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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if you can suggest any cruises for a single parent traveling with a four year old. I was thinking of taking my four year old daughter on a cruise at the end of June or August 2007. How is it traveling with children on a cruise ship? Are there mostly 2 parent families or are there any single parent families.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Hi Kim,

Of course you can take your 4 year old on a cruise, why not. You both would enjoy it. I would go on Carnival Cruise Lines, Camp Carnival is wonderful and your daughter will have a great time and you wil have some time to enjoy yourself also.

Good luck on what ever your decision is.

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During the summer, I have seen plenty of single parents with kids. For a single parent, this will give you time to yourself and your child should like the children's program. Check out the children's program, so that you can enjoy some adult time.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 09:21 AM
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I think cruising is a great trip for single parents -- you can enjoy some day and evening entertainment on your own in a very safe environment. When my kids were small, my husband and I would take turns putting them to bed early and the other can go out on their own for a show, gambling, etc. I always feel very comfortable exploring the ship on my own at night -- can't say I would in an unfamiliar city or other vacation scenarious.

Let us know what you decide. I think you should look into Carnival or Royal Caribbean.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:56 PM
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for your advice everyone. I booked a 7 day Carnival cruise August 26th on the Valor from Miami. I am going to post on the cruise meets board. I am looking forward to it!
Kim
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Good for you Kim,

I know you and your son will have a great time. ENJOY
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Old May 14th, 2007, 10:51 PM
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OOOPPPPSSSS, sorry Kim on my last post I said 4 year old son, I mean to say daughter.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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So glad to hear you booked a Carnival cruise! I have a feeling it will be your new mode of vacationing with your child!

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Old June 10th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Just curious:

For all you single parents out there who take their children on cruises....

Do all of you have letters from the child's father that you may take them, or a letter stating you are the custodial parent?

any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old June 11th, 2007, 11:13 AM
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Good point -- I always suggest that when you're traveling out of the country without your child's father or mother, you should bring a document signed by them giving permission for you to take them outside the U.S. This seems to be more of an issue for Mexico -- especially on land trips to Mexico -- due to some parents trying to kidnap their child to a foreign country if involved in a messy custody suit. Better safe to have a doc than not...

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