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    kids friendly?

    by samanthacajueiro » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:15 am

    Me and my husband want to go for the first time and bring our 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son who is a metal head and plays drums, I was just wondering if any of you ever brought or would bring your own kids? I understand is mostly adults partying and wanting to have fun, but still is it decent and respectful environment for kids?
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    by Memnoch » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:19 am

    There's been lots of kids onbroad, and it's definitely not an issue. So, yes, do bring your kids along.
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    by Pellaz » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:22 am

    samanthacajueiro wrote:Me and my husband want to go for the first time and bring our 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son who is a metal head and plays drums, I was just wondering if any of you ever brought or would bring your own kids? I understand is mostly adults partying and wanting to have fun, but still is it decent and respectful environment for kids?


    I can't answer from direct experience, but there have been several kids along on the past two cruises and pretty much everyone thinks it's awesome that there are kids on the boat. Not many kids, but a few.

    As I recall the cruise-line did NOT enforce its adults-only rule for the Solarium pool (the only pool open on the ship during 70K), so the kids can play in there as long as they can handle water over their heads. Except during the belly-flop competition, of course. :twisted:
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by acidbasement » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:56 am

    My kids have THE BEST TIME on 70K! I have two metalhead boys, who will be 7 and 9 on the 2017 cruise.

    Here is Alaric (6 at the time) enjoying the hot tub in front of the stage while Hammerfall played:

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    And Magnus in the bottom right, a bit more shy about crowdsurfing but still having a blast:

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    Bring your kids!

    Okay, so you do give up a bit of your freedom on board, and maybe you don't get to see every show that you would otherwise get to see. But, it's the best family vacation ever if your whole family is into metal.

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    Re: kids friendly?

    by Phoenix » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:01 am

    acidbasement wrote:My kids have THE BEST TIME on 70K! I have two metalhead boys, who will be 7 and 9 on the 2017 cruise.

    Here is Alaric (6 at the time) enjoying the hot tub in front of the stage while Hammerfall played...


    That's amazing.

    Yeah we swear all over the place, but when there's kids around I think we all just get really excited and want them to have just as much fun as we do.

    But we still will swear all over the place :P
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    by Azazel101 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:06 am

    Yes and don't worry. They might even get special attrition .
    I have seen some bands bring kids to other bands just to say hi.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by acidbasement » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:35 pm

    Phoenix wrote:Yeah we swear all over the place, but when there's kids around I think we all just get really excited and want them to have just as much fun as we do.

    But we still will swear all over the place :P


    As parents, we have no issues with swearing around our kids. I mean, I don't do it much, but it doesn't bug me when others do unless they're being jerks. We teach them that it's important to be respectful and kind, and the addition or deletion of seven words from one's vocabulary doesn't change that.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by spooky » Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:25 pm

    i don't have kids, never wanted them. i am on this holiday to have a great time. with that being said, i am respectful around children. i don't swear around them and think kids deserve to keep their innocence and childhood as long as possible. personally i don't think this is a kid friendly environment. so, if i happen to encounter someone's kids without realizing they are there, i am not going to be responsible for my language. again, this is my adult holiday. bring at your own risk. hope i am not sounding like a bitch. just stating my opinion. i'd say the same thing to any of my friends with kids. cheers! ;-)
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    by acidbasement » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:13 pm

    ^ In response to that, I'd say two things:

    1. 70K is our kids' only chance to see metal concerts. If their favourite bands play near us, it's usually either in an adults-only venue, or it has no visibility for short people.

    2. So, some people might feel awkward about being drunk and loud around my kids on 70K, but that's not the kids' problem. That argument reminds me of the Nobel-winning scientist who got ridiculed all over the Internet last year for saying that in his opinion women shouldn't work in science because they made it harder for the men to get their work done.

    Next time you see my kids, ask them if they think 70K is a kid-friendly environment. They'll say yes, and really, their opinion is the one that matters. They're totally fine with you being drunk and swearing, and so am I. Cheers. :)
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by sara » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:34 am

    samanthacajueiro wrote:Me and my husband want to go for the first time and bring our 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son who is a metal head and plays drums, I was just wondering if any of you ever brought or would bring your own kids? I understand is mostly adults partying and wanting to have fun, but still is it decent and respectful environment for kids?


    I'd say that depends on your sensibilities as a parent. If heavily drunken adults being around your kids for four days, swearing and wearing ass cages and whatnot is fine, then if you're responsible and get your kid some ear plugs, have at it. You know you and you know your kids and what all of you can handle. I just think it's good to set the expectation. We're mainly 30s and up and more mature than the college spring break crowds, but we will be drunk and disorderly.

    There's always a few kids on the cruise. I give it a side eye, but the few I've seen had responsible parents watching them. None of the parents have made a fuss about trying to make the cruise more "family friendly" (in the sense of asking adults to tone down at an adult-oriented event). So I'd say the respect goes both ways, and that makes it fine by me, since the kid population is always so small.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by mgrock » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:11 am

    I fully agree with you sara. Respect goes both ways. :viking:
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    by bodomdragon » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:46 am

    I think the pictures that acidbasement shared speak by themselves. Yes, there are drunk people having fun and swearing, but in general the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming.
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    by Phoenix » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:17 am

    Yeah, I definitely agree with sara on this one. I don't actually have a problem with kids, but when I'm drunk and at a metal show I just won't be policing my behaviour regardless of there being kids around or not. Most kids know better, but there are definitely some sets of parents (my own being some of them) that don't like that kind of behaviour around their youngins. I assume those taking them to 70k aren't among them but it is an important point to drive home.

    I always smile when I see little metal heads on their parents' shoulders, decked out in vests or folk metal garb, getting high fives from everyone around them and just having fun at the same shows I do. It's great.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by Monmisreal » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:17 pm

    The swearing isn't nearly as bad as some of the band shirts youll see. Wait until you come across the obligatory porngrind band shirt. Just hope your kid doesn't ask you what all of those things are going into the obviously distressed woman that looks like shes both crying and gagging. Not too different than most metal shows but its all about the parent. The parents ive seen on 70k pay more attention to their kids than most I see in the area here on a daily basis.
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    by ivanrojasch » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:14 am

    I saw kids and they were all having fun, enjoying the pool and the concerts.

    I would say it really is a kids friendly environment
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    by Sinister Realm » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:18 pm

    My wife and I attended the first three cruises and then we had our son who was born on the day the fourth cruise left so we've been away for a bit....We are happy that we will be attending the cruise next year and will be bringing him along, he will be turning 3 a few weeks before the boat leaves.

    Does anyone know if there are any daycare facilities on the boat? The last time we went was on the original boat, this will be our first time on the new one.
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    by Pellaz » Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:56 pm

    Sinister Realm wrote:Does anyone know if there are any daycare facilities on the boat? The last time we went was on the original boat, this will be our first time on the new one.


    There are supposed to be; pretty much every cruise-ship nowadays has facilities for kids, divided by age. As for whether Royal will be operating theirs during the charter, you might want to call UMC and ask, just to make sure.
    I imagine their kids' staff really loves 70K. Almost like a week off work.

    I noticed the kids' water-play area was closed for most -- maybe all? -- of the cruise last time, but it was open on Liberty in 2015.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by acidbasement » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:06 pm

    Sinister Realm wrote:
    Does anyone know if there are any daycare facilities on the boat? The last time we went was on the original boat, this will be our first time on the new one.


    We've had our kids on for the last two years. In 2015, Royal Caribbean decided, without giving notice to UMC, that there weren't enough kids on broad to justify opening the daycare. We were pissed, but I have to give kudos to UMC as they dealt with it in a way that satisfied us in the end.

    In 2016, the daycare was open, and it was glorious. If we wanted to catch a show and our kids needed a break, we just signed them in at the daycare. It wasn't open all the time, but who cares, it's not like we'd want to have them in care all the time anyway. There was no extra charge to use the daycare. I'm not sure about the age cutoff though. Three might be too young, you'd have to call UMC and find out. Potty training might be required too.

    The other option on broad is in-room babysitting. It costs $20/hr, and is available 24 hours/day as long as you book several hours in advance.

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    by deathmetalpat » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:22 am

    IMHO this year would be the best of any cruise to bring kids because of port of call , http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2013/ ... 4u8pvT3ac0 .The kids will be very safe and you will be able to relax and have fun.Most normal ports are not geared towards kids but this is.As far as people ,a few more kids will come every year and this year with Anthrax playing it will be the multi generation thing with parents bring their kids or grandkids.Peope are respectful and there is nothing worse on here then some places in the general public.I would recommend this to parents who want to bring their kids.
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    Re: kids friendly?

    by BlackToothGrin » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:02 pm

    Memnoch wrote:There's been lots of kids onbroad, and it's definitely not an issue. So, yes, do bring your kids along.



    Definitely! It's really cool to see people of all ages from all over the world together for the same reason. Family friendly!
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