Cruise with an infant?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
23 posts

Adeline4:  Yikes I would not want to. What if your baby gets sick? You’ll be stuck either on a boat or in a different country… Plus, how could you possibly enjoy your vacation? I would guess most cruise lines are NOT baby friendly. I would just ask a relative to watch him if he will be almost a year old

Post # 3
5800 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

With the repeated outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships, no way I’d take a baby on one.

Post # 4
11634 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve seen lots of babies on cruises that I’ve taken.  Most have daycare facilities established so you can enjoy some alone time, too. 

I don’t have kids, so I can’t speak to one being better than another, though!

Post # 5
3217 posts
Sugar bee

it will be fine. Kids are adatable. I think you would probably have an easier time at a resort, but a cruise can certainly be done.

I would not stress about him getting sick, there are doctors onboard, and get him medical insurance and you will be fine.

It will certainly cramp your style in that you will be very limited in what tours and activities you can sign up for, but such is parenthood in general.

Post # 6
58 posts
Worker bee

Adeline4:  your baby will be fine! my mom took me and my brother when we were a few months old!, i plan on taking my baby when he is 9-10 months

also, if your baby gets sick, there is a full hospital aboard.. and nirovirus, i would not worry, look how many cruises sail a year, and they are all fine!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  soccergal7898.
Post # 7
40 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

We love to cruise and plan on doing so next year with our 9 month old.  We prefer Royal Caribbean and most of the bigger ships have dedicated areas for babies!  Any babies/toddlers that are not potty trained cannot go in the regular pools for sanitary reasons but the bigger ships (just call ahead and ask before you book) have a small baby friendly pool and they even have water toys for you to use in that pool!  If the ship does not have a baby friendly pool, then you can bring a small blow-up pool and the staff will fill it up with water for you.  They also have a daycare available on board (room for under 2, room for 2-5 year olds, room for 6-9 year olds, etc).  We went on a cruise for our babymoon and visited the daycare rooms and they were great and the staff was super friendly.  They also offer baby sitters to come to your room (this would be really nice at night).  The staff is really great with kids and really go the extra mile at dinner for the little ones!  I’m not sure why so many people are just turned off by cruising (especially with kids) but we are big fans of it and I’m sure you all would have a blast.  We live close to a couple of ports and they really are easy, stress-free and fairly cheap vacations!  Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Post # 8
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

No way on this earth would I attempt to take a baby let alone almost toddler on a cruise. That just spells trouble.  Save yourself the hassle either have someone watch your child while gone or don’t do the cruise. 

Post # 8
7198 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I second the PP who answered no because of the many outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships lately.

Post # 10
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I wouldn’t take a baby for two reasons:

-Potential illness

-I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my cruise because I’d be taking care of or worrying about my baby in daycare.

Post # 11
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are lots of people who don’t go many places with a baby, and lots that do. We’re the latter – we’re flying to London with our 9 month old today, which is decidedly not baby friendly. I say live your life the way that you want to raise your family! A cruise to me sounds like a very easy family friendly trip. And I certainly wouldn’t worry about illness travelling with a full American style hospital within walking distance. 

Post # 13
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Adeline4:  We took our son on one when he was 6 months old (the minimum allowed).  It was a FANTASTIC experience.  My mother came along to help with him a bit so that we could still do some adult night life.  We went on Carnival because they are super family friendly (and hey it’s cheaper).  People doted on our little one and they were always asking if they could help.  I would highly recommend.  Feel free to PM with any questions!

Post # 14
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Adeline4:  First- take advice from people who have actually done it.  Someone who is horrified at the thought is probaby not going to have much direct knowledge.

Second – the rate of norovirus outbreaks is not as high as  you would believe from wht you see on TV. Of course the media will  focus on the high profile outbreaks.

Last year, the CDC reported only seven confirmed norovirus outbreaks, which came to just 1,238 total afflicted passengers worldwide, or 0.0059 percent of 21 million cruise passengers. In 2012, the agency reported 16 norovirus outbreaks on ships.

Do some research, then make an educated decision.

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Post # 15
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m pregnant for the first time, so I don’t have any experience with this yet, but DH and I are big on cruising. We love it! We also plan to take our kids cruising. So far our only experience is on Carnival. I do know that the daycare they have on board is for only 2 years old and up. So, you wouldn’t be able to send your baby there. Just make sure you look and see what the ages are on different cruiselines for the day care area. I’m not sure how much a 1 year old would care about what they do in the daycare area, but I’ve heard of tons of people with slightly older kids who LOVE going to it. They have lots of activities and stuff for the kids to do and they have a blast. 

As far as the Norvovirus thing, I wouldn’t listen to everyone. The media just loves to paint cruising in a bad light because it sells. The actual amount of people getting Norovirus in comparision to how many people cruise is really small. It’s probably just as prevalent on land. But that’s just not as interesting for the media to talk about. I’m also a nurse. We see plenty of Norovirus on land, too.

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