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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Default Alaska with a 35 month old

We're planning on going on an Alaskan cruise in May. My son will be 35 months old and is already potty trained. We want to have the opportunity to go on some shore excursions without him and therefore want to find a ship where we can leave him in a kids program/or with a babysitter while we go on some excursions. So far, it seems as though only Norweigian will let us leave him in their program while we are on the ship....but what about when we go on an excursion? Also, he turns 3 on June 3. Would it be worth waiting until then to go on a trip for a different kids program other than Norweigian?
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Old December 30th, 2005, 12:32 PM
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You could be a bit stuck on this one. A lot of cruise lines have the mininum age for kids clubs 3 and potty trained. I am not sure, but i would double check with RCCL i think that the age breakdown might be 2 and potty-trained to leave him with camp for the day.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 10:43 AM
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On NCL they hae to be 3 and potty trained for you to leave the ship. If not you can leave them in the groupand they will give you a pager to come and change them when needed.

We are looking at going to Alaska in May 2007 and think NCL Star is the best ship for young children. Hopefully we can get DS (will be 4) potty trained by then.
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On NCL, you will be able to go on an excursion and leave your son on the ship since he's the required over 2 years old plus he's potty trained. Carnival accepts kids 2 years and older too in its youth programs. Otherwise, all others require kids to be 3 years old and potty trained. So it's your call whether to go on the May sailing or wait until JUne. You do realize that it'll be a bit nippy in Alaska in May, don't you?

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