We do not have children. Yes, everyone has the right enjoy the vacation they paid for, but I do not think it gives anyone the right to be rude or inconsiderate of others. This applies to adults not just children. We are all traveling on a small, self contained community at sea.
If children are out of control, I blame the parents for the lack of discipline and not teaching their children to respect others, In the "animal" world, if a "child" is out of order, it gets kicked, bit and/or swatted - animals teach their offspring boundaries and respect!!! Are you going to let your child jump into a blazing fire pit when they are challenging your authority?
We have never really had a problem with kids on the cruises we took with one exception. The few kids chasing each other down the hall would stop, look embarassed and apologize to us as they approached and saw us. They were very polite. Carnival staff would stop any horseplay as soon as they saw it. On over 8 cruises, this may have happened only a few times.
Our exception was on a cruise where a teenage girl decided to go party then hide from her parents. Around 2:00 a.m. the loudspeaker was blaring requesting she return to her cabin - this went on for about every 10 minutes for what seemed like a few hours. We do not know the time because we kept trying to go back to sleep. The next morning, mom and daughter were escorted off the ship - permanently.
Our opinion is Carnival keeps things well under control with both children and adults. Don't worry about your cruise, just go and enjoy it!
PLEASE RETURN THE PRIDE TO LONG BEACH!!!
~ Next: Carnival Splendor & Carnival Miracle
~ Carnival Inspiration - Baja 4-day - February 2012
~ Carnival Spirit - Mexico - October 2011
~ Carnival Splendor - Mexican Riviera - November 2009, October 2010
~ Carnival Paradise - Baja 4-day - June 2009, Dec. 2009, March 2010
~ Carnival Splendor - Victoria & Vancouver, Canada - May 2009 ` FABULOUS!
~ Carnival Paradise - Baja 3-day - July 2008 - PLATINUM CONCIERGE CLASS!!!
~ Carnival Pride - Mexican Riviera - Oct 2008; Dec 2003, Feb 2005, Dec 2006, Jan 2008
~ Sapphire Princess - MR - March 2006 - AWFUL, NEVER AGAIN!!!
~ RCCL Vision of the Seas - Mexican Riviera - December 2002
~ Carnival Tropicale - January 1995, December 1997
~ Carnival Tropicale - Mexican Riviera - November 1983 1984 1985