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After a recent incident in which a 15 year old girl was allegedly raped by a fellow teen and and adult man, many are asking if there are any curfew standards aboard cruise ships.  The reason for this is because the girl is reported to have left the a teen dance area of the ship at 1.45am with her alleged attackers.  Many wonder why she was allowed to be out until that time while underage.

CruiseCritic.com has contacted some of the major cruise lines to see what their curfew policies are.  Here is a re-print of their findings:

What we learned is that there is no industry standard for teen curfews, leaving much of the responsibility to parents to set guidelines and educate their kids on late-night behavior and safety. Here are the policies of a few of the top family-friendly lines:

Carnival.Carnival Cruise Lines has no curfew for teens after organized activities end around 12:30 or 1 a.m. Company spokesman Vance Gulliksen says that “generally speaking, teens tend to return to their cabins following the conclusion of the nighttime activities. As for younger children participating in the Camp Carnival program, parents are required to collect their children when the program ends at 10 p.m.” Parents are also required to personally collect kids from the for-fee Night Owls late-night babysitting program, which is offered until 3 a.m.

Princess Cruises. According to Princess Cruises spokesman Brian Henriksen, Princess does not impose a curfew on kids or teens. The line leaves this to the discretion of parents. The teen program typically remains open until 1 a.m., but during select voyages with high numbers of teens onboard, the teen center may be open until 3 a.m. There are certain spaces that are off limits to younger passengers. Minors (under age 18) are not permitted in the ships’ nightclubs after 10 p.m., regardless of whether or not they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, and passengers under the age of 21 are not permitted in the casinos. For a fee, the line offers group “kidsitting” for children ages 3 to 12 in the Youth Center from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening.

Norwegian Cruise Line.Norwegian imposes a 1 a.m. curfew for passengers under the age of 17, says spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews. Kids and teens are allowed to be out later if they’re participating in an organized youth club activity or accompanied by parents. The curfew is published in both the Freestyle Daily onboard newsletter and in the Youth Program booklet, and is enforced by the ship’s security staff. Late-night babysitting and teen programming typically run until 1 or 1:30 a.m.

Disney Cruise Line.Disney does not impose a curfew. “Safety is our top priority and we trust that parents set appropriate boundaries for their families,” company spokeswoman Lauren Falcone told Cruise Critic in an e-mail. She adds that supervised activities in Disney’s kids clubs — the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab — are available until midnight, while teen activities run until 1 or 2 a.m.

Royal Caribbean has not responded to our multiple e-mail requests for information at press time

 

Primary Source: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=4701

 

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We at Hickey Law Firm often recommed our clients, friends, and familile s to stay away from cruising all together.  We have seen just too many cases of negligence, sexual assault, rape. and unsanitary situations to honestly recommend a cruise vacation to anyone.  But, people continue to cruise, with last year seeing Americans tak about 10 million cruises.  Because of this, we are going to point out some of the most common mistakes people make when crusising.  Hopefully this will help you and your family avoid some costly mistakes.

This list is a continuation of our list from yesterday.  Here you will find tips number  7- 9

7.  Choose your cruise line carefully.   You should ask questions before deciding to book with a particular cruise line.  Ïnvestigate their refund policy.  Ask how they handle cases of weather related cancellations.  Ask how they handle the outbreak of disease such as Norovirus.  There were many cases over the summer of weather related issues which caused passengers to have terrible cruises. In some cases the passengers were actually left behind as the cruise ships sailed early to avoid impending weather conditions.

8. Know how you will contact home if you need to.  You should know if your cell phone will work on the cruise ship.  Some phones by some carriers will, while others will not.  Ask your carrier how much a call will cost per minute and if there are any additional charges, such as roaming.  Also, check into the options offered by the cruise line.  Choose which ever is cheapest if you need to phone home for any reason.

9. Have an emergency plan. Know who to contact in case of emergency.  Many people do not know this but the American authorities may not be your primary source of help in the case of a disappearance, injury, or assault.  Do your due dilligence.  Discuss with your party what to do in the case someone is hurt, or lost.

Following these tips is not enough to ensure you have a great cruise vacation.  But, they will help you avoid some of the more common cruise realted mitakes.  And, if you do run into serious trouble, give us a call.

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We at Hickey Law Firm often recommed our clients, friends, and familile s to stay away from cruising all together.  We have seen just too many cases of negligence, sexual assault, rape. and unsanitary situations to honestly recommend a cruise vacation to anyone.  But, people continue to cruise, with last year seeing Americans tak about 10 million cruises.  Because of this, we are going to point out some of the most common mistakes people make when crusising.  Hopefully this will help you and your family avoid some costly mistakes.

This list is a continuation of our list from yesterday.  Here you will find tips number 4 – 6

4. DO NOT drink too much.  It is soo easy to go overboard with the drinking aboard a cruise ship.  There are countless opportunities to drink, from the bar, to the restaurant, to those helpful employees who just stand around with pre-made drinks ready to sell.  But, drinking too much may come with consequences not usually seen back at home.  For one, you may blow an entire day of your trip hung over.  But, more seriously, numerous sexual assaults and disappearances happen every year aboard cruise ships as a result of over drinking.  Remember to pace yourself.

5. Be aware of your surroundings.  About 50 percent of all cruise ship sexual assaults are perpetrated by cruise line employees, with the other 50 percent being perpetrated by passengers.  Keep a keen eye open and use your common sense.  If you see something that just does not look right, such as a cruise line employee going into a room with a young girl, you may be her last line of defense.  We dont want to be alarmist with this tip, but it is important to use common sense and know what is going on around you.

6. Wash your hands.  Many people have never heard of Norovirus.  If you havent, lets hope you never enounter it while aboard a cruise ship.  It is a highly communicable virus that seems to love cruise ships, among other places.  Washing your hands may help prevent you from getting sick, though that is by no means certain.  If nothing else, it is a good habit.

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We at Hickey Law Firm often recommed our clients, friends, and familile s to stay away from cruising all together.  We have seen just too many cases of negligence, sexual assault, rape. and unsanitary situations to honestly recommend a cruise vacation to anyone.  But, people continue to cruise, with last year seeing Americans tak about 10 million cruises.  Because of this, we are going to point out some of the most common mistakes people make when crusising.  Hopefully this will help you and your family avoid some costly mistakes.

1.  Forgetting to make a packeing list BEFORE the cruise.   Purchasing extras aboard a cruise ship can be expensive.  Whether it be toothpaste or other hygiene products, or even something incase you get an upset stomach, it is a good idea to make a list at home and bring everything you need with you.

2.  Bring anti motionsickness medicine such as Dramamine.  Many people do not expect to have any problems with motion sickness aboard a cruise ship, but the truth is that they can are floating vessels.  They do get tossed to and fro by the water and waves, and it is said that the higher you are on the ship the more you will feel the rocking.  This can cause many people to become ill, leading to all kinds of problems.  Dont forget the anit motion sickness pills.

3. Remember not to drink the water.  This is a BIG one.  There are many destinations where it is safe to drink local water, but there are many more in which the water is unsafe.  It is most advisable that you play it safe and purchase bottled water when possible.  Sure, it will cost an few extra bucks, but plan for that in advance.  The last thing you want is to have your crusie ruined by microscopic bugs in the water.

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