Can anyone enlighten us as to why RCI considers an 18 month old baby a 3rd person in a cabin and charges 3rd person fare.
We can understand charging for older children, but a baby does not eat in the dining room nor incure any significant cost for RCI on a cruise. We were planning a family cruise and RCI asked over $650 for the baby's fare on the Explorer.
We went on Sovereign of the Seas in March with our 6 month old in March '01 and had a great time. Other than not being able to go to the evening shows and the late night disco, we were able to do everything we had done on earlier cruises, including going to the beach and laying by the pool on our day at sea. And I was surprised as to how many children his approx. age were on the ship. We went a 4 day instead of the 7 to make sure he would be fine and he slept like a baby. We even stayed a couple of days after and went to Cape Canaveral and he was fine. I'm sure one of the problems cruise lines have if they went to charging or not charging for certain ages would be people booking a cruise saying they have a 18 month old if the cutoff was 2 yrs. just so they wouldn't have to pay. By the time you would get to the ship, it would be to late for the cruise line to do anything about it. But if you want to pay, going a cruise is a great experience for a child and anyone saying that age should not go on cruise is wrong. Have a great trip.
Mny thanks for your input. We overlooked the obvious like clean-up, etc. We're planning to take our children and grand-children on the Explorerfor our 50th anniversary and were surprised at the baby's fare. We're over it now. Thanks again.