Our oldest son is feeling like there won't be much to do for him on the Conquest except to lay around the pool. Anybody else traveled with a cruiser this age? I'd love to share some ideas that others have been able to do to get him fired up about our first cruise.
My 18 year old neice had a blast! She met some other kids her age and they hung out poolside, at the disco and on deck. There was a band poolside and they all sat and drank sodas. There were plenty of girls and boys. We went in late June. Hope this helps
Yes, get him out and meeting others the first day. That is the easiest day because everyone is open to "Hi, my name is" or "Hi, where are you from, etc". Waiting a few days is rougher and of course, he has missed those days.
My son is 19 (20 in Oct) and we will be going on our 4th cruise May 9. He is really really excited. (1st cruise at 10, next at 11, next at 17.) He loves to cruise and even though he isn't really into meeting strangers and hanging out, he always has a blast.
There is lots to do. There will be something that appeals to him.( For example, even the little things like the late night pizza.... Yum.....)
There is always visual bikini fit inspection. At that age that could occupy me for hours at a time. Heck it occupies me now for hours at a time!!
Edited to add:
Since I am happily married I don't try to engage in hands on inspection, but for your son that could be another option.
Nobody mentioned dancing in the Disco. On my Destiny cruise last fall, the disco was open for teens only at one or more times during the week.
I vividly remember making "cruise friends" at that age. It was really fun meeting kids my age from other places and comparing notes about school, college plans, etc. Being able to get on with strangers is actually a very important social skill.