I just read an article ... on another forum, actually, where this subject was broached. There are across-the-board policies on all the major cruise lines that stipulate that the minimum age for embarkation is 6 months for Alaska and US cruises, and one year for everything else.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong!
Costa Atlantica 3/03
Celebrity Century 11/03
HAL Oosterdam 3/04
Celebrity Century 11/04
MSC Opera 2/05
Celebrity Constellation 11/05
Celebrity GALAXY 1/06
NCL Norwegian Dream 2/06
Celebrity CENTURY 4/06
Celebrity Summit 9/06
A lot depends on the infant and your doctor. Some doctors are reluctant because an environment like a cruise ship is very contained and germs are easily spread. Just look at the problems when the Norwalk virus hits any ship. Infants don't have immune systems to fights germs like that. Also, if your baby isn't sleeping through the night, believe me that a crying infant won't make you popular with your neighbors. Those walls can be terribly thin with a screaming infant.
I'm interested in your reply as well. We are taking a 11 month infant on the Zenith in March.
This will be our baby boy's 2nd cruise so I can weigh in a little. He cruised on Disney Cruise Line when he was 4 months old. It went fantastic. You just have to go in with the expectation that you can't constantly blow and go. It is actually easier I think when they are that age and can't crawl or walk and get into things. Disney has an infant nursery - Flounders - which was great. The staff really doted and loved on him there and his was very content. Most of the time he was with Mama and Daddy though. Went well. Can elaborate more if you want.
Big sister went too and was 5 years old at the time. She has been on 3 cruises, all on Disney at age 3, 4, and 5. This will be our first time on Celebrity and her 4th cruise.
We are very nervous about leaving Disney for this cruise but the price was 2000 dollars less for the dates we chose.
I've posted this in a couple of places, but just in case you haven't read it please be careful.
"We just got home from our cruise and I'm too tired to post much, but this needs to be reported.
We were on a tender waiting to go back on the ship. We were about the sixth people in line. The gangway was very short, only about 4 feet from the tender to the ship with two feet or less between the two. It was one person wide. There were handrails, but the area between them and the gangway was open.
A father had a baby in a stroller. He took the front end and one of NCL's employee's took the back. About halfway across the stroller tipped to one side and the baby (about 3 or 4 months old) fell out, just inches from the edge of the gangway. If the baby had rolled just a couple of inches it would have fallen into the ocean between the tender and the ship!
Thankfully, the NCL employee scooped the baby up while the mother who was behind him was screaming "The baby fell out!"
This was one of the most frightening things I've ever seen in my life! I'm sure if the baby had rolled off between the tender and the ship all of the crew members would have gone in after it, but even the smallest crew member probably wouldn't have fit or would have been crushed between the ship and the tender.
Please, oh please, if you are taking a tender either carry your baby (in a sling) or make absolutely sure that it is firmly strapped into the stroller.
I would hate to see this happen to anyone else."
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