Post # 1
My family is planning on going on a cruise to the Bahamas. We are planning to go on the Carnival Fantasy. When we go our son will be about 10-11 months old depending on when we go. I have been researching and still cannot find a lot of information about traveling with Carnival and a child less than 1 year old. I know that he will not be able to do any childcare options because he will be under 2 but as far as packing and pool usage and everything else I can’t find a lot of information specific to Carnival.
Anyone ever been on Carnival with child less than 1? Any information Any tips/advice? I would appreciate ANY information!
Post # 2
fiji24: Before booking your tickets, talk to your pediatrician first and make sure there’s some kind of baby Dramamine product on the market that will be safe for your child. I wouldn’t even consider getting on a cruise ship without taking Dramamine for a few days in preparation. I learned that the hard way on my first cruise years ago. I have never been so ill in my life as when I got seasick. EVER. I can’t imagine how miserable it would be for an infant. Oh and be sure to bring tons of disposable diapers and baby wipes!
Post # 3
fiji24: I don’t want to be a downer, but I’m gonna anyway.
I wouldn’t do this. They are getting so mobile at that age, I can’t see this trip being a lot of fun. For you or baby.
My good friend took a cruise last year. Her 4yo and 8yo went, the 1yo stayed with grandma and grandpa. She said it was the best decision ever.
I’ve traveled with an infant, on planes and trains and in hotels. That’s hard enough, even staying with family, but being confined on a ship for some reason, makes me feel like I’d lose my mind.
If anything talk to your ped and call the cruise ship directly.
Post # 4
I just got done with a Carnival cruise about a month ago. I saw a handful of parents with babies around 6-9 mos, so its definitely allowed. I remember thinking I wouldn’t want to have a child that young on the cruise though. We had to constantly walk through the casino and it was heavy with smoke. You could go around it, but you would have had to go to a different floor and it would’ve been awkward. The buffet and pool areas are so full of people that you are practically on top of each other. Older kids are running around in soaking wet bathing suits on slick floors. The whole thing would just make me too nervous with an infant. It was loud and overwelming for me. I can’t even imagine how a baby would feel.
When you say “your family”, I’m not sure if you just mean you and your husband or extended family. If its extended family, I understand you not wanting to miss out. I would probably go too, and I’m sure you’d have fun, but I think it will be hard. If it is just your husband, you and your baby, I would postpone it til the baby is older.
Also, part of the fun with cruises are docking and going on different excursions. I think most of the excusrions would be hard with an infant. I kind of thought you could just go to the beach when you dock, but neither of the places we docked had a nearby beach. For the transportation to and from the excursions, there was a lot of waiting, in lines, outside, in the hot sun.
Post # 5
We just got back from a cruise. Taking a young child would be awful. Not really much of a vacation for you. The pools are so crowded I think it will be difficult to have the baby do that. The activities are geared towards children much older than your child. The adult activities are not young child friendly either. I just don’t understand what there will be for you to do. Hopefully family will take the baby at times so you can have a good time.
Post # 6
fiji24: CruiseCritic is a good resource. Do some searching for your ship/child on their Boards.
They do have times when they offer care to under 2 year olds for a fee.
Post # 7
I did a Carnival cruise with my son when he was 6 months and a Disney cruise when my sonw as 23 months and daughter was 5 months. Both were amazing and wonderful experiences. Feel free to PM me with questions. 🙂
Post # 8
I took my little boy on a Carnival cruise and it was a great experience. It wasn’t until we got back and I looked at photos like this one that the recurrent nightmares started. I’m thinking, couldn’t a young child climb up the rails and fall right over. Literally makes me extremely sick, would not do again 😐
Post # 9
TBH- I wouldn’t for fear of a Noro Virus outbreak and other germy issues. They’re kind of floating cesspools and I wouldn’t subject myself much less a bebe with weak immume system to that. I had Noro in college and it was brutal. Lost 15 lbs in a week. Went unconscious and was admitted to the hospital.
Cruise Out of Control: The 13 Worst Norovirus Outbreaks on Cruise Ships
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! We have decided not to go. The trip was with my husband’s family. It was his mom and dad, his 2 sisters, and their 3 children (1st grade-7th grade), plus us. We go on a summer vacation with them every year and this was the vacation they had planned. 2 years ago we all went on a Disney cruise and LOVED it!
We did more research and based on what we found plus comments from you all and we just decided it wasn’t a good idea. We weren’t worried about us not having a vacation. We were both fine with things being super busy for us but until I started researching I didn’t realize quite how tough it would be for baby.
We told his family that we weren’t going to be able to go with them. They have decided we will just do the beach this year — I feel so guilty and we told them to go ahead but they said we would just plan a cruise when he gets a little older. I’m so blessed with amazing in-laws.
I so appreciate all of everyone’s help!