it in.
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Edge & Vibe are come and go as you wish, no sign ins or outs.
This may be DCL policy, but it was not OUR policy with our 11 year old son last year on the Fantasy. Unless it was an ORGANIZED outing, he was NOT to leave the tween club without notifying us, and then one of us would meet him. He had made some friends of the same age, and their parents had made the same rule, so we were OK if he was with one of them, and one of their parents met up with them. I have no doubt in my son; he is a very mature 11 and has had the fear of God put into him about "stranger danger", but it is not him I worry about. We had a sex offender move into our neighborhood over the STRENUOUS objections of all who live in our neighborhood...it only takes a minute.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #45
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I agree with flyersfan...

It is not my daughter or her judgement I don't trust... It is the other people on board.

When we cruised in March she was 11 1/2 and I did NOT let her sign out from the club/lab. She did not go to Edge. IF she did she would not be allowed to leave without me picking her up. I understand she could just walk out - but MY rules would be to wait for me.

If for no other reason than for what just came to light about the incident on the Dream.... no amount of teaching, coaching or explaining how to handle herself could save her from that situation... her knowing karate or to "Scream fire" isn't going to help her either.... that child (on the Dream) was touched before she knew what hit her (poor thing)....
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