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cunane - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (25 Mar 08 15:08)

Hi, I think you've had a lot of good comments here from seasoned cruisers so DON'T be put off , but If I might add that on some ships particularly QM2 & the Q Vic under 21s are unable to visit the night club although these days it's difficult to know their age !!yes there are plenty of nice places to sit and have a alcoholic drink eg lounges and open decks ( I'm sure your 15 year old will not be sitting on a bar stool).. you ask the qustion what goes on in some bars that would make them unsuitable for your 15 year old .. well to be honest some of us like to have a bit of fun after hours .. yes there's a bit of flirting and adult conversation as cruising can attract quite a lot of single people. don't worry about us cruise crowd you'll be part of it soon as Neil says you'll be hooked ! I am, but the only trouble is I'm still single. :.

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Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (26 Nov 07 20:10)

May I tentatively suggest that maybe your daughter is too young to be in a bar and on all ships there are many other areas in which you would be able to have an alcoholic drink and she could be quite at home. I am a little concerned that you feel that her not being at a bar with you would spoil your holiday when there are so many other ways to spend your time on modern cruise ships. May be I am being too critical and if you feel this then I am sorry…….respectfully yours ….Neil Dow.

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Straw - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (27 Nov 07 18:42)

There are loads of comfy areas that you can sit and have a drink, dont worry. The Bar Stewards pamper to your every need so you dont even have to get up and go to the bar. On the top deck there is Movies Under the Stars where there is also a pool bar. You will have a great time. We are back on board in June for our second cruise and cannot wait.

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Hodkinson - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (27 Nov 07 22:49)

Of course you are entitled to you own opinion,but I was really looking for a factual answer to my question.Of course we don't intend to spend all our time in the bars,but we are a close family and don't wish to be segregated on holiday, but be able to relax,chat and have a nightcap together in relaxing surroundings.What happens in the bars on ship which makes them unsuitable for a mature well behaved 15 year old????Starting to wonder if the cruise crowd are not for us! If anyone has any more informative answers they would be appreciated.

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scales - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (28 Nov 07 13:49)

We have just been on the Sun Princess & the bars on it, Rendezvous, Wheelhouse, etc are places that anyone can sit in without either wanting a drink or wanting just a non-alcoholic one, as the Wheelhouse, for instance has entertainment most times, so I don't think that taking your daughter into a bar will be a problem. Drinks are served in the theatres, so again, it's all a mixture. However, getting her served might be. I understand that US laws work on the ship, you have to be 21. IWhy don't you email Princess from their 'contact us' window.

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Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (28 Nov 07 15:29)

I didn’t wish to be over-judgemental with my answer which is why I chose my words carefully. I can’t give you a factual answer. I may be wrong but I am right in assuming that this would be your first cruise? If it is I think you will find that cruise ships, particularly the better ones like Princess are not like holiday hotels or camps. There are bars where one can sit at the bar counter on a stool but for the majority of passengers drinking and socialising happens in a lounge type area and I have never heard of children ever being asked to leave these areas. American rules, which apply on most ships, are far more stringent than those in the UK and it does not surprise me that someone has been asked to leave a bar. If I’m wrong in my assumption then please excuse me ( “Geordie” is going to love this) but if you haven’t tried cruising don’t be put off because it is infectious and I’m sure you’ll love it…….Neil Ps as others have suggested….for a definitive answer ring Princess in Southampton or use the e-mail contact section on the Princess web-site .

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Geordie - Answered a Question by Hodkinson (01 Dec 07 13:29)

What can I say David and Jean?! You just cant help it can you.

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