We are sailing on the Rhapsody of the Seas and I was wondering if anyone could give us an idea on how the tables are arranged. Do they have booths on the ship? We are supposed to have a small table in the early dining. My son is 3 and does pretty well when we eat out, long dinners shouldn't matter too much to him because he's a very slow eater. But, when we go out, he either sits in a portable booster seat, a high chair (getting too big for them) or in a booth without a booster. The majority of the time, we take a portable booster chair with us that we can harness him into. He does very wel in this booster. Would it be crazy to bring this booster seat with us? Most of the commercial booster chairs we see just give him height and do not keep him in place. I really don't think he's mature enough to sit in a regular chair without getting up and running around. I don't want him to disturb other passengers, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Our son is the same way, but we havent used booster seats in ages (hes 3 now too) when we eat out since hes up all the time anyways. We too try to get a booth. He usually gets up and switches seats, play under the table (didnt we all do that at some point), etc when we eat out regardless of the table arrangement, and its no different on a cruise. We try to keep him away from the railing if seated next to the balcony, and out of the traffic (waiters). To keep him in his seat we bring along some small toys (cars, a new Leapster which he loves, books, etc) that are new to keep in occupied until his food comes (which they usually bring with our first course). Occasionally to take a break we walk outside for a few minutes then return to finish eating. Our son is used to eating out a few times a week so its not a major issue, but it was lot easier when he was 1! I think they do have boosters available and you could always try it out. To bring your own is just one more thing you have to haul (like you dont have enough already!)
At home we use a portable high chair/slash booster since our chairs are low. You can strap it to a chair, and strap him in. We leave the table part off and just use our table. It folds up (not real small, but ok) and the straps can be reeled in. Ive seen them at Walmart, and Babies R Us. Ours is blue and yellow I think.
Your home booster sounds like the one that we have. It was the best $8.00 I've ever spent. I bought mine used. He doesn't seem to mind sitting in it and it keeps him in his chair. We just use it in restaurants or at his grandmother's house. Its bulky, but it sure makes dinner more manageable. I can't stand it when he gets up and moves around or lays down on the bench when we're eating. So, its probably more of a convenience for me than him. When he balks at sitting in it, we go with the flow, but that is very rare. We usually take colors and 1-3 of his Thomas engines and he's usually pretty happy. He's a very outgoing boy and nobody is a stranger to him.
Thanks for responding. I've seen several of your postings and you really seem to have good advice.
RCI is ver yfamily friendly and you shouldn't have a problem getting either a booster or hi-chair upon request. Ask your dinner waiter the first night and ask the bus boys in buffet area for other meals.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor