Cruise With Baby
A family cruise is a great family vacation choice, especially for young families with babies and toddlers. Cruising with your baby or toddler offers families lots of convenient choices of destinations and fun activities. When planning for your family cruise vacation, please be aware that there are cruise line policies and rules in place regarding what age babies are allowed on board cruise ships. These rules have been established for the comfort and safety of all passengers. These rules are strictly enforced by the cruise lines. To help you plan your next family cruise with your baby, Vacationkids offers this list of the most family friendly cruise lines and their rules and policies regarding cruising with babies...
DISNEY CRUISE LINE - is the winner when it comes to baby cruises. Disney Cruise Lines will allow infants as young as 12 weeks of age on the day of embarkation to sail on their ships. Group babysitting is available for children 12 weeks to 3 years old at Flounder's Reef Nursery on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. The Disney Dream offers baby care at their It's a Small World Nursery. There is a charge of $6 per hour for the first child and $5 per hour for additional children. The ratio of care givers is 1:4 for infants and 1:6 for toddlers.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE -sets their minimum sailing age for babies at 6 months with the exception of Transatlantic, Hawaii and South American Cruises which require infants to be at least 1 year of age for these particular sailings. These policies are in place to protect the vulnerable health of young infants. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited or delayed. Early infant care, especially medical care that may require specialized diagnostic facilities and treatment, may not be obtainable while on board or in certain ports.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE -requires nfants sailing on a cruise must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise/cruisetour. However, for Transatlantic, Transpacific, Hawaii, certain South American sailings and other selected cruises, infants must be at least 12 months old at the time of embarkation. Royal Caribbean Ships do offer infant activity programs but parents MUST accompany their children. The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas were the first two ships in the fleet to offer a drop off Nursery program for children 6 months to 3 years. This program has become so popular that many of the other RCCL ships now offer this program. There is a nursery charge of $8 per hour. All ships offer private babysitting service. Sitters will be assigned on a first come first served basis Children MUST be at least 1 year old. Approximate Rate: $10.00 per hour for one or two children within the same family or $15.00 per hour for three children within the same family.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE -Infants under six months of age are not eligible for travel on NCL ships. Kids under two cruise at a substantially reduced fare and certain itineraries offer specials on 3rd and 4th guests in the same stateroom. No private or in-stateroom babysitting is available on any NCL vessel. Norwegian does offer their Junior cruisers club for kids 2 years and older who are potty trained.
PRINCESS CRUISE LINE -has a minimum sailing age of 6 months. There are parent supervised Under 2 Zoo play areas on board for kids under age two. Children must be over 2 and potty trained to participate in their kids crew program. After hour group babysitting is available for a fee for kids older than two. In cabin private babysitting is not offered.
CUNARD -requires children to be one year of age to sail however, certain sailings will allow infants 6 months and older. Certified British nannies on board to care for babies aged one and above in supervised nurseries with baby toys and cribs. Please Children must be a minimum of one year-old to participate in the Children’s Programs without parental supervision. On specific sailings, children between the ages of six months and one year are welcome in the Children’s Centre to play, provided they are accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Children between the ages of 1-2 travelling as 3rd or 4th guest in a stateroom travel free on board (they must pay applicable government taxes & fees.Private babysitting is not available. However, complimentary child sitting on a group basis is available in the evenings.
HOLLAND AMERICA -will not accept reservations for infants under 6 months old at time of sailing. For transocean crossings, or other itineraries which our Medical Department feel present a significant risk, infants must be a minimum of 12 months of age at embarkation. No babysitting services are offered for children under the age of 3 or for children not yet potty trained.
Please know, cruise lines are very strict about their age restrictions and policies towards babies. This is done for the safety and comfort of all passengers. Misrepresenting the age of your child is not allowed. At embarkation, if cruise officials check your child's passport and determine your baby to be under age, the infant and their guardian will NOT be allowed to board your cruise ship. This is called denied boarding. It is not covered by any travel insurance and you and your will simply be made to forfeit the cost of your cruise. This is why it's important to work with a Family Cruise Expert at Vacationkids.com. Our experts know all the issues involved with taking your baby on a cruise and are here to help make your family cruise vacation smooth sailing for the entire family.