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JLI219 October 5th, 2011 12:33 PM

Cruising with a 4 & 2 year old
 
Hi,

To the people that have cruised with young kids, or any others that may have an opinion. What type of room did you book, and did you feel you had booked the right one or wished you'd spent more and gone with a bigger room?

Thanks,
Jeff

flowers October 5th, 2011 03:43 PM

With Carnival, most all the cabins are the same size, so unless you get a OV on a conquest class or a suite, it doesnt really make a difference size wise what cabin you book.

Other than considering connecting cabins for more space, and paying for two cabins, book whatever sounds good to you.

fun2cruiz October 5th, 2011 03:55 PM

when my children were younger and of that age cruising, we all managed to survive in a regular oceanview stateroom..... two lower beds for the adults and two upper berths or a rollaway and upper for the kids. Little ones can be messy and make for more work by all staff onboard the ship i.e. stateroom attendant, dining staff, etc.....You will appreciate all they do to make you and your children happy and make things easy for you.... so please don't reduce the gratuities because of their age ! ;)

Fern October 5th, 2011 08:29 PM

This is JMHO, but I would not book a balcony cabin with children this young. As you probably know, they're smarter than they look :D and could easily bypass the locks and climb on the balcony furniture :shock:!

I'd book an oceanview cabin so you have some sunlight. A cabin that sleeps 4 will have either 2 overhead bunks (along with 2 "on the floor" beds) or 1 bunk and a pull out sofa. Your Room Steward can furnish you with guard rails as/if needed.

If there's a pull out sofa bed you might want to put both of them there.

Have a wonderful cruise!

melissaj426 October 6th, 2011 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fern (Post 1395666)
This is JMHO, but I would not book a balcony cabin with children this young. As you probably know, they're smarter than they look :D and could easily bypass the locks and climb on the balcony furniture :shock:!

I'd book an oceanview cabin so you have some sunlight. A cabin that sleeps 4 will have either 2 overhead bunks (along with 2 "on the floor" beds) or 1 bunk and a pull out sofa. Your Room Steward can furnish you with guard rails as/if needed.

If there's a pull out sofa bed you might want to put both of them there.

Have a wonderful cruise!

Have you experienced or seen someone receive guard rails for children? I called Carnival yesterday and they advised me the only guard rails are the one already installed on the upper bed and that rails are not available for other beds.

Fern October 6th, 2011 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by melissaj426 (Post 1395731)
Have you experienced or seen someone receive guard rails for children? I called Carnival yesterday and they advised me the only guard rails are the one already installed on the upper bed and that rails are not available for other beds.

I'm sorry, Melissa :(, I was going by what I've seen (a while ago) and read. What you were told is most probably true (although you might want to call again to be sure).

I hope someone who has more experience will come along and help you :)!

newmomma October 19th, 2011 10:06 PM

We are cruising with our boys (4 and 2) in January 2012 on the Destiny. We've booked a balcony room. We've cruised with our oldest twice before, when he was 6months and then 18months. We enjoyed the feeling of a bigger room with the light from the balcony doors. We were able to enjoy the sun/stars when our wee man was napping/sleeping. You'll probably have booked by the time we cruise with the 2 of them.


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