(Closed) Carnival Cruise + 10/11 Month Old

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

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
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

     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
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Bar Harbor Inn

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 # 7
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
85 posts
Worker bee

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
9698 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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. 

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