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  1. During the school holiday period especially, YC is not as private and quiet as its sometimes advertised or believed to be. Check out this thread where children and poor parenting are accused of ruining the YC experience. MSC is a family cruise line so kids are generally everywhere including the YC. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2388245
  2. If parents are taking a vacation from parenting then I would agree - that is unfortunate. For the large part though I don't think the core issue much to do about bringing up "children with manners" or parents turning a blind eye to their children's behaviour - rather a case of children being children, amplified by the excitement and adventure of a cruising holiday. I will say it again; MSC, NCL and RC are "family" cruise lines so signing up for a cruise on such lines presupposes an understanding you will be sharing the ship (YC, Haven and all) with kids - some of whom may be unruly. Anyone who's been in charge of a kid for more than three minutes knows that even the most perfect parent in the entire world can't prevent or stop every tantrum or misadventure. There are adults out there who despise children, lack empathy and tolerance and wish to live in an "adults only" world. The fact that such adults were once kids themselves seems to have faded from memory. The good news is there's room here for us all. Those wishing to mitigate unpleasant encounters with children (including being splashed at the swimming pool) may wish to cruise on premium cruise lines, adults only cruises or failing this - outside of school holiday periods.
  3. Yeah, look, MSC is a "family" cruise line. There are and will continue to be kids everywhere on MSC ships including in the YC. Children will be disruptive to the peace and quiet treasured by some cruisers and the best choice for such cruisers is to avoid the "mainstream" i.e. most affordable cruise lines like MSC, NCL, RC and go for "premium" cruise lines such as Celebrity, Princess, Cunard or better still "luxury" or "ultra luxury" cruise lines such as Oceania, Windstar, Silver Sea, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal etc which are out of economic reach of most families.
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