This is all great information. Our upcoming cruise will be my kids first. They will be 14, 10, & 8 at time of sailing. I was 12 when I took my first cruise, and I was allowed to roam as I wanted. I wasn't alone though, usually with my aunts who were a year older & a year younger. But, things are different now. My DS9, is a boundry-pusher. DS7 just doesn't like to be alone, if he doesn't know where I am, he is afraid he will never see me again. DS13 is much more responsibile, always has been. I will give him more freedom, and, their half brother, also who will be 14, will be cruising with us. (I invited his mom & her family). We will start off with x amount of rules, see how it goes, and maybe lighten some up.