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Old May 5th, 2004, 08:16 PM
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We are just about to book a cruise that leaves in two weeks on the HAL Zuiderdam and my son is 41/2 (will turn 5 in September.) The kids program starts at 5 years old and the booking agent said that they are pretty strict about adhering to the minimum age because of liability issues, etc. Has anybody out there tried to take a child who is almost 5 into their program? The booking agent said they might be flexible about it or they might not...we won't know until we get there. We were going to try a Disney cruise, but we've been on HAL before and my husbands thinks this is a much better value...is our 4 yr. old going to be miserable if he can't participate in the kid's program or do you think he'll have a great time regardless? Any input would be much appreciated as we have to book by tomorrow...thanks in advance.
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Old May 6th, 2004, 09:40 AM
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Yes, Hal's youth program starts at five. Most cruise lines are pretty stringent about this. However, since most lines don't have a lot of kids on board in May (compared to June-August), they might make an exception once you talk to the youth counselors. But don't go on board expecting that's a definite.
HAL does have private babysitters if you want a night out alone with your husband.
Make sure you read the article on this section that I wrote, "HAL's New family approach" on our recent Zuiderdam cruise.

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Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
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