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parents r against a cruise im 16

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parents r against a cruise im 16

im trying to find a good vacation this year cause my parents rnt great at picking stuff im 16 being with kids my own age is a good thing but my parents r being mean about going on a cruise any good all-inclusive resorts with lots of teen activites

ps my parents want grand cayon/las vegas but there isnt anything for me in eathier place really even though vegas looks awesome from what ive seen on travel channel its all for 21 and up

any way i can convince my parents for a cruise it looks like the best thing for my entire family

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1. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

I went on a Carnival Cruise when I was 14 and I had a blast. There were a ton of teenagers but both my mom and my 75 yr old grandma had tons of stuff to do....

why are they against it? Cruises are a fantastic way to vacation with the whole family. Show them a few websites!

www.carnival.com

www.royalcaribbean.com

www.princess.com

www.silversea.com

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2. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

I admire you for doing some research and trying to come up with suggestions for your parents : ) Have they talked to you about a budget for the vacation? Kind of hard to plan not knowing what they are willing to spend.

A cruise, for a family of 3, for 7 days will run between 3000 and 5000 dollars for the week, depending on your spending habits for souvenirs, shore excursions, and deals on airfare.

Your parents may be unsure about if they have never taken a cruise before, so maybe a test cruise, just three or four days would be a good idea first, so they can see what it is all about.

As you can see, I am from Las Vegas...and I have three teenagers, so if the parents decide for sure that's what they want to do this year, check back in on the Las Vegas forum...there are good informative posts about kids and what to do in Vegas. You won't be bored, if you are a girl you will love the shopping, and if you are a guy, well, you'll love the pretty women. If you haven't been to the western states before, I say, try it, you'll like it, you will be surprised :)

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3. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

Hi - Do you have brothers or sisters? Cruise cabins are small, and 4 people in one cabin is possible, but not great. More than 4? 2 cabins r 2 xpensive.

Why not prove to your Mom and Dad how mature you are, by going to the sites Cynda mentioned and finding a cruise? Ask the 'rents what they planned on spending for the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas trip. Then, get a price for all of you (including airfare, if you're not driving to the port) that's no more than 2/3 of that total they wanted to spend. You need the rest of the money for shore excursions and extras on the ship. Order the brochures on line, and everything.

You shouldn't have trouble getting prices on line. Make sure you get totals that include port taxes. Here's a site that gives your total to the penny - you can look at the cabin pictures, and find out what cabins are available:

http://cruiselocators.revelex.com/

I am NOT recommending you book with this travel agency - don't know anything about them. I am only suggesting you use their REVELEX program to get good, complete information, without having to talk to an adult who complains you're only 16.

Once you show them what you came up with, I promise they'll be interested. If they have objections, here are the likely ones, and some comebacks-

What if I get seasick?

Cruise ships now have great stabilizers. If you don't get carsick, you won't get seasick on a "normal" day. Anyone can get seasick in storm, but pills work! They're cheap - they even hand them out free at the ship's front office.

This cruise is only 7 (or whatever) days, and costs the same as the 2 week road trip we planned - isn't that too expensive?

Not if half of the trip is spent in a car getting there and back anyway. (Or, if your parents had planned to fly) It's shorter, but most people say it's more relaxing than a longer trip on land. Besides, it's something we've never done!

What kind of trouble can a 16 year old get into on a ship if we're not there?

Not much. Security is tight - no wandering on and off ship without security knowing. There are supervised teen programs. Even if I'm too old for those and just want to hang, there are hundreds of nosy grannies who seem to spend all their time on cruises spying on kids, and I guarantee they'll be all over me if I do anything dumb! :D

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Sorry - forgot to mention - look at the inside and obstructed view rooms if your budget is tight. Most people just turn on the TV to see the view (it'll be on one channel), or go up on deck. Sure, balconies are great, but I guarantee Mom and Dad will react better to a 10 day inside cabin cruise than 3 days in a Royal Suite for the same price!

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5. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

This is a wonderful post! It is so great seeing a 16 year old take an active interest in family vacationing. Someone above mentioned several cruise lines to look at, but Silversea will not offer you the same companionship and things to do as the other three. Carnival, Princess, and Royal Carribean have excellent teen programs. Good luck, and I hope you "win".

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6. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

Oh brother, 16 year old whose mean parents won't go along with their plans. Note the number of posts. Who will pay for this cruise, the sixteen year old or the mean parents? I don't buy this at all and am surprised by those of you who do.

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7. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

Hi bascrd,

I admire your initiative in trying to find a good family vacation that will make all of you happy. Being 16 and being willing to go on a vacation w/ your parents is awesome! I commend you. I can remember my daughters at 16 not wanting to go on a family vacation. So I have to congratulate you there! Now you just have to show your parents how level-headed and mature you are at 16 and want to find a solution that will make everyone happy!

Here is what I think you should do, and it is just a suggestion. Why don't you do some investigating on your own and do some comparisons for visiting Vegas, Grand Canyon, and a cruise. It is very easy w/ the internet as your friend. There are many websites that have search engines that will give you multiple comparisons.

I just did some investigating for a trip to Vegas. I did a google search for Vegas accommodations and it will come up w/ a ton of stuff. You can pick a package deal - air, hotel and car rental or however you want to do it. I would think you would need a car if you want to see the Grand Canyon.

By the way, my daughter just went to Vegas and she was so amazed by all the things you can do there . It is not just gambling. They rented a car and drove out the Hoover Dam and she said that was amazing to see. There are side trips you can make from there. If you like to hike, you can do some hiking and see the amazing things in the desert. Get a price for your package for the 3 of you.

Then do a Google search for cruises and you will have a lot of websites come up. I would suggest Carnival because you are a teenager and they are the most teenage friendly. Other ships have teen activities but I think you would be happier on that cruise line. Pick an itinerary that interests you (and your parents) and get prices.

Then sit down w/ your parents and show them what you have found on land vacations vs cruises. I think they will be pleased w/ your efforts to investigate on your own and find a happy solution for everyone.

I don't think that a cruise vacation vs a Vegas vacation will be all that different in pricing, depending upon your hotels for Vegas and the itinerary for a cruise. You might point out that a cruise would include all your food so your parents would be saving money there. I think you can purchase soda cards for the week for a certain price and that would save money also. Tell them that they can also gamble on the ship because it has a casino. A 2 fer 1 deal! They can also see "Broadway/Vegas" shows every night and that is included in your cruise price also. Again, a big savings vs the Vegas shows which you have to pay for per show.

Good luck. Let us know how you make out.

May

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8. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

My teenagers really loved the Club Med vacations we took. Get some club Med info to show your parents that it is no longer just for "swinging singles." They loved meeting teens from all over the world, all the beach and sports activities, parties, etc. I always felt my teens were completely safe, regardless of the hour, which is probably important to your parents as well. Good luck!

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9. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

I w/you, Reinarubia (sp?)

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10. Re: parents r against a cruise im 16

Reinaruba, blindrid - my first response to this thread was ::rolleyes on to the next. Then there was a very hostile post - removed by TripAdvisor - stating "oh brother!", but in abusive terms. Silly Pollyanna me - wanted to post something upbeat. See our 16 year old hasn't been back, and I'm sure would think - we r lame 2 think still up 4 this