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Old August 1st, 2011, 02:04 PM
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Default 2 Adults and 2 preschoolers in an inside stateroom?

Would you do it? Did you do it (and survived)? Would you do it again?

As long as there is a place to sleep for us four (the kids will be almost 3 and almost 5 at time of travel so would need actual beds as opposed to bringing in a PNP or crib) we are considering getting the least expensive cabin possible.

We really want and feel we need a vacation and this one is already pushed out to April of 2013 so if we can make it even more affordable, we won't have to push it out anymore! lol
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Call a cruise travel specialist agency,and they can really walk you through what the best cabin/location is for you. If you get one with the pull down bunk, and, use the couch, that will give you more valuable floor space.
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My son and his wife did this with a 4- and 6-year old. They had the standard queen bed, and the kids were on pull-down bunks on the side walls. No problems at all, except for the one night when one of the kids dropped his stuffed frog on my sleeping son.

To make it easier, PACK LIGHTLY! And keep everyone's stuff organized and out of the way.
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My daughter will be doing this on a cruise in 2012 .
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Personally, that does not sound like my idea of a good time. I waited till the kids were a bit older and booked 2 cabins. When the boys were younger we did plenty, just not family cruising. But hey, that's just my take on it...
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I will be cruise in 2.5 weeks with 3 adults and 3 small children in two cabins. My husband and I will keep the 7 month old, and my mom will take the 2 and 4 year old next door to us. Its not exactly like your situation, but I still expect it to be a little crazy, hahaha! I will post details on how everything goes when we get home
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Would love to hear if the original poster ended up doing this. That is what we are doing. Alaskan cruise on the Norwegian Jewel inside stateroom with a 2.5 yo and a 5 yo.
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Call a cruise travel specialist agency,and they can really walk you through what the best cabin/location is for you. If you get one with the pull down bunk, and, use the couch, that will give you more valuable floor space.
I agree, and some of the cruise line websites now show you the available cabins and bed options...maybe give it a try?
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Some cruise cabins have pull-down bunks precisely for a small family like yours. It may save you some money. Let your travel agent know about this concern. I’m sure she can help you work it out.
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Would love to hear if the original poster ended up doing this. That is what we are doing. Alaskan cruise on the Norwegian Jewel inside stateroom with a 2.5 yo and a 5 yo.

I'm the original poster Turns out we still haven't actually cruised. BUT we do finally have one booked for this November (kids will be 6.5 and 4.5) on NCL Breakaway. We went for a family balcony but we are in fact squishing all four of ourselves inside. After having had several vacations now with our kiddos, one room suits us just fine. We are the type to go until we drop so we basically need a place to crash. The balcony was a last second splurge - andplusalso it'll give us a chance to talk to our next door neighbor friends if they can connect our balconies
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Thanks! Ours leaves this Saturday!! (NCL Jewel to Alaska), getting very nervous and very excited. Wish our youngest (2.5) was a tad older so he could be dropped off with his brother at the 3-5 complimentary Splash Academy but we'll somehow make it work. We are in an inside cabin and the agent said there will be a pull down bed on the wall as well as a second bed next to the sitting area in the cabin from what it sounded like. I'll post pics and stuff once we get back. I have been wanting to go on another cruise since our honeymoon and this was finally our chance so I didn't want to wait anymore (10th anniversary vacation), though if I had more patience, I should have waited until the youngest was 3 lol.
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As promised, here are the pics of the inside cabin (NCL Jewel), the bottom bunk can be raised to be at the same level as the main bed, but we didn't want that. We had a wonderful trip. Our younger son is 2.5 and while all the "family" activities were perfect for his age, the "guppies" activities were a bit below his level (would be great for an 18 month old I think). He loved getting to see and meet Dora. My older son who is 5 had a blast at the Splash Academy. Most of the time both boys were with us though and the sailing made everyone a bit more tired so we napped every day (often my husband napped with the boys while I went off by myself)
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