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  1. You keep mentioning DCL. Yet you do realise they work to the same 1:25 ratio right? Only have a lot more kids in at one time and often go over that ratio so more chaos, more running and 100% of the time is free play.... Royal have their ratio and stick to it. Once its reached it's one out one in. So not understaffed. The first half an hour is free play so everyone can get checked in which is probably the crazy time you saw. Go back mid session and it would be way calmer than any Disney club... I've worked in both so can truthfully say this...
  2. Port days if all aboard comes after kids dinner time (5pm). Mainly because if parents are off the ship, what are you going to do with the kids checked into AO when they close at 5. All aboard 5 or earlier, then there may of may not be kids dinner (at least all the ships I've been on)...
  3. On vision class explorers and voyagers are always combined as they only have one room for them, and one for the aquanauts. So its 50 explorers and voyagers combined. Not 50 explorers and 50 vogagers.
  4. For the nursery, depends on the ship/kid counts. Some ships (usually the busy ones who will def have kids for dinner) have a different order pre-put in every day usually including, chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, fries, pizza, pasta, salad, yogurt, cookies, and then things that change every day like chicken tenders, hot dogs, quesadillas, and they'll ask what you want from that. Other ships (the quieter ones who may or may not get kids for dinner) will ask what you want/ give you a few options and order it once your kids there. The food comes from room service because it has to be on a time control plan, meaning it can only be out for a certain time and then it cannot be served to kids (another reason why they ask for pre packaged snacks and formula to not be ready mixed), so also check with the nursery as to when the food will be there as that can vary a little ship to ship too...
  5. It still sucks and shouldn't really happen but the more food being prepared, served, cleaned up is more of a chance to fail. Every cruise line does it. Hopefully from today it should be back to normal. If not, it wasnt a one off
  6. Yes it was a one off, USPH were onbaord yesterday doing their inspection. Apparently almost no food in the crew mess in the evening either according to a friend onboard.
  7. Most ships, parents of 3 years olds and kids with extra needs get a phone or a pager on a first come basis, as theres aren't enough for all the parents that want them. Some older ships only have a handful of pagers so wont even give them to 3 year olds and save them for kids with very specific needs. If your kid asks to leave they'll call the room/leave a message. If your kid is really upset they'll call guest service and find out where you last used your card and try and track you. If it's an emergency they'll call you over the PA. If you think your kids going to be upset or want to leave, you can call or check in at AO as many times as you like.
  8. Technically any age can be a self signer, not just those over ten. Also, you dont have to give self signer status when you sign up. You can do it at any time in the cruise, so why not wait a couple of days and see how they do. Get them to take you to and from the cabin and the club for example. Self signer status doesn't work when the ship is docked. Only when its moving, so usually sea days and evening sessions depending on sail away, if that makes any difference... When docked someone over 18 has to drop off and pick up. Just remember too, that in less than a year they would been in the teen club, which has no sign in or out and a lot of the activities happen all over the ship. So if you cruise regularly or plan to do so, self signer from AO could be a good introduction to the teen club freedom.
  9. Depending on numbers onbaord, most managers I've met would ask for a three hour session in the nursery first (the length of an AO session), maybe less, so the nursery staff can assess communication, concentration, skills and toileting first and then agree to the bump up or not. Even if bumped up, it's never a permanent guarantee. One accident or if they're unable to follow the session, and they're bumped back down.
  10. Why? You can still smoke on their ships. Just not in the parks.... Royal doesn't have parks...
  11. Of course that's one reason. But also, if youd just been injured and in pain and laying on the deck. Would you want videos of it all over the internet without your consent before you even made it to the next port? Maybe you would. But I know I wouldn't and I'm probably not the only one. Yes, we know now the guys knew each other, but you let one person film, you let everyone and more people gather and then you can't comfortably deal with the person that needs the help.
  12. Security are a part of the emergency medical response team. You'll see if there's ever one called, and you're trying to get on or off the ship, half of them will run to the call and gang way operations will slow. Their job is to clear the area and crowd control. Not assist medically. They security guy was just doing his job...
  13. Any time before 10... They can come and go as they please, but like you said, depends on capacity, but it's rare it's full. Just remember after 10pm there's a charge per (half) hour
  14. Sea day sessions 9-12 2-5 7-10 after 10pm till 2am a charge of $7 an hour. Potentially every day theres kids dinner 5-7 if you sign up on the day of. Kids go to the windjammer for pizza and fries. Might not be every day and almost definitely not the first day. AO is open for all port hours 9-5 or later if the port is later. If kids are in during a port day lunch they will go to the windjammer for pizza and fries.
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