Will be cruising on Century this summer with a 4-month old. We've booked a family cabin with two separate sleeping areas separated by a glass door/divider so space shouldn't be a problem with the crib, stroller, etc.
Figured it would be easier to travel with an infant than a toddler so we opted to go this summer rather than wait for the baby to get older.
Would appreciate comments/suggestions from anyone who has cruised with an infant.
wow really i thought it would be easier to travel with a toddler than an infant. thats why we waited. she actually just turned a year old and she will be 13 months old when we go in 2 wks. but i guess it just depends upon the person. i figured it would be a little more hectic with a small infant...trying to go on excursions, or going to the beach and just dealing with the heat. i thought it would be hard doing that with just a 1yr old. especially the heat part . but hey ..more power to ya! i'm sure tons of people do it. i just know i couldnt handle it. i hope you have a great cruise!!!!
I'm the family cruise editor here and we sailed last year with my son when he was 7 months old and again when has was 9 months and 18 months old. As long as you are prepared that this vacation will be different from ones prior to having a child, I think you'll have a lovely time. While packing for a cruise with an infant is a big task, once you're on the ship everyone is very helpful. Also, what's nice is that you and your husband can take turns going to see a show, etc at night while one stays with the sleeping baby. Make sure you read my article on this site called "Bringing the Baby" (or maybe it's "Taking the Baby") for lots of helpful hints on packing, etc. What's nice about traveling with an infant that age is that they sleep anywhere easily (stroller, etc) vs. a toddler does much better with a more regular nap/sleep schedule. Glad to hear you are cruising as a family -- you'll get hooked for more in the future! (My 9 year old has been on 13 cruises and loved them all!)
Let me know if you have add'l Q's.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
I have a similar dilemma as lysolq. My wife and I are planning for a 7 days cruise on 3 August 2003 on Norwegian Wind to Alaska from Vancouver (R/T). I am quite concerned about taking our newborn ( who will be 4 months old in August) on this cruise. But then again, being parents, it would be hard to part from the baby for more than a week if we leave her w/ grandparents. I am planning to take the travel insurance and then see in August if we really want to take her (depending on health / habits etc.).
Please advise if the Alaska cruise has any specific issues/concerns regarding travelling with infants. I would be really looking forward to hear from Luisa (family cruise editor) and other comments are most welcome. Thanks a lot.
Actually, I think Alaska is a perfect destination for an infant. (My son was 7 months old last year when we took him on his first cruise to the Bahamas/Caribbean. It was rather hot for him and very sunny for a newborn's skin!) A baby that size will be happy to hang out in a stroller or your arms as you sit on deck and watch the beautiful Alaskan scenery go by! (glaciers, birdlife, forests, etc.) Also, you may want to take turns with your wife when in port whereby one stays in town with the baby and can explore via stroller while the other goes on a shore excursion. There are wonderful shore excursions in Alaska (small planes over glaciers, hiking, fishing, train rides, etc.) but they're not very appropriate for an infant. But since these are group excursions via the ship, I have felt comfortable in the past to once in a while go on a tour while my husband stays with the kids.
Lastly, make sure you read my article on "Taking (or is it "Bringing"?) the Baby" for lots of tips on cruising with a little one.
I hope you decide to go. Let me know if you have any more questions. Maybe you want to post your own message to make sure I don't miss it.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
even though .. i probablly wouldnt go with my baby if she was 4months old (but thats only me..i dont think i could handle it) i think its great you guys are taking your children. especially hearing fathers wanting to do this. i have been hearing alot lately how it wasnt a good idea to bring children along with you on a cruise, which bothered me alot if you see from my ppost children not wanted, because who would not love to spend time with their children especially when they are so young, why not bring them along, they would probably love it. and to be able to say ..yeah my kids are well traveled. i have to give much respect to you guys and all those parents who decide to bring their children with them and NOT STICK THEM in kids camp on the boat all day, everyday. i mean its of course fine to use... i'm sure i'll use it a few times when my daughter is old enough for the next cruise. but not all day long ..every day ..so much that you dont even see them. unless they want to be there. ok ok ok anyway i'm rambling now so i will shut up. but i really do admire you guys for bringing baby!