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Old February 19th, 2004, 08:43 PM
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Default Line Suggestions with 23 mth. old

As I mentioned in another post, I want to take my son on a cruise this summer, but he will be one month shy of 2 years. Unfortunately, the kid's programs seem to be out due to this month, so now I'm open to any cruise through the Caribbean. I will be in Florida, and prefer to leave from the Tampa port... any idea what line to go through? (specifically given his age)

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Old February 23rd, 2004, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: Line Suggestions with 23 mth. old

Your only option for any care options for a child under two years is Disney Cruise Line. They have a very good nursery for infants through three year olds. My 7 month old did very well on it last year. You book the hours that you want your child to go there once you get aboard ship; it's an hourly fee. DCL leaves from Port Canaveral and has a 3/4 day itinerary and also 7 day Caribbean. See my article "Disney's Magical Nursery" on this family section of CruiseMates.com
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Old February 23rd, 2004, 11:41 AM
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When our daughter was 22 months old we had a good time on a Celebrity ship. I think there are a few that leave out of Tampa. She was too young to use their kids program but we did use their in-cabin baby sitter service each night so that we could go to dinner and a show together. We also took her on Carnival when she was 9 months old and used their group babysitter service. However, that service has limited hours of operation. If I recall correctly it was available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night and during port days. Both lines charge a fee for the service. We liked the Celebrity sitter service better because the hours weren't limited and we really wanted to have a grown-ups only dinner. As you know, meals are not always (if ever) peaceful with a child this age. Cruise meals, which can take 2 hours or more, are even more difficult for little ones to sit through. For me, this is particular frustrating when I'm all dressed up - our daughter, with messy hands and face, would always want me (dressed in my finest dry-cleanables) to hold her when she got tired of the highchair - never daddy.
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