Post # 1
Our family is currently trying to book a cruise for next summer. I would love to go, our baby will be 8/9 months old (depending on the week we pick). Would you recommend cruising with a baby? Has anyone cruises with an infant?
A few of my concerns are:
Food at 9 months old?
Car seat at ports?
Swimming on the cruise? I read that they can’t go in the water, but how would you cool them off in the middle of the summer without sitting inside all day.
Post # 3
I have not personally experienced this, but I went on a cruise in February and we saw quite a lot of people with babies/toddlers.
You should be able to check the cruise line wesite for their guidelines.
Post # 4
Go to http://www.cruisecritic.com and do a search for cruising with a baby. You will get lots of information.
Chances are you should take your own car seat as the availability might be iffy in some ports.
Cruising with a baby is easy. The ship even has crew members who are willing to be hired as sitters if you wnat an adult evening.
Post # 5
Idk it sounds stressful, can you leave the baby at home with a family member and just enjoy the alone time with your husband? I just think that a lot of the activities on a cruise ship are more adult than kid friendly and you’re going to feel like you’re missing out on the full experience
Post # 6
@jules1949- Thanks for the website! I don’t know if I could ever trust those sitters, but the good thing is we will be going with 30+ family members so I’m sure to have a sitter 🙂
@sylvia.riggle- It’s a large family vacation. All immediate and some extended family will be with us. Also, even if vacations might be stressful I do plan on taking my children on a family vacation every year. Just trying to make sure I have everything covered of if there is something that could really prevent us from taking her.
Post # 7
I second cruise critic! I’m a member there.LOL
I don’t have any advice, but we were going to cruise this yr, her at 9 months, but I decided to wait. I couldn’t imagine bringing formula and diapers for 5 or so days. We decided to wait until next summer when she’ll be 21 months. She’ll still be in diapers (although I’ll be trying to potty train,lol) but will be able to eat food on the ship and take a shower with me. The car seat thing freaked me out too.
If you do go, think about a blow up tub, a small one, to give your baby baths in.
Post # 8
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I third cruise critic. Great site and boards! http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?id=628