it will horrify you to know that cruises are now being promoted by Australian travel agents as the "ideal family vacation for families with your children"
We try to take an international vacation every 2 years, and will next year take our 4 year old to Alaska. We believe it is all part of his learning.
Our initial plan was to take him to Europe, though a cruise sounded more appealing than dragging him from train to train etc, as we had done on our vacations before we were blessed with this little guy.
We have taken Thomas to Hong Kong and even hiking around Tasmania, and we feel proud that he has been exposed to so much from an early age. He has visited nearly every state in Australia.
Family vacations like this give children a chance to mingle with others from different cultures etc and will hopefully result in them being far less insular in the future. It's a BIG world out there!
our child has never been babysat and we are not about to leave him with relations in another hemisphere because this happens to be a more convenient and economical time to realise one of our many dreams.
> Yes, we do have kids and they are well adjusted and overall
> great kids. However, we need our time too. When we go on a
> cruise the kids stay home! when they are older (12) and can
> appreciate the cruise we will take them with us.
> Inconsiderate parents who take an infant or toddler on a
> cruise amazes me. We see parents on tours pushing a baby
> stoller! That is ridiculous. Why??? When we have our
> wonderful meal in the dining room, the last thing we want to
> hear is a crying baby or screaming toddler....it is'nt
> Mcdonalds. Cruises are not kid oriented. Sure the cruise
> line will have things for kids to do(like a daycare)....but
> that is because they want mommy and daddy's money for the
> cruise. But that does not change the fact that cruises are
> basically young adult to older adult oriented. Of course,
> some parents will bring babies and toddlers and will be upset
> at my viewpoint. Thats okay
. As long as my wife and I
> don't have to share a dinner table with a crying baby or
> unruly toddler we will tolerate it. thanks