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Old 06-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #91
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OK - they are not running up and down the halls crazy. My DD is 2. There are few places where she can run. And she is running 5 doorways at a time on a hallway where there are doors on only one side of the hall. Its barely running but I do let her get a little ahead of me.

I actually have very high standards of behavior for my children but for those few instances yes I would let her run a couple doors ahead. She'd then stop wait for me to get there and run a few more doors ahead. The rest of the time on the ship she had to walk next to me holding my hand so she wouldn't get lost or trampled on..

And no I do not want her running on deck 4 where there are serious runners coming by or people playing shuffle board. Nor do I want her running on the pool deck. And since she is 2, she is too young to go to the club and let of steam.

So yes I let her run quietly one the way to our room. She makes much less noise than the carts moving up and down the halls or groups talking in the halls.

And yes I know kids take naps but the way people are talking around her you would expect that people not even talk in the halls.

You can be speechless all you want. I don't consider it rude to let her run a few doors at a time to be rude or inconsiderate or unsafe. She knew to stay to the side so she wasn't by where the doors would open and someone would come out without seeing her.

Her running is like fast walking for most people.

There are just not a lot of places where a 2 year old can run. Letting her run a few steps ahead of me kept her from talking loudly.

You asked why parents would let their children run down the hallway, well this is why my daughter was allowed to run down the hall.

If she was older it wouldn't have been as much of an issue and I wouldn't have let her do it. This was her one area of freedom on the whole ship.
Especially since she's that little I would be EXTREMELY cautious of this simply for the safety factor. Not only could anyone possibly come out of a door at any time, the odds of a small child being in their line of vision is honestly pretty slim, thus increasing the danger to her and anyone who might not see her.

I'm only concerned for the physical safety of all involved.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:38 PM   #92
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Our very first DCL trip will be this summer and I must confess, this thread is TERRIFYING me. I am 100% certain I will tell my 10 year old boy to - stop running, slow down, be quiet, etc- more than once, more than twice and likely more than three times in four days. I am also 100% certain I will not confine him to the cabin for repeated infractions.

Here is where I get confused...we are taking our first cruise. I am going to take my kid onto what is basically a floating version of the Bellagio with Mickey and Friends, with flashing lights, horns, whistles and bright colors. Then I am going to expect him to be the calm and quiet kid he is at school and church? It's not gonna happen. He is going to be a kid, he is going to make mistakes, I am going to correct those mistakes and then he is going to make them again.

Doesn't help that all our summer vacations in the past have been hiking in bear country where we practice stomping our feet and talking loudly to avoid an encounter of the scary kind!

(Now I am cringing awaiting the replies...)
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Our very first DCL trip will be this summer and I must confess, this thread is TERRIFYING me. I am 100% certain I will tell my 10 year old boy to - stop running, slow down, be quiet, etc- more than once, more than twice and likely more than three times in four days. I am also 100% certain I will not confine him to the cabin for repeated infractions.

Here is where I get confused...we are taking our first cruise. I am going to take my kid onto what is basically a floating version of the Bellagio with Mickey and Friends, with flashing lights, horns, whistles and bright colors. Then I am going to expect him to be the calm and quiet kid he is at school and church? It's not gonna happen. He is going to be a kid, he is going to make mistakes, I am going to correct those mistakes and then he is going to make them again.

Doesn't help that all our summer vacations in the past have been hiking in bear country where we practice stomping our feet and talking loudly to avoid an encounter of the scary kind!

(Now I am cringing awaiting the replies...)

I think we both might get flamed

Here is my take on it. DS was 2ish when he went on his first DCL cruise. there was no stopping him from running. But of course like a PP said the housekeeping carts made more noise than a 2yr old. I would tell him to whisper and then he would talk in a normal voice DS was about 5 when he did NCL around Hawaii. Still no stopping him from running. But we made it a game for him to walk on certain things in the hallway and follow the carpet. STILL had to tell him to "whisper" in the hallway. Let him run wild on the deck. Let him run up the flight of stairs, 1 flight at a time, next to the wall. I know there were times when people were like Here they come again.

The good news. Your DS is 10. He can go into the clubs and make as much noise in there as he wants. He can be as crazy as he wants in there. As long as he is following the rules There are placestimes where he can make noise and be a kid. Just strongly encourage him to be quiet in the hallway. See if you can find hidden Mickey's or make a quiet game. Have him run up a flight of stairs, one flight at a time next to the wall Tell him no knocking on doors. No going into rooms, except yours

Sometimes, it is hard to please everyone.(have not read the whole thread not directed at anyone ) No matter what you do, someone is going to be mad at you. Have him practise common sense, remind him what that is.....not sure boys have it yet. Mine doesn't
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Concierge hallways are as quiet as a tomb.
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I am going to take my kid onto what is basically a floating version of the Bellagio with Mickey and Friends, with flashing lights, horns, whistles and bright colors. Then I am going to expect him to be the calm and quiet kid he is at school and church? It's not gonna happen. He is going to be a kid, he is going to make mistakes, I am going to correct those mistakes and then he is going to make them again.
Love this - floating version of Bellagio. We're going in 12 days and I understand the cringing - but I think if we keep our kids within the standard deviation of normal behavior we'll be okay. I really think what people are talking about is the wild ban-chi children. But I can't leave my fourth home so I'll do the best I can with her. Just kidding -

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Love this - floating version of Bellagio. We're going in 12 days and I understand the cringing - but I think if we keep our kids within the standard deviation of normal behavior we'll be okay. I really think what people are talking about is the wild ban-chi children. But I can't leave my fourth home so I'll do the best I can with her. Just kidding -

Hope this made you smile.
Agreed. I think people just like to argue on the internet. Because some of ya'll are a bit over the top. What's the point in posting "My kids will make noise....but not too much!" I didn't see anyone posting that children have to be silent. I'm fairly sure people expect there will be noise in a hallway during the day. The issue is kids/people slamming doors over and over, running and stomping down the hallways, screaming like a banshee, i.e. making excessive noise and allowing the kids to do it. There are places on the ship for making large amounts of racket and outside someone's stateroom door wouldn't be one.

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This is the exact reason why when staying forward we always took the forward elevators to the pool deck when the kids were young. We picked our battles with the kids and when the goal is to get outside ASAP, the shortest route results in the quickest calm when the kids are excited about going to the pool. Of course when parents do that they risk getting dirty looks or being talked about on the DIS because they walked through the adult pool area with their kids.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #98
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I am going to take my kid onto what is basically a floating version of the Bellagio with Mickey and Friends, with flashing lights, horns, whistles and bright colors. Then I am going to expect him to be the calm and quiet kid he is at school and church? It's not gonna happen.

Just an interesting little piece of trivia.....until recently when MGM Properties bought the Bellagio, the Bellagio had a NO CHILDREN policy.

As the story goes, Steve Wynn, who built the Bellagio, tripped over a stroller in a casino/hotel/lobby area at one time, and decided he wanted no part of that in his newest upscale property.
I have to agree with him.....I don't mind the kids when they get excited, but I absolutely HATE strollers. In the parks, parents use the stroller as a weapon, they're so aggressive. And onboard a ship, where it's hard enough to walk through limited spaces, strollers make it even worse.

Now it will be my turn to get flamed, but we didn't take our kids to Disney, or on a cruise, until they were old enough to walk all day. I feel sorry for little ones in strollers, when all they see all day are the backs of people's legs.
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What's funny is that I always thought that as well...Until Alia Faith - my 4th. My twins would be and still are compliant without much of a fight and when we had the third I was still pretty much in control and then I had AF. Now it's not that I have 4 kids - it's that I have her. If she were my first she would have been just as head strong as she is as my fourth. There will be no gently taking her hand and explaining that this is the way it is... so for all the parents who have one like me I just was reaching out to them. Kind of sharing a inside joke.
I understood your joke. All too well.

I'm always privately amused when other parents assume that their biddable and comparatively manageable children are a clear reflection of their superior parenting skills.
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Bottom line: Be considerate of others. No one will behave perfectly (child or adult), but you can certainly make an effort to avoid disturbing others (who have just as much right to enjoy their cruise).
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I have to believe there is a balance. Children running amok - no. I child running with excitement to see whats in the Fish Extender - ok. During the day I do not expect my child to tip toe quietly down the hallway without making a peep. I would expect that behavior late at night or early in the morning. As a PP said I will let my child behave like a child - when appropriate.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:14 PM   #102
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Ok feeling much better!! My energetic bundle of 10 year old joy does know from years of backpacking that running and yelling outside in a camp early in the morning is a no go, under pain of serious penalty, so that doesn't happen. We may be ok after all!!

still...not gonna say which Dream sailing we are on this summer...just in case!
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I was just on the Dream a few weeks ago and can honestly say I was never bothered by a child. It's a "Disney" cruise so I expect to see excited children. I saw a few run in the halls but nothing out of control and I was never bothered (awakened by any). I understand people want a peaceful vacation but if they want really quiet why do Disney? The kids clubs are open until after 1:00 am so chances of complete quiet are nil.
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I have to agree with him.....I don't mind the kids when they get excited, but I absolutely HATE strollers. In the parks, parents use the stroller as a weapon, they're so aggressive. And onboard a ship, where it's hard enough to walk through limited spaces, strollers make it even worse.

Now it will be my turn to get flamed,
No flaming will come from me. Since I'm at the parks quite often (40 minute drive) strollers being used as a battering ram is something witnessed every.single.time.

Part of me wishes that DCL would ban them on the ships altogether, although I know that's not reasonable. Double-width jogging strollers though? Those are nothing but trouble. Our last few cruises we've encountered these and I can't remember ever seeing two children in one. They take up so much elevator space, especially when considering the classic ships' tiny ones. Then you get those people that say "Sorry, elevator is full!" with just them and their stroller. Scoot a little further forward, there is plenty of space!
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I was just on the Dream a few weeks ago and can honestly say I was never bothered by a child. It's a "Disney" cruise so I expect to see excited children. I saw a few run in the halls but nothing out of control and I was never bothered (awakened by any). I understand people want a peaceful vacation but if they want really quiet why do Disney? The kids clubs are open until after 1:00 am so chances of complete quiet are nil.
Thank you! As a mom with a 7 year old there are times between the total exhaustion of vacation and the excitement of the characters or club that my DS would run. He knew not to run in our hallway or go down to our room without me but often would run down the hall by the theater on the way to/from the club. He didn't scream, yell or run into anyone so no harm done. If I had a nickel for every time I reminded him during our 18 nights aboard to stay with me and slow down I would be able to pay for another cruise.
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