We are taking our first cruise this month on the Carnival Pride. We are very excited, but I am nervous because I am having trouble getting information. I have some questions but am overwhelmed by Carnival's Web site and can't get their forums to load. Hoping someone here who has traveled w/Carnival and kids has answers! - Signed both kids (girl 13, boy 11) up for the kids clubs. If you have kids in these age ranges who have used the kids clubs before can tell me honestly if you think they're going to enjoy that experience or will they feel like they're in daycare? - How much freedom do kids this age have on board? They are used to a certain level of independence. Can they walk from room to pool unchaperoned? Can they sign themselves in to kids club or does an adult have to bring them there and pick them up? Is it as safe as (or safer than?) letting them walk around the mall w/o adult supervision? - We're sailing to Freeport and Nassau - are the shore excursions worth it, or should we venture on our own at port? - IMO, Carnival's Web site provides little info on what to do on board etc. I get they have fitness room, restaurants, etc. Is there somewhere I can see daily planned activities? I am not a "lay by the pool" person. (I am, however, an "eat all you want" person ) - Is the soda card worth it? We do not drink alcohol. Thank you very much in advance to anyone who takes the time to answer any of these questions! I'm sure I have more I haven't thought of yet, so any unsolicited "noob" advice appreciated!