Post # 1
Hey Ladies the Fi and I are getting married in 7 months and 9 days. And we have a 7 year old daughter. We were discussing about taking her with us on our honeymoon just in case both of our mothers aren’t able to take off to babysitt. We would do a cruise so that way could put our daughter in the kid activities on the ship. Is this a good idea or a bad one?
Post # 3
@Msmarie31: We took our 9 year old on our ‘honeymoon’…. along with both my parents and my husband’s mom. It was literally the only way we were getting any kind of vacation, ha.
It wasn’t bad, honestly. It was nice to get to do some fun things with our daughter and see things with her, and then we were able to do things alone too, when she stayed with her grandparents (it seems like you’ll get some freedom when your child is in the kid’s activities). My only question would be the sleeping situation – with a child that young, she can’t really stay in her own cabin on a cruise, I’d assume.
Post # 4
@kittyface: no she would be in a cabin with us.
Post # 5
@Msmarie31: i love that you want to involve your child. it’s so important to make them feel like a family.
when i got married previously, my son was 12 or 13. we took 2 honeymoons. one was family/child-friendly to his favourite theme park where we stayed onsite for 3 days in a 2 bedroom suite and the other was a romantic trip for 2 to the bahamas for a week.
it’s nice to spend some time to celebrate as a family.
Post # 6
I don’t have kids but I think it’s a great idea, but again I don’t know what I’m talking about as far as logistics go :). It just seems like your daughter is old enough to understand the significance of her parents getting married So it seems sweet and special that she would be able to honeymoon with you.
Post # 7
@Msmarie31: A cruise is a fantastic idea. We took my son when he was 6 months and although he couldn’t do the kid activities or anything, he had a good time and so did we :). Have fun!!!
Post # 8
A cruise could definitely be fun, but I think you should look into the ages that get grouped together for activities before booking. For instance, I went on a cruise about 5 years ago with my younger cousin, who would have been forced to be with the 8-12 aged kids if we had gone a few months earlier, instead of being allowed to hang with the “teens”. If your 7 year old had to spend all her time with a bunch of younger kids, it probably wouldn’t be much fun for her. Just something to keep in mind.
Post # 9
Sorry I am in the camp of a honeymoon is NOT a family vacation. A honeymoon is for your and your DH/SO. Why call it a honeymoon when in reality it is a family vacation.
Post # 10
@Msmarie31: Having your daughter sleep in the same cabin with you on your honeymoon seems like a bad idea to me, personally.
Post # 11
@Msmarie31: Ou son who will be nearly 6 will be coming with us… I really don’t see the problem with it. We will be staying in a two bedroom apartment though so we will have a bit more privacy but we won’t be putting him into any kids clubs throughout the day… we really enjoy taking him places and showing him things… we personally wouldn’t want to be away from him for a week or two.
When you have a kids they are on your mind a lot especially when your missing them on holiday so I don’t think thats its possible to really have a honeymoon with just your partner if you have a child if you know what I mean.
But kids clubs on cruises are really good so if she is sleeping in your cabin you can always wait until she is in the club to have some fun… you could always have a wekend break/city break with just the two of you as well.
Post # 12
I don’t think I’d take my kids (though I don’t have any)
I think I’d maybe do a series of short weekend trips instead, or REALLY make sure grandmom(s) can babysit… I don’t think a honeymoon is the place to have your kid (like PP’s said, then it’s a family vacation)
I mean, I get that you’re already a family but I think it’s healthy to get out just the two of you sometimes. I might not go on a cruise – it’s hard to keep in touch on there (internet is expensive!). I just wouldn’t bring my child and I’d pick a place where it’s easier to keep in touch with her/grandmoms.
Post # 13
@Msmarie31: I think it’s nice to take your daughter along. Is she a kid that will enjoy hanging out other kids? otherwise I think she won’t really enjoy the kids activities.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Have been on a number of cruises, I don’t think you should take your daughter unless someone else travels with you, like one of the Moms. Otherwise it would be a “regular” family vacation vs a honeymoon. And if she’s sharing the cabin with you… there goes all the romance.
Your daughter may not like the activities, the cruise personel, other kids in the activities (she could be the only one in her age group,), etc. (My nephews weren’t too thrilled with the kid’s activties on a family cruise we did.)
Post # 15
@Msmarie31: That doesn’t sound like much of a honeymoon. Can you plan it for a time when someone can watch your kid? Even if you have to postpone, that would seem preferable.
Post # 16
Omg. Having a honeymoon with a kid sounds like the biggest buzzkill in the world. They’re needy, so nearly everything will have to be about her, and you’ll be stuck doing kid friendly things and taking her everywhere. It’s not like you can just leave her in the hotel room.
Please figure out a way to not have to take her with you!