We are cruising in August and I am leaving my soon to be 1 year old with Grandma. We are taking the two 14 1/2 yr. olds, 9 yr old and 8 year old. I love my kids but my time will be consumed with taking care of the 1 year old and I want to enjoy my first cruise. He will never know that he missed anything and my parents can not wait to get their hands on him. You base your decision on your families needs and wants.