Hi all -- glad to see so much experience represented here! We're headed to Alaska in August. My girls are 11 & 9 and will be going on their first cruise. I'm sure Club HAL will be fun for them, but I'm wondering about leaving them in our Verandah suites alone for short periods of time. They are allowed to stay alone at home while I run to the grocery, etc., and follow strict instructions not to answer the phone or door. They think it is a big treat to get to do this! Would we be crazy to let them stay alone while we work out, or have a room service dinner while we go to the dining room? They are good travelers and we eat at nice restaurants together all the time, so having them to dinner with us is not a problem, but I am expecting them to ask permission to "stay in" and need to know how to proceed. We have used walkie-talkies to stay in touch in a Disney resort hotel while I went to fill coffee mugs, but I don't know if they would work on a ship. Anyone know? Thanks!