A family cruise can be a great option for families with babies. When planning for your family cruise vacation, please be aware that there each cruise line has specific policies and rules in place regarding hold old your baby must be to sail on 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...
MSC Cruise Lines - Has no minimum age for infants on board their ships and all children under the age of 18 sail free when sailing as a 3rd or 4th passenger in a cabin. MSC is one of the most popular cruise lines in Europe and has recently started sailing from the US to the Caribbean.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE - will allow infants as young as 6 months of age on the day of embarkation to sail on their ships. Disney cruise line Changed this policy in 2015 raising the minimum age requirement from 12 weeks to 6 months.
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 all infants sailing on a Royal Caribbean 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.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES States 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.
PRINCESS CRUISES has a minimum sailing age of 6 months.
CUNARD requires children to be one year of age to sail however, certain sailings will allow infants 6 months and older.
HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE LINESwill 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.
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,(cruise ship check in), 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. Denied boarding 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.
Parents sailing with babies should be aware that child care, amenities and baby sitting services for very young children can differ, even between specific ships of the same cruise line. If this is your first cruise or your first vacation with your little one, you will probably best served by work with a Travel Agent. They can also help offer ideas and suggestions to make your vacation much more comfortable and fun. Be sure to check out Vacationkids article about cruise ship baby clubs for full details about nurseries and baby sitting.