Depends on the cruise. The one we just went on my son was the third in the room and his cruise was $150 cheaper than the rest of us. Last year he was $110 cheaper (again 3rd in the room). The first two in the room are the listed price and there is usually a break for the 3rd and 4th person in the room.
They don't have "children's prices", just special pricing for the 3rd and 4th person in a room. On my June 26 cruise, it is approx $1200 for the first 2 people and $800 for the 3rd in the same cabin. My sister is bringing her 7 month old along, and she must pay the full 3rd person price $800 for her.
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I was also surprised about kids tickets. My almost 3 year old eats like a mouse and doesn't take up much space. I was surprised to pay half the adult price for him. Oh well, it is going to be well worth it.
And it's not so much the quantity of the food, but the same amount of time (and maybe more since many children order "special" dishes they are willing to eat) is needed to prepare their meails.
A room steward probably has a harder time, in my book, cleaning up after children than adults - or at least MY child! But then again, he's a 13 year old mess. (But I love him to death!).
And then there's the children's programs for which you are not charged extra. On a cruiseline that works to provide a quality program for kids, you are really getting your money's worth IMHO.
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Point well taken. I should know better, I do a lot more clean up and laundry than I did before child, and of course spend more money too. Thanks for pointing those things out. Just goes to show that there is a reason for everything. The cost is worth a great time.
I can understand paying for kids... but $800 for a 7 month old ? thats steep !! its too young for camp, will probably be drinking only formula (parent provided) - ouch, that would hurt my pocket book.... just put the baby in a carry on.... (KIDDING)
I have found that the cost for kids can sometimes be "negotiable", believe it or not. Celebrity agreed that the cost to them for my children (in a less expensive cabin) didn't change if we upgraded to a more expensive cabin... we got their fares at the lower rate for 3rd/4th passengers ($399 instead of $899 in our suite). It helps to have an great TA, too.
So, check for the lowest 3rd/4th rate on your cruise and see if you can negotiate that rate for your cabin category. It's certainly worth a try... and it saved us $1,000!.