Posted October 26th, 2017, 01:04 PM
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!