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  1. Those 2 age groups nearly always did the same activities but in separate rooms. Many ships have always had those 2 age groups combined and it's fine.
  2. Could you imagine the mess if they gave it away for free? Even Disney (who apparently dont nickle and dime) charge for popcorn...
  3. I'll take the kids over the adults. I know how the YS would deal with this lounge situation though: Step one: you get what you get and you dont get upset. Ok, still arguing/crying/not sharing the toy, Step two: it just gets taken away completely and then there's nothing to complain about! 👍
  4. Diamond doors is a shift we have, usually when theres an overflow and there's someone at the door physically checking cards to allow people in. Usually done by cruise, sports and youth staff and some supervisors. It's a hoot.
  5. Thanks for the laugh guys. Taking me back to my crew member days, reminding me of that sinking feeling when you saw 'diamond doors' on your schedule. On The plus side, I think I found the guy that lectured me for a good 20 minutes about how he was actually Diamond++ and how it really is a thing, I think he got me confused with someone who cared...
  6. I dont understand why they released the photos of this new evidence in an attempt to defend the GF. If anything it makes him look even more guilty. It shows how much effort he went to, to lift her up and over the safety rail. It shows he wasnt just holding her up to the window to look out and slipped, but he went to a lot of effort to put her in a dangerous position...
  7. That doll isn't even near the same height, weight or shape of an 18month old, surely they could have got a more realistic doll...but then, most people have accepted/seen what actually happened and dont need deperate posed pictures to try and sway a vote.
  8. They lost my sympathy literally hours after it happened when they tried to claim it happened within a kids area. Well they looked a little silly when all you can see is a bar... And their "there was no sign" argument is getting old. If there was a sign on the window, you wouldn't see it, because the window was open. If there was a sign anywhere else they would be arguing that it wasnt visible if you were standing at the open window... At the end of the day, if he hadn't lifted her up, she would still be here. RC didnt lift her up to the window, and RC didnt force him to lift her up to the window.
  9. People seem to be getting phone calls with free down-grades these days...
  10. What specifically did you want to know? They can change cruisely. If you want an idea of activities offered you can look at most other ships because they all do pretty much the same thing.
  11. My favourite bit of all this is that Michael Bayley was spammed with pictures of the naked man!
  12. I don't think Royal paid a man to stand in his birthday suit in the middle of your adventures, and unless the bus breaks down every time, I don't think they can really be in the firing line for that one either... Was it really an 'insincere inarticulate apology' or was it just a reply that you didnt want to hear? Especially as it came from a 'low level employee' rather than a 'senior executive'?
  13. Too many people leap to conclusions here. Nowhere did OP ask "is it ok to take my screaming, shouting, crying toddler?" Maybe that's how your kids would have behaved but not all kids do. OP, as there is no age limit it proves you are just as entitled to eat with your family as those who feel they are entitled enough to eat with no kids around. Ignore the cruise grinches. I'm sure some people go on cruises to just find things to complain about: "we went to Mexico and the locals spoke spanish", "we went to the beach and it was sandy", "we went on a family cruise line and there was a child eating 😱".
  14. Its nothing new. On a lot of ships the 6-8 and the 9-11 age groups are always combined, and it happens on all ships when its quiet. Every cruise there will be a few 12 year old bumps downs too. But the 6 year olds and the 12 year olds all survive and come back for more....
  15. British here and we had Pigeon and chicken (and pigs in blankets!) for christmas this year 👍 no Turkey for us!
  16. They have a roster with names and birth dates. If you lie and try and cheat the system they'll say no. If you go and explain the situation, they'll more than likely let you sign the waiver for them to join the teen club. As with all age group changes, one wrong move or if they're immature/don't fit in with their new group, they'll be back down to the appropriate group.
  17. It depends on the ship. On a sea day, if a ship has an separate open play area then they are generally open 9am till midnight (but will close at 10pm if there are no bookings), but some might close over lunch 12-2pm-ish. If a ship does not have an open play area (vision/radiance class for example) and the nursery is used instead then they will be open 9am -12 noon, then the nursery is available for free play until it opens for drop off again for the evening (which can vary slightly between ships but usually around 5-6pm, again until midnight or 10pm if no bookings. On port days, if the ship has an open play area then usually when the ship docks (if before 9am) or 9am, all the way through until 10pm/midnight. A ship with no open play area will not be open for drop off until the evening session, unless you have a pre-booked RC shore excursion and they will open up for you, or if the ship docks at or after lunch time, then they may open up for the morning session too.
  18. I dont know why people have mentioned it twice in this thread but Disney are also 6 months to sail, (or a year for transatlantic, Panama and Hawaii sailings) and has been for nearly 5 years now...
  19. Thanks, I've worked in the clubs on both lines so I know how they work. I know Nav is a free for all, I wouldn't work there because after Disney, that's what I didnt like. Oasis is still more structured, remember, a lot of ships combine 6-11s all the time and have done for a long time, because they only have 2 rooms and one of those is for aquanauts. Sure if they dont want to do the activities they dont want to, but all the ships I've been on, there is limited if not no other options. Maybe coloring, maybe a bit of lego, but like I said, not a free play free for all zone. On my last ship, my manager said once activities started (in all rooms including aquanauts), anything else was to go away, if they didnt want to join, they could sit and watch, and they weren't the only manager I've had whose said that. (Apart from quiet port days, they're usually toys, movies a bit of craft, more child led.)
  20. You wont know until you get onboard. As it can change cruise by cruise. So probably best to prepare them not to be together. Some managers have a blanket ban on group changes, even if a kid has a birthday on a cruise. Some will only move up and/or down within a few months of that age. Some will move within a year. It doesn't matter of they're on the same level or not, your kids or other kids. If they do allow a move then it's not done and dusted, if they arent suited to that age group they will move them back to the right group. You say they dont need activities, but adventure ocean is an activities based programme, not a free play free for all, so they will be expected to join in, which is why there are age groups... But the good news is they can absolutely for sure be together everywhere else around the ship, especially if they dont need the activities that adventure ocean offers.
  21. This. I was just a lowly 2 stripe but have done a lot of those that apparently even the captain can't do. But not in "operational hours". I'd be on the flowrider at least once a month, through crew sessions or just from knowing the right sports staff who will often open it up for friends.
  22. Exactly. (I know it's going off topic a little, but that's discussion for you). The staff cant call you from the nursery/ao phone (it only works for ship numbers) I always left my phone in my cabin, but even if I took it to work, I cant call international numbers, then you have to track down the people with the authority and ability to get you a satellite phone. There was one time a parent left their number and they couldn't get through with the number they left. (it wasnt life threatening but the kid needed parents there asap) luckily they were on a RC shore ex and with they were able to radio to shore and get in touch with the local company who arranged a taxi to get the parents back in less than an hour, not ideal but better than waiting for the 6 hours of the excursion.
  23. You can, but like I said, no guarentee they will get a hold of you.
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