Three families with grandparents are all booked a March 2008 cruise through the Panama Canal on Princess Cruise Lines.
One family (never cruised before) has a then to be 5 year old and a 2 year old. They are planning to bring both kids.
My family (never cruised before) has a then to be 2 1/2 year old. We are completely unsure if we should be bringing him along given what appears to be very restrictive requirements for potty training and possible difficulties obtaining babysitting. If the Grandparents were not booking and paying for this trip, we would have waited another few years before attempting a cruise.
My questions are...
- What have other people witnessed or experienced from parents that brought along a 2 to 3 year old on a cruise? Were the parents completely frazzled looking?
- Should kids this age stay home while the parents go?
- Is it fair to the other passenger to have to deal with a disruptive toddler during dinner etc?
- Will a child this age get anything out of the cruise?