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Don't Let Parents Spoil Your Cruise

by Lauren Johnson

"What are you doing? Where are you going? When will you be back? Who will you be with?" I hear these questions practically every day of my life from my parents, and it tends to get pretty annoying! When I go on a cruise, these are the last things I want to deal with. I'd rather be out having fun with my new friends! However, parents always tend to worry about their "babies," so even when you're on vacation, stuff like this comes up.

Believe it or not, there ARE several ways to keep the relationship between you and your parents stress-free throughout your cruise.

  • Tell them what you're up to! I don't tell my parents every little thing I do, but I try to keep them well informed. This way, they know I'm not doing anything illegal, and they don't worry that I've fallen off the ship.

  • If you're having a blast, tell them. Your parents probably paid a pretty hefty sum for you to go on this cruise, and most parents will appreciate knowing that their kid is getting their money's worth.

  • Try to spend some time with them. Although my main goal on cruises is to get away from my parents, it isn't theirs! Parents bring kids not only so they can have fun, but also so they can see their kids more than they normally do during a typical week.
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  • Stick somewhat with the rules that apply at home. Obviously, the rules are bent somewhat. If you normally have to be home by midnight, I imagine most parents won't stick with this rule while on a cruise. However, it's not a good idea to go off and get drunk! If you use your common sense, you won't get in trouble and you'll still have a fabulous time.

  • Be nice! I try not to publicly diss your parents or give them attitude while on vacation. My parents appreciate it when I go out of my way to be nice to them. If you're nice enough, maybe you can convince them to take you on another cruise!

  • Cruises are awesome vacations. I try not to ruin mine by going at it with my parents! If you're cool to them, they are usually pretty cool to you.

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