I am not sure if I am posting this in the right place but I will beg agologies instead of asking permission as they say.
My husband and I are planning our first cruise in February of next year. We have one daughter who will be 14 months old. Not really old enough to care what cruise we go on. Our main concern is to find a place where we can get some babysitting for her since she will really have fun anywhere. So far I am finding that the only place that always has childcare is Disney. Everyone else is saying that they often have crew members that like to make extra money, but that is not definite. My question is, since my husband and I are mainly going on a cruise for us, not for her, is Disney as good or is to kiddy?
I'm not one of these anti-kid people but since you said the main reason for your cruise is for the two of you, can you arrange to leave your little one at home with someone reliable? Disney is definitely geared for families with children. There are adults only areas of the ship, but there is no casino onboard for example. Mainline cruiselines can and I do emphasize can have baby sitting. Your daughter is too young for any of the children's programs. In order to line up baby sitters, you need to get to the port around 11:00AM, board as soon as you can and go to guest relations/purser's desk and arrange for it first thing. There are only limited amount of people available to baby sit.
I'd also consider Carole's suggestion and save the "Disney" cruise for your daughter when she's older and can appreaciate what fun cruising is. This one, take a cruise thats is totally for just you and your husband, so many to choose from. Do you have any other ideas other than the Disney one?
Since posting the original message I have found that in addition to Disney, Royal Carribean and Celebrity offer child care. Based on what I have read here and elsewhere, I think that we will chose one of those options over Disney. We really want a vacation that is more about us than about her at this point.
Now to decide between RC and Celebrity. I know they are owned by the same company, so what is the difference? Thoughts on this?
Hi Erika! We have traveled with two kids <9, 11> on Royal Caribbean and the kids loved it.But they are older and your child would go in another age group. They can't wait to go back cruising. They also have child care after 10pm for a small fee. I can only highly recommend them. It gives the kids stuff to do and it gives parents a break too.A perfect vacation!
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Re: Cruise comparison?
Erika - it all really depends on what you want out of a cruise. If you want a very classic, service-oriented cruise, I would choose Celebrity (and despite what some people say, children are welcome on board, and since she is so young she won't be able to take part in the kid's programs, but I think you will find the staff bending over backwards to please and entertain her). If you want a more laid back but still great cruise I would look at Royal Caribbean - just a little less restrictive in their meal times, etc.
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Thanks all, we did some research and weighed it all out and are doing Celebrity. You all have been so helpful. I am sure I will be back with many more questions.
I wish I could leave on the cruise now. I see from the other messages that others of you are from DC area like me. I think we all deserve a cruise (and a free pass to the gas station of our choice) once this maniac is caught.