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.
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.
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.
2 Royal Caribbean
1 American Hawaii
Holland America 1/15/11
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.
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...
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor