Myself, husband and at the time my son will be turning 11months will be taking a short 4 night cruise to the bahamas.
The reason i feel bad about taking my son is because of all the negative feed back i get when i read some of the responses about people and infants on a cruise..Some people makes it seems like its a crime to have kids. A part of me feels like i really don't care what people say and another part makes me feel uncomfortable,because i would hate to go on the cruise and people are looking at us "like why did she bring this small child on this boat".Keep in mind i am a new mom and do not know how an eleven month old acts, but like i said to my husband if we made it pass the newborn stage we can handle a cruise lol.
My question is to all the parents who took their young children did you feel uncomfortable and also was the experience worth it.
I am in a similar situation as you in that my wife and I will be taking our daughter on an 8 day cruise to the W. Carib. She will also be 11 months old when we travel. I agree that there is a slight negative attitude about infants on a cruise but to be honest- I don't care about what others might think about me doing so.
Now, in preparation of the cruise we have been heavily socializing our daughter. She enjoys new faces and always ready with a smile to win over any "sour pusses". I think doing this will only help us onboard.
When she gets tired, like all babies do, she lets us know with a whine and a rubbing of the eyes. When this happens I will make sure that no one has to sit and listen to a bawling baby- I will act responsibly and excuse ourselves from anything we may be possibly disturbing.
The negative attitude comes towards parents that don't or won't act this way and don't perform their parental duties. I don't want to listen to an infant cry continuously through a formal dinner and I don't think others want this either. No one wants the fuss of a baby to interrupt a show.
Then again I think the same people don't want some drunk ruining the same things either.
So relax and enjoy your cruise with your family, act responsibly and I think you'll find many people will enjoy seeing your infant.
I would like to take my daughter & my only brand new grandson (Travis) on a short cruise also.... My daughter has been on 2 cruises with us, her last she was into her 3rd trimister (sp)..... Think of all the old folks who have not seen their own grandchildren enough & may want to spoil your infant a little..... Throw the drunks overboard & bring on the babys...
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take the kid, have a wonderful time!!! i would guess that for every 1 complaint there will be about 1000 who would have no problem with a child. cant make them all happy ALL the time!
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As mentioned above it’s all about parental responsibility. I don’t know many people that are against infants on a cruise. They are more than likely talking about problems with the parents. For example a small number of parents refuse to take a loud and unhappy child out of the theater during a performance or the main dining room during a nice meal. As long as you are respectful of other people’s solitude/enjoyment, which it sounds like you would be, no one should have a problem with it.
I used to be one of those lugheads seeing parents bringing kids on board and thinking "WHY?"......., until I had one myself!
But we went ahead and booked our next cruise when she was 13 months, without her, for a quick 5 day cruise.
WE WERE MISERABLE, and missed her dearly.
Just remember, no one wants to hear your baby cry, and don't put on a production show with all the paraphenalia, and you'll be fine.
She will be on her 7th cruise this coming year.
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