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#21
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by Keith1010
We had places to meet up each day and associated times. Messages on the room phones and post it notes.
Keith


Ah, msg on room phone! And can he call it from a different phone on ship to check in?


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#22
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by payitforward
Communication with teens...is this even possible? Just kidding. I don't have kids, but use magnetic white boards on our cabin door for friends and family.


White board---good idea!


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#23
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by bsjcb2000
We have set “meeting times & places” and also leave notes in our rooms. Mandatory dinner together each night and honestly we all end up spending a lot of time together on the pool deck and with the outdoor activities


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Yes, post-it notes! Planning on dinner for sure.


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#24
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Thanks everyone. He'll be alone so I just want to check in on him to see if he's finding friends or having fun by himself. He probably won't want to hang out with us "old folks" so just a mama's concern.


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#25
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Joined Jan 2011
Make sure he goes to the kids club the first night. That’s when friendships form.


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#26
598 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
Originally posted by flyer4fun
For those with older teens, how do you communicate with each other (whereabouts, plans, location) if you don't have the wifi package?


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Which ship? Options vary


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#28
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Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by SadieN
Make sure he goes to the kids club the first night. That’s when friendships form.


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Good plan!


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#29
598 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
Oasis doesn’t have the IQ app so as far as I know there are 2 choices. Pay for WiFi for 2 devices. Or some have said there is a loophole on some ships such allows you to connect to the ships WiFi for free. You can’t surf the web or anything like that. But if you both have iPhones you can still iMessage for free. Again it’s a fluke in the system. Sometimes


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#30
Dorset, england
612 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by flyer4fun
Ah, msg on room phone! And can he call it from a different phone on ship to check in?


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Yes, there are phones in many (all?) of the public areas that passengers are able to use.
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#31
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by Gloworm2
Oasis doesn’t have the IQ app so as far as I know there are 2 choices. Pay for WiFi for 2 devices. Or some have said there is a loophole on some ships such allows you to connect to the ships WiFi for free. You can’t surf the web or anything like that. But if you both have iPhones you can still iMessage for free. Again it’s a fluke in the system. Sometimes


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Hmmm....interesting! Good to know!


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#33
Ottawa, Canada
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Joined Nov 2010
We did our first cruise with our then 17 year old daughter in 2007 who looked forward to the cruise with a great deal of anticipation but when we first got on the ship immediately stated that it was not what she expected! Oh oh! I was mortified. I was worried that we would have to "put up" with a sulking teenager for the entire 7 days.

Well..we insisted that she go to the teen club after dinner the first night. She said no, we said yes. We escorted her there after dinner and left her there. 30 minutes later I snuck back and found her sitting in the same chair sulking. Oh Oh!!

30 minutes later, after sneaking back again, she was gone. It seems she met a couple of other 17 year old girls and that was it for the cruise. They communicated by cabin telephone (only after noon, please). But with us, we insisted in meeting for dinner, which we did and rather successfully. She would get together with her friends after dinner. We also insisted that we go on shore together.

The ship (Caribbean Princess) had walkie talkies for rent but they didn't work very well so we gave them back.

A number of years later we did another cruise with her and her boyfriend. This time dinner was also together but we knew if, at any other time, we needed to communicate with her, we could find her at the (Celebrity Equinox) Martini Bar!
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#34
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by dadofjessie
We did our first cruise with our then 17 year old daughter in 2007 who looked forward to the cruise with a great deal of anticipation but when we first got on the ship immediately stated that it was not what she expected! Oh oh! I was mortified. I was worried that we would have to "put up" with a sulking teenager for the entire 7 days.



Well..we insisted that she go to the teen club after dinner the first night. She said no, we said yes. We escorted her there after dinner and left her there. 30 minutes later I snuck back and found her sitting in the same chair sulking. Oh Oh!!



30 minutes later, after sneaking back again, she was gone. It seems she met a couple of other 17 year old girls and that was it for the cruise. They communicated by cabin telephone (only after noon, please). But with us, we insisted in meeting for dinner, which we did and rather successfully. She would get together with her friends after dinner. We also insisted that we go on shore together.



The ship (Caribbean Princess) had walkie talkies for rent but they didn't work very well so we gave them back.



A number of years later we did another cruise with her and her boyfriend. This time dinner was also together but we knew if, at any other time, we needed to communicate with her, we could find her at the (Celebrity Equinox) Martini Bar!


Glad it turned out better! Setting up the ground rules are a must!


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