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Old December 29th, 2003, 01:08 PM
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Ok, I think from reading posts, I have this correct:
NCL and Carnival-Accept children as young as 2/Only Carnival changes diapers
RCCL and Princess-Accepts childen at 3/RCCL only if potty trained/Not sure about Princess
Holland America-Accepts children at 5
What about Celebrity? I believe they are also 3/Is potty training also a requirement?
I am wanting to take my son and daughter in law (no children) and my daughter and son in law (3 children) on a cruise next year. The youngest child will be 3 on August but due to medical problems, we are not sure he will be potty trained.
So, should I stick with Carnival where there is no issue and I know he can go to the kids club? I would prefer to cruise Celebrity but I am not sure of their policy. I am looking at the Mercury cruise out of San Francisco doing a small Alaska cruise back to Vancouver. It is 6 days. Any thoughts? I am concerned about taking 3 children (ages 7, 6 and 2) on the Carnival Alaska cruise since the trip into Seward from Atlanta is going to be LONG. Any other thoughts or ideas? The 2 older ones and hubby and I did Carnival to Canada last year. It was GREAT but I want to do something different. Also, we are not lovers of the Caribbean cruises. We have done approx 20 over the last 20 years and really want something different.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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Yes, Becky, you have it correct with the ages of the y outh programs. Celebrity's is also three years and must be potty trained like all the others (except Carnival and NCL). NCL counselors page parents to come change diapers while Carnival's counselors change them themselves.
I agree, it's a long haul to the west coast with a 2 year old. We flew my almost two year old to Hawaii from NJ last year and it had its challenging moments! However, the more he gets used to flying, the better he is on the plane. I'd like to go on an Alaskan cruise with him but since we've been before when my daughter was young, we know the drill. That said, I'm going to wait until he's at least four years old. When both my kids travel to the west coast, they are also awake at about 5 a.m. each day due to the time change. Then with Alaska, you also have the long hours of daylight, making sleep a challenge. However, Alaska is FABULOUS, and you should definitely keep it on your list for the near future.
Here are some other ideas:
*NCL: Norwegian Dawn departs from NYC to the Bahamas, Miami, Port Canaveral. This is a very family friendly ship (great outdoor water play area for little kids) and they do accept 2 year olds in the youth program.
* BERMUDA: There are lots of options of port cities ranging from NYC to BAltimore and I think there are a few departures from Southern ports, which would be convenient for you. This is a great family destination. Check out Celebrity and Carnival's departure cities.
*I strongly suggest a seven day cruise over a 3 or 4 day cruise. The longer ones give kids time to get acclimated to the ship, youth program, etc. and it gives you more time to relax!
Smooth sailing,
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Old December 30th, 2003, 12:18 PM
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I did not realize there was lots for kids to do in Bermuda. I will check them out. Since this is for my daughter's 30th birthday, I would love to stick with Carnival or NCL. That way I know at least for a little while, the kids would have fun in the kids club while we did some adult things. I think I will do at least a 5 day cruise. I am looking at the Pride of America for the 5 day west coast cruise. It looks very interesting. One question I do have is concerning activities on the Pride of America. I know there is no casino but would everything else be similar such as activities, entertainment, etc?
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Old January 1st, 2004, 09:22 AM
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We cruised Hawaii last summer on NCL with our 9 year old and 1-1/2 year old and we loved it! The Pride of America will be even better since you don't have to spend 1-1/2 days cruising to Fanning Island, but will instead just be in the Hawaiian islands which are nicer.
The Pride of America promises to be family friendly and will also have plenty of family and adult oriented activities that relate to Hawaiian culture. My daughter and I enjoyed some of Hawaiian crafts classes that were offered for free and others in our group checked out the Hula classes. NCL does an excellent job incorporating fun Hawaiian cultural activities into on board life. We also loved the Hawaiian dance shows at night too.
Let me know if you have add'l questions.
Happy New Year and smooth sailing!
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