If you've sailed on a family-friendly cruise ship, you've probably seen what we've seen: Cannonball splashes at overrun pools, ice cream cones squished on the pool deck, bad buffet line behavior and stampedes of kids running in the hallways.
But don't blame these "kids gone wild" incidents on the cruise line. While cruise lines set and enforce conduct policies, it's a parent's responsibility to ensure their children are aware of -- and abide by -- the rules, both to keep them out of trouble and to keep them safe.
We're not saying that all kids misbehave onboard; many will be well-behaved without additional parental intervention. However, cruise industry associations predict that nearly a third of the 30 million people who cruise each year travel with children ages 18 and under. That represents many opportunities for mayhem.
Here's how to control your brood and be sure you don't become the family other passengers love to hate.