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Old July 19th, 2001, 10:50 AM
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Default Cruising with babies

I will cruising next July on the Destiny. I will have a 4 month old baby, and i am trying to decide whether to take it or not. What are the services for a baby this small. Also, does anyone know how much it would cost? I need HELP!!!!
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Old July 19th, 2001, 12:45 PM
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Tiffany,

I cruised on the Fantasy with our 11 month old son about two months ago. It's up to you. Let me tell you. We had a wonderful time and so did he. We spent a lot of time in the family pool and the children pool. We had a wonderful vacation, however the things you can do are limited. First of all, we didn't do any of the midnight buffets, because he was asleep and we didn't have the heart to wake him up. Secondly, we did not go to any of the bars for obvious reasons, but we're not drinkers anyway. It all depends on what you want to do. We had a great time, and would do it again with him if we could, but just be aware that you will be limited in to what you can do. Also, they will charge you a 3rd person rate. Just because it's an infant does not matter. We paid full rate for him even though he did not even eat regular food at that stage. All in all, we had a lot of fun, but it was more family fun instead of as a couple. I hope this helps.

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Old July 22nd, 2001, 07:30 PM
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Tiffany,
We have been debating since our son was born about whether to take him with us on a cruise. I think it's truly a personal decision...you know the needs of your baby and how he/she can handle a trip. For us, we haven't yet taken our son, who is almost 2, partly because it's good for our sanity level to have a little time alone. We are thinking of a Disney cruise next year and bringing some other family members along. Just some things for you to consider: shore excursions may be difficult for you. For example, we are going to Jamaica on our next cruise and have never been to the Falls - children aren't allowed on this excursion. Also, you'll have to pack a lot for your child - stroller, food, formula/milk. Depending on the type of room that you get, you may not have access to a refrigerator, which may present a problem to keep milk/formula cold. Also, dinners sometimes last as long as 2 hours. I don't know how your child does for that length of time, but you may need to be prepared to be up and down throughout the meal if your child is fussy. My husband and I like to go to the casino, which can be extremely smokey, so that may not be the best place to take your child if you like to gamble. As far as the upside, I think the staff will go out of their way to accomodate you. We've taken notice at other families cruising with children and the wait staff is constantly doing things to make kids laugh, etc. Just remember, you'll have to pay for your child. Just because he/she is under 2 doesn't mean that you don't have to pay for them to cruise, which seems a little odd to us. We've gotten a lot of advice from other cruisers about traveling with children. If you want to email us directly, please feel free to and we'll try to answer any specific questions you may have.
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